National Parks & Monuments
- 33 miles north of Flagstaff ·
- (928) 679-2365
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…
- 10 miles east of Flagstaff ·
- (928) 526-3367
Walk among the cliff dwellings and pueblos where people lived only 800 years ago. Experience the dramatic geology, varied vegetation and wildlife that made their lives possible. Visitor Center exhibits explain their daily lives. The strenuous one-mile Island Trail descends into Walnut Canyon while the shorter Rim Trail offers overlooks and a pithouse display. Open…
- 75 miles south of Flagstaff on Tuzigoot Rd. ·
- (928) 634-5564
Tuzigoot National Monument is a prehistoric American Indian pueblo with one of the finest museums in north-central Arizona. The trail is easy to moderate with some elevation gain. Federal passes accepted. Open year-round. Closed Christmas.
- 12 miles north of Flagstaff ·
- (928) 526-0502
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 Christmas.
- 81 miles north of Flagstaff via Hwys 180 and 64 ·
- (928) 638-7888
Often described as Earth’s greatest geological showcase, the breathtaking ensemble of colorful rock layers, impressive buttes and shadowed side canyons sets Grand Canyon apart. Enjoy the views, hike a trail, observe the wildlife, watch a sunrise or sunset, or immerse yourself in almost two billion years of geology. The South Rim Village features buildings from…
- 691 Scenic View Dr. ·
- (928) 608-6200
The park lies in the midst of the nation’s most rugged canyon country. Lake Powell, formed by one of the world’s highest dams, stretches for 186 miles along the Colorado River channel with a shoreline of 1,960 miles. Boating, camping, fishing, swimming and sightseeing opportunities abound. Open year-round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
- 25 miles east of Holbrook ·
- (928) 524-6228
In the multi-hued badlands of the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National park offers a full experience, from historic structures, archaeological sites and displays of 225 million-year-old fossils. The park features one of the largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood in the world, making it a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science.
- 9 miles north on Hwy 564 off of Hwy 160 ·
- (928) 672-2700
Navajo National Monument preserves ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and interprets both modern and ancient American Indian culture through volunteer demonstrations, Native guides and museum exhibits. Entrance tours and camping are free. Open year-round.
- 2800 Montezuma Castle Rd. ·
- (928) 567-3322
Montezuma Castle is one of the best-preserved American Indian cliff dwellings in the United States. Only one hour south of Flagstaff, the trail to view this important prehistoric site is flat and easy with no climbing. Federal park passes accepted. Open year-round. Closed Christmas.
- 3 miles east of Highway 191 on Route 7 ·
- (928) 674-5500
With its beautiful, steep-walled canyons and numerous Native American ruins nestled below towering cliffs, Canyon de Chelly National Monument offers visitors the chance to learn about Southwestern Native American history from the early Pueblo to the Navajos who still live in the area. Self-guided rim drives and one self-guided hike. Backcountry tours require a park…