- Walnut Canyon National Monument
Infobox_protected_area | name = Walnut Canyon National Monument
iucn_category = V
nrhp_type = hd |
locator_x = 61
locator_y = 103
Coconino County, Arizona, USA
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)
November 30, 1915
visitation_num = 128,275
visitation_year = 2005
National Park Service
Walnut Canyon National Monument is a
United States National Monumentlocated about convert|10|mi|km|abbr=on southeast of downtown Flagstaff, Arizona, just off Interstate 40. The canyonrim 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 Sinaguapeople.
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 Serviceon 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 Placeson October 15, 1966.
* 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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