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Flagstaff: GREEN Sedona: RED Grand Canyon and Williams: ORANGE Page, Winslow and Native Lands: BLUE Prescott and the Verde Valley: YELLOW

HIGH ADVENTURE 1. Grand Canyon by Boat 2. Hike to the Top of Humphreys 3. Rock Climbing 4. Hiking in the Canyon 5. Havasu Falls 6. Sedona by Mountain Bike 7. Flagstaff Extreme 8. Biking Mount Elden & Dry Lake Hills 9. Watson Lake 10. Outdoor Adventures, Prescott Style EDITORS'S CHOICE

FAMILY FAVORITES 11. Museum of Northern Arizona 12. Lowell Observatory 13. Movies on the Square 14. Kendrick Watchable Wildlife Park 15. Riordan Mansion 16. The Planes of Fame Museum 17. The IMAX Experience 18. Crescent Moon Picnic Area 19. Grand Canyon Deer Farm 20. Out of Africa Wildlife Park EDITORS'S CHOICE

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21. Visiting the North Rim 22. Visiting the South Rim 23. A Flight over Grand Canyon 24. Red Rock Country by Jeep 25. Petrified Forest National Park 26. Sunset Crater National Monument 27. The Arboretum at Flagstaff 28. Arizona Snowbowl 29. Grand Canyon Skywalk 30. The Grand Canyon Railway 31. Bearizona 32. Meteor Crater 33. Verde Canyon Railroad 34. Slide Rock State Park 35. Monument Valley 36. Lake Powell 37. Canyon de Chelly 38. Mormon Lake and Lodge 39. Flagstaff Nordic Center and Yurts 40. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park 41. V-Bar-V Ranch Rock Art Site 42. Lees Ferry 43. Clear Creek and Blue Ridge 44. Red Rock State Park 45. Wet Beaver Creek 46. Dead Horse Ranch State Park

47. The Inner Basin 48. Lava Tubes 49. The Arizona Trail 50. Cycling Urban Trails 51. Cycling to Hermit’s Rest 52. Grand Canyon by Mule 53. Oak Creek Canyon 54. Sedona’s Arches 55. Cathedral Rock 56. Grasshopper Point 57. Mingus Mountain 58. Slot Canyons 59. Grand Falls

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HISTORY AND CULTURE 60. The City of Jerome 61. Route 66 in Flagstaff 62. Route 66 through Seligman 63. Historic Hotels 64. The Pioneer Museum 65. Local Haunts 66. Desert View and the Colter Legacy 67. Hubbell Trading Post 68. Wupatki National Monument 69. Walnut Canyon National Monument 70. Elden Pueblo 71. Navajo and Hopi Arts 72. Palatki and Honaki Ruins 73. The Hopi Mesas 74. Homovoli State Park 75. Montezuma’s Castle 76 Montezuma Well 77. Tuzigoot National Monument

78. Explore a Real Downtown 79. Sample Local Cuisine 80. Live Music 81. Great Coffee 82. Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail 83. The Art Scene 84. Coconino Center for the Arts 85. La Posada 86. Shopping Sedona 87. Visiting the Vineyards 88. Whiskey Row 89. Farmer’s Market 90. Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra 91. Summer Nights in the Square 92. Theatrikos 93. First Friday Art Walk 94. Flagstaff Rodeo Returns 95. Hullabaloo 96. Route 66 Days 97. National Day of the Cowboy 98. Pickin’ in the Pines 99. Coconino County Fair

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Arizona Snowbowl The Arboretum Bearizona Grand Canyon Deer Farm Dixie Green Art Show Eaglerider Flagstaff Flagstaff Extreme Lowell Observatory Out of Africa Wildlife Park Peak Events Planes of Fame Air Museum

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Josephines Mama Burger Mamma Luisa Native Grill & Wings Nimarcos Pizza Guy Salsa Brava Sizzler Weatherford Hotel La Posada

RETAIL SHOPS 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41.

Bookmans Entertainment Exchange Butler Chevron Jeff Karl Jewelers Majestic Mobil McGaughs Smoke and Bottle Peace Surplus Zani Gifts

ORGANIZATIONS AND SERVICES 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47.

