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Walnut CanyonFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2012
DarthStiller
Hiking1.90 Miles 331 AEG
Hiking1.90 Miles
331 ft AEG
 
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We decided to do a family trip to Flagstaff for Memorial Day weekend, taking advantage of coming back on Sunday to avoid the weekend rush down I-17. I needed to think of some shorter kid friendly hikes and since I had never been to Walnut Canyon, this seemed perfect. And it was.

The trails are all paved, but walking through what is pretty much the ruins of an ancient village is pretty fascinating. The kids are old enough now to begin to remember and appreciate what this is all about, which makes it more fun. The scenery is also very nice. The rounded rock formations are pretty fascinating.

We did the Island Trail first, checking out the ruins across the canyons and walking into the ones that the trail was adjacent to. After we got done with with that, at the top of the trail we ran into an NPS volunteer who was extremely knowledgeable about the Sinagua. I learned that it took several more centuries for the crops of corns, beans, and squash to make this far north in the Americas, which is one of the reasons that civilization here was behind European civilations. I had a suspicion that this volunteer may have been a professor or retired professor from the amount of knowledge he had.

After the Island Trail, we hiked the Rim Trail, which gives some nice views of some more ruins farther down the canyon and under the Island Trail that you can't when you hike that.

Afterwards, we took a short drive over to the Walnut Canyon segment #31 of the Arizona Trail to get a few more miles of hiking in.
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