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FLAGSTAFF • SAN FRANCISCO PEAKS • GRAND CANYON • WILLIAMS • SEDONA • NATIVE LANDS LAKE POWELL • VERDE VALLEY • PRESCOTT • RIM COUNTRY • EASTERN ARIZONA • WESTERN ARIZONA


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93. Petrified Forest National Park. Petrified

Forest National Park was one of the first places in the country to earn protection as a national monument, and for good reason. The petrified wood that fills the park is beautifully formed with orange, red, white and purple hues. The wood is no longer wood but a mineral called silica turned to quartz— which replaced the wood fiber. Impurities give the silica its broad and vibrant range of colors. Learn more at www.nps. gov/pefo.

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94. Meteor Crater. Space junkies and anyone fascinated with science will make a point to stop at Meteor Crater. Located halfway between Flagstaff and Winslow, the crater was formed by an impact of a meteorite that hit the Earth about 50,000 years ago. www.meteorcrater.com. 95. The Reservoirs. For anyone interested in fishing,


boating, swimming or just spending a lazy day by a beautiful lake, Clear Creek and Blue Ridge reservoirs offer the perfect getaways. Clear Creek is just five miles outside of Winslow. Blue Ridge Reservoir, also known as Cragin Reservoir, is farther south from there. Clear Creek: www. winslowarizona.org. Blue Ridge: www.fs.usda.gov/Coconino/

96. Corner Park. Celebrate

Winslow’s claim to fame by grabbing a selfie at Standin’ on the Corner Park, Route 66 and North Kinsley Avenue. The Eagles put the town on the map with their 1972 hit “Take it Easy.” The bronze statue of the cowboy balladeer in front of a mural of a girl in a flat-bed Ford is the perfect place to stop for a sing-along: “I’m a standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. Such a fine sight to see…”

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98. Route 66 in Seligman. Need more Route

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uring the quick drive north from Phoenix, desert flora quickly gives way to low shrubbery before the majestic ponderosa pine forest takes over. In between the desert and forest, the red rocks of Sedona beckon adventurers, but a trip is not complete before reaching the wonders of the high country and the Grand Canyon. Northern Arizona is worlds away from what the typical traveler might assume of the state. Flagstaff is alpine country. Nature enthusiasts come from all around to hike Humphreys Peak—the highest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet. In winter, skiers and snowboarders hit the peaks at Arizona Snowbowl. Flagstaff has grown from its humble beginnings as a lumber and railroad camp to an up-and-coming entertainment and outdoors hotspot. It’s a welcome escape from the desert heat with temperatures typically 25 degrees below Phoenix, and the air is fresh up here at nearly 7,000 feet. Flagstaff’s thriving culture is northern Arizona’s worstkept secret, and it is true what Petula Clark’s 1964 song says: Everything’s waiting for you downtown. From shopping 10

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to dining to art galleries and everything in between, there’s sure to be something for all to enjoy. The downtown food scene has exploded in recent years and is home to both fine dining and budget-friendly options north and south of the train tracks. Grab a quick bite and brew or enjoy a couple of small plates and cocktails before exploring local boutiques for gifts. A relatively new addition to the city center is the Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance Clean Team Ambassadors. Besides making sure streets are clean, these volunteers are available to answer any questions visitors might have. To get a good feel for the city, consider Meet Me Downtown Flagstaff, a social walk (or run) held each Wednesday evening starting and ending in Heritage Square. To


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the movie, which starts at dark. Warmer weather means festival season here, and it kicks off with a Best of Flag winner, Flagstaff Hullabaloo, June 2-3 at Wheeler Park. Flagstaff Blues and Brews is June 9 at the Continental Country Club Driving Range, and Pride in the Pines continues the fun June 23 with a celebration of the LGBTQIA community. Visitors in town for the Fourth of July would be remiss if they didn’t catch the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July Parade, a 21-year tradition. Several streets in the heart of downtown are blocked off for the spectacle featuring more than 100 floats. Arrive early for good views. Other annual events

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include Art in the Park with local and regional artists at Wheeler Park for the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends and the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Zuni, Navajo and Hopi heritage festivals, May 26-27, June 30-July 1 and August 4-5 respectively. There are also plenty of beer and food festivals to sample new tastes and old favorites. The 33rd annual Flagstaff Chili Festival is June 9 and 10 at Thorpe Park with the winners moving on to the Arizona State Championship Chili Cookoff. Made in the Shade brings more than 50 breweries to Fort Tuthill County Park June 9, and the second annual Food Truck Frenzy is July 14. Don’t forget your hat and plenty of sunblock. It may not be sweltering hot in Flagstaff, but the sun is intense because of the elevation. After a busy day sightseeing, visitors can relax

at any of several local coffee or tea shops or breweries. Two independent bookstores offer a welcome respite where bibliophiles can get lost in a new book. There are also plenty of live music venues, including the historic Orpheum Theater. For a weekly calendar of concerts and other events, pick up a copy of Flagstaff Live!, it’s free and available at downtown restaurants, bars, coffee shops and in Heritage Square. Once the sun sets, don’t forget to take advantage of the city’s International Dark Sky status at Lowell Observatory, where Pluto was discovered, just west of downtown. Meet local stars of the other sort by attending a Theatrikos performance at the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse. While this is not a comprehensive list of all Flagstaff has to offer, we hope this guide gives you solid place to start your adventures.

