Hotspots in Flagstaff, AZ
If you’re in Flagstaff on one of the rare non-sunny days (its sunny here 288 days per year on average) and don’t feel like being out in the cold, you’ll find delight at the Flagstaff Aquaplex. The new facility offers an indoor lap pool, indoor water park, water slides, a “lazy river” area, indoor rock climbing, basketball gym, indoor track, weights and exercise machines. Because it is run by the city, it’s open to the public for reasonable daily rates and no membership fees. The daily rate (with re-entry so you can come back and enjoy more after grabbing a bite) is $3 for children, $5 for youth, $7 for adults and $5 for folks 55 and over. Or you can buy a household pass for $25 for the day.
With movies like Brave and Hunger Games featuring skillful women archers, it’s no wonder enthusiasm for the sport of archery is growing. Don your own Braveheart and pick up a bow at Coconino County Parks and Recreation Adult Archery classes. Learn basics of the art of archery using equipment designed for the beginning bow woman. Instructors from the Flagstaff Archers Club emphasize understanding terminology, equipment and shooting safety.
The beginning and intermediate outdoor fitness classes are held in the pines at the Flagstaff Archers Pavilion located at the archery range at Ft. Tuthill. Be the first of your girlfriends to add archery the quiver of fitness activities that you already enjoy. Loose your princess warrior!
Located in the Coconino National Forest, Wing Mountain is a few miles past the Snowbowl on Highway 180. Here you’ll find sledding hills, cross country ski trails and shoeshoeing trails. There’s plenty of places to build a snowman or two also. You can buy a sled if you forgot one plus snacks, coffee and hot cocoa on site. The lot is plowed for easy parking, a rareity for Flagstaff snow play areas. Wing Mountain is open from 9 to 4 daily, when there’s snow. Rates are $12 per vehicle with no re-entry. Cash or check only. Children under 16 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. You can check out their trails map before you get there on their website: http://snowplayaz.com.
A friendly gathering spot in the heart of downtown, the Square is the place to find an array of free entertainment and events. “Thursdays on the Square,” a live music series, is offered from Memorial through Labor Day. Also in the summer, “Movies on the Square,” popular with families, plays here Friday nights and the Heritage Square Trust summer concert series entertains on weekend afternoons. The dog-friendly downtown district is known for putting water dishes outside of shops for those warmer months.
About 30 minutes southeast of Flagstaff (via Lake Mary Road), you can enjoy beautiful scenery and backcountry trails at the Mormon Lake Lodge. In addition to cross country skiing and snowshoeing, they also offer guided snowmobiling through Coconino National Forest’s winter wonderland. The Lodge offers individual trail fees of $8 per day or a family rate for up to four people of $25 per day. They also rent Nordic skis, boots and poles for $18 per day for adults and $12 per day for juniors. Guided snow mobile tours are available for $60 for single riders or $75 for doubles per hour. Tours are generally one or two hours. The Lodge has a country store for snacks and drinks, a rustic family-friendly steakhouse and a saloon – as well as great cabins to rent if you want to enjoy the area for longer. The Mormon Lake Lodge Winter Activity Center is open from 9am to 4pm. Call 928-354-2227 x 10 for any questions and to check snow conditions.
Start your Grand Canyon adventure here. The legendary IMAX film “Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets” takes you and your family careening on whitewater at the bottom of the chasm, sailing like a bird over the colorful canyon lands and gliding past walls close enough to touch … all in only 34 minutes!
The colossal scale of this film will ignite the wings of your imagination. The kids are sure to enjoy this experience, one of the longest running films in IMAX history.
Save 30% with the Facebook Discount by clicking the Facebook icon above. (Unfortunately the offer doesn’t work on mobile devices.) Children 5 and under admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult. Shows begin at half-past the hour, 365 days per year. After the preview of the Grand Canyon in this adult and children’s theater, make tour reservations.
Get a full-body workout by dancing to the rhythms of the night. Zumba® classes blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography and are known for making fitness fun. Earning the nickname “fitness-parties,” Zumba Fitness® fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an exhilarating workout. You don’t have to know the steps, just follow instructor Amy Wolkowinsky who is legally licensed to teach Latin-infused Zumba® and Zumba® Toning.
How easy is that?
In Flagstaff, dance the night away on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Zumba® Toning happens on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. At Zumba® Toning you’ll learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like toning sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all your target zones, including arms, abs and thighs. So come on you party animal, this one’s for you!
At 8000 feet above sea level, about a mile past the Flagstaff Nordic Center is the Crowley Pit snow play area. This almost secret spot isn't marked with anything besides a "parking" sign so keep your eyes peeled as you head up Highway 180. Here you can get in some Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, but none of the trails are managed or groomed. There's also a little spot to get in some sledding with the kiddos. The county does plow the road that leads to the parking area here. But if it is full, don't park along the highway. Instead head to another area as parking along the highway is against the law.
Ice Skating isn’t something you’ll find outside anywhere in Flagstaff really but you can head indoors for ice skating fun to the Jay Lively Activity Center, also sometimes called the Jay Lively Ice Arena. The city-run facility has skate rentals plus helmets and walkers for those learning to skate available for rental on site. Skate rental for all ages is $3.75. Children under four skate free with a paid adult. Kids 5-17 are $2.75. Adults are $5.25. The hours open for public skating are limited and vary day to day. You can check a full schedule of hours for open skate, adult-only skating, open hockey, etc on the city’s recreation website http://www.flagstaff.az.gov/recreation. Across the parking lot is a big fenced-in playground to run off some extra energy before heading home or back to the hotel. The park also has several picnic tables.
The first place to start for serious winter snow play is Snowbowl. They’ve got 32 trails, a terrain park and over two thousand feet of vertical drop serviced by four lifts for skiers and boarders of all ability levels. Snowbowl also has the Little Spruce Conveyor for beginners. If you don’t know how to ski or snowboard – the whole family can take private or group lessons on site. Before you go – add their trail map to your Garmin for the ultimate interactive trail guide. The Snowbowl’s Ski Lift Lodge and Cabins, located at the base of the resort right on Highway 180, often offers really great weekend packages that include free lift tickets and budget room rates. Plus, they’ve got some of the best wings in town at their restaurant.