A guide to the very best of Flagstaff, Arizona

Ahhhh, the Great American Southwest!

Did you know that Arizona has more than 11.2 million acres of state forest land? And, with 800 species, has more animals, fish, fowl, and reptiles than any other US state. Animals range from jackrabbits to bison, coyotes to elk, and rattlesnakes to wild pigs.

Flagstaff, the “City of 7 Wonders” is nestled in the heart of northern Arizona. It sits in the second largest county by area in the entire United States. With just 145,000 residents, including Indigenous tribes such as Navajo and Hopi, the county offers everything nature has to offer in wide open spaces.

Buffalo Park. Image Credit: Tom Alexander

More than 16 per cent of Arizona’s land is in Coconino County. Also surrounding this majestic mountain town is Grand Canyon National Park, national monuments, and state parks, all amid the largest contiguous Ponderosa Pine Forest in the world. Hike our highest peak, Mt. Humphreys (3,800 meters) or kayak on Lake Mary.

Must visit highlights

Adjacent to the Navajo and Hopi Nations, Flagstaff has strong ties with the Native community.  A ‘must visit’ is the Museum of Northern Arizona. It opened in 1928 to protect and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of northern Arizona, particularly our tribal neighbours. 

Pueblo ruins such as the iconic wonders of Elden Pueblo, Picture Canyon, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Sunset Crater National Monument, and Wupatki National Monument are just minutes from downtown.

Adventures also include zip lining and adventure courses at Flagstaff Extreme, Historic and Public Arts Walking tours, a trip down memory lane on Route 66, and our truly local and authentic downtown named by MSN.com one of the most “charming historic downtowns in America”.  

Grand Canyon Mather Point. Image Credit: NPS

Over 200 restaurants, a Craft Beer Passport, 30 annual festivals, and a vibrant music scene are just some of the many experiences you’ll find in our high-elevation mountain town.  At the end of each day, enjoy a forest-to-table dinner, followed by a visit to the 128-year-old Lowell Observatory.  Flagstaff, the “World’s First Dark Skies City” allows the stars to shine bright through careful planning and a sustainable approach to everyday living.  Star gazing is an absolute must in this town where you can see the Milky Way with the naked eye.  

Your Southwest USA journey begins in Flagstaff, Arizona!  www.DiscoverFlagstaff.com

For more information, contact the Flagstaff Visitors Center at VisitorCenter@FlagstaffAZ.gov

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