Walnut Canyon and Marshall Lake Arizona

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Walk in the footsteps of people who lived at Walnut Canyon National Monument more than 700 years ago. Kids can check out their homes, cliff … See more

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May 15, 2024
One our first full day in Arizona, our group went to Walnut Canyon, Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments. They were all enjoyable, but I don't think any of them were worth a trip alone. T… Full review by Seabrookgal
May 13, 2024
I had visited a decade earlier with my wife, and this time gained admission with my Lifetime National Parks Pass to take my Daughter Nicole and her daughter Scarlett. Our time was limited so we proce… Full review by John P
May 3, 2024
Great short hike- paved trail with real stairs. We did the loop in about 30 min. It’s a fair amount of stairs, but there are landings to rest if needed. Beautiful views and interesting history. Full review by daniarwen
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Date founded:November 30, 1915

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how much would it cost to go here
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I think the cost is $20 per vehicle
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How is the road going there? Is it paved all the way or rocky, dirt road? Do you need a 4w drive vehicle?
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GPS challenges - GPS systems often lead visitor to Walnut Canyon down Forest Road 303, a dirt, unmaintained road. This road often requires a high clearance vehicle. Please follow …
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GPS challenges - GPS systems often lead visitor to Walnut Canyon down Forest Road 303, a dirt, unmaintained road. This road often requires a high clearance vehicle. Please follow the directions above for the easiest route to Walnut Canyon National Monument. This is from their website.
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Is there an entry and/or parking fee?
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We have the National Parks card pass, but I think entrance fees are still being waived. I remember that parking was free as well. There are some open walking trails. We had a great …
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We have the National Parks card pass, but I think entrance fees are still being waived. I remember that parking was free as well. There are some open walking trails. We had a great history lesson from one of the Rangers. It's an interesting place.
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Hi - thank you for your review - how long do you think is 'ample' for this. We are not fast/not slow walkers. Thanks!
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The paved path around the Island Trail is not very long, but the climb up and down the stairs can be quite a workout. If you want to soak in the sights and sounds, I would allow 1 to 1.5 …
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The paved path around the Island Trail is not very long, but the climb up and down the stairs can be quite a workout. If you want to soak in the sights and sounds, I would allow 1 to 1.5 hours. The volunteer told me that the climb up is the equivalent of climbing a 20 story building. That's a great time to pause and take photos of the view. As for the rest of the park, The interpretive exhibits and film could be another 30 - 45 minutes and the rim trail could be 30 - 45 minutes. Nice to enjoy a picnic near the rim trail as well. Hope this helps!
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How long should I plan on staying at the walnut Canyon National Monument “
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I agree with 2-3 hours. It is a place of enchantment and atmosphere and not to be rushed. A walk afterwards around the informative store and small museum is worthwhile to tie it …
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I agree with 2-3 hours. It is a place of enchantment and atmosphere and not to be rushed. A walk afterwards around the informative store and small museum is worthwhile to tie it all together and a picnic lunch with the Stellars blue jays is a rewarding finish.
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