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1. Downtown Flagstaff.

Historic downtown is a hub for exploration and adventure—and for relaxing when you’re done. Starting at the Flagstaff Visitors Center, located in the train station at 1 E. Route 66, can be a great way to get oriented to all the goings-on. Learn more at www.flagstaffarizona.org. For some of the premier places to eat, shop and visit, see the annual Best of Flag listings at azdailysun.com/bestof/

2. Hike Humphreys.

Humphreys Peak is the highest point in Arizona at 12,663 feet. While any avid hiker will find the hike a fun and refreshing alpine climb at nine miles round trip, it can bring elements of adventure. Please note that the nearly 10 miles of alpine hiking at elevation make it a challenge for people of many skill levels. Learn more at www.fs.fed.us/r3/ coconino or by calling (928) 5260866. The trailhead is located at the top of Snowbowl Road.

3. Arizona Snowbowl.

For an easier way to get to the top of the San Francisco Peaks opt for the Scenic Chairlift Rides at the Arizona Snowbowl ski area. The 15to 20-minute ride to the top of Agassiz is followed by breathtaking views that extend to the north and the edges of the Grand Canyon on a clear day. Contact the Arizona Snowbowl for more info at (928) 779-1951 or see www. snowbowl.ski.

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4. Lava River Cave. The Lava River Cave, also known as the Lava Tubes, is one of the most unique hikes in northern Arizona, mainly because it takes place completely underground. The mile-long cave was formed by a lava flow about 700,000 years ago and today is explored with flashlights and jackets, as it stays a constant 42 degrees yearround. For more information on the tours and the tubes, contact the Peaks Ranger Station at (928) 526-0866.

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5. Sunset Crater National Monument. Northern Arizona

is a landscape shaped by volcanic activity, one of the most recent being the eruption at Sunset Crater less than 1,000 years ago. The highlights of the monument include a looping and interpretive Lava Flow Trail and a hike up to the nearby Lenox Crater. Visit www.nps.gov/sucr.

6. Wupatki National Monument. Wupatki

boasts some of the world’s most intact and culturally revealing archaeological sites. The namesake site features a 110-room pueblo, an ancient ball court and a blowhole, an opening in the rock that blasts cool air during certain atmospheric conditions. Visit www.nps.gov/wupa.

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hundreds of ruins built into the stone alcoves and ledges of a

steep canyon, Walnut Canyon National Monument offers a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Sinagua. With Sunset Carter and Wupatki, it’s part of the triumvirate of national monuments surrounding Flagstaff. Learn more at www. nps.gov/waca.

8. The Arboretum at Flagstaff. A research and

environmental education center, the arboretum is home to 2,500 species of plants in greenhouses, gardens and natural habitats— located on 200 acres within the national forest. A highlight is the Butterfly House. The arboretum offers guided tours, school programs and other events. Visit www.thearb.org.

9. Museum of Northern Arizona. The Museum of

Northern Arizona boasts an amazing collection of the artifacts and artwork that shaped the land and culture of the Colorado Plateau. Visit the

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newly remade exhibit The Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau, ancient and modern stories centered on the area’s 10 tribes. The museum shops offer books, jewelry, art and other treasures from the Four Corners region. To learn more, visit www. musnaz.org.

Mesa, the rise in the center of town. It features a two-mile loop trail, the bisecting Arizona Trail and up-close views of Mount Elden and the nearby Dry Lake Hills. Take San Francisco Street north and make a right on Forest Avenue. Head up the hill and make a left on Gemini Road.

10. Lowell Observatory.

13. Picture Canyon. A gem within the city of Flagstaff that has recently received a good deal of polish is Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve. The small canyon along the Rio de Flag on the far eastern edge of Flagstaff features ancient rock carvings known as petroglyphs. Head out to Route 66 as it passes by the Flagstaff Mall and turn left at El Paso Flagstaff Road, go a half-mile to the trailhead. A three-mile trail known as the Tom Moody Loop traverses this area.

Lowell Observatory remains an ever-popular place for visitors and locals alike to learn more about the universe. Gaze through telescopes and get an up-close view of the stars, moons and planets. Find out about Pluto and its discovery by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell. Visit lowell.edu.

