Walnut Canyon National Monument
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Walnut Canyon National Monument comprises almost 3,600 acres 7.5 miles east of Flagstaff, Arizona. It encompasses both sides of Walnut Creek, which drains off the Mogollon Rim Plateau to the northeast toward the Little Colorado River. The meandering 400-foot-deep canyon is unique to its surroundings, making it one of the first areas prehistoric Sinagua inhabited in the Southwest.
At 7,000-foot elevation, be prepared for abrupt weather changes in any season. Expect windy conditions most of the year. Spring is usually mild but heavy snowfall can occur. Summer days are warm with temperatures in the eighties. Afternoon thunderstorms likely July to September. Winter days can be cold, snow and ice can cause temporary closure of the Island Trail.
The area is subject to flash flooding from late June through early October. Flash floods can leave you stranded in a canyon or on a backcountry road. Please check with the Visitor Center for up-to-date weather and road conditions.
- Average Annual Days of Sunshine: 288
- Annual Precipitation:22.96 inches
- Annual Snowfall: 100.2 inches
Leave I-40 at Exit 204, 7.5 miles east of Flagstaff. Drive south 3 miles to the canyon rim. Warning: Tight turn around for towed vehicles; 40 feet (12 meters) maximum length advisory.
Commercial air carriers provide daily service to Flagstaff.
Continental bus service is provided to Flagstaff.
Daily Amtrak service is provided to Flagstaff.
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