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Winter Activities in Flagstaff, AZ

Let’s face it -- winter is so mild in most of Arizona, you can go swimming outdoors and wear shorts while running in January. So when you want to enjoy true winter sports in AZ, Flagstaff’s the place.
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Fort Tuthill County Park

Head to this 411-acre regional park on the southern edge of the city for snowman building and other snow play, including a small sledding hill. There are 6.5 miles of trails where you can snowshoe or cross-country ski. Pack a lunch and eat on one of the many picnic tables and ramadas. Fort Tuthill is connected to the city and Northern Arizona University campus via the Flagstaff Urban Trail System (aka FUTS), which can also be used for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, depending on snow levels. The city does sometimes plow the FUTS for winter hiking/walking or biking riding instead. Ft Tuthill is also connected to Kachina Village via two mile the Highland Trail. This park is open from dusk until dawn daily.

Jay Lively Activity Center (Ice Arena)

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.

Mormon Lake Lodge

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.

Walker Lake Winter Area/Kendrick Park

In the winter, Kendrick Park Watchable Wildlife Area is accessible from the Walker Lake winter parking area. The lot is paved and has a restroom but no other services. It's only plowed when ADOT has the resources. But it's worthy of checking out if you can because of the beautiful vistas of the San Francisco Peaks and Kendrick Mountain and sunny meadows ideal for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Snowmobiling is another possibility here if you have your own equipment. The trails in the area aren't maintained but you can get a map from the forest service before you go so you can find your way around.

Wing Mountain Snow Play Area

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.