Walnut Canyon National Monument plans for high fire danger

May 21, 2018 - 10:56 am

 In response to high fire danger, Walnut Canyon National Monument will implement the following actions beginning Wednesday, May 23, 2018 to coordinate with the Coconino National Forest’s Fay Canyon/Fisher Point Area closures:

Areas within Walnut Canyon National Monument to remain accessible during regular operating hours:

  • The Walnut Canyon Visitor Center (9 am – 5 pm)
  • The ½-mile Rim Trail (9am – 5 pm)
  • The 1-mile Island Trail (9 am – 4 pmunless there is a red flag warning in effect for the Flagstaff area)

Areas/Programs that will be closed or suspended:

  • The 1-mile Island Trail will be closed when red flag warnings are in effect for the Flagstaff Area. Entrance fees will be waived during these closures.
  • Guided hikes to more remote areas like the Historic Ranger Cabin and the Ranger Ledge Hikes, will be suspended.
  • Walnut Canyon and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monuments will not begin summer hours at this time. The Visitor Centers at Walnut Canyon and Sunset Crater Volcano will continue to be open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

Note:  red flag warning is a forecast warning issued by the National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion, and rapid spread.

Continued Fire Restrictions in Effect at all three Flagstaff Area National Monuments:

The Flagstaff Area National Monuments – Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monuments will continue to maintain Stage II fire restrictions, which prohibit:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or stove fire in the monuments
  • There are no designated smoking areas while Stage II Fire Restrictions are in place. Smoking is permitted only inside enclosed vehicles.

The following activities are always prohibited within the Flagstaff Area National Monuments:

  • Using explosives
  • Discharging or using fireworks and pyrotechnic devices
  • Operating chainsaws
  • Discharging firearms, air rifles, or gas guns
  • Possessing or using motor vehicles off roads

The National Park Service reminds everyone to be fire aware and use extra care when visiting your public lands. The goals of these fire and access restrictions are to protect public health and safety as well as natural and cultural resources by reducing the number of preventable, human-caused wildfires.

Know Before You Go! You can obtain additional fire and weather information from these sources:

Walnut Canyon NM is located 10 miles east of downtown Flagstaff via I-40 and can be reached at (928) 526-3367 or on the web at www.nps.gov/waca. Sunset Crater Volcano NM is located six miles north of Flagstaff via Hwy 89 and can be reached at (928) 526-0502 or on the web at www.nps.gov/sucr. Wupatki NM is 26 miles north of Flagstaff via Hwy 89 and can be reached at (928) 679-2365 or on the web at www.nps.gov/wupa.