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99 THINGS TO DO 2017 GREATER FLAGSTAFF 1. Start in Downtown Flagstaff 2. Hike to the Top of Humphreys 3. Arizona Snowbowl 4. Lava River Cave 5. Sunset Crater National Monument 6. Wupatki National Monument 7. Walnut Canyon National Monument 8. The Arboretum at Flagstaff 9. Museum of Northern Arizona 10. Lowell Observatory 11. The Inner Basin 12. Buffalo Park 13. Picture Canyon 14. Riordan Mansion 15. Mormon Lake and Lodge 16. The Arizona Trail 17. Flagstaff Extreme 18. Biking Mount Elden and Dry Lake Hills 19. Rock Climbing 20. Kendrick Watchable Wildlife Park 21. Flagstaff Nordic Village 22. Sandys Canyon 23. Cycling Urban Trails 24. Historic Hotels 25. The Pioneer Museum 26. Public Art 27. Route 66 in Flagstaff 28. Elden Pueblo 29. Sample Local Cuisine

30. Sample Local Breweries 31. Heritage Square 32. The Art Scene 33. Coconino Center for the Arts

59. Cathedral Rock 60. Grasshopper Point 61. Palatki and Honaki Ruins 62. Tlaquepaque

GRAND CANYON AND WILLIAMS 34. The South Rim 35. The North Rim 36. Grand Canyon by Boat 37. A Flight over Grand Canyon 38. Hiking in the Canyon 39. Havasu Falls 40. The Planes of Fame Museum 41. The IMAX Experience 42. Grand Canyon Deer Farm 43. The Grand Canyon Railway 44. Grand Canyon Skywalk 45. Bearizona 46. Cycling to Hermit’s Rest 47. Grand Canyon by Mule 48. Desert View Watchtower 49. Phantom Ranch 50. Jacob Lake 51. Lees Ferry

NATIVE LANDS AND LAKE POWELL 63. Lake Powell 64. Rainbow Bridge 65. Horseshoe Bend 66. Slot Canyons 67. Monument Valley 68. Canyon de Chelly 69. Navajo National Monument 70. Hubbell Trading Post 71. Navajo and Hopi Arts 72. The Hopi Mesas 73. Grand Falls

SEDONA 52. Sedona by Mountain Bike 53. Crescent Moon Picnic Area 54. Red Rock Country by Jeep 55. Slide Rock State Park 56. Red Rock State Park 57. Oak Creek Canyon 58. Sedona’s Arches

VERDE VALLEY, PRESCOTT AND RIM COUNTRY 74. Mogollon Rim 75. The City of Jerome 76. Old Town Cottonwood 77. Verde Canyon Railroad 78. Out of Africa Wildlife Park 79. Dead Horse Ranch State Park 80. Rock Climbing in Prescott 81. Watson Lake 82. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park 83. V-Bar-V Ranch Rock Art Site 84. Wet Beaver Creek 85. Mingus Mountain

86. Montezuma’s Castle National Monument 87. Montezuma Well 88. Tuzigoot National Monument 89. Visiting the Vineyards 90. Whiskey Row 91. Agua Fria National Monument 92. Arcosanti FARTHER EAST AND WEST ARIZONA 93. Petrified Forest National Park 94. Meteor Crater 95. Clear Creek and Blue Ridge reservoirs 96. Route 66 through Seligman 97. Homovoli State Park (P) 98. La Posada 99. Oatman

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elcome to northern Arizona! This is a region of the country that is unlike any other. From the grandest canyon complex in the world to snowcapped 12,000-foot mountains to beautiful redrock deserts and towering cliffs, northern Arizona offers a diverse and incredible vacation destination. In the late 1990s, we began this annual publication, 99 Things to Do in Northern Arizona, as a collection of all of the wonderful attractions, places to go and experiences to have in our corner of the world. The trouble is a list of 99 things is not enough to cover it all. Maybe 999 Things to Do would be a better lineup. So, we hope this is good enough for starters. A good portion of the items on our list will be familiar to most people—especially when it comes to the Grand Canyon—while others represent hidden or lesser known gems around Flagstaff and other areas such as Page, Winslow, Williams and Sedona. Our big focus this year was to include some feature focus on new developments or areas of interest that call for our added attention. This time, we have featured downtown Flagstaff (which has evolved much in the last few years), Fossil Creek and its continued visitation improvements and Grand Canyon’s historical elements—as it nears its 100-year anniversary. And those highlights are only a few of nearly a hundred options we have to consider. It looks like another great year to visit and explore all that northern Arizona has to offer.

