Flagstaff, Arizona travel for 2019

July 5, 2019 0 By Aparna Pathak

Wupatki National Monument:

This is a stunning site with red-rock pueblos. This site is best known for the Native American ruins of pueblos architecture that has been preserved. The total area is around 40,000 acres and has ruins from as far back in history as 500 CE. This location housed the largest group of people during that time and even though there are so many other sites for pueblos ruins, this is the largest preserved site. This stunning location is perfect for sunsets and even if you are not interested in the history of the place, they are beautiful old ruins that catches the eye.

Also, catch the glimpse of Wupatki Spirit Totem while you are here, they are mysterious totems that no one seems to know the origins of nor for how long it has been there, not even the locals.

Walnut Canyon:

The Walnut Canyon was home to Sinagua people from 1100 CE to 1250 CE. This canyon lies on the Colorado Plateau. Now this area is known for the ruins of the structures that these people lived in. It is interesting to note that people lived in such a dry place without any water and even managed to set up trade markets that extended to Central America. There are about 80 dwellings built by the Sinagua people beneath the ledges of Kaibab limestone.

While you are here, remember to carry a bottle of water with you.

Coconino Lava River:

This is a massive cave near Flagstaff, Arizona. This is a huge cave, big enough for one person to walk freely. It is a stunning example of what lava can do when it flows out of volcanoes and its surface hardens because of the air. This lava cave is a near-perfect circular arch that was formed centuries ago but because the lava still continued to flow inside the cave, it almost looks like lava river.

The Arboretum at Flagstaff:

The Arboretum is a 200 acre arboretum which is home to 750 species of native plants of the high desert Colorado Plateau. Most of these plants are drought-tolerant adapted. It is located at a height of 7150’ in elevation, making it one of the highest elevation public gardes in United States of America. It is an educational experience for anyone who is interested in knowing about the native plants and animals of the region.

Meteor Crater:

If you ever happen to be in Arizona, you cannot miss the Meteor Crater. It is a huge crater created by the meteorite impact about 50,000 years ago. It is approximately one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and 550 feet deep. This is the most well preserved meteorite impact site and it is the best interactive educational experience for the whole family. The key attractions of Meteor Crater are the indoor crater viewing area, Crater Trail access, Interactive Discovery Center, and Artifacts and Exhibits.

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park:

If what you are looking for is the rich past of Flagstaff, head over to Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. It is a large mansion where Timothy and Michael Riordan lived spread over 13000 square feet of living space on a 5 acre land. This mansion tells the rich past of the family who helped develop industries in the field of lumber, cattle, railroad, and banking and also had political influences. The tour of this mansion takes about an hour and tour guide will tell you about the family’s history, the architecture of this stunning mansion and about the furniture of the house.

Grand Falls of the Little Colorado River:

Visit the Grand Falls of the Little Colorado River to experience something very incredible. The falls are created by volcanic runoff from Merriam Crater and created a lava dam. The falls are flowing because of the snow melts from the White Mountains that flow into the Little Colorado River. The important and unique aspect about these falls is that they are 181 feet tall and are muddy and chocolaty brown in colour. The best time to see the falls is in March and April when the White Mountain snow melts.

Lowell Observatory:

Lowell Observatory is amongst the oldest observatories in the United States, it was established in 1894 as an astronomical observatory. This observatory stands atop the MArs hill and overlooks Flagstaff town below. If you are interested in exploring the universe and answering the bigger questions about the history of science and astronomy, then you must visit this.

Flagstaff Extreme:

If you want to challenge your physical strength or just want to satiate the adrenaline rush then you have to go to Flagstaff Extreme. It is a fun and unique outdoor experience in the trees which is completely safe. If you want to overcome your fears of heights and movement, you have to go here. The challenges that they offer are rope swings, scrambling walls, tarzan ropes, swinging logs, ariel surf boarding, wobbly bridges, zip lining and many more. It is an elevated obstacle course located in the Ponderosa Pines

Hart Prairie Road scenic drive:

This scenic drive is worth visiting in the summer and autumn months. It is a beautiful sight to experience and a worthwhile escape from the summer heat of Arizona. This drive is for anyone who is looking for a picturesque environment or is passionate about landscape photography. The western slopes of the San Francisco peaks make up for a beautiful view and a perfect destination for a relaxed trip.