11. The Inner Basin. Lockett Meadow may very well be one of the most beautiful campsites in the state—as it is surrounded by aspen and fir trees, tall grasses and wildflowers. It is also the starting point for the Inner Basin Trail, which leads up to the Inner Basin of the San Francisco Peaks mountain range. The trail is one of the premier spots for viewing golden aspen leaves in the fall. The three-mile unpaved road to the trail can be rough on lowclearance vehicles. Call the Peaks Ranger Station to learn more at (928) 526-0866.

12. Buffalo Park. For anyone visiting for a night or a few days in Flagstaff, take time to visit Flagstaff’s most beloved green space. Buffalo Park is an open meadow on the top of McMillan

14. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. The Riordans were among the early prominent families to settle in Flagstaff when Arizona was still a territory. Their home, Riordan Mansion, was built in 1904 and was affluent for the time and place. Today, the remarkable 13,000 square-foot home is open to the public and decorated with period furnishings and photographs, making a tour of the mansion a trip back in time. Visit www.azstateparks.com/ riordan-mansion/

15. Mormon Lake and Lodge. Located about 29 miles

southeast of Flagstaff on Lake Mary Road, Mormon Lake is the


largest natural lake in the state of Arizona. It is formed from volcanic activity, complete with a natural dam created by a volcanic flow. While it disappears in dry years, it is a haven for birds and wildlife most of the time. Consider a stay at Mormon Lake Lodge and a visit to its steakhouse and saloon. Learn more at www.mormonlakelodge. com.

16. The Arizona Trail.

For either a short jaunt or an expansive adventure, the Arizona Trail has been many years in the making and stretches 817 miles from Utah to Mexico. It has several miles of trail located through northern Arizona. A great section of it lies just to the east of Flagstaff and drops into a side drainage of Walnut Canyon. Another great place to pick it up is just north of the San Francisco Peaks near Bismarck Lake. Visit www.aztrail.org.

17. Flagstaff Extreme.

Flagstaff Extreme is a highin-the-pines series of rope, obstacle and zip line courses that are both fun and challenging. Located in Fort Tuthill County Park about five miles south of Flagstaff, the attraction features adventure courses for adults and kids of varying skill levels. Visit flagstaffextreme.com.

18. Biking Mount Elden and Dry Lake Hills. Flagstaff

boasts incredible biking, especially in the Mount Elden and Dry Lake Hills area. Many mountain biking masters test their skills on such trails as the Rocky Ridge, Sunset,

Schultz Creek and Oldham trails. They make for some of the wildest and most challenging mountain biking around. Learn more at www.fs.usda.gov/coconino/

19. Rock Climbing. The

Flagstaff area includes some of the best rock climbing and bouldering sites in Arizona. All that exposed face calls out to climbers who travel from around the country to take on the challenges here. Some popular destinations include Priest Draw, Canyon Vista (known locally as “The Pit”) and up on Mount Elden. To get advice on where to go, inquire at one of the outdoor gear shops or at one of two downtown locations of the Flagstaff Climbing Center, flagstaffclimbing.com/

20. Kendrick Watchable Wildlife Trail. The Kendrick

Watchable Wildlife loop is a family-friendly feature for its ease of access, and it boasts signs to share the story of the local forests. Located across from Chapel of the Holy Dove and featuring views of Kendrick Peak, this scenic area features a paved quarter-mile trail that welcomes strollers and wheelchairs. Another, more rustic trail triples the length of the walk. Learn more by calling (928) 526-0866 .

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or foot. Tent camping, camper cabins and backcountry yurts are available. Nordic Village is located about 15 miles north of Flagstaff on U.S. 180. Visit www. arizonanordicvillage.com.

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a trip back in time by exploring Flagstaff’s historically preserved hotels, the Hotel Weatherford and the Hotel Monte Vista. The former includes three bars, a restaurant and guest rooms. The latter features multiple guest rooms and two bars, Rendezvous and the Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge, Flagstaff’s original speakeasy.

of an ancient culture abound throughout the greater Flagstaff area with antiquities tied to the Sinaguan and other cultures. Located about a mile north of the Flagstaff Mall on the west side of U.S. 89, Elden Pueblo is an ancient ruin that shares much history about the ancients. Also, the pueblo has a number of interactive demonstrations on certain weekends during the year. Call (928) 526-0866.

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25. Public Art. Flagstaff is overflowing with enough public art to almost make it a mecca. The side of the Orpheum Theater, located at 15 W. Aspen, is a good place to start with the Sound of Flight mural. There also is the locally famous Joe Sorren mural The Verdic Gardens of Effie Leroux, which is adjacent to Heritage Square at Diablo Burger. The Gandy Dancer sculpture by Clyde “Ross” Morgan is located at the Old Train Depot and depicts a railroad worker from 1882. A public art map is available at www.flagstaff.az.gov.

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Flagstaff owes its foundation and early roots to several pioneers and their families. A rich history of ranching, logging, transportation and pioneer life are on display at the museum. The Flag Wool and Fiber Festival and the Flagstaff Folk Festival, celebrating local traditions and music, are held here in June. The museum is easy to spot with the locomotive parked outside along U.S. 180. www. arizonahistoricalsociety.org.