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WELCOME TO BASE CAMP Greater Flagstaff and Its Historic Downtown the Place to Stay | By the Staff

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orthern Arizona brings an open map of adventure and possibility. From the powerful and soul-stirring Grand Canyon to the sublime draw of Sedona to the brisk, pine-fragrant air and commanding views of the San Francisco Peaks—the region is both environmentally diverse and consistently aweinspiring. But after the big hikes, the adventuresome paddles and the meandering scenic drives, a place to dine, sip, stroll and relax is often in order.

For this, nothing beats setting up Flagstaff as a base camp. This is not to sleight the joy of staying the night at the South or North Rim, or booking an evening at a spa resort in 8

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Sedona. But Flagstaff offers a centrally located, full-service town where restaurants, taverns, shops and hotels are on a major upswing. This mountain town— with a four-season climate at

nearly 7,000 feet in elevation, where temperatures are typically 25 degrees fewer than Phoenix—has grown up from its early days as a lumber camp to a sophisticated-but-down-to-earth Southwest hotspot. Named one of the bestof towns on numerous lists, from best college town to best adventure town to straight-up best place to live, this city of around 70,000 has elevated its hospitality game. Downtown is now home to dozens of high-end and specialty restaurants catering to every palate and price point. It also has swanky taverns, beloved breweries, refurbished diners and some of the best burgers, pizzas and coffees in the state.

The food, drink and coffee are paired with robust shopping options. Around a half-dozen art galleries populate the greater downtown area, while two independent bookstores, a variety of clothing boutiques and fun and quirky retail offerings at Old Town Shops make downtown an exciting place to unwind and refresh. In the last decade, revitalization south of Route 66 and the railroad tracks—along both San Francisco and Beaver streets— has extended the range of possibilities. After dark, the fun continues with multiple music venues and outdoor events and festivals. The Orpheum


Theater—celebrating a century of downtown entertainment with its various forms—often brings up-and-coming, top-notch and award-winning musicians to its stage. Between the big shows, its Downtown Brew & View series brings classic, new and indie movies to the screen and pairs it with drink specials. Heritage Square also cranks up for at least three of seven nights of the week, with Thursdays on the Square— typically live music—Arts on the Square on Fridays with different performances and the familybeloved Movies on the Square on Saturday nights. After dark, the projector rolls and a free movie is shown under the stars, this year’s lineup includes Lego Batman, the new live-action Beauty and the Beast, Moana and The Secret Life of Pets. Get all the dates and titles at www.flagdba.com. Visitors who make it to Flagstaff on some of its bigger event nights and weekends will be in for an added treat. First Friday Art Walk brings special exhibits, later openings and free refreshments to the downtown scene on the First Friday of every month—though summers are hopping. Fourth of July brings the massive parade and multiple events throughout town.

With some of the individual festivals, the first weekend in June is Hullaballoo, at nearby Wheeler Park. The week of June 24-25 brings Pride in the Pines—a celebration and observance of the LGBTQ community. Other summer events include Art in the Park on July Fourth and Labor Day weekends and the Museum of Northern Arizona Cultural festivals on Memorial Day, July Fourth and the first week in August. Pepsi Amphiteather at Fort Tuthill adds Made in the Shade Beer Festival on June 10, the Outdoor Expo on June 24 and 25 and the Taco Festival on July 1. These highlights are only the beginning for the long list of what makes Flagstaff a vibrant visitor hub and coveted summer destination. Not far from the center of town are daily attractions such as Lowell Observatory, Arizona Snowbowl, Riordan Mansion State Park, the aforementioned Museum of Northern Arizona, the Pioneer Museum, and a dozen more. Flagstaff is one of the many reasons we have to share at least 99 Things to Do. Check out our first segment for added details, contact information and even more places and experiences.

