Things to Do in Flagstaff

Flagstaff Tours

Tours and guided recreation are two separate categories on Flagstaff.com. We define tours as guided activities and attractions people can attend or experience without being required to actively participate. For example, activities like helicopter rides to the Grand Canyon, jeep rides, ranger talks at national monuments and rides through wildlife parks are all considered tours. Flagstaff tours provide a more profound understanding of the point of interest in a shorter amount of time than if you were to visit it on your own. Tours are highly recommended if you enjoy an expert sharing his or her extensive knowledge of the attraction you are visiting. Flagstaff has a few tours in town, but many of these tours depart from or near Flagstaff, and take you on a journey to Sedona, the Grand Canyon and other geologically magnificent locations. Take a look at these Flagstaff tours and see if any of them piques your interest.

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Flagstaff Attractions

Flagstaff is a town surrounded by dozens of amazing natural attractions. The greatest of them being one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon. But there are many other attractions that are exceptional in their own right and are definitely worth visiting. As the first International Dark Sky City, Flagstaff is home to the Lowell Observatory, known for the discovery Pluto. Some of the best star-gazing in the country takes place in Flagstaff and the observatory is just the place to do it. Just outside of Flagstaff are the Lava Tube Caves, Meteor Crater and Walnut Canyon. Other attractions in town include the Museum of Arizona, the Pioneer Museum, Riordan Mansion and as well as cultural events, festivals and art exhibitions. Check out our nearby attractions and explore beautiful Northern Arizona.

Guided Recreation in Flagstaff

Guided recreation is different from a tour. Guided recreation is something you will actively participate in with the assistance of an experienced, professional guide. As you may have already noticed, Flagstaff has a thriving outdoor adventure culture and it could be considered contagious to anyone who stays here long enough. If you have the interest in going on an outdoor adventure but are not familiar with either the activity/sport or the area, hire a professional guide. People in Flagstaff are excited to share their passion for the outdoors with others, and it's always a good idea to adventure with the local professionals. From learning how to snowboard or go rock climbing in Flagstaff to white water rafting down the Grand Canyon, you'll find that guided recreation is the best way to experience new, exciting adventures in a safe and enjoyable way.

Indoor Recreation & Activities

Flagstaff is one of those places where what you do with your day can greatly depend on the weather outside. For much of the country, this is common sense, but many Flagstaff visitors come from the Phoenix area where people are used to sunny and warm weather 300 days a year. With 161 sunny days a year here, it is safe to say that people visiting Flagstaff generally expect to spend a good amount of time outdoors. Whether you're in Flagstaff to cool off in the summer, while sitting on a patio drinking a beer, or you're here to go skiing, snowboarding, camping and exploring nature with family and friends, embracing being outdoors is usually part of the plan. During the later summer months, hiking, biking and other outdoor activities are sometimes cut short or cancelled due to afternoon monsoon downpours, and in the winter, this mountain town gets over 100 inches of snow, which can drive the non-skiiers and snow sports enthusiasts inside. For this reason, we've decided to separate Things to Do in Flagstaff by Indoor Recreation and Outdoor Recreation.

These indoor activities will come in handy for those days when it's too rainy, snowy or cold for you to go do something outside. Or perhaps you're just not the outdoorsy type. There are several things to do indoors that can keep you entertained, dry, warm and protected from the elements.

Outdoor Recreation in Flagstaff

Where does one begin with this? Well, you could go on one of the most epic hikes of your life down into the chasm of the Grand Canyon. There's the San Francisco Peaks to explore with dozens of mountain biking and hiking trails; multiple rock climbing crags; Arizona Snowbowl ski and snowboard resort. There's camping, fishing, kayaking and paddle-boarding; farmer's markets, mushroom forging and blackberry picking; music, beer, film and cultural festivals going on most spring and summer weekends; marathons and bike races; winter races by snowshoe, skis or foot; and lots of bluegrass music and IPA beer drinking. Those are just a few ideas. Check out our list of things to do outdoors, as well our Calendar of Events.

