WALNUT CANYON NATIONAL
The Walnut Canyon cliff dwellings are only a few miles east of Flagstaff,
Arizona. Take exit 204 off Interstate 40 and drive south a few miles
to reach the monument.
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an annual pass that admits three adults to all Flagstaff area
Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano, and Wupatki National
Walnut Canyon offers examples of cliff
dwellings, pithouses, and free-standing pueblos. The people who
lived there are known today as Sinagua, Spanish for "without water," a
tribute to their ability to turn a relatively dry region into a homeland.
Archeologists and Anthropologists believe the Sinaguans lived in the area
for little more than 100 years and then departed before 1250. It is
generally believed they were assimilated into the Hopi culture.
Their homes remained largely undisturbed until the 1880s when the railroad
brought souvenir hunters. Theft and destruction prompted local
efforts to preserve the canyon and soon drew national support. In
1915 Walnut Canyon was declared a National Monument.
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