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Flagstaff’s designated Route 66 segment is one of the largest municipal stretches of the remains of the highway. It ribbons eastwest through the town. Hop in the car and cruise to see some of the historic stops in Flagstaff such as The Museum Club, the Grand Canyon Café (recently and wonderfully restored) and straight into the heart of downtown. Galaxy Diner on W. Route 66 also keeps the spirit alive.

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For a small city, Flagstaff boasts a variety of cuisines. From barbecue to innovative sushi, Indian fare to gourmet burgers, local restaurants cover it all. Downtown is a great place to start with more than 60 establishments offering choices from fine dining to pub fare and café eats. There’s also a burgeoning food truck presence in the city. Heading east or west along Route 66 and Milton Road also provides plenty of dining options.

scene has only grown by leaps and bounds in the last five years. Included in the downtown core are Beaver Street Brewery, Flagstaff Brewing Co., Lumberyard Brewing Co., Historic Brewing Co., Mother Road Brewery and Dark Sky Brewing Company. Each has a presence downtown or in Southside. Wanderlust Brewing Co. is located in east Flagstaff. A newcomer is Trail Crest Brewing, located off Milton Road and University Drive. A craft beer tour is in order for anyone who enjoys sipping the suds.


30. Heritage Square.

Located in the heart of downtown, Heritage Square is a community gathering spot, especially on summer weekends. The square comes alive each Friday of summer with concerts, dancing and other artistic performances. Each Saturday night thru Labor Day, enjoy free family-friendly films with Movies on the Square.

31. Live Music. Local and

national groups from every genre play regularly at the historic Orpheum Theater downtown on Aspen Avenue. For a modern-eclectic vibe, check out the offerings at the Green Room on Agassiz Street. The outdoor concert venue is Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park. In September the amphitheater hosts Pickin’ in the Pines, a bluegrass and acoustic music weekend that rates as one of Flagstaff’s favorite events. Many bars and restaurants also host live music. Grab a free copy of Flagstaff Live! for weekly hot picks and an event calendar.

32. The Art Scene. The Artists’ Gallery is Flagstaff’s largest artistic co-op, with work on display by more than 40 local artists. It’s joined by West of the Moon Gallery and Arizona Handmade Gallery on the 100 block of North San Francisco Street. Artwork of multiple local and regional artists also can be found in galleries such as the

Museum of Northern Arizona and Coconino Center for the Arts. A local artists’ gallery is set up at Flagstaff Mall and run by the Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff.

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has become a literary hub with weekly events. Mondays, catch the Narrow Chimney Reading Series at Uptown Pubhouse, where a published author and a MFA student from NAU read from selected works. Tuesday’s Juniper House Reading Series at Root Public House debuts brand new work from writers, and Firecreek Coffee Company draws passionate crowds each Wednesday evening for the Flagstaff Poetry Slam. Also, with locally-owned Bright Side Bookshop and Starrlight Books downtown, and with Arizonafounded Bookmans easily accessible off Milton Road, your next favorite book is just a hop and a skip away.

34. Coconino Center for the Arts. Located off

of Fort Valley Road behind the Pioneer Museum, the Coconino Center for the Arts is a beautiful, spacious gallery serving as a hub for the arts in Flagstaff. It has fine art and contemporary and thematic exhibits that feature artists from local to international. The center regularly hosts concerts and workshops. For a listing of current shows, visit www. flagartscouncil.org.

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aspen trees and alpine meadows of the north side—1,000 feet in elevation higher than the South Rim—create a cool and inviting forest setting from which to view the Grand Canyon. The drive from Flagstaff is nearly four hours, but it is well worth every mile. Make lodging and camping reservations well in advance. The North Rim is closed for winter mid-October to mid-May.

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Canyon National Park broke its annual visitor record hitting the 6 million mark in 2016. Because of its easy access, most visitors seek the grandeur of the canyon at the South Rim. They catch sunrises and sunsets or have a moment in time at the canyon’s edge. The South Rim has lodging and camping available, but you’ll need to reserve your spot months in advance. North Rim of the Grand Canyon provides a chance to bask in daydream country. The

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trips often become life-changing. Moving through the gorge,

running its monster rapids and being disconnected from the civilized world for as much as three weeks is bound to alter a person. Some people opt for a taste of the river with a three-day motor trip from Lees Ferry, the launching point, to Phantom Ranch around 90 miles downriver. Others go for the longer row trips that cover a good deal of the canyon’s 277 river miles. Go to www.nps.gov/grca/ planyourvisit/whitewater-rafting. htm to get started.

38. Grand Canyon by Air. Like whitewater rafting, there are multiple ways to experience

the Grand Canyon by air. Most people take helicopter tours, but there also are fixed-wing plane offerings. Whatever the aircraft, seeing the Grand Canyon from higher altitudes is sure to impress and inspire. Learn more at www. grandcanyoncvb.org, which has a list of all of the flight tour companies, some of which operate out of Phoenix and Las Vegas. Several sightseeing flights originate out of the Grand Canyon Airport at Tusayan.