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elcome to northern Arizona! This is a region of the country that is unlike any other. From the grandest canyon in the world that runs a mile deep to snowcapped 12,000foot mountains to beautiful red-rock deserts, 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 great 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. We hope this is good enough for starters. A good portion of the 99 things will be familiar to most people (especially

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hen it comes to northern Arizona, the word adventure instantly springs to

mind. What else can one say about part of the world that includes the Grand Canyon, 12,000-foot-plus mountains, the red-rock buttes and spires of Sedona and tons of wilderness areas and backcountry? Because of this, we have separated out 10 high-adventure activities. Note that each of these either requires expertise, an expert guide or some level of outdoor savvy. So, have fun and be safe. 1. GRAND CANYON BY BOAT

For northern Arizona, it remains the granddaddy of all adventures—a river trip through the most famous canyon in the world. Grand Canyon river trips often become life-changing, as 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. While it usually requires reservations and a long wait, whitewater rafting the Grand Canyon is worth it. Most people book a year in advance to get the dates they want. 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. More than a dozen companies offer trips of various lengths and styles. Use the Web page www.nps.gov/ grca/planyourvisit/whitewaterrafting.htm to get started.

2. HIKE TO THE TOP OF HUMPHREYS

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For our first Flagstaff entry on our adventure list, we start with one of its premiere day hikes, the huff to the top of Humphreys Peak. It stands as 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. Even in the summer, one can expect snow on the trail, abrupt and harrowing changes in weather and the mere difficulty of hiking uphill at altitude. 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. 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 features some popular destinations such as Priest Draw, Canyon Vista (known locally as “The Pit”) and up on Mount Elden. Sedona features its own set of routes and great climbing. To get advice on where to go, inquire at one of the gear shops such as the indoor climbing gym Flagstaff Climbing Center (928) 556-9909.

4. 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 trails and six major entry points located near or at the developed South Rim offer the chance to find adventure inside the canyon. The most famous trails are the Bright Angel, North Kaibab, South Kaibab and River trails, which connect the North Rim with the South Rim. Learn more at www.nps.gov/ grca/planyourvisit/backcountry. htm or call (928) 638-7875 Also, Phantom Ranch can be booked at www.grandcanyonlodges.com. As an important note, summer can be an extremely dangerous time to hike the canyon. 99 things to do in Northern Arizona

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5. HAVASU FALLS

For more than 40,000 visitors a year, the famed Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Reservation is where it’s at when it comes to the Grand Canyon. 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, and the hike farther down canyon can lead to several more miles of trail exploration, we put it on our high adventure lineup. Learn more about required reservations at www.havasupaitribe.com or call (928) 448-2141.

6. SEDONA BY MOUNTAIN BIKE Hardcore trail-bikers rejoice! Sedona’s trail system is one of the best for mountain biking. So much so that we made it its own high

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adventure entry. While not all trails are bike accessible, the best, most technically challenging ones are revered. 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. Another favorite is the Templeton Trail. Learn more at www.redrockcountry. org/recreation/mtn-biking.shtml

7. FLAGSTAFF EXTREME

Flagstaff Extreme is a high-in-thepines 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. Between each tree is a unique challenge. To learn more, visit www.flagstaffextreme. com or call (888) 259-0125


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Along with the great mountain biking in the Sedona area, Flagstaff also boasts incredible biking in the San Francisco Peaks, namely the Mount Elden and Dry Lake Hills area. In fact, Flagstaff served as one of the earliest places where mountain biking became a sport. Some say it is one of mountain biking’s birthplaces. With that aside, it also has incredible trails. 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. Learn more at www.fs.fed.us/r3/Coconino.

9. WATSON LAKE

Located near Prescott, Watson Lake is a wonderful gem just a few miles west of Prescott. We elected to list it in the highadventure category because many people have mixed boating and

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10. OUTDOOR ADVENTURES, PRESCOTT STYLE

Much like Flagstaff, Prescott is a small city blessed with immediate forest and outdoor recreation access. Although a little lower in elevation, the hills and mountains around Prescott still offer ponderosa pine settings, streams and lakes. Over the years, the locale has become a popular rock climbing location, spurred by its Granite Dells—an extension of the aforementioned Watson Lake area. Learn more about the opportunities at www.fs.usda. gov/prescott or (928) 443-8000.

