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10 Best Things To Do In Flagstaff, Arizona - Updated 2020

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Explore the beautiful and historic city of Flagstaff when visiting Arizona. With plenty to do, including mountain adventures, Downtown exploration, and even a trip to the North Pole, you’ll never be bored when visiting Flagstaff. Read on to learn more about the best things to do in Flagstaff!

1. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Posted by Riordan Mansion State Historic Park on Thursday, 20 July 2017

If you visit El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon, you’ll love the duplex-style Riordan Mansion. As another amazing creation by Charles Whittlesey, the Riordan Mansion stands as a great example of American Arts and Crafts-style architecture. Built in 1904 with the most modern technology and design of the time, including indoor plumbing, hot and cold running water, central heat, and electric lights, the Riordan Mansion was a modern wonder. Today it is a beautiful piece of history and state park waiting to be explored.

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Address: 409 W Riordan Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Website: Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

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2. North Pole Experience™

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Surprise the kids when in Flagstaff by taking them to a magical world they’ll never forget. As the “Best Holiday Experience for Children” (Arizona Foothills Magazine), the North Pole Experience™ (NPX) is an exciting destination for young and old guests alike. You’ll begin your journey on a trolley ride in the middle of the forest that goes through a magical portal to Santa’s workshop.

In the workshop, you’ll find an all-around hands-on experience for children and parents alike. Working side-by-side with the elves, you can build toys, gain access to Santa’s main factory floor, attend Elf University, and learn all of Santa’s Workshop secrets. During your visit, be sure to chat with Mrs. Claus over cookies, and see where Santa gets his mail, checks the Naughty and Nice list, and loads his sleigh. And as the topper to your workshop experience, enjoy a private family visit with the man himself, Santa.

North Pole Experience™

Address: 2515 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Website: North Pole Experience™

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3. Arizona Snowbowl

Arizona Snowbowl
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While “snow” is in the name, it doesn’t have to be snowing to enjoy the Arizona Snowbowl. That’s right, this fun winter ski destination becomes an escape from the desert heat during the summer. At the Snowbowl, temperatures only get to the low 80s and 70s (20-26 Celsius), making it the perfect place to enjoy live music and explore the outdoors. Take in a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous northern Arizona, spending a summer afternoon on a Scenic Chairlift ride. If you’re visiting Flagstaff during the winter, the Snowbowl is Arizona’s ultimate skiing and snowboarding destination.

Arizona Snowbowl

Address: 9300 N Snow Bowl Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Website: Arizona Snowbowl

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4. Hike the San Francisco Peaks

San Francisco Peaks
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Surrounding the caldera of a now extinct volcano, the San Francisco Peaks of Flagstaff stand, attracting visitors from all over the world. More than just a skiing hub, the San Francisco Peaks offer challenging hikes, cozy campgrounds, disk-golf fields, and more, perfect for enjoying nature in its purest form.

San Francisco Peaks

Address: San Francisco Mountain, Arizona

Website: San Francisco Peaks

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5. Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course

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Posted by Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course & Adventure Zips on Thursday, 5 January 2017

Test your outdoor skills at Arizona’s only adventure and zipline course, Flagstaff Extreme (FLG X). This safe, fun, and physical outdoor experience is high in the Flagstaff pines, and offers a unique experience the whole family will love. When hanging out with FLG X, you will be challenged to push your limits and overcome fears in a friendly environment. Multiple large circuits are available, at Flagstaff Extreme within the Adult course. Each one contains about 10-17 different obstacles and ziplines. Of course, the kids won’t want to miss out on the adventure, and FLG X offers practice managing their own safety lines and movement—and a course to put it all to the test. At FLG X, you’re guaranteed a high-rising good-time.

Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course

Address: Fort Tuthill County Park, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Website: Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course

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6. Lava River Cave

Lights carried through cave

Explore the underworld when visiting Flagstaff at the Lava River Cave. As a part of the Coconino National Forest, this natural museum is outside and perfect for learning about history, biology, geology, and cave climates. While most museums have doors, the Lava River Cave’s entrance is merely a hole in the ground. When you enter, you’ll find a floor covered in large slippery boulders, and a mile-long (1.6 km) trek through darkness. Be sure to bring two or three light sources!

Thanks to the natural insulation of the cave, the internal temperature stays around 35-45⁰F (2-7⁰C), so be sure to dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes. Despite the roughness of the trek, the cave’s interior is decorated with beautiful lava features that tell the story of how the cave came to be. Truly worth exploring, the Lava River Cave is a must-visit when in Flagstaff.

Lava River Cave

Address: Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Website: Lava River Cave

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7. Moenkopi River Works

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Experience the Grand Canyon up close by floating down the Colorado River. With Moenkopi River Works, you don’t have to worry about travel. Everything you could possibly need, whether you’re going to be on the river for an hour, an afternoon, or all night, Moenkopi River Works has you covered. Moenkopi River Works provides not only boats, but kayaks, camping equipment, food, cooking supplies, a first aid kit, and more, promising you a fun, safe adventure down the Colorado River.

Moenkopi River Works

Address: 5355 N Dodge Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Website: Moenkopi River Works

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8. Sunset Crater National Monument

Sunset Crater
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See the geological wonder, the Sunset Crater National Monument, when visiting Flagstaff. The remains of a volcano that erupted around 1085 CE, this basin remains as a reminder of nature’s colossal capabilities. Trails line the rim and crisscross the volcano, perfect for hiking and exploring the mound. It takes about one hour to stop at the Visitor Center and hike the entire Lava Flow Trail. But if you have some additional time, check out the Lenox Crater Trail, the Aa Flow trail, or enjoy the spectacular view from the Cinder Hills Overlook. Each trail is unique, offering different adventures during future Flagstaff trips.

Sunset Crater National Monument

Address: Coconino County, Arizona

Website: Sunset Crater National Monument

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9. Museum of Northern Arizona

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Posted by Museum of Northern Arizona on Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Featuring more than just exhibits, the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) is an awesome destination for Flagstaff vacationers and curious travelers alike. The MNA campus is home to Native American collection facilities featuring more than five million Native American artifacts, natural science specimens, and fine art pieces. Not only a fun way to learn about the history of North America, MNA works to inspire its visitors to love the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau. By collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the works of native people, MNA does just that.

Museum of Northern Arizona

Address: 3101 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Website: Museum of Northern Arizona

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10. Downtown Flagstaff and Train District

Downtown Flagstaff
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Enjoy a stroll Downtown in Flagstaff’s historic 1900s era district. Not only home to great food and shopping opportunities, when you visit Downtown Flagstaff, you will learn about the lynching of outlaws, massive fires that destroyed entire blocks, friendly saloon owners, and the people that helped found one of Arizona’s most iconic cities. Tours and trains abound in this populated area, perfect for family vacations or a romantic date.

Downtown Flagstaff and Train District

Address: Downtown, Flagstaff, AZ

Website: Downtown Flagstaff and Train District

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Visit Flagstaff!

As a beautiful piece of Arizona, Flagstaff brings culture, nature, and adventure together to make an excellent vacation destination. From museums, to river exploration, to mountain experiences, to a lively Downtown, Flagstaff just might be the perfect Arizona destination for you.

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