39. Hiking the Canyon.

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place well-populated with trails. More than 300 developed miles of routes and six primary entry points located near or at the developed South Rim offer the chance to find adventure. The Bright Angel, North Kaibab, South Kaibab and River trails, which connect the North Rim with the South Rim, are the most well-known. There are also the Hermit and Grandview trails on the South Rim. There are no easygoing trails in the Grand Canyon, so do some research and come prepared. Camping below the rim requires a backcountry permit. www.nps. gov/grca/planyourvisit.

40. Havasu Falls. For more than 40,000 visitors a year, the famed Havasu Falls are a major draw. Located in a side canyon,

Havasu Creek drops along four waterfalls, the most popular and scenic being Havasu Falls. A campground located downstream from the falls offers the perfect oasis getaway. Because a hike or backpack trip is 10 miles one way, it is recommended only for more experienced hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Learn more about required reservations at www. havasupaitribe.com.

41. Pollen Trail Dancers. On the South Rim, be sure to time your tour to catch the Pollen Trail Dancers in front of Hopi House. An emcee introduces visitors to culture, music and dance. The Navajo dancers are there much of the summer but not every day. Performances begin at 1 p.m.

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and 2:15 p.m. Before or after the dancing, duck into the Hopi House to see and shop gifts, crafts and artwork made by Native Americans in the region. Museum-quality artifacts are on display on the second level.

42. Planes of Fame Museum. Airplane buffs

will want to take a break at the Planes of Fame Museum, located halfway to the Grand Canyon from either Flagstaff or Williams on Route 64 at Valle. The air museum is home to many craft from the World War II era. It’s a nice stop on the way to or from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Learn more at www. planesoffame.org.

43. IMAX Experience.

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the Grand Canyon on a sixstory, 80-foot-plus wide screen. It remains a great place to stop and take the family, as it is sure to get the kids to get more excited and into the Grand Canyon with one of the world’s most watched films. Learn more at www.explorethecanyon. com.

44. Grand Canyon Deer Farm. For another fun family-

friendly break from the long drives, try the Grand Canyon Deer Farm in Williams. Don’t be fooled by the name. The deer farm is expansive and includes bison, coatimundi, marmosets, parrots and other animals. Entrance fees apply. The farm allows visitors to feed the deer and pet some of the animals. Visit www.deerfarm.com.

45. Grand Canyon Railway. The Grand Canyon

Railway runs from Williams

to the rim, offering scenery and a chance to ride an old locomotive. Children of all ages love the entertainment, as actors stage a train robbery as part of the trip. Grand Canyon Railway is home to a unique collection of historical railway cars, each with its own story. Grand Canyon Railway works to maintain the original look of the railcars, showcasing rail travel’s rich and diverse history. Learn more at www.thetrain.com.

46. Grand Canyon Skywalk. The Hualapai Tribe

constructed a glass-bottom cantilever bridge that forms an arc over the Grand Canyon. Under the feet of visitors is the Colorado River 4,000 feet below. It is important to note that the Skywalk, although a marveled attraction for many, is located several hours’ drive west of Grand Canyon National Park and is situated on tribal

land. Admission and parking fees apply. Learn more at www. grandcanyonwest.com.

47. Bearizona. A great

way to get close to wildlife is Bearizona, a drive-through wildlife park that features all kinds of Western animals. Black bear, bison, bighorn sheep, arctic wolves and gray wolves are among the animals on the tour. The park is an excellent stop for any family given all the fun and educational opportunities. Learn more at www.bearizona. com.

48. Cycle to Hermit’s Rest. At the South Rim of the

Grand Canyon, the Hermit’s Rest Road heads west for eight miles to the gift shop and snack bar at Hermit’s Rest. Along the way are incredible viewpoints and a somewhat quieter canyon experience. Because the road is closed to traffic most of the year


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and only shuttle accessible, it makes for a perfect bicycle ride along the newly refurbished road. The available rental service is Bright Angel Bicycles. Visit www.bikegrandcanyon.com.

49. Grand Canyon by Mule. Nothing is as classic

or iconic as riding a mule into and out of the Grand Canyon. A real Western experience, the mule rides head down Bright Angel Trail to Phantom Ranch for an overnight visit to the inner canyon or stay on the rim for a day jaunt on the North Rim. Learn more about trips, prices and the weight restrictions

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50. Desert View Watchtower. The Desert

View Watchtower on the east side of the South Rim celebrates tribal heritages and is an excellent introduction to the work of architect Mary Elizbeth Jane Colter. The tower rises 70 feet along the edge of the rim. Inside, see the captivating work of Hopi artist Fred Kabotie, friend and contemporary of Colter. Take U.S. 89 north from Flagstaff to Cameron and then follow Route 64 west to the South Rim.


