Sledding and Snow Play

sledding in Flagstaff AZ


There is nothing like the joy of snow play in a winter wonderland such as Flagstaff! Curious where to take the kids sledding or tubing in Arizona? Or maybe you're just looking for a great place the whole family can enjoy playing in the snow, cross-country skiing, sleigh rides and even making snowmen! You have come to the right place! Although these activities are fun please understand that this town is precious to many and for that reason Flagstaff has a “leave no trace” policy. This means EVERYTHING that you bring should be brought back with you. Please do the same if your sled meets an unfortunate end against a tree or rock! Another important thing to keep in mind is that although lots of fun, sledding can also become dangerous. Please watch your children especially by road sides. There have been many close calls in areas near Milton and highway 180 of children racing into the road on a sled. With all that in mind here are some awesome snow areas to check out!

¡No hay un lugar tan bonito como Flagstaff con nieve! ¿Tiene curiosidad sobre los lugares que ofrecen viajes en trineo en Arizona? O posiblemente solamente esté buscando un lugar que toda la familia puede esquiar, jugar en la nieve, hacer un muñeco de nieve , o pasear en trineo. Pues, ¡Flagstaff es el lugar perfecto para eso y más! ¿Estas actividades son divertidas verdad? Es por eso que en Flagstaff nos gusta mantener un ambiente sano y limpio, para que todos los que quieran puedan disfrutar de las divertidas actividades y hermosísimos paisajes de esta ciudad en las montañas. Es por eso que tenemos una regla de “no dejes nada”. Si su trineo se rompe al estar usándolo, favor de disponer de la basura que cause en el contenedor de basura más cercano. Es importante también mantenerse seguro cuando esté paseando en trineo porque es peligroso, especialmente al lado de las calles Milton y la carretera 180,ya que ha habido incidentes en los cuales se han acercado demasiado a la carretera. ¡Bueno, ya que se tiene eso en mete, aquí hay algunos lugares increíbles con nieve que tiene que visitar!

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Flagstaff Nordic Center

  • The Flagstaff Nordic Center offers snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowman building and pull-behind sledding and night play on Fridays when conditions allow. Downhill sledding is available at Crowley Pit, just 1 mile past the Flagstaff Nordic Center. The center is open daily has 40 kilometers of trails.
  • Getting there: The center is about 15 miles northwest of downtown Flagstaff and 160 miles from central Phoenix. Head north on Interstate 17, which leads into Milton Road in Flagstaff. Follow Milton Road downtown to U.S. 180 north. The parking lot is along the highway at mile marker 232.
  • Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily and 6-9 p.m. Fridays if conditions allow.
  • Skiing: Reservations for equipment rentals must be made by 3 p.m. three days before your visit. Skis and rental packages range from $10 - $20/day, and trail passes are priced at $10 - $18/day.
  • Snowshoeing: The center has about 9 miles of marked snowshoe trails, and dogs are allowed if kept under control. Reservations are suggested to ensure equipment availability. Trail passes and snowshoe rentals are $10 - 18 per day each.
  • Sledding: A sledding area is near U.S. 180 at Crowley Pit, about 1 mile past the Nordic Center. The pit's parking area is not maintained, but portable toilets and a garbage can are available. Several hills with various grades and lengths are available. Learn more about Crowley Pit, a Forest Service site, at
  • Details: 928-220-0550 or

Wing Mountain Snow Play area

This area offers small sledding hills and moguls for tots, as well as areas for skiing, snowshoeing and other snow play. Food and hot drinks are available.

  • Getting there: It's about 150 miles from central Phoenix. Take I-17 north to Milton Road into downtown Flagstaff, then U.S. 180 north. At mile marker 226, 2.8 miles past Snowbowl Road, turn left onto Forest Road 222B.
  • Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.
  • Admission: $15 per vehicle. Sleds are available for purchase.
  • Details: 928-226-0493 or

Sunrise Park Resort

Known for its downhill ski runs, Sunrise also offers tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

  • Getting there: It's about 220 miles from central Phoenix. Take Arizona 87 (Beeline Highway) north to Payson, then Arizona 260 east through Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside to Arizona 273, on the Fort Apache Reservation. Turn right (south) on Arizona 273. Sunrise Park Lodge is about 4 miles south, and the Sunrise Ski Area is about 3 miles past the lodge.
  • Tubing: It's like sledding, only you fly down the hill on an enormous inner tube. A tubing hill is behind Lake Ono, off the main entrance. Tube rentals are $8 a day, or you can bring your own tube.
  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing: More than 13 miles of groomed trails are available. Trail passes cost $7 for adults and $4 for juniors. Equipment rentals are $10 a day.
  • Sleigh rides: $22 per person for a 30-minute ride, and $30 for a 60-minute ride.
  • Details: 928-735-7669 or

Elk Ridge Ski and Recreation Area

Named for the ridge line south of the ski area, this site once was known as the Williams Ski Area. Tubing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding are available. The lodge has been renovated and is under new management. Check their website for schedules and holiday closures.

  • Getting there: It's about 180 miles from central Phoenix. Take Interstate 17 north to Flagstaff and Interstate 40 west to Williams. Go south on Fourth Street, which turns into Perkinsville Road, then Ski Run Road to Elk Ridge.
  • Hours: 10a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Prices: $20 Adults ages 13+; $15 Kids ages 4-12; $40 Family (2 adults, 2 children under 13); Free for children younger than 4 with an Adult.
  • Details: 928-814-5038 or

Lone Tree Sledding Area

  • This is a local sledding spot that doesn’t have hours or fees.
  • It is located at the corner of Lone Tree and E J.W. Powell Blvd. To get there from Phoenix take the 1-17 towards Flagstaff, get off at exit 339 onto Lake Mary road. Take a left onto E. Zuni Dr. (be aware that this turn is more than 90). Take a right on Lone Tree and the sledding area is on your left. If you hit Pine Canyon golf course you have gone too far. There is a parking lot on the left as well.

  • Here are a few additional handy resources for weather, road conditions and area snow reports:

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