Family Travel in Flagstaff, AZ
Once the home and gardens of Frances McAllister, The Arboretum at Flagstaff encompasses 200-acres and is home to 100 species of birds. Founded in 1981, the garden features native plants and animals of northern Arizona. At 7,000 feet, the garden represents a unique blend of natural beauty, including one of the country’s largest assortments of high country wildflowers. Families can wander the gardens spring and summer and explore the plant and animal species of the Colorado Plateau, including a live bug zoo.
Established in 1864 by Arizona’s territorial government, the Arizona Historical Society has several locations throughout the state, including the Pioneer Museum location in Flagstaff. The museum, housed in the historic Coconino County Hospital for the Indigent, showcases the history of northern Arizona and Flagstaff and families can discover artifacts and exhibits of the region, including a log cabin. The historic Riordan Mansion is also maintained by the Arizona Historical Society. Built in 1904, it is located on Riordan Road in Flagstaff.
Have fun in the sun and snow. Situated high atop Mt. Humphrey’s in the San Francisco Peaks that tower above Flagstaff, Arizona Snowbowl features skiing and snowboarding in the winter months. Both adults and children can sign up for full and half-day classes designed for all ages and skill levels. Children 4-7 can get started with the resort’s SkiWee program and children 8-12 can participate in the more advanced Ridge Runner courses. Families looking to go sledding and or to make snowmen can visit nearby Wing Mountain and Crowley Pit.
Step into the Coconino National Forest and embrace the quiet and natural beauty of northern Arizona. One of Arizona’s six national forests, the Coconino National Forest encompasses more than 1.8 million acres with elevations ranging from 2,600 feet above sea level to the highest point in the state – Mt. Humphrey’s at 12,633 feet. The forest stretches from the red rocks of Sedona north through the ponderosa pine forests of the San Francisco Peaks. Enjoy a multitude of activities, including hiking, fishing, horseback riding, hunting and boating.
One of the world’s greatest natural wonders is only 80 miles north of Flagstaff - the Grand Canyon. Take a drive to the South Rim and gaze into the depths of the world’s largest canyon. In many places, families and children can step right up to the edge of the one-mile deep canyon and caution is advised, especially with young children. Enjoy the view along the 25-mile scenic route – Desert View Drive, which follows along the South Rim or take a bus tour or a guided hike. Even on cool days, keep yourself and your children well-hydrated. Visit online for driving directions and park details: www.nps.gov/grca.