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SPRINGS ETERNAL A Return to Fossil Creek Puts a Shine on the Northern Arizona Gem By Seth Muller

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has raised the relevance of the place as an ecological wonder that the U.S. Forest Service and volunteer groups continually work to protect. The designations and changes have joined a new permit and visitation system started last summer that helps alleviate past problems of traffic congestion and overcrowding. This summer, funding has allowed the construction of vault toilets, and work continues to make visiting Fossil Creek even better. In order to enter, visitors must first visit the Coconino National Forest website and purchase a permit for one of a series of lots along the creek’s road. The permit is $6 and reserves one of 148 spaces in nine possible lots, for day use only with no camping. Eight of

those lots are found along Forest Road 708 accessed six miles east of Camp Verde. One is located at the Fossil Springs trailhead, accessed via 708 out of the town of Strawberry. The road is closed in the middle and can’t be passed through. The permit system essentially limits total traffic at a place that has reported as many as 500 vehicles on a busy summer weekend—and spiked from an estimated 20,000 to 80,000 visitors between 2006 and 2013. With the crowds in check, it’s possible that 17-mile Fossil Creek might have the lock as one of the most beautiful and relatively accessible watery destinations in Arizona. As creeks go, it is right up there

with Oak Creek, Wet Beaver Creek and Havasu Creek as one of the most stunning waterways. Of these, it shares its DNA with the latter, as both Havasu and Fossil have dissolved calcium carbonate that turn the waters a blue-green hue. That mineral also builds up travertine dams that turn into falls. While Fossil doesn’t have the tumbling monsters of Havasu, it does have some great waterfalls and


features that make up part of its draw. A short distance down the Waterfall Trail, visitors are sure to be lured by the sound of water and pulled to one of a number of pools and small waterfalls. Farther along, two pools and a small waterfall between them (not to mention a rope swing) turns into a hotspot for families. A third bump up to a bigger waterfall and deeper pool can bring yet another upgrade, while the major falls

are only a mileand-a-quarter up and serve as the primary destination for most visitors. Though it is always worth considering one of the lesser visited sections of the shimmering stream. From source to confluence, it’s a riparian wonderland for summer revelers. LEARN MORE: Visit www.fs.usda.gov/main/ coconino/home and search for Fossil Creek permits. They’re $6 per vehicle and are used for one of 148 spaces. Availability varies based on day of visit and time of year. Photos courtesy of Coconino National Forest

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n 2016, the National Park Service celebrated a hundred years as a government agency. This celebration brought added recognition to the already-beloved national park system—and it became the year the Grand Canyon broke records with six million people visiting. In 2017, the Grand Canyon finds itself between the centennials, as the park and its supporters get ready to celebrate 100 years of the Grand Canyon—in 2019. With so much history coming to pass, it’s a great time to visit the Grand Canyon both for the incredible natural spectacle and for the fascinating historical buildings, landmarks and stories that have become intertwined with the great chasm. The following are some places to check out and learn more about in and around the South Rim’s Grand Canyon Village— with some help from the Grand Canyon Association’s Historic Walking Tour brochure.

Santa Fe Railway Station Pass through the Santa Fe Railway Station and capture a sense of early tourism history at Grand Canyon National Park, which took off considerably with the arrival of the first train on Sept. 17, 1901. As noted in the walking tour: “Take

notice of the wood beams that complete the interior and exterior of the building, as well as the doorknobs with the ornate ‘GC’ insignia on them.” Though the train first arrived in 1901, the station itself opened in 1909. It is one of an estimated fourteen log depots ever constructed in the United States. Santa Barbara architect Francis Wilson designed the station.