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11. MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA

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Experiencing a resurgence in the last several years due to the dedicated work of its staff, The Museum of Northern Arizona boasts an amazing collection of the artifacts and artwork that shaped the land and culture of the Colorado Plateau. See everything from modern Native American art to anthropological artifacts to a dinosaur discovered in the area. Its incredible cultural events include festivals that celebrate Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and Hispanic cultures. To learn more, call (928) 774-5211 or visit www.musnaz.org.

12. LOWELL OBSERVATORY

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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 in Flagstaff’s famously dark sky. And regardless of what Pluto is being called these days, it was still discovered right here in Flagstaff at Lowell Observatory. Check out the visitor’s center for amazing historic photos and fun, interactive exhibits. This year also marks “The Year of Pluto,” as the New Horizons mission arrives at the planet. To find out more, call (928) 7743358 or visit www.lowell.edu.

13. MOVIES ON THE SQUARE

One of the great downtown events in the summer is the Summer Movies on the Square. In Heritage Square on Saturday nights June through early September, the family-friendly films shown are free and often recent or classics. It has shown such films as Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled and The Muppets. Along with the movie on the big screen, the night includes live entertainment by favorite local bands. Flagstaff summer evenings can be cool, so be sure and bring sweaters, jackets or blankets. Get the latest movie lineup at www.flagdba.com.

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14. KENDRICK WATCHABLE WILDLIFE PARK

Not every trail in the Flagstaff area is family friendly, but the loop at Kendrick Watchable Wildlife Park is definitely that, and it boasts signs to share the story of our 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 at www.fs.fed.us/r3/Coconino or by calling (928) 526-0866.

15. RIORDAN MANSION

The Riordan family was 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. Call (928) 779-4395 or visit azstateparks.com/Parks/RIMA/.

16. 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. The air museum is home to a number of craft from the World War II era. One of the main stars at the Planes of Fame Grand Canyon is the personal transport plane for General Douglas Macarthur, a Lockheed C-121A Constellation. It makes our Family Favorites list because it remains a great place to stop with the kids. Learn more at www.planesoffame. org or by calling (928) 635-1000.

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The Grand Canyon IMAX film at the theater, located in Tusayan on the way to the South Rim, provides a thrilling way to see the Grand Canyon. It remains a Family Favorite, as it is a great way for kids of all ages and interests to get more excited and into the Grand Canyon and all it has to offer. The theater also has an extensive visitors center with rotating events, as well as dining and shopping. Learn more at www.explorethecanyon. com or call (928) 638-2468.

18. 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. While it is a fee area, the price of admission is always well worth it. Crescent Moon features plenty of picnic tables, open lawns and, of course, creek access. 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.

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19. 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. Visit www.deerfarm.com or call (800) 926-3337 (DEER).

20. OUT OF AFRICA WILDLIFE PARK

In the past several years, the Out of Africa Wildlife Park has grown into a major attraction in the Verde Valley. It moved from the Phoenix area and has thrived as the go-to place for incredible animal encounters. 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 daily shows, and a day at this park is sure to be a family hit. Also, for a touch of adventure, check out their new Predator Zipline, which opened last summer. Learn more at www.outofafricapark.com or by calling (928) 567-2840.

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21. GRAND CANYON’S NORTH RIM

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The North Rim of the Grand Canyon offers 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. The North Rim is always rewarding, easily making it an Editor’s Choice. Learn more at www.nps.gov/grca or visit www.grandcanyonlodgenorth.com.

22. THE SOUTH RIM

Every year, people arrive to be wowed by the Grand Canyon. They catch sunrises and sunsets, or just to 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, but still books up fast. Whether a day or a week, the Grand Canyon’s South

Rim has many offerings and accommodations 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.

23. 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.

24. RED ROCK COUNTRY BY JEEP

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25. 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 or by calling (928) 524-6228.

26. 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 terrain at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument appears almost extra-terrestrial with barren fields of cinders amidst the pine forest and frozen-in-time lava flows. For more info, call (928) 526-0502 or visit www.nps.gov/sucr.

27. 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. For more information visit www.thearb. org or call (928)774-1442.

28. ARIZONA SNOWBOWL

For an easy way to get to the top of the San Francisco Peaks, visit the Arizona Snowbowl ski area. During the summer, they open the ski lift for sky rides to the top of the mountain. The 15to 20-minute ride to the top is followed by breath-taking views. Contact the Arizona Snowbowl for more info at (928) 779-1951 or see www.arizonasnowbowl.com.

