For a relaxing getaway in one of Arizona's most beautiful spots, consider a trip to Walnut Canyon National Monument. It's the perfect spot to reconnect with nature while studying one of America's most fascinating early cultures.
Walnut Canyon National Monument is located just outside the metropolitan city of Flagstaff, Arizona. An area that enjoys all four seasons, this monument is open year-round but experiences closures during bouts of heavy snow or inclement weather.
The property was once home to an early people group known by the name Sinagua. Sinagua is a Spanish "handle," meaning "without water." President Woodrow Wilson declared the region a national monument on November 30th, 1915. This initiative took place to help preserve the pueblo dwellings which had been carved into cliffs and which were in danger of falling into perilous decay. Today, there are over 25 cliffside dwellings families can explore.
Though it has been more than 700 years since a civilization made this area their home, there is still much to see here. There are 3600 acres of varied hilly terrain that are ripe for exploring. Though the harsh winter environment made for an abbreviated growing season, the Sinagua people were able to harvest bountiful crops of maize, beans, and squash due to the favorable summer conditions.
For an outdoor adventure you'll not soon forget, plan a trip to Walnut Canyon National Monument. You'll have an amazing time.