DISCOVER THE AREA: FLAGSTAFF
Visitors from all over the world are attracted to Flagstaff’s clean mountain air, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, historic downtown charm and our Western legacy of pioneer ranchers, railroad builders and lumbermen. Flagstaff is a community rich with cultural diversity, beauty, and history as well as amazing educational, recreational and scientific opportunities.
Flagstaff makes the perfect home base from which to explore some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. It's also an intimate and comfortable small town that welcomes its guests with great food, comfortable lodging and vibrant entertainment.
Seasons | Attractions | Park Info | Places of Interest | Map | Weather
In winter, you will see vibrant blue skies, while enjoying sledding, snow shoeing, snow mobile riding, skiing and more. The Arizona Snowbowl draws enthusiasts from different areas in the country. Check out the “Northern Lights Holiday Parade,” with marching bands, festive floats, vehicles and people draped in lights flowing through the streets of downtown.
Spring is also spectacular in Flagstaff. This is the perfect time to enjoy the cool mountain air and witness the Aspens bloom. Explore the meadows and nature trails while observing the native plants, flowers and animals that come about in spring. Fly a kite if you like!
In summer, you can escape the extreme heat for summer temperatures that are 25 degrees less than Phoenix and Tucson. Take a walk in through Flagstaff’s historic downtown and gather around Heritage Square for summer entertainment. Explore the wilderness, hike, mountain bike, boat, wakeboard, fish, camp and picnic.
Autumn is the perfect time to take a scenic skyride trip up the chairlift at Arizona Snowbowl to enjoy the breathtaking view of the seasonal scenery. Witness the changing leaves and magnificent snowcapped mountains. Enjoy “Autumn in the Aspens” Fall Festival and pick up a pumpkin or two.
Coconino National Forest
1824 S. Thompson St.
928-527-3600 | http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino
The world’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest surrounds Flagstaff. With elevations ranging from 2,600 to 12,633 feet, the forest features diversity from desert cactus to alpine tundra and is home to a variety of wildlife. Respect and enjoy your national forests.
Flagstaff Nordic Center
Highway 180, mile marker 232, 15 miles northwest of downtown Flagstaff
928-220-0550 | http://www.FlagstaffNordicCenter.com
Offering over 25 miles of groomed cross-country trails and 10 miles of snowshoe trails through beautiful forests. The trails will entertain and challenge beginner and seasoned cross-county skiers alike. Rentals and lessons available. Located 1 mile from Crowley Pit snowplay area. Open daily 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., snow pending.
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
12 miles north of Flagstaff via Highway 89
Born in a dramatic series of eruptions 900 years ago, Sunset Crater is still the youngest volcano on the Colorado Plateau. Visitor Center exhibits explain the powerful geologic forces and their aftermath. See for yourself on the one-mile, self-guided Lava Flow Trail. Open daily. Closed on Christmas. Call or visit website for hours and information.
Walnut Canyon National Monument
10 miles east of downtown Flagstaff via I-40, exit 204
928-526-3367 | http://www.nps.gov/waca
Walk among the cliff dwellings and pueblos where people lived only 800 years ago. Experience the dramatic geology, varied vegetation and abundant wildlife that made their lives possible. The strenuous one-mile Island Trail descends into Walnut Canyon. The shorter Rim Trail offers overlooks, forest and a pithouse. Open daily. Closed on Christmas. Call or visit website for hours and information.
Wupatki National Monument
33 miles north of Flagstaff via Highway 89
928-679-2365 | http://www.nps.gov/wupa
Rock walls of 800-year-old pueblos dot a desert landscape once home to thousands of people. Visitor center exhibits explain how they survived by farming, hunting and gathering, and trading. Short trails lead to Wupatki, Lomaki, and other pueblos. The scenic drive to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument climbs rapidly from desert to mountain landscapes. Open daily. Closed on Christmas. Call or visit website for hours and information.