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51. Phantom Ranch. No

lineup of Grand Canyon things to do is complete without adding Phantom Ranch. The ranch is a rugged getaway at the very bottom of the Grand Canyon. It features cabins and bunkhouses and nightly steak and stew dinners. The journey to Phantom Ranch is an amazing one, following the trails by foot or on a mule. Reservations book fast, but lucky folks can grab a room or bunkhouse bed thru a lottery system or on standby. Go to www.grandcanyonlodges.com.

52. Jacob Lake. Like

Phantom Ranch, sometimes the North Rim is a tough place to get an accommodation. But 50 miles up the road on the Kaibab Plateau is Jacob Lake, the turnoff for the North Rim off of U.S. 89A. Camping, lodging and dining are available at the lake. The restaurant is a local favorite, and the bakery is known for its yummy homemade cookies.

53. Lees Ferry. One

of northern Arizona’s most overlooked gems is Lees Ferry.

Located within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Lees Ferry is the launching point for Grand Canyon river trips, but it is so much more. The locale offers the chance to walk along the banks of the Colorado River, to explore the Mormon pioneer homestead of Lonely Dell Ranch and to hike many great trails. Learn more at www.nps.gov/glca.

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isitors entering the Museum of Northern Arizona are so awestruck by the mountain view and dinosaur skeleton, few notice the feathers placed into the broad beam overhead. Though easily missed, the feathers, or paho, are a Hopi blessing, but they are also an example of something integral to the museum—the close and supportive relationship with the native peoples of the region. This relationship comes into stunning focus in the new Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau exhibition, created in collaboration with members of 10 tribes: the Acoma, Apache, Havasupai, Hualapai, Hopi, Navajo, Paiute, Ute, Yavapai and Zuni. For three years, curators and more than 40 tribal consultants reviewed the museum’s vast collection of baskets, pottery, woven tapestry, fine silverwork, tools and toys, carefully selecting more than 350 items for display. “These objects must speak for us, and they will do so,” said James Uqualla Jr., a tribal consultant from Havasupai who traveled from his home at the bottom of the Grand Canyon for the exhibition opening. The resounding message is both simple and profound, “We’re still here.” Amid the ancient artifacts are contemporary arts that speak to the vibrancy of modern Native culture, such as a skateboard deck painted by Hopi artist Mavasta Honyouti. The painting depicts Walpi Woman, a reference to the Hopi village established in 900 AD. 28

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“Honyouti’s deck illustrates one of the major themes of the exhibition—that these cultures are living, thriving and evolving, not just part of the Colorado Plateau’s past,” said Carrie Heinonen, the museum’s chief executive officer. The same could be said of the museum itself. The Native Peoples exhibition is the most recent embodiment of the very modern vision set forth by the museum’s founders. Back in 1928, when the Museum of Northern Arizona opened in a room at the Woman’s Club, many museums were dusty repositories of artifacts. MNA’s founders imagined something more. They envisioned a diverse center of ideas, where researchers and artists would mingle, a place not just to archive history, but to

revive culture. From the beginning, the museum encouraged Native craftspeople and provided them a venue to sell their art. Within five years of opening, MNA began hosting summer festivals celebrating and showcasing Native craftsmanship and culture, first for the Hopi, then for the Navajo and Zuni. These annual festivals continue, bringing together thousands of people to share in the music, dance, food and art of the native peoples. Tribal artists regularly visit the museum seeking inspiration for their basketry, weaving, pottery and jewelry-making. Like the ponderosa pines towering over the main building, MNA is rooted in the

region, but those roots spread wide. Resident researchers roam across the Colorado Plateau and raft down the Colorado River collecting a range of data related to changing climate, ecosystems, geology, botany and paleontology. Their findings are often first presented in talks at the museum, or put on display, like the therizinosaur in the lobby. In this way, the museum brings the entire region together under its timbered roof. The museum is located on the way to the Grand Canyon via Highway 180 and is accessible by bike or city bus. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit musnaz.org.


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67. Lake Powell. Lake Powell is a cerulean blue, oasisof-a-lake halfway filling the walls of a canyon known as Glen Canyon. Some people might dismiss a visit to Lake Powell because they do not have a boat. However, the lake’s concessionaires offer rentals, sunset dinner cruises and even chances to explore the lake by kayak. Lodging and other amenities—both on the water and in the nearby town of Page—abound. Learn more at www.nps.gov/glca. 34

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68. Rainbow Bridge.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument features the world’s largest natural bridge. It’s located near Lake Powell about 50 miles up from the main marinas. No boat? Day cruises up to Rainbow Bridge are available through the Lake Powell concessionaire. www.nps/rabr.

69. Horseshoe Bend.

Located a few miles south of Page on U.S. 89, the Horseshoe Bend observation area looks down on the 270-degree bend


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in Glen Canyon along the Colorado River. It’s a quartermile hike to the rim. Bring your camera and a wide-angle lens. www.nps.gov/glca.

