Hike National Monuments
Flagstaff is located within the Coconino and Kaibab national forests, so while you’re here be sure to get once-in-a-lifetime views of Walnut Canyon and Sunset Crater Volcano.
Walnut Canyon National Monument:
The Walnut Canyon National Monument is full of breathtaking geological cliff formations. You can hike down the cliff dwelling and walk the Rim Trail, where you'll find an overview of the canyon. At the bottom of the Island Trail are 25 cliff dwelling rooms that you can explore.
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument:
The Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument boasts a trail that navigates through the lava flows that were formed approximately 900 years ago. If you are looking to explore the base of the volcano, the Lava Flow Trail is a shorter trip while the Lenox Crater Trail is a more scenic rout through the pines. For a closer look at the basalt formations, you’ll want to head to the Aa Flow Trail or hike O'Leary Peak, they are longer trips but they boast breathtaking views of the forestry and red rocks below.
See the national monument from another perspective with a 34-mile scenic drive among the Ponderosa Pine forests. You’ll have a change to look down 2,000 feet to the red rocks of the Wupatki National Monument below.
Explore the Wilderness at the Arizona Snowbowl
Enjoy the view of the ground below while on a scenic chairlift or experiencing the wildness while meandering through the trails in the San Francisco Peaks.
Go on a chairlift ride:
The Arizona Snowbowl is accessible year-round. The Snowbowl’s chairlift will transport you 11,500 feet into the air where you can see the red rocks in Sedona, the Grand Canyon and volcanic fields. This is a unique experience because you will have the opportunity to observe the wildlife in their natural habitat from the ride up the mountain.
Hike the peaks:
The San Francisco Peaks are leftovers of a dormant volcano. Trails starting at the Snowbowl include the Kachina, Aspen Loop and Humphreys Peak trails. The route up to Humphreys Peak will take you to Arizona's highest point at 12,663 feet.
Experience Nature at Bearizona Wildlife Park
At the Bearizona Wildlife park, you’ll get the change of a lifetime to come face to face with the wild animals commonly found in forests.
Interactive animal exhibit:
The Bearizona Wildlife Park offers an interactive animal tour; a 2-mile adventure in a vehicle that will pass by the large and naturalistic enclosures that the animals have free roam of. The tour offers visitors a chance to see mountain goat, brown and white bison, and the Tundra and Arctic wolf as well as many other species.
Watch a bird show:
Visitors should also check out the Birds of Prey exhibit where they will see hawks, falcons and owls as they fly overhead as they listen to stories about natural history and conservation of the region and the animals that live here.
Go For the Ride of a Lifetime
Flagstaff is an adrenaline junkies paradise. From skydiving to helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon, you'll find it hard to leave once you've seen views like these.
Thrill seekers will love the tandem skydives offered by Red Rock Skydiving. No experience is necessary and there’s a dual harness parachute to make you feel safer during your adventure.
See the Grand Canyon:
Gain a completely new perspective of the Grand Canyon with a whitewater rafting trip down the colorado river or helicopter tour around the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.
Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion:
You can explore the Grand Canyon Railway from the comfort of a rail car as you navigate the countryside. You’ll see sweeping views of the Grand Canyon while learning more about the goods that were once transported along this historic rail line.