El Tovar Hotel

El Tovar Hotel has long served as an elegant centerpiece for South Rim lodging. The Santa Fe Railroad hired Chicago architect Charles Whittlesey to design the lodge, which borrows styles from Swiss chalets and Norwegian villas. Completed in January 14, 1905, the hotel cost $250,000 and featured steam heat, hot and cold running water, indoor plumbing, a septic sewage system, electric lights, a fire suppression system as well as a large dining room, lounge, art galleries, and recreation rooms. When it first opened, many considered El Tovar the most luxurious hotel west of the Mississippi River.

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Verkamp’s Curios

Located about a tenth-of-a-mile east of Hopi House, Verkamp’s Curios shares a segment of storied history of private enterprise at Grand Canyon. In 1898, it was run out of a tent by John G. Verkamp, who sold regional Native American crafts and curios for the Flagstaffbased Babbitt Brothers’ Trading Company. Verkamp left the Grand Canyon because of limited business before the train arrived. He came back to build his shop in 1906 and it remained in the ownership of the Verkamp family for more than 100 years. It’s still operated as a visitor center and gift shop.

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Just a few minutes’ walk west from Bright Angel Lodge is Lookout Studio, also designed by Colter. Built of Kaibab Formation limestone, it nearly blends with its environment and its place at the teetering edge of the Grand Canyon. The uneven roofline adds to the effect of the studio appearing as if it rose from the Earth. It remains as a gift shop.

Kolb Studio

Brothers Ellsworth and Emery Kolb arrived at the Grand Canyon in 1902, one year after the train arrived at the park. In 1904, they went to work building their home and studio near the start of the Bright Angel Trail. “The brothers became famous for photographing visitors,” the Grand Canyon Association notes. “They also explored the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River with much gusto.” Emery would stay at the park until his death in 1976, and the home is now a gift shop and gallery.

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FLAGSTAFF & THE PEAKS 1. Start in Downtown Flagstaff

As mentioned in our special feature on Flagstaff ’s growing downtown, the center of the largest city in northern Arizona is a hub for getting out there—and relaxing when you’re done. While this magazine gathers the best ideas for exploration and adventure, a trip downtown can be a great place to start. 14

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The Flagstaff Visitors Center, located in the train station at 1 E. Rte. 66, and it can be a way to get oriented to all the goings-on and possible trails, attractions and best bets given the weather and happenings. Learn more at www. f lagstaffarizona.org. And to learn more about community events, visit the Downtown Business Alliance Web site at www.f lagdba.com.

2. Hike to the Top of Humphreys

Humphreys Peak stands as the highest point in Arizona at 12,663 feet. While any avid hiker will find the trek a fun and refreshing alpine climb at nine miles round trip, it can bring elements of adventure. Please note that the nearly ten 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) 526-0866. 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 than the big climb up the Humphreys Trail, visit the Arizona Snowbowl ski area. During the summer, they open the ski lift for sky rides to the top of the mountain. The 15- to 20-minute ride to the top

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is followed by breath-taking 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. arizonasnowbowl.com.

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. For more info, visit www.nps.gov/sucr.

4. Lava River Cave

6. Wupatki National Monument

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.

5. Sunset Crater National Monument

Northern Arizona is a landscape shaped by volcanic activity, one of the most recent being

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

7. Walnut Canyon National Monument

With 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. It’s one part

of the triumvirate of national monuments surrounding Flagstaff with Sunset Crater and Wupatki. Learn more at www.nps.gov/waca.

8. The Arboretum at Flagstaff

A research and environmental education center, The Arboretum at Flagstaff is home to 2,500 species of plants in greenhouses, gardens and natural habitats— located on 200 acres within the national forest. 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. incredible cultural events include festivals that celebrate Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and Hispanic cultures. To learn more, visit www.musnaz.org.

10. Lowell Observatory Lowell Observatory remains an ever-popular place for visitors and locals alike to visit and learn more about the universe. Visitors can gaze through telescopes and get an up-close view of the stars, moons and planets. And regardless of what Pluto is being called these days, it was still discovered right here in Flagstaff at Lowell Observatory. Visit www.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. Note that the three-mile unpaved road can be rough on lowerclearance vehicles. Call the Peaks Ranger Station to learn more at (928) 526-0866.