70. Slot Canyons. A

surreal fantasy world waits in the wonder of Upper and Lower Antelope canyons. These slot canyons are narrow with smooth and curved redsandstone walls that reach up in some places nearly 50 feet. The Antelope canyons are the two most popular slot canyons in the world and receive thousands of visitors a year. Tour information is available at www.visitpagelakepowell.com, or call (928) 645-9496.

71. Monument Valley.

Visitors are drawn to the monolithic Monument Valley by the way the monuments, buttes, mesas and flat stretches between them play with the clouds and the sun. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is about 180

miles north of Flagstaff. Take U.S. 89 to Route 264 toward Tuba City. Then, go to Kayenta and take U.S. 163 north.

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72. Canyon de Chelly.

For a chance to blend Navajo culture, startling views and wild adventure, head to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. About a threeand-a-half-hour drive from Flagstaff, this canyon complex features towering red walls, ancient ruins and rock art and a star attraction known as Spider Woman Rock—an 800foot red-rock spire. www.nps. gov/cach.

73. Navajo National Monument. A sometimes

overlooked but well-worth-it stop in northern Arizona is Navajo National Monument. Located between Tuba City and Kayenta on the Navajo Nation, it features some of the most intact ancient sites in the Southwest. www.nps.gov/nava.

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74. Hubbell Trading Post.

Learn all about the trading days on the Navajo Nation and tour the home of John Lorenzo Hubbell and his family at this historic site. Near Ganado, about three hours east of Flagstaff. www.nps.gov/hutr.

75. The Hopi Mesas. To experience first-hand one of the most studied and revered Native American cultures in the country, visit the Hopi Nation. Its villages spread across three mesas where the arts and ceremonies are still alive. www.hopiculturalcenter.com. 76. Grand Falls. Nearly

200 feet tall and five times as wide, Grand Falls on the Navajo Nation is often referred to as the Niagara of Arizona. To get there, take U.S. 89 north from Flagstaff to Townsend-Winona Road. Make a right and go eight miles to Leupp Road. Go 15 miles and turn left onto Navajo Road 70 (dirt road) and go 8.6 miles to the river.

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77. Mogollon Rim. One of northern Arizona’s hidden treasures is the Mogollon Rim drive, a passable dirt road through the forest along 2,000-foot cliffs with stunning views all the way and some great trails to go with it. Located about 60 miles southeast of Flagstaff. www. fs.usda.gov/Coconino.

78. City of Jerome.

Located along a steep and winding section of U.S. 89A that heads out of Verde Valley, Jerome is a former mining town turned ghost town turned tourist attraction that now finds its richness in character. www. jeromearizona.org. Note that the trip to Jerome is beloved by motorcycle enthusiasts. Rent at www.eaglerider.com.


79. Old Town Cottonwood. In the last decade, Old Town Cottonwood has evolved into a dining, sipping, shopping and strolling hotspot. Bolstered by the growth of the area’s wine industry, this historic district in Cottonwood has added tasting rooms and haute cuisine to its map. www.oldtown.org.

80. Verde Canyon Railroad. Train enthusiasts

and anyone looking for a relaxing day in a beautiful canyon will enjoy a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad. The train’s 40-mile round trip takes about four hours, as it heads into one of Arizona’s hidden canyons. www.verdecanyonrr.com.

81. Out of Africa Wildlife Park. A major

attraction in the Verde Valley, Out of Africa is big on interaction, and visitors have the chance to feed giraffes

and see ostriches and other animals up close. The Tiger Splash aquatic playland is a big draw. This park is sure to be a family hit.

82. Dead Horse Ranch State Park. For a chance to

find peace and solitude among the flora and fauna of the Verde River and three adjacent lagoons, visit Dead Horse Ranch State Park just north of Cottonwood. The park also features rental cabins, camping and horse riding.

83. Rock Climb in Prescott. Some of the best rock climbing around awaits in the greater Prescott area, where the granite outcrops call for ascent. Granite Mountain has the biggest draw, with crack and face climbing. Bouldering routes are big around Groom Creek. For a list of classic climbs in the Prescott area, visit www. mountainproject.com.

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84. Watson Lake. Located near Prescott, Watson Lake is a wonderful gem just a few miles west of Prescott. The lake covers 70 acres and also is popular for fishing largemouth bass and catfish. 85. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. One of the

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86. V-Bar-V Ranch Rock Art Site. This is the largest

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Coconino National Forest in 1994, the site includes dozens upon dozens of individual rock art depictions, some of them done in pairs. V-Bar-V Heritage Site is located 2.8 miles east of the junction of I-17 and SR179 (FR 618).

87. Mingus Mountain.

Mingus Mountain stands as a 7,818-foot peak and is the highest point in the range. Mingus offers a handful of great hikes, but the bonus is to catch paragliders and hang gliders who launch from the top of the mountain.

