When you see Walnut Canyon in photos, you dont realize just how amazing it is.
It was home to the Sinagua people almost 1000 years ago. They built up walls under the cliff overhangs, and lived there. They were like the first condos. seriously.
I knew there was a mile hike loop to the ruins, but like I said I didnt know what I was really getting into once I got there.
We headed out down the trail and immediately were blown away. You can see these ancient dwelling ruins ALL OVER THE PLACE. Throughout the entire canyon.
The Ranger at the visitors center said that the trail loop hike was about a mile, and you had to go down about 288 steps and wind around the canyon. And what goes down, must come back up...
we headed out on the trail. We descended down the zillion stairs onto a "path". I say path in the loosest sense of the terms. It was definitely a trail, but it was not paved. There were no rails. You were one step between sure footing and the cliff edge/death. Just the kind of hike two adventurous boys love.
I felt like I was constantly saying "ah ah ah...back from the edge young man". or "Stay where I can see you:" or "Slow down!"
Alll throughout this rim hike we came across various overhangs and ruins.
There were ruins everywhere.
|you can see the rows...like an apartment complex|
I REALLY loved Walnut Creek. It was absolutely amazing. It was kind of a preview of Mesa Verde.(Not nearly the same grand scale, but similar concept).
This was absolutely the best side trip. Takes about 2 hours, taking your time. A hidden gem.