Arizona SnowbowlTen miles north of Flagstaff off U.S.180; take Forest Roads 516, 794 or 418 to access.
One of the few places in Arizona where enough snow gathers to ski, Snowbowl is located in the vicinity of Humphreys Peak, the highest point in Arizona. Ski lifts to the top provide excellent winter skiing and summer sightseeing.
Information: 928-779-1951; www.arizonasnowbowl.com
For a Grand getaway of three, five, six, nine, or fourteen days, take a Canyoneers’ adventure on the mighty Colorado River through Grand Canyon. There’s something for everyone: the exhilarating rapids, the majestic scenery of the inner canyon, great outdoor meals, river and canyon history, tall tales, and a whole lot more. [more...]
Information: 800-525-0924 or 928-526-0924; www.canyoneers.com
Coconino Center for the Arts2300 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff
The cultural hub of the Flagstaff community, the center features a 4,000-square-foot gallery with rotating exhibits by local and regional artists and Flagstaff students, including contemporary fine crafts and Western art, and special science programs. A 200-seat theater presents musical concerts, readings and other events.
Information: 928-79-2300; www.culturalpartners.org/index.htm
Lava River CaveApproximately 14 miles north of Flagstaff, west off U.S. Route180 on Forest Service Road 245
Formed by a volcanic eruption more than 700,000 years ago, this mile-long lava tube is the perfect, icy escape from the summer heat. A consistent 35 degrees in summer or winter, this cave has only one way in and one way out, so there's no getting lost. Take a flashlight and a sweater or jacket.
Information: 928-527-3600; www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/volcanic/lava_special.html
Lowell ObservatoryEntering Flagstaff on Milton Road, make a sharp left after the railroad overpass onto Santa Fe Avenue. Follow it until it reaches Mars Hill and the observatory.
Built in the 1890s, Lowell Observatory is the place where astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered the planet Pluto in 1930. Today, group tours, multimedia programs and other educational activities are available to the public, as well as an interactive exhibit hall and public observatory.
Information: 928-774-3358; www.lowell.edu
Meteor Crater35 miles east of Flagstaff off I-40 at Exit 233
More than 50,000 years ago, a 150-foot meteorite slammed into the Earth, leaving a crater 550 feet deep and 2.4 miles in circumference east of Flagstaff. The Meteor Crater Visitor's Center has guided tours around a portion of the crater rim as well as a museum with interactive exhibits, Astronaut Hall of Fame, wide-screen movie theater, four observation areas and telescopes for a closer look at the crater. Other amenities include a gift shop, snack bar and sitting area.
Information: 800-289-5898; www.meteorcrater.com
Mormon Lake LodgeFrom Interstate 17, take Lake Mary Road, also marked Forest Service Road 3, about 21 miles to the Mormon Lake Village turn-off. Turn right and travel about 7 miles to the lodge
See the Coconino National Forest up close and personal from the back of a horse. The Mormon Lake Lodge offers horseback riding and other outdoor activities like fishing, hiking and camping. The Lodge also rents mountain bikes and ATVs as well as cabins.
Information: 928-354-2359; www.mormonlakelodge.com
Museum of Northern ArizonaThree miles north of Flagstaff on U.S. 180 on Ft. Valley Road
With permanent exhibits in biology, geology, anthropology and fine arts, as well as changing exhibits on these subjects, the museum provides a rich history of the land and people of the Colorado Plateau.
Information: 928-774-5213; www.musnaz.org
Elden PuebloU.S. Route 89, 2 miles north of Interstate 40
The site of an ancient Sinagua Indian pueblo offers amateur archaeologists the chance to work alongside professional researchers. Thought to have been part of a major trading system, the site is open year round for self-guided tours, while public programs, school programs, field schools and camps are conducted mid-April through October by appointment.
Information: 928-527-3452; www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/recreation/peaks/elden-pueblo.shtml
Flagstaff Arboretum4001 S. Woody Mountain Road, Flagstaff
The Arboretum at Flagstaff is home to one of the largest collections of high-country wildflowers in America. The unique, high-elevation environment of the region allows for an invigorating experience. Tours, classes and workshops on gardening and natural history are also available.
Information: 928-774-1442; www.thearb.org
Riordan Mansion State Historic ParkEntering Flagstaff on Milton Road, go east on Riordan Road, next to Northern Arizona University.
Built in 1904 by the Riordan brothers, prominent Flagstaff men in the logging business, this rustic, historic mansion is a step back in time to when Flagstaff was a Territorial logging town. This mansion has original furnishings and is located on a 6-acre wooded area. Guided tours and hiking available.
Information: 928-779-4395; www.pr.state.az.us/parkhtml/riordan.html
Sunset Crater National MonumentAbout 17 miles northeast of Flagstaff off U.S. Route 89
Volcanic eruptions ripped the land between A.D. 1064 and 1065, and left a thousand-foot cinder cone looming over the surrounding desert. The landscape is filled with squeeze-ups, hornitos and other fascinating formations created when the volcano blanketed the area with black ash.
Information: 928-526-0502; www.nps.gov/sucr
The Museum Club3404 E. Route 66, Flagstaff
Once you've mastered the trail, get out of those hiking boots and into your dancing shoes to kick up your heels at Arizona's most historic roadhouse and dance club. Built in 1931, this legendary Flagstaff favorite is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has hosted the likes of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
Information: 928-526-9434; www.museumclub.com/site