GENERAL NATIONAL FOREST AND PARK INFORMATION
Coconino National Forest
928-527-3600 | http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino
National Park Service
928-526-1157 | http://www.nps.gov
Arizona State Parks
602-542-4174 | http:// www.azstateparks.com
PLACES OF INTEREST
The Arboretum at Flagstaff
4001 S. Woody Mountain Rd.
Four miles south of Route 66 in west Flagstaff
928-774-1442 | http:// www.thearb.org
The Arboretum at Flagstaff is a 200-acre botanical garden and nature center focusing on the native plants and animals found in Northern Arizona. Grounds include a nature trail, greenhouses, meadow, wetland, picnic area and gift shop. Open April-October, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Daily guided tours at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Continental Country Club
2380 N. Oakmont Dr.
tee times 928-527-7999, pro shop 928-527-7997
Narrow ponderosa pine-lined fairways, open meadows, lush fairways, and fast greens set against the backdrop of Mount Elden combine to make Continental Country Club a great golfing experience. Open to the public. Groups are welcome. Complete pro shop. Driving range. PGA professionals available for lessons.
Arizona Historical Society-Pioneer Museum
2340 N. Fort Valley Rd.
928-774-6272 | http://www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org
The Pioneer Museum is housed in the former Coconino County Hospital for the Indigent, often called the Poor Farm by locals. The three-acre property includes numerous territorial-era buildings and a steam locomotive. See exhibits on early medicine, Route 66, logging, Flagstaff history and newly opened “Pioneer Kids,” a fun family oriented interactive exhibit. Open Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Closed on Sunday.
Off Highway 180, north on Snowbowl Rd.
928-779-1951 | snow report 928-779-4577
Your year-round playground. Winter: 2,300-foot vertical drop, average snowfall of 260 inches, 32 trails, four chairlifts. Rental equipment, banquets, ski school, special events. Skiing mid-December through mid-April 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Summer: Scenic Skyride to 11,500 feet for incredible views. Dining, disc golf. Open Memorial Day weekend through mid-October 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Downtown on Aspen Ave. between Leroux St. and San Francisco St.
928-853-4292 | http://www.heritagesquaretrust.org
A friendly gathering spot in the heart of downtown, the Square is the place to find an array of free entertainment events. “Thursdays on the Square,” a live music series, is offered from Memorial through Labor Day. Also in the summer, “Movies on the Square,” popular with families, plays here Friday nights and the Heritage Square Trust summer concert series entertains on weekend afternoons.
1400 W. Mars Hill Rd.
928-233-3211 | http://www.lowell.edu
Founded in 1894, Lowell is an astronomical research facility that also features visitor programs. During the day explore the Observatory’s history and current research by joining guided tours. In the evening, view through a variety of telescopes and experience interactive live presentations in the mini-planetarium. Also featured at the facility are multi-media programs, an exhibit hall and gift shop. Call or visit website for seasonal hours and information.
Museum of Northern Arizona
3101 N. Fort Valley Rd.
928-774-5213 | http://www.musnaz.org
Now celebrating over 80 years, MNA is one of the great regional museums of our world in one of Earth’s most spectacular landscapes. The museum and its nine exhibit galleries evoke the very spirit of the Colorado Plateau and its richly diverse Native cultures, tribal lifeways, natural sciences, ecology and fine arts. Let MNA be your gateway to understanding this unique area. Museum Shop and Bookstore on-site. Open daily 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
409 W. Riordan Rd.
928-779-4395 | http://www.azstateparks.com
Completed in 1904 in the Arts and Crafts style of architecture, the historic mansion is expansive, with more than 40 rooms and 13,000 square feet of living area and servants’ quarters. A tour guide will lead you through this richly furnished home, filled with original artifacts, Stickley furniture and many other personal possessions of the Riordan families. Also featured are a visitor center, a self-guided tour of the grounds and picnic tables. Reservations are recommended for the mansion tour. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call or visit website for hours and information.
Flagstaff Visitor Center is your local resource for assistance with directions, travel planning, details about an attraction, dining suggestions or local history regarding Flagstaff and surrounding areas.
1-800-379-0065 or visit http://www.flagstaffarizona.org
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