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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 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.

13. Picture Canyon

A gem within the city of Flagstaff that has recently received a good deal of polish is Picture Canyon. The small canyon along the Rio de Flag on the far eastern edge of Flagstaff features ancient rock art— also known as petroglyphs—on its walls. 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.

14. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

The Riordans were one of the early prominent families to settle in Flagstaff back when Arizona was still a territory. Their home, the 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 original furniture 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 25 miles south 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. The visit to Mormon Lake can be accentuated with a stay at Mormon Lake Lodge. 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 Bismark Lake. Visit www.aztrail.org.

17. Flagstaff Extreme

Flagstaff Extreme is a highin-the-pines series of rope and obstacle courses that are both fun and challenging. Located in Fort Tuthill County Park about five miles south of Flagstaff, the attraction features four main adventure courses of varying skill levels. Flagstaff Extreme also features an area designed for younger participants. Visit www. flagstaffextreme.com.

18. Biking Mount Elden and Dry Lake Hills Flagstaff boasts incredible biking in the San Francisco Peaks, namely the Mount Elden and Dry Lake Hills area. Many mountain biking masters test their skills on such trails as the Rocky Ridge Trail, the Sunset Trail, the Schultz Creek Trail and the Oldham Trail. They make for some of the wildest and most challenging mountain-bike riding around. Learn more at www. fs.usda.gov/coconino/

19. Rock Climbing

The Flagstaff area boasts 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. Flagstaff boasts some popular destinations such as 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 gear shops such as the indoor climbing gym Flagstaff Climbing Center at www. flagstaffclimbing.com.

20. Kendrick Watchable Wildlife Park

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

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21. Arizona Nordic Village

During the winter, Arizona Nordic Village is a popular attraction for cross-country skiers. In the summer, the center maintains a series of yurts, which offer an experience somewhere between staying in a cabin and camping. It’s located about 15 miles north of Flagstaff on U.S. 180, putting it close to all kinds of forest trails and attractions. Visit www. arizonanordicvillage.com.

22. Sandys Canyon

A canyon complex south of Flagstaff offers solitude and wildness not far from the city limits. The Sandys Canyon Trail intersects with the Arizona Trail and offers a myriad of exploring options among the limestone cliffs. Canyon Vista Campground also provides one of the closest designated forest campgrounds to the city. Take Lake Mary Road six miles and it’s on the left. Get more details at the Peaks Ranger District at (928) 525-0886.

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23. Cycling Urban Trails

The Flagstaff Urban Trails System (FUTS) provides a citywide network of more than 50 miles of non-motorized trails perfect for biking. Even without those, the urban trails connect to the forest trails beyond. Learn more at www.flagstaffbiking.org on the “Commute” page.

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Take 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—including the newer Gopher Hole on the basement level, a restaurant and guest rooms. The latter features two bars, a restaurant and multiple guest rooms. You don’t have to stay the night to stop on by for a drink or meal. www. weatherfordhotel.com or www. hotelmontevista.com.

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25. The Pioneer Museum

Flagstaff owes its foundation and early roots to several pioneers and their families. This rich history of the early residents of the town and of northern Arizona are on display at the Pioneer Museum. This year, it features the exhibit “Todos Unidos: The Hispanic Experience in Flagstaff.” It’s easy to spot with the locomotive parked outside as people make their way to or from the Grand Canyon. www. arizonahistoricalsociety.org.

26. 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 for the newer 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. Smaller public art projects, such as the Telepoem Booth inside the Old Town Shops, add to the diversity of offerings.

27. Route 66 in Flagstaff

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. Rte. 66 also keeps the spirit alive.

28. Elden Pueblo

Remnants 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.


Beaver Street Brewery, Flagstaff Brewing Co., Lumberyard Brewing Co., Historic Brewing, Mother Road Brewery and Dark Sky Brewing Co. (Wanderlust Brewing Co. is east off of Route 66). Each of them has a presence downtown or Southside and a beer-loving tour is sure to be in order for anyone who enjoys sipping the suds.

