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Exploring the Native History of Walnut Canyon National Monument

Nestled within the rugged landscapes of northern Arizona lies a hidden gem, Walnut Canyon National Monument. This park is open year around and attracts visitors from all over the states. 

As you descend into Walnut Canyon, you'll be greeted by towering cliffs and lush vegetation. The canyon's distinctive shape, carved by thousands of years of erosion, creates a breathtaking view at every turn. Towering walnut trees dot the canyon floor, providing shade and sanctuary for the diverse array of wildlife.

Walnut Canyon is more than just a geological marvel – it's also a window to the past. The canyon is home to ancient cliff dwellings built by the Sinagua people over 700 years ago.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Walnut Canyon offers a variety of hiking trails suited to all skill levels. The Island Trail, one of the park's most popular hikes, takes you on a journey down into the canyon, where you can explore ancient ruins and cliff dwellings. This trail is only a mile round-trip but it is the parks more “strenuous” trail due to the elevation of 7,000 and more than 240 steps to conquer. With its marvelous surroundings, trust me, it’s worth the effort! 

For those seeking a more leisurely stroll, the Rim Trail offers stunning views of the canyon from above, perfect for photography enthusiasts or anyone looking to soak in the scenery.

For my outdoor enthusiasts or scenery seekers, check out an off-road Sonoran Desert tour! 

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