Walnut Canyon National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Infobox_protected_area | name = Walnut Canyon National Monument
iucn_category = V
nrhp_type = hd |

caption =
locator_x = 61
locator_y = 103
location = Coconino County, Arizona, USA
nearest_city = Flagstaff, Arizona
lat_degrees = 35
lat_minutes = 10
lat_seconds = 18
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 111
long_minutes = 30
long_seconds = 35
long_direction = W
area = 3,541 acres (14.33 km²)
established = November 30, 1915
visitation_num = 128,275
visitation_year = 2005
governing_body = National Park Service

Walnut Canyon National Monument is a United States National Monument located about convert|10|mi|km|abbr=on southeast of downtown Flagstaff, Arizona, just off Interstate 40. The canyon rim lies at convert|6690|ft|m|abbr=on; the canyon floor 350 ft lower. A convert|0.9|mi|km|abbr=on long loop trail descends convert|185|ft|m|abbr=on into the canyon passing 25 cliff dwelling rooms constructed by the Sinagua people.

Most of the cliff dwelling rooms are situated near the loop trail, typically slightly above the trail and immediately outside the loop itself. A typical room might have been the dwelling of a single family, and might measure approximately two meters high by six meters long by three meters deep.

There are many more dwellings to be seen up close in the canyon just east of the Monument, although it is illegal to actually enter the canyon.

Walnut Canyon was proclaimed a national monument on November 30, 1915. It was transferred from the USDA Forest Service to the National Park Service on August 10, 1933. As with all historic areas administered by the National Park Service, the national monument was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.

External links

* Official NPS website: [http://www.nps.gov/waca/ Walnut Canyon National Monument]
* [http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/amsw/ American Southwest, a National Park Service "Discover Our Shared Heritage" Travel Itinerary]

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