Walnut Canyon National Monument

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Walnut Canyon is blessed with much natural beauty, but the highlights are the amazing ruins of the cliff dwelling Sinagua people. Populating the canyon from roughly 600-1250AD, these people hunted and farmed the canyon and rim above. The cliff dwellings were only inhabited for about 100 years, and it is not understood why they were abandoned in about 1250. They remained undisturbed until the 1880s when theft and destruction destroyed much of cultural gems and structures.

In 1915 the land was preserved as a national monument, and most of the cliff dwellings are not accessible, though a few trails take you right up to a few that you can investigate. The Island Loop trail gives you the best look at this amazing history.

Visiting Tips

This is a great place to explore any time of year, though the trails could be dangerous if it just snowed.

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After the Ride: Local Favorites

The Crown Railroad Cafe the BEST BURGERS around and fries. Pepsi, no coke. Only negative
3300 E Route 66, Flagstaff AZ — (928) 522-9237
Satchmo's BBQ Make sure they have ribs before you go expecting to have them.
2320 N 4th St, Flagstaff AZ — (928) 774-7292
Pita Jungle Happy hour from 3-6pm or 9-10pm is the best time to go! Split some happy hour dishes with friends for an awesome meal for under $10. And always get an extra side of pita or there never is enough.
320 S Regent St, Flagstaff AZ — (928) 774-0086
Delhi Palace Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Vindaloo, basmati rice & mango chutney - yum!
new jersey pizza company it takes forever here - but the food is well worth the wait. just plan ahead or call in your order then go there to eat it hot out of the oven or order delivery way in advance
NiMarco's Pizza Right off of campus and delicious pizza. The white pizza is the way to go.
Simply Delicious Café Daily Fare The Blackberry Duck Tacos are as good as everyone says. Even the sides that come with it are absolutely delicious. Wish this place was closer as I would come here all of the time
408 E Route 66, Flagstaff AZ — (928) 774-2855
The Annex The gin drink= the white linen yuuummmmm!
Tinderbox Kitchen Try the Fried Brussels Sprouts - My fave!
MartAnne's Cafe Love the Jerry El Mujeriego.
112 E Route 66, Flagstaff AZ — (928) 773-4701
Brandy's Restaurant & Bakery Sit in my section, say my secret word "Oklahoma" and I'll buy you a pastry. (free pastry in no way affiliated with brandy's, just my own personal hook up)
Red Curry Vegan Kitchen Really good vegan food. And if you're not a vegan, you'll like it too! The pineapple red curry was amazing, I got it spicy (4) which was okay but I'd like it more spicy so next time I'll try level 5.
Criollo Latin Kitchen House Margs are YUMMY & great w/fresh squeezed lime juice. $3 a pop HAPPY hour M-F 3 to 6.
Pato Thai Cuisine Be sure to try the Tsunami fried rice and the Kai Kua Noodles! They are amazing to share together.
Karma Sushi Try the tuna trio sushi appetizer! It is delicious!
6 E Route 66, Flagstaff AZ — (928) 774-6100
Late For The Train Happy Hour every Wednesday between 2-4 pm. 1/2 off drinks.
22 E Birch Ave, Flagstaff AZ — (928) 779-5975
Aspen Deli Cute authentic sandwich shop! We got our sandwiches to go to eat at the Grand Canyon. Chicken Cesar wrap was delicious!!
20 N Beaver St, Flagstaff AZ — (928) 556-8629
Fratelli's Pizza Route 66 is one of the best pizzas of all time.
Oregano's Pizza Bistro awesome staff! our pizza wasn't right, so they took it off the bill. the oregano's favorite salad is YOM.
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