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Arizona’s Walnut Canyon monument closed during helicopter operations

(U.S. Geological Survey Photo)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A national monument near Flagstaff will be closed for two days while a helicopter delivers material to widen a trail.

Walnut Canyon National Monument will be closed to visitors Thursday and Friday. It’s about 10 miles southeast of Flagstaff.

Rock and other material will be transported via long-line helicopter to the Island Trail that’s 185 feet below the canyon rim.

The trail is 1 mile round-trip and takes visitors past more than two dozen ancient cliff dwellings.

About 300 people visit the monument during the weekdays this time of year.

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