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29. THE GRAND CANYON SKYWALK

The Hualapai Tribe had 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 s several hours’ drive west of the main Grand Canyon National Park and is situated on tribal land. Learn more at www.grandcanyonwest.com.

30. THE GRAND CANYON RAILWAY

A different kind of trip to the Grand Canyon waits for anyone who rides the rails to the South Rim. 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. Train enthusiasts will not want to miss the chance for the ride. Learn more at www.thetrain. com or call (800) THE-TRAIN.


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31. BEARIZONA

A great way to get close to wildlife is Bearizona, a drive-through wildlife park that features all kinds of great Western animals. Black bear, bison, big horn sheep, artic wolves and gray wolves are among the animals on the tour. Visitors also can enjoy birds of prey programs, which happen daily while in season. It has become a popular highlight of any visit to Williams. Learn more at www.bearizona. com or call (928) 635-2289.

32. 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. It is famous for being the first-proven and best-preserved meteorite impact site on the planet. Learn more at www.meteorcrater. com or call (928) 289-5898.

33. 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. To learn more about the Verde Canyon Railroad and ticket prices, visit www.verdecanyonrr. com or call (800) 582-7245.

34. SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK

Located in the aforementioned Oak Creek Canyon, Slide Rock State Park is the ultimate Sedonaarea summer attraction. The park features a natural water chute in Oak Creek as it cuts through a channel of red rock. Visitors are known to line up and take turns riding the creek through the chute. The swimming area also features deep pools and great places to wade. Learn more by calling (928) 282-3034.



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Hollywood has made Monument Valley iconic, and visitors are drawn back to the place 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. Call (435) 7275870 (the office is located in Utah).

For a chance to blend Navajo culture, startling views and wild adventure, head to Canyon de Chelly National Monument on the Navajo Nation. About a three-anda-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 800-foot red-rock spire. Learn more about the national monument by visiting www.nps.gov/cach or calling (928) 674-5500.

36. LAKE POWELL

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It appears as one of the most bizarre places on the planet. It is a cerulean blue, oasis-of-alake 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 offer sunset dinner cruises; day cruises up to Rainbow Bridge National Monument, home to the largest natural bridge in the world; and even chances to explore the lake by kayak. Learn more at www.nps. gov/glca or call (928) 608-6404.

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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. Also, the area has a number of great trails, campgrounds and places to explore. The visit to Mormon Lake can be accentuated with a stay at Mormon Lake Lodge. Learn more at www.mormonlakelodge. com or by calling (928) 354-2227.

39. FLAGSTAFF NORDIC CENTER AND YURTS

During the winter, the Flagstaff Nordic Center 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. The yurts are supplied with firewood and water and some basic supplies. It’s located about 15 miles north of Flagstaff on U.S. 180, putting it 20 minutes closer to Grand Canyon. For more information visit www.offgridgetaways.com.

40. TONTO NATURAL BRIDGE STATE PARK

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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. It makes for a watery wonder in the high desert. Call (928) 476-4202. Or visit www.azstateparks.com. Note that it’s $5 for adults and now open seven days a week.

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For a chance to blend Navajo culture, startling views and wild adventure, head to Canyon de Chelly National Monument on the Navajo Nation. About a three-and-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 800-foot red-rock spire. Learn more about the national monument by visiting www.nps. gov/cach or calling (928) 674-5500.

42. LEES FERRY

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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, explore the Mormon pioneer homestead of Lonely Dell Ranch and hike to the top of a 1,400 foot cliff via the Spencer Trail. It becomes a great edition to a canyon country adventure. Learn more at www.nps.gov/glca or by calling (928) 608-6200.


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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 little getaway locations. Clear Creek (known locally as McHood Park Lake) is just five miles outside of Winslow and features McHood Park, with free camping and picnicking. Blue Ridge Reservoir features beautiful forests and rocky cliff faces that come right down to the water. Learn more about Blue Ridge by calling (928) 477-2255 and more about Clear Creek at (928) 699-8808. Fishing information is available at www.azgfd.com.

