Walnut Canyon National Monument
Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
20Trip End Jun 18, 2012
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I checked out of my hotel in Kingman, AZ and drove to the Walnut Canyon National Monument near Flagstaff, AZ. The monument protects some ancient dwellings built by the Sinagua, a pre-Columbian culture that lived here from around 1100 until around 1250. It's been a national monument since 1915. The name comes from the walnut trees that used to be abundant in the canyon. Since the dams were built along the river it is rare for any water to flow in the canyon, which has killed most of the walnut trees.
I first went to the Visitor Center and checked out the displays. I then took the 0.9 mile Island Trail, which is a loop trail that goes by 25 cliff dwelling rooms. The "island" is actually a hill in Walnut Canyon. The surrounding hills contain some attractive crossbedding as well as more cliff dwellings.
Next, I took the Rim Trail, a 0.7 mile trail along the edge of the canyon that goes by some pit house ruins.
When I was through touring the park I drove to Flagstaff and found a hotel for the next few days.