31. Heritage Square

In Heritage Square on summer Saturday nights, family-friendly films are shown for free and often new or classic. This year’s lineup includes Boss Baby (June 17), Lego Batman (July 8) and the new Beauty and the Beast (Sept. 2). Movies start at dark. Friday nights mark Summer Nights on the Square, with performing and artistic events. And Thursday nights have free concerts. Get the latest movie lineup at www.flagdba. com and more on summer nights from www.flagartscouncil.org.

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Also, the pueblo has a number of interactive demonstrations on certain weekends during the year. Call (928) 526-0866.

29. Sample Local Cuisine

For a small city, Flagstaff boasts a huge variety on the cuisine scene. From Southwest fusion to innovative sushi, Middle Eastern fare to homegrown hamburgers, Flagstaff’s local restaurants have it all. Downtown is a great place to start, where high-end dining can be had among specialty foods. Heading east or west along Route 66 and Milton Road also open the options farther.

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The beer scene has only grown by leaps and bounds during the last five years, joining classic locales. Included in the downtown core are

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 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 Beaver Street Gallery, 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. www.flagstaff-arts.org.

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GRAND CANYON & WILLIAMS Every year, people arrive to be wowed by the Grand Canyon. They catch sunrises and sunsets, or just have a moment in time at the canyon’s edge. Most of them travel to the South Rim’s Grand Canyon Village to experience it. The South Rim offers the easiest access, as it is the closest of the two rims to an interstate and it has the most extensive lodging available. The South Rim has many offerings that make it rewarding for every hour spent at the edge of the gorge. Learn more at www.nps.gov/grca or www. grandcanyonlodges.com. 20

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35. Grand Canyon’s North Rim

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon provides a chance to bask in daydream country. The 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 North Rim can be done with or without reservations, but a day trip offers little time. The drive from Flagstaff is nearly four hours, but it is well worth every mile. Learn more at www.nps.gov/grca or visit www.grandcanyonlodgenorth.com.

36. Grand Canyon by Boat

Grand Canyon river 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.

37. A Flight over Grand Canyon

Like whitewater rafting there are multiple ways to experience the Grand Canyon by air. Most people take the 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. However, several of the flights originate out of the Grand Canyon Airport at Tusayan.

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38. Hiking in the Canyon

While the Grand Canyon looks sparse below the rim, it is a place well-populated with trails. In excess of 300 developed miles of routes and six major entry points located near or at the developed South Rim offer the chance to find adventure. The most famous trails are the Bright Angel, North Kaibab, South Kaibab and River trails, which connect the North Rim with the South Rim. There also is the Hermit Trail and Grandview Trail on the South Rim. www.nps.gov/ grca/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm.

39. 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 major falls, the most popular and scenic being Havasu

Falls. A campground located just downstream from the falls offers the perfect oasis getaway. Because a hike or backpack trip is eight miles one way, we recommend it only for more experienced hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Learn more about required reservations at www.havasupaitribe.com.

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40. The 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 a number of 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.

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at the theater, located in Tusayan on the way to the South Rim, provides a thrilling way to see 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 more excited and into the Grand Canyon with one of the world’s most-watched films. Learn more at www. explorethecanyon.com.

42. Grand Canyon Deer Farm

For another fun family-friendly break from the long drives, try the Grand Canyon Deer Farm. 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 other animals. Visit www.deerfarm.com.

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.

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

47. Grand Canyon by Mule

Nothing is as classic or iconic as riding a mule into and out of the Grand Canyon. A true Out West experience, the mule rides head down the Bright Angel Trail to Phantom Ranch for an overnight visit to the inner canyon resort or stay on the rim for a day ride on the North Rim. Learn more about the trips, prices and the weight restrictions (yes, they do weigh everyone) at www.nps.gov/ grca/planyourvisit/mule_trips.htm.

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48. Desert View Watchtower

The Desert View Watchtower in eastern Grand Canyon is a great introduction to architect Mary Elizbeth Jane Colter. The tower rises 70 feet along the edge of the rim. It also features 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. www. nps.gov/grca.