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a four-story, multi-room ruin trussed into an alcove. Montezuma Well features a sink surging with fresh water. Tusigoot is a three-story pueblo on the summit of a limestone and sandstone ridge. Find out more about each of them at www.nps.gov.

89. Wine Trail. For more

refined tastes, be sure to check out some of the vineyards and wineries that have grown out of the Verde Valley. Page Springs Cellars and Granite Creek Vineyards are among more than 19 locations offering tastings and tours. vvwinetrail.com.

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91. Agua Fria National Monument. One of the

newer national monuments in Arizona features coolwater springs, ancient sites and desert beauty—all within minutes of Interstate 17. Look for the sign about 40 miles north of Phoenix.

92. Arcosanti. Arizona was home to one of the most innovative architects, Paolo Soleri, who invented sustainable building practices known as arcology. His most ambitious project, Arcosanti, is halfway between Flagstaff and Phoenix, Exit 263 on Interstate 17. www.arcosanti.org.

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55. Sedona by Mountain Bike. Sedona’s

trail system is one of the best for mountain biking. While not all trails are bike accessible, many technically challenging ones are open for use. Most bikers f lock to the area known as Broken Arrow,

which is located a few miles southeast of Sedona proper. Bell Rock Pathway also is a big hit with bikers. Learn more at otesports.com/locations/ sedona/trails.

56. Crescent Moon Picnic Area. Looking for

the picture-perfect picnic spot? Few places can match the scenery of Crescent Moon Picnic Area for a day of relaxing under the sycamore trees and listening to the babble of Oak Creek. The relatively shallow depths and steady f low make it great for kids to play in. Visit in the late afternoon to capture the best photograph of Cathedral Rock. Get there by driving west from Sedona on Highway 89A. Just outside town, turn left onto Upper Red Rock Loop Road and follow the signs to Crescent Moon and Red Rock Crossing.

57. Red Rock Country by Jeep. Sedona is famous

for its Jeep tours that take visitors off-road for premier views of the red rock formations. Riders sit back while drivers do all of the rest. Pink Adventure Tours has been operating its iconic Pink Jeep excursions in Sedona since 1960. Learn more about what’s out there at visitsedona. com.

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58. Slide Rock State Park. Located in Oak Creek

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of Jeeps, mountain bikers and crowds. The park is designed around interacting with and understanding the natural world. Regularly scheduled bird walks and exhibits offer opportunities to learn about the life along Oak Creek.

60. Oak Creek Canyon.

One of the most scenic stretches of highway in the Southwest falls between Flagstaff and Sedona, where U.S. 89A winds its way through the lush and stunning Oak Creek Canyon. But the drive is just the beginning, as the canyon features several premier hiking destinations. The most popular hike is the canyon’s West Fork Trail. The trailhead is located between mile posts 385 and 384. If you continue up the switchbacks of 89A be sure to stop at the Oak Creek Vista overlook. Beside the gorgeous view is a Native American outdoor market.

61. Sedona’s Arches.

Geology and rock lovers will not want to miss the chance to visit the Fay Canyon Arch or Devil’s Bridge. To find Fay Canyon Arch, locate the correct unmaintained trail to the right of the Fay Canyon Trail, about a half-mile along. Devil’s Bridge is located on a trail with its namesake or accessed via the Chuck Wagon Trail. Details on these trails can be found on the U.S. Forest Service site, www. fs.usda.gov.

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62. Cathedral Rock.

The monument of sandstone known as Cathedral Rock rises from the unfurled land south of Sedona. And it deserves its name. The sixtenths-of-a-mile trail begins easily enough as it snakes its way through juniper trees and patches of prickly pear. But beyond the Templeton Trail intersection, the way up to Cathedral Rock becomes a

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63. Grasshopper Point.

Located just a few miles north of Sedona, this special day-use area has one great swimming hole at the point Oak Creek takes a bend. A small ledge of rock on the east bank makes for a nice natural diving board. Along with the great swimming are some nice trails to explore.

64. Palatki and Honanki Ruins. Located south of Sedona, the Palatki and Honanki ruins offer a glimpse into the ancient culture that resided in red rock country. Both are beautiful spots in their own right. Before visiting, call (928) 282-3854 to reserve a tour time slot.

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shopping and dining experience, Tlaquepaque offers some of the best in Sedona. Located a stone’s throw from Oak Creek under the curving limbs of sycamore trees, the Spanish-style villa shops include high-end galleries, curios, fine dining and local craft beer. For a directory and events calendar, visit www.tlaq.com.

66. Chapel of the Holy Cross. An architectural

landmark, the Chapel of the Holy Cross juts out from the red rocks beckoning drivers along Highway 179 to stop. It was conceived by artist and Sedona resident Marguerite Brunswig Staude as a memorial to her deceased parents and was completed in 1956. The chapel is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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