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Within a 100-mile radius of the town of Flagstaff, there are seven national parks and monuments, including the Grand Canyon.

Museum of Northern Arizona

The city is the home of the Museum of Northern Arizona and the U.S. Geological Surveys Flagstaff Field Center. Some of the permanent exhibits include artifacts from ancient native American tribes and a life-size skeletal model of the Dilophosaurus, a carnivorous dinosaur found in northern Arizona.

The Pioneer Museum

The Pioneer Museum collections include farm machinery, vehicles, costumes and pioneer memorabilia, including a 1929 Baldwin locomotive and a Santa Fe caboose. There are more than 10,000 artifacts associated with the history of Flagstaff and northern Arizona, including livestock working gear, household items, medical equipment, toys and dolls, costumes, and textiles.

The Arboretum

The Arboretum is a botanical garden, nature center, and research station located at 7,150 above sea level. There are several miles of trails that take you through one of the largest collections of high-country wildflowers in the nation. It covers about 200 acres and is home to 2,500 species of drought-tolerant native plants specific to the high-desert Colorado Plateau. The Arboretum was the home of Frances McAllister in the late 1960’s. It was originally a forest and a working ranch.

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

This five-acre park is an extraordinary display of the early 1900s mansion owned by the Riordan family and includes all of the original furnishings and decor.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Located about 10 miles southeast of downtown Flagstaff, off I-40. The canyon rim lies at 6,690 feet and the canyon floor 350-feet lower. A less than a mile trail descends 185 ft into the canyon, passing 25 cliff dwelling rooms constructed by the Sinagua people.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

It is located in the north-central part of the U.S. state of Arizona, and is maintained by the National Park Service in close conjunction with nearby Wupatki National Monument. In 1930 President Herbert Hoover proclamated the volcano a National Monument. A one mile self-guiding loop trail is located at the base of Sunset Crater, but hiking to the summit is not permitted. The trail that was providing access to the summit and crater, was closed in 1974, because of excessive erosion caused by hikers. A visitor center is located near the park entrance, 12 miles (19 km) north of Flagstaff, along U.S. Highway 89.

Wupatki National Monument

This is a fascinating area for exploring ancient pueblo, located near the San Francisco Peaks, which once housed almost 100 members of the Anasazi and Sinagua tribes. The homes, the walls of many of which still stand, were built from flat red stones held together with mortar. Each settlement was constructed as a single building, sometimes with several rooms. The largest settlement on monument territory is the Wupatki Ruin.

Continental Country Club

This 18-hole golf course stretches 6,029 yards, making it easy to walk or ride. It is a challenging round of golf with fun-to-play par fives and demanding par threes.

Arizona Raft Adventures

For those who wish to explore the Grand Canyon in a more adventurous manner there are several rafting trips available from various private tour companies. Arizona Raft Adventure offers trips from six- to 15-day paddle trips. Also available for reservation are its eight- or 10-day motor trips.

Vertical Relief Climbing Center

Vertical Relief Climbing Center is located in historic downtown Flagstaff. The center features over 6500 square feet of widely varied climbing terrain to suit all abilities and climbing styles.

Sedona Jeep & Winery Tour

A unique Sedona tour just minutes from Flagstaff , that will allow you to explore the rugged Lost Canyon Trail on your way to the Page Springs Wine Cellars. Here you can relax by the cool water as you sample some of the unique wines this area is becoming known for. Each guest will be given a $15 credit toward one of their bottles. If you can time your visit, you should be able to catch the sunset on the return journey.

Grand Canyon Railway

Serving the Grand Canyon since 1901, this has got to be one of the most popular Flagstaff-Grand Canyon tour. You can get reservations online for a train tour on one of five classes of service on our vintage train to the Grand Canyon. Or, select a vacation package that includes lodging at our own Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and in Grand Canyon National Park.

Petrified Forest National

Off I-40, about 120 miles east of Flagstaff, this 93,000 acres park is full of unusual geology, warm and vibrant colors. The northern part is known as the Painted Desert while the southern area features the petrified wood. Created millions of years ago, the region once lay underwater, at which time minerals infiltrated fallen logs, creating the amazing fossils seen today. Visitors may tour the area by bicycle or car on a paved road, and hiking is also permitted.

Helicopter Tours

Take a tour with some of the world's most experienced companies over Sedona and the Grand Canyon, or fly even over the Vegas strip at night. The helicopters are climate controlled and specifically built for sightseeing.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour Video