Flagstaff, Northern Arizona's largest city is situated at the base of the San Francisco Peaks and surrounded by pine forests. At 7,000 feet, Flagstaff is also one of the highest elevation cities in the United States and the city offers its visitors and residents four seasons of activities.
The Grand Canyon
One of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, from 4 to 10 miles wide and 5,000 to 6,000 feet deep. Carved by nature, enjoy the spectacular scenery by hiking, mule trip, rafting or fly over it to see the breathtaking colors. The south rim is easily reached by driving north from Flagstaff, the South rim is more remote and offers less amenities.
Only 10 miles southeast of Flagstaff, stands Walnut Canyon National Monument, with its lush ponderosa pines, juniper and Douglas fir, featuring the Sinagua ruins. These single story structures, cliff dwellings, were occupied from about 1100 to 1250 by people who became the modern pueblo people of today.
Petrified Forest National Park
A dry barren landscape strewn with something rare in nature: pre-historic petrified logs. Drive the 27 miles through the park which leads through a garden of mineralized logs and petroglyphs left by the ancestral Puebloan people.
Situated in a unique geological area this picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Bell even Snoopy because their massive shapes resemble these distinctive objects. Spend a day hiking, horseback riding, or bouncing in a Jeep on trails and dirt roads that crisscross this area, and then enjoy the comfort of deluxe hotels, country inns and prestigious and luxury resorts and hotels.
The Lowell Observatory, an astronomical observatory is among the oldest observatories in the United States. The Observatory's original 24-inch Alvan Clark Telescope can be seen here and is still in use today for public education. Guided campus tours are offered daily and visitors can experience outstanding views of the views of the heavens and wide-screen, cinematic multimedia shows.
Located on the scenic San Francisco Peaks in the Coconino National Forest, minutes from Flagstaff. The cool mountain oasis offers 32 trails that cover 777 acres offering a range of challenging terrain for both skiers and snowboarders.