Flagstaff, Arizona may be a small town, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with fabulous outdoor recreation and activities. You don’t visit for the bustling downtown metropolis but the rugged alpine trails and adventures to be found on them. You could hike Mt. Humphrey’s, visit a Meteor Crater, or even take a trip down into the Lava Tubes. In case you’re stuck for ideas, here’s a roundup of fabulous options to get you motivated in the great outdoors.
Flagstaff is a town jam-packed full off climbers. There are so many crags in the region that it’s just a matter of choosing what style of climbing you want to do and what kind of rock your looking for. There are plenty of great sites for both bouldering and roped climbing. With the climbing community also comes the slackliners. If it’s a sunny day, you’ll find slacklines set up at the park or in people’s front yards all throughout town.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of flying across the treetops above the wildest of predators with the wind in your hair. The Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde Arizona lets you enjoy a world-class zip line experience in Flagstaff. Get closer to nature while getting the adrenaline pumping.
For a more scenic experience, try an afternoon float down the mighty Colorado River with the Colorado River Float Trip . Sit back in the sun, see the towering canyon walls and ancient petroglyphs, and even get a close up view of the massive Glen Canyon Dam.
Ride through the 10,000 acre pine forest south of Walnut Canyon National Monument and keep your eyes peeled for bobcat and bull elk. These pine forests are semi-primitive and are banned to motorized vehicles, allowing you to enjoy the pure sounds of nature. In the wintertime with Hitchin’ Post Stables you can even treat yourself to a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow-covered Coconino National Forest.
Coconino National Forest is the most popular hiking spot as it is home to the San Francisco Peaks. However, the Kaibab National Forest is also home to fabulous hikes and great views. It’s worth the 30 mile drive from Flagstaff.
Night sky watching
If you’re in the mood for a little stargazing then Flagstaff is certainly the right city. You don’t need to go the Lowell Observatory to get great views [although it’s also worth a visit]. Pop out with a blanket and find yourself a good park – like Buffalo Park. Set up camp on the grass, grab yourself a bottle of wine, and enjoy the perfect night sky.
Mormon Lake and Lake Mary are just a short drive from the town of Flagstaff and are the ideal spot for a little kayaking, paddleboarding, and kiteboarding.
[This paid post was commissioned as part of the #HipmunkCityLove project but the adventure inspiration was my own. See more of my work on Flagstaff here.]