Flagstaff is blessed with a wide variety of interesting attractions right in town or within easy driving distance. For visitors interested in everything from the cultural history of northern Arizona to the exploration of space, Flagstaff has something to offer. This wide array of attractions and activities by day — plus the great dining and nightlife — make Flagstaff the ideal home base for an extended exploration of northern Arizona.
4001 S. Woody Mountain Rd.; four miles south of Route 66 on Woody Mountain Rd. (unpaved) in west Flagstaff • 928-774-1442 • thearb.org
The Arboretum at Flagstaff is located on 200 acres within the Coconino National Forest. A research and environmental education center, the Arboretum is home to 2,500 species of plants in greenhouses, gardens and natural habitats. The Arboretum encompasses horticultural collections, rare plant specimens, historic buildings and a nature trail through the Ponderosa pine forest. Open to the public May-October, Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
2340 N. Fort Valley Rd. • 928-774-6272
The Pioneer Museum is located on more than three acres and includes a full-size locomotive and caboose, the historic Doney cabin and Lockett cabin, 1880s railroad exhibit, a Model T automobile and a 1950s Farmall tractor. The museum exhibits feature local history and county hospital artifacts including an iron lung and pioneer gear. Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Coconino Center for the Arts
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, 40 trails, six lifts. Rental equipment, ski school, special events. Skiing mid-December through mid-April 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Summer: Scenic Skyride to 11,500 feet for incredible views. Banquets, dining, disc golf. Open Memorial Day weekend through mid-October 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
2300 N. Fort Valley Rd. • 928-779-2300 • culturalpartners.org
Showcasing the very best of local and regional artwork in the largest art gallery in northern Arizona. Popular exhibitions include Underneath It All (January-February), the 12th Annual Recycled Art Exhibition (April-May), and It’s Elemental Fine Crafts Exhibition (November-December), plus year-round concerts and performances in an intimate theater. Regular hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
1824 S. Thompson St. • 928-527-3600 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.
2380 N. Oakmont Dr. • tee times 928-527-7999, pro shop 928-527-7997 • spa 929-526-5891 continentalflagstaff.com
Continental Country Club features Flagstaff's only public golf course and The Spa at Continental. Both are open daily, so call for a tee time or to schedule a relaxing massage.
West side of Hwy 89 at Townsend-Winona Rd. • 928-527-3452 • coconinoforest.us
Elden Pueblo is an ancestral Hopi site inhabited by the Sinagua culture from 1050 to 1275 A.D. Public archaeology programs are offered during the spring/summer/fall season. Check website for event dates. Visitation open to the public anytime, along self-guided trail.
Highway 180, mile marker 232, 15 miles northwest of downtown Flagstaff • 928-220-0550 • FlagstaffNordicCenter.com
Flagstaff Nordic Center is the Southwest’s premier cross country ski area with 50k of well groomed cross country ski trails and 25k of marked snowshoe trails. The Lodge sells and rents ski and snowshoe equipment as well as hot beverages and snacks. Off Grid Getaways at FNC offers hut and yurt camping in a back country environment. Snow play is available at nearby Crowley Pit. Open daily during ski season 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Downtown on Aspen Ave. between Leroux St. and San Francisco St. • 928-853-4292
A friendly gathering spot in the heart of downtown, the Square is the place to find an array of free entertainment events. “Summer Nights on the Square,” a new summer series is offered from May 24 – June 30. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer, Heritage Square hosts events for all ages! Concerts on Thursdays, art/theater/dance on Fridays, and Movies on the Square on Saturdays. And, of course, on each First Friday of the month, all of downtown Flagstaff becomes the destination for First Friday ArtWalk.
Ardrey Memorial Auditorium, Northern Arizona University campus • 928-774-5107 Tickets 928-523-5661 • flagstaffsymphony.org
Under the baton of Maestra Elizabeth Schulze, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (FSO) is northern Arizona’s professional orchestra, bringing classical and pops music performances and music education programs to the region for 63 seasons. “It’s not just old music by dead guys.”
1400 W. Mars Hill Rd. • 928-233-3211
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.
3101 N. Fort Valley Rd. • 928-774-5213
Now celebrating its 85th year, 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 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Fort Tuthill County Park • 480-779-9679
The North Pole Experience (NPX), is the home of Santa's authentic workshop and one-of-a-kind Christmas adventure in Flagstaff, Arizona. Families will enjoy a Christmas adventure of a lifetime magic trolley ride to the North Pole through the magic portal to work side-by-side building toys with Santa and his elves inside his famous workshop and headquarters. Families will also tour Santa's Toy Hall of Fame, attend Elf University, eat cookies inside Santa's bakery and enjoy special one-on-one family time with Santa for photos. Mid November to December 29th.
409 W. Riordan Rd. • 928-779-4395
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 leads visitors 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. Call or visit website for hours and information.
11 W. Cherry Ave. • 928-774-1662 • theatrikos.com
Theatrikos produces quality stage performances each season utilizing
the diverse talents of the Flagstaff community. The non-profit theatre company also hosts educational workshops and fosters artistic youth through its Theatrikids program.
12 miles north of Flagstaff via Highway 89
928-526-0502 • nps.gov/sucr
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.
10 miles east of downtown Flagstaff via I-40, exit 204 • 928-526-3367 • 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 while the shorter Rim Trail offers overlooks and a pithouse display. Open daily. Closed on Christmas. Call or visit website for hours and information.
33 miles north of Flagstaff via Highway 89
928-679-2365 • 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.