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Walnut Canyon is blessed with much natural beauty, but the highlights are the amazing ruins of the cliff dwelling Sinagua people. Populating the canyon from roughly 600-1250AD, these people hunted and farmed the canyon and rim above. The cliff dwellings were only inhabited for about 100 years, and it is not understood why they were abandoned in about 1250. They remained undisturbed until the 1880s when theft and destruction destroyed much of cultural gems and structures.
In 1915 the land was preserved as a national monument, and most of the cliff dwellings are not accessible, though a few trails take you right up to a few that you can investigate. The Island Loop trail gives you the best look at this amazing history.
This is a great place to explore any time of year, though the trails could be dangerous if it just snowed.
Food and Drink
After the Hike: Local Favorites
Make sure they have ribs before you go expecting to have them.
Happy hour from 3-6pm or 9-10pm is the best time to go! Split some happy hour dishes with friends for an awesome meal for under $10. And always get an extra side of pita or there never is enough.
Simply Delicious Café Daily Fare
The Blackberry Duck Tacos are as good as everyone says. Even the sides that come with it are absolutely delicious. Wish this place was closer as I would come here all of the time
Red Curry Vegan Kitchen
Really good vegan food. And if you're not a vegan, you'll like it too! The pineapple red curry was amazing, I got it spicy (4) which was okay but I'd like it more spicy so next time I'll try level 5.