Walnut Canyon Viewpoint Trail

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13.5 km
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266 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Walnut Canyon Viewpoint Trail is a hiking route that takes you to a viewpoint over the historical Walnut Canyon, where a vibrant Pueblo community used to live. This route mostly travels through the trees until the view opens up. This hike is easy enough for most skill levels and ages and tends to see light traffic.

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Route Description for Walnut Canyon Viewpoint Trail

The Walnut Canyon Viewpoint Trail is a lovely hike not far outside of Flagstaff in the Walnut Canyon National Monument. You’ll hike through a serene forest to an impressive viewpoint into the canyon. Appreciate the layers of rock visible in the canyon, which are the same layers in the nearby Grand Canyon.

From the trailhead, hike south on the AZT-WC Connector. At the T-junction, take a right and continue on until you eventually hit the road, which you’ll follow for a few steps. Taking a right onto the trail to the canyon, follow the route across the canyon arm to the main overlook, staying left at the fork and then ending your outbound trip at the viewpoint. After taking it all in, turn around and retrace your steps.

Getting to the Walnut Canyon Viewpoint Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Walnut Canyon Viewpoint Trail is Old Walnut Canyon Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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