49. 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 mule. Reservations book fast but lucky folks can grab a room or bunkhouse bed on standby. www. grandcanyonlodges.com.

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50. 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. 89 and a great stopping spot during the journey. The restaurant is a local favorite, and the staff is also known to bake some of the best cookies this or that side of the Grand Canyon. www.jacoblake.com.

51. 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 a number of great trails. Learn more at www.nps. gov/glca.

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52. 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 flock 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 28

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53. Crescent Moon Picnic Area

Looking for the picture perfect picnic spot? Few places can match the scenery and space 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 flow make it great for kids to play in. Visit there in the late afternoon to capture the best photograph of Cathedral Rock. Learn more at www. redrockcountry.org.

its Jeep tours. Riders sit in the back while drivers do all of the rest. Learn more about what’s out there at www.visitsedona.com. (Click on “What to Do” and then “Tours and Sightseeing”)

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55. Slide Rock State Park

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56. Red Rock State Park Located due south of Sedona, Red Rock State Park is the

place to explore and experience Sedona’s Red Rock Country without the bustle of Jeeps, mountain bikers and crowds. The park is designed around interacting and understanding the natural world, with regularly scheduled bird walks and interactive exhibits with a chance to learn about the life along Oak Creek. www. azstateparks.com/red-rock. 99 things to do in Northern Arizona

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57. Oak Creek Canyon

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58. Sedona’s Arches

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59. Cathedral Rock

The monument of sandstone known as Cathedral Rock rises from the unfurled land south

of Sedona. And it deserves its name. The six-tenths-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 scramble. The hike is located off of Route 179 on Back O’ Beyond Road. Learn more at www. redrockcountry.org.

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60. Grasshopper Point

Located just a few miles north of Sedona, this special day-use area has one great swimming hole where Oak Creek takes a bend and creates a deep-water spot in the creek. A small ledge of rock on the east bank makes for a nice, natural diving board. But along with the great swimming are some great trails to explore. Learn more at www. redrockcountry.org.

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Lake Powell is a cerulean blue, oasis-of-a-lake halfway filling the walls of a canyon known as Glen Canyon. Some people might dismiss Lake Powell because they do not have their own boat. However, the lake’s concessionaires offers sunset dinner cruises and even chances to explore the lake by kayak. 34

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Lodging and other amenities— both on the water and in the nearby town of Page—abound. Learn more at www.nps.gov/glca.

No boat? Day cruises up to Rainbow Bridge are available through the Lake Powell concessionaire. www.nps/rabr.

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65. Horseshoe Bend

Rainbow Bridge National Monument features the world’s largest natural bridge. It’s located near Lake Powell about 50 miles uplake from the main marinas.

Located a few miles south of Page on U.S. 89, the Horseshoe Bend overlook looks down on a 270-degree bend in Glen Canyon along the Colorado River. Hike

the quarter-mile to the rim— and bring your camera. www.nps.gov/glca.

66. 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 red-sandstone walls that reach up in some places

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nearly 50 feet. The Antelope canyons are the two most popular slot canyons in the world and receive thousands of visitors a year. www.navajonationparks.org.

67. 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 located 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. www. navajonationparks.org.

68. Canyon de Chelly

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

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One of the sometimes overlooked but well-worth-it gems in northern Arizona is Navajo National Monument. Located between Tuba City and Kayenta on the Navajo

reservation, it features some of the most intact ancient sites in the Southwest. www.nps.gov/nava.

70. Hubbell Trading Post

Learn all about the trading days on the Navajo Reservation and tour

the home of John Lorenzo Hubbell and his family. Near Ganado, about three hours east of Flagstaff. www. nps.gov/hutr.

71. Navajo & Hopi Arts

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72. The Hopi Mesas

To experience first-hand one of the most studied and revered Native American cultures in the country, just visit the Hopi Nation, with its villages spread across three mesas where the arts and ceremonies are still alive. www.hopiculturalcenter.com.

