Trailer Camping Near Walnut Canyon National Monument
December 1, 2011
Filed under National Parks
Walnut Canyon National Park is one of the greener spots on the map in Arizona; the area has been a critical source of water and food since time immemorial. Those life-giving waters and the various fauna led ancient peoples to build their hoes directly into the canyon walls.
Those ancient homes and the scenic natural wonders around them make the Walnut Canyon National Monument a must-see Arizona destination.
Prior to it being declared a National Monument, the canyon was subjected to pillaging and destruction, prompting Woodrow Wilson to name it as Walnut Creek National Monument in 1915, thus protecting the rich human history and relics of the past. Weather in the park is unlike what most people think of when they think Arizona. Summers are still hot, but winter brings regular snow cover. The ideal time to visit is in spring or fall, but trailer campers must be wary of the strong winds in the area.
The park offers wonderful and unique hiking. The Island Trail is an excellent one mile trail that takes about an hour to complete. The trail brings you back in time to the world of the people know as “Sinagua.” Campers can walk right by 25 cave dwellings, with even more visible across the canyon. To protect the cave dwellings and the delicate ecosystem of the area, it is important to stay on the established trail. Another trail worth seeing is the Rim Trail, which runs along the top of the canyon and through a ponderosa forest. There is a pueblo and pithouse set back from the rim, and this is also the area where the Sinagua people grew their crops.
The fee to enter the park is $5, which is good for a seven day pass. An annual pass costs $25.
To locate a campground in the area, check out Arizona campgrounds.