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45. WET BEAVER CREEK

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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. For beautiful scenery and an opportunity to play in a creek, there are few better places. This is a favorite for the great creek access, beautiful scenery and fewer crowds than its sister creek to the west. Learn more at www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino.

46. DEAD HORSE RANCH STATE PARK

For a chance to find peace and solitude among the flora and fauna of the Verde River, visit Dead Horse Ranch State Park. The park does not draw quite the same number of people as some other area attractions, and yet it is filled with trails and great opportunities to encounter birds and other wildlife with three lagoons and access to the river. The park also features rental cabins, great camping opportunities and horse rides. Learn more by calling (928) 634-5283.


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Lockett Meadow may very well be one of the most beautiful campsites in the Flagstaff area—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 found a new alignment that also allows for a loop hike. When the summer heat boils down in the valleys, the Inner Basin is often one of the coolest places to be in the entire state. Along with the great temperatures and wildlife, the mushroom hunting is sublime. Call the Peaks Ranger Station at (928) 526-0866.

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The Lava River Cave, also known as the Lava Tubes, is one of the 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 year-round. The experience can be enhanced for visitors lucky enough to catch one of the ranger-led hikes into the Lava Tubes. For more information on the tours and the tubes, contact the Peaks Ranger Station at (928) 526-0866.

49. THE ARIZONA TRAIL

For a much more expansive walk, 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. Choose your starting point and hike a little or a lot on this sure-to-be historic trail. A great section of it lies just to the east of Flagstaff and drops into a side drainage of Walnut Canyon. To find more information about the trail, its routes and the efforts to complete it, visit www.aztrail.org.

50. 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. And the FUTS master plan has another 80 miles of trails on the agenda. Even without those, the urban trails connect to the forest trails beyond. So whether you’re trying to get from Point A to Point B or are simply out for a leisurely ride, Flagstaff offers the very definition of “bike-friendly.” Learn more at www.flagstaffbiking.org.

51. CYCLING TO HERMIT’S REST

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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 off to traffic most of the year and only shuttle accessible, it makes for a perfect bicycle ride along the newly refurbished road. Although it’s not technically a trail, there is a section of Greenway Trail that’s ride-able for a section of the route. A bicycle rental service, which also offers grab-and-go food starting this season, is offered through Bright Angel Bicycles. Visit www.bikegrandcanyon.com.

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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. Be sure to call in advance for reservations at (888) 297-2757. Learn more about the rides, prices and the weight restrictions (yes, they do weigh everyone) at www.nps.gov/grca/ planyourvisit/mule_trips.htm

Creek Canyon. But the drive is just the beginning, as the canyon features several premier hiking destinations. Some of the great trails in the canyon include the lush and wondrous West Fork of Oak Creek Trail, the steep and perilous Cookstove Trail and the big ascent of Wilson Mountain on two possible routes. Learn more about hikes, picnic areas and campgrounds at www.redrockcountry.org.

53. OAK CREEK CANYON

Geology and rock lovers will not want to miss the chance to visit the Fay Canyon Arch, Devil’s Bridge and Vultee Arch. To find Fay Canyon Arch, locate the correct un-maintained trail to the right of the Fay Canyon

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55. CATHEDRAL ROCK

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The monument of sandstone known as Cathedral Rock rises from the unfurled land south of Sedona proper and halfway to the Village of Oak Creek. And it deserves its name. The sixtenths-of-a-mile trail begins

4848 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 making it a fun Editor’s Choice. The hike is located off of Route 179 on Back O’ Beyond Road. Learn more at www.redrockcountry.org.

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a bend and creates a deepwater 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 nice trails to explore. Allen’s Bend Trail is a nice meander along some red-rock ledges and a forested area. That trail leads to Casner Canyon Trail, across the creek. Learn more at www.redrockcountry.org.

57. MINGUS MOUNTAIN

Rising from the Black Hills that flank the Verde Valley to the south, Mingus Mountain stands as a 7,818-foot peak and is the highest point in the range. Mingus offers a handful of great hikes, the best being North Mingus Trail. It has its summit trailhead just beyond the hang gliders’ concrete launch pad. North Mingus offers a beautiful winding trail that provides sweeping views, but the bonus is to catch paragliders and hang-gliders who launch from the top of the mountain. Learn more at www. fs.usda.gov/recarea/Prescott.

