Walnut Canyon - Remarkable Formations, Ancient Cliff Dwellings! Come gaze across the curved canyon walls! Among the remarkable geological cliff formations of the canyon itself, the shapes of the former homes of ancient inhabitants of Walnut Canyon are easily evident. On a hike along the Rim or Island Trails you can imagine what life was like along and within Walnut Canyon while visiting actual pueblos and walking in the steps of those who came before us. Hours vary seasonally.
The archeological site and nature trail signes were a big hit for my 8-year old son. The stairs down and back up are managable, but require functional legs for sure. The trail around the "island" about 1/3 to 1/2 -way down the canyon walls is paved and quite easy.
Unfortunately, when we were there in May 2016, Island Trail was closed trail improvements. Nevertheless, the Rim Trail and the film presentation at the center were interesting enough that we will come back when Island Trail is ready. So I'm not going to knock the rating as I did not check on any closing before we came.
This trail has native ruins along the trail and it allows views to adjacent ruins across the valley. It is fascinating to imagine their life in this rugged environment. This is somewhat a demanding hike but I would recommend it for kids and most anyone else. just take your time.
This paved trail is actually the rim trail that loops around the top of the cliff. It has a couple canyon overlooks and passes by a couple ruins on the bluff.
Ruins are always fascinating to view. These are more modest than most but are worth viewing. At the time of the review the entry fee was $8 ea.
This was nice. Amazing to think about the times when this canyon was home to a community of people. You can get right into some of the dwellings and imagine what it was like.
The hike was good. Be ready for the ascent bringing you back up to the top at the end.