73. 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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74. 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 along the way, and some great trails to go with it. Located about 60 miles southeast of Flagstaff. www. fs.usda.gov/Coconino.

75. The City of Jerome

Situated along a steep and winding section of U.S. 89A that heads out of Verde Valley, Jerome is a former mining town turned tourist attraction that now finds its richness in character. www. jeromearizona.org. Note that the trip to Jerome is beloved by 38

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motorcycle enthusiasts. Rent at www.eaglerider.com.

76. 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.

77. 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.

78. Out of Africa Wildlife Park

Out of Africa Wildlife Park has grown into a major attraction in the Verde Valley. Interaction is big, and visitors have the chance to feed the giraffes and see ostriches and other animals up close. The Tiger Splash is one of their big attractions, and a day at this park is sure to be a family hit. www.outofafricapark.com.

79. 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. The park also features rental cabins, great camping opportunities and horse rides. www.azstateparks.com/deadhorse.

80. Rock Climbing 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. www. fs.usda.gov/prescott.

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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. Learn more at www.cityofprescott.net.

82. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

One of the most beautiful yet sometimes overlooked state parks is Tonto Natural Bridge. The bridge itself is more like a natural rock tunnel, formed of travertine and more than 400 feet long and 150 tall. A perennial creek, Pine Creek, courses through it. www. azstateparks.com/tonto/. 40

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83. V-Bar-V Ranch Rock Art Site

This is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley. Acquired by the 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). www. redrockcountry.org.

84. Wet Beaver Creek

Sometimes referred to by locals as the “other Oak Creek,” Wet Beaver Creek is a pulsing, perennial stream flanked by red rock faces and surrounded by towering sycamore trees. www.fs.usda.gov/Coconino.

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85. 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 para-gliders and hang-gliders who launch from the top of the mountain. www. fs.usda.gov/prescott/

86, 87, 88. Montezuma’s Castle, Montezuma Well, and Tuzigoot

The Verde Valley is home to a triumvirate of ancient sites that are national monuments. Montezuma’s Castle features a four-story, multiroom ruin trussed into an alcove. Montezuma Well features a sink

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surging with fresh water and Tuzigoot is on a hill that flanks the Verde River. www.nps.gov/moca.

89. Visiting the Vineyards

For more refined tastes, be sure to check out some of the vineyards that have grown out of the Verde Valley. The two most popular are Page Springs Cellars at www. pagespringscellars.com and Granite Creek Vineyards at www. granitecreekvineyards.com.

90. Whiskey Row

The most popular part of downtown Prescott is “Whiskey Row,” a line of restored saloons that feature bars and eateries. They join the more than 500 nationally registered buildings in Prescott. www.visit-prescott.com.

91. Agua Fria National Monument

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92. Arcosanti

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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.

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. Clear Creek/Blue Ridge Reservoirs

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lake, Clear Creek and Blue Ridge reservoirs offer the perfect getaways. Clear Creek is just five miles outside of Winslow. Blue Ridge Reservoir is farther south from there. Clear Creek: www. winslowarizona.org. Blue Ridge: www.fs.usda.gov/Coconino/

96. Route 66 in Seligman

Need more Route 66? Drive 70 miles west to visit Seligman, a funky little town that celebrates the fun of the Mother Road. Get more ideas on 66 at www. theroadwanderer.net.

97. Homovoli State Park

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Located a short distance east of Winslow, Homovoli State Park features the remains of a 14th Century village, a place where the

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ancestors of the Hopi lived. www. azstateparks.com/ homolovi/.

98. La Posada

Located in Winslow, the historic La Posada Hotel is considered one of architect Mary Jane Elizabeth Colter’s masterpieces. Painstakingly restored to its original splendor, the La Posada has first-class lodging and dining. www.laposada.org.

99. Oatman

The farthest west entry of 99 Things is a mining town on a scenic stretch of West Route 66 that went defunct but then rose again as a fun and curious tourist town. The big highlight is the wild burros that wander the town and eat carrots from visitors. www.oatmangoldroad.org.

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