58. SLOT CANYONS

A surreal fantasy world waits in the wonder of Upper and Lower Antelope canyons. These slot canyons are narrow—only a few feet in places—with smooth

and curved red-sandstone 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. Not far from the city of Page, they are located on the Navajo Nation. Tour guides offer trips to Upper Antelope Canyon (which must be accessed with a Jeep-driving guide) and Lower Antelope Canyon. We recommend visiting the Navajo Tribal Park Web site at www.navajonationparks. org to get all of the latest information on certified guides.

59. 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. The falls is located on the Little Colorado River northeast of Flagstaff. They formed as the result of a lava flow from a nearby crater than dammed up the waterway about 150,000 years ago. 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. A series of paths go to the base of the falls and the area is interesting to explore on foot.


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he high desert of northern Arizona is rife with

incredible Native American ruins and cultural sites.

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Located 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 motorcycle enthusiasts. Rent at www.eaglerider.com.

61. HISTORIC ROUTE 66 IN FLAGSTAFF

Hop in the car and cruise The Mother Road to see some of the historic stops in Flagstaff such as The Museum Club, the Grand Canyon CafĂŠ and straight into the heart of downtown.

62. ROUTE 66 IN SELIGMAN

more than one dozen tribes. Also embedded in northern

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.

Arizona are relics of pioneer history, early development

63. HISTORIC HOTELS

It further features the vibrant and active cultures of

and Route 66. Here are some highlights.

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60. THE CITY OF JEROME

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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. www.weatherfordhotel.com or www.hotelmontevista.com.


64. THE PIONEER MUSEUM Its collections include more than 15,000 objects focusing on the history of Flagstaff and northern Arizona. www. arizonahistoricalsociety.org.

of a steep canyon, Walnut Canyon National Monument offers a glimpse into the lives of the ancient Sinagua. www.nps.gov/waca.

65. LOCAL HAUNTS

70. ELDEN PUEBLO

66. DESERT VIEW AND THE COLTER LEGACY

71. NAVAJO AND HOPI ARTS

For those who can’t resist a good ghost story, Flagstaff is steeped in the history of local hauntings. Contact the Flagstaff Visitors Center at (928) 774-9541 about tours.

The Desert View Watchtower in eastern Grand Canyon is a great introduction to architect Mary Elizbeth Jane Colter. Take U.S. 89 north from Flagstaff to Cameron and then follow Route 64 west to the South Rim. www.nps.gov/grca.

67. HUBBELL TRADING POST

Learn all about the trading days on the Navajo Reservation and tour the home of John Lorenzo Hubbell and his family. www.nps.gov/hutr.

68. WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT

Wupatki National Monument boasts some of the world’s most intact and culturally revealing archaeological sites. visit www. nps.gov/wupa.

69. WALNUT CANYON NATIONAL MONUMENT

With hundreds of ruins built into the stone alcoves and ledges

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. Call (928) 526-0866.

Flagstaff’s proximity to the Navajo and Hopi reservations brings a wealth of traditional Native American arts and artists to town. Several shops in town carry authentic arts and crafts.

72. PALATKI AND HONANKI RUINS

Located south of Sedona, the Patatki and Honanki ruins offer a glimpse into the ancient culture that resided in red rock country. Please call to reserve for a visit at (928) 282-3854 for Palatki or (928) 300-8886 for Honanki.

73. 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. (928) 734-2401 or www. hopiculturalcenter.com.

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76. MONTEZUMA WELL

75. MONTEZUMA’S CASTLE NATIONAL MONUMENT

77. TUZIGOOT NATIONAL MONUMENT

Located a short distance east of Winslow, Homovoli State Park features the remains of a 14th Century village, a place where the ancestors of the Hopi lived. Call (928) 289-4106.

Montezuma’s Castle is an ancient ruin to behold. The five-story, 20room structure has retained its walls for more than 800 years — one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in the country. www.nps.gov/moca.

Montezuma Well is a funnelshaped limestone sink filled with a pond that is 55 feet deep and 370 feet across that attracted ancients. Visit www.nps.gov/ moca.

Located on a hill near the Verde River, Tuzigoot National Monument features a multi-story ruin that rises up above the valley floor around it. Learn more at www.nps.gov/tuzi.

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Shopping, Dining Events

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o round out our 99 Things to Do, we feature some great shopping, food and

events.

78. EXPLORE A REAL DOWNTOWN

Flagstaff’s historic downtown area remains one of the small city’s bigger draws. To learn more about the downtown restoration, local businesses and community events, visit the Downtown Business Alliance Web site at www.flagdba.org.

79. 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.

80. LIVE MUSIC

On any night of the week, there is great live music to be found in Flagstaff. No matter what genre suits you, be it blues, folk, rock, punk, funk, jazz or any fusion therein, the local music scene beats with a rhythmic heart. Pick up the weekly paper Flagstaff Live (or visit www.flaglive.com) to find out what’s happening tonight.

81. GREAT COFFEE

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It might seem a little strange to put coffee on the to-do list, but Flagstaff has some of the

greatest coffee around. With Macy’s European Coffeehouse a three-decade-plus institution on Flagstaff’s Southside, Late For the Train and a new coffee place and roaster with Firecreek Coffee Company, the brew abounds. www.macyscoffee.net and www. lateforthetrain.com.

82. FLAGSTAFF BEER AND ALE TRAIL

Check out one or all of the town’s craft brew pubs. In addition to Beaver Street Brewery, Flagstaff Brewing Co. and the Lumberyard Brewing Co., Flagstaff features Mother Road Brewery and Mogollon Brewing Company, as well as Historic Brewing and Wanderlust. Flagstaff Ale Trail is one way to do it. www. FlagstaffAleTrail.com.

83. THE ART SCENE

Hundreds of artists and artisans display their work in galleries and studios all over town with new talent continually emerging. The Artists’ Gallery is Flagstaff’s largest artistic co-op, with work on display by more than 40 local artists representing every medium from watercolors to woodcarving to ceramics and metal sculpture.


84. COCONINO CENTER FOR THE ARTS

The Coconino Center for the Arts is a beautiful, spacious gallery serving as a hub for the arts in Flagstaff. To learn more about the center and current shows, visit www.flagartscouncil.org.

85. 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.

86. SHOPPING SEDONA

With incredible art, handcrafted jewelry and plenty of great restaurants to offer a lunch break, shopping in Sedona can become its own form of recreation. While many people first discover Uptown Sedona, upscale shopping can be found at a shopping villa known as Tlaquepaque. www.visitsedona.com.

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87. 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.

88. 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.

89. FARMER’S MARKET

Every summer Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon, local farmers, business owners and community members gather to shop, socialize and sample the best in local and regional foods. www.flagstaffmarket.com. 99 things to do in Northern Arizona

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90. FLAGSTAFF SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra provides fantastic performances. Call (928) 774-5107 or visit www. flagstaffsymphony.org.

91. SUMMER NIGHTS IN THE SQUARE

During the summer, Heritage Square transforms into a movie theater and concert venue. Check out this summer’s schedule at www. flagartscouncil.org.

92. THEATRIKOS

The non-profit community group Theatrikos Theatre Co. has been performing high-quality productions for four decades. Call (928) 774-1662 or visit www. theatrikos.com.

93. FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

For more than a decade, the community has been gathering downtown every first Friday of the month to check out the best in local art. www.flagstaffartwalk.com.

94. FLAGSTAFF RODEO

A professionally sanctioned rodeo in the pines. The event is July 25-27 at the Coconino County Fairgrounds. www.flagstaffprorodeo.com.

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95. HULLABALOO

One of Flagstaff’s biggest and wildest festivals is called Hullabaloo. This year it’s on June 6. www.flaghullabaloo.com.

96. ROUTE 66 DAYS

Route 66 Days festival celebrates classic cars and the Mother Road. It happens on the weekend after Labor Day. www.route66carclub.com.

97. NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY

Sedona’s 10th Annual National Day of the Cowboy Celebration is on July 25. www. mainstreetsedona.com.

98. PICKIN’ IN THE PINES

Lovers of bluegrass and folk music won’t want to miss the event that closes out the summer season with Pickin’ in the Pines, Sept. 18-20. www.pickininthepines.org.

99. COCONINO COUNTY FAIR While all counties have fairs, Coconino County’s is always a big one. This year marks the 66th annual, and several special engagements are planned. Labor Day weekend.


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