Winter Sports & Activities

Flagstaff hosts one of only two ski resorts in Arizona. Mt. Humphreys reaching 12,637ft in elevation is Arizona's highest point and home to the Arizona Snowbowl Resort. Winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are enjoyed here when snow is present. It has only been a couple years now that the controversial snow-making has been permitted, but the 2013-2014 snow season is the first where the resort has the equipment to make snow. Arizona Snowbowl is one of the main economic resources in Flagstaff providing jobs and a reason for visitors to come to Flagstaff year round. Now that the resort can make snow, winter sport lovers can expect to enjoy consistently better snow conditions throughout the winter.

Mt. Humphreys is sacred land to the Navajo tribe causing snow-making to be a hot topic for Arizonans. There are winter activities you can enjoy around Flagstaff if you choose not to go up to Arizona Snowbowl. Sledding, tubing and cross-country skiing are accessible in other areas and there are typically winter events taking place around town.

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1. Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

Come see Tiger Splash show at 1:15 every day. Watch Bengal tigers in natural play as they "hunt" their caretakers. Open Daily 9:30 a.m.-5:00...  More
  • (928) 567-2840
  • 3505 Camp Verde-Bridgeport Highway
  • Camp Verde, AZ
  • 86322
  • $20.00 - $36.00

2. Mountain Sports Flagstaff

Mountain Sports was founded on a love of adventuring in the outdoors. Like you, we live and love the casual, local lifestyle. We pride ourse...  More
  • (928) 226-2885
  • 24 North San Francisco Street
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

3. DETOURS Grand Rails Express Fro...

Embark on a guided ground tour from Flagstaff or Phoenix, then the Grand Canyon Railway on this full-day adventure. Leave the driving to DET...  More
  • (866) 438-6877
  • South Terrace Road
  • Tempe, AZ
  • $225.00 - $460.00

4. Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion...

Take a step back in time as you travel on the historic Grand Canyon Railway. The tour picks up from all hotels in Flagstaff in the morning. ...  More
  • Details
  • (702) 648-5873
  • 4825 North Rancho Drive
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89108
  • $240.00 - $240.00

5. Hitchin’ Post Stables Trail R...

Go on a wonderful horseback ride into some beautiful country through 10,000 acres Coconino National Forest which includes scenic Walnut Cany...  More
  • (928) 774-1719
  • 4848 Lake Mary Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001
  • $45.00 - $240.00

6. Cliff Castle Casino

We know you have many choices when it comes to casinos in Arizona. But only one offers you more - Cliff Castle Casino Hotel. From our spacio...  More
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  • (928) 567-7900
  • 555 West Middle Verde Road
  • Camp Verde, AZ
  • 86322

7. One Day Colorado River Float Tr...

For a scenic and fun day out in Arizona, you can't go past this relaxing float trip down the mighty Colorado River. After being picked up at...  More
  • Details
  • (702) 648-5873
  • 4825 North Rancho Drive
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89108

8. El Portal Sedona

"Top 10 Hotels in the Southwest" Condé Nast Travelers Magazine - Twelve extraordinary luxury suites in the heart of Sedona, AZ. See breatht...  More
  • (800) 313-0017
  • 95 Portal Ln
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $179.00 - $399.00

9. Maverick Helicopter Tours

Maverick Helicopters provides helicopter tours at the Grand Canyon South Rim. Maverick brings VIP and first-class service to the Grand Cany...  More
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  • (888) 261-4414
  • 6075 South Las Vegas Boulevard
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89119

10. Airplane Tours Of The Grand Ca...

An airplane tour is the best way to see the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. Take a top-rated Grand Canyon airplane, ATV or van tour combo. Sav...  More
  • Details
  • (702) 749-5664
  • 4285 North Rancho Drive
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • $140.00 - $414.00

11. Condé Nast Top Travel Special...

$99 Grand Canyon Luxury Tour Special w/ Classic Victorian Picnic, Expert Guides (some with Ph.D.'s), Luxury Touring Vehicles and more pr...  More
  • (928) 213-9085
  • 2401 West Coronado Avenue
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001
  • $99.00 - $200.00

12. Maverick Airlines Fly To The...

Fly to the Grand Canyon and enjoy our air or land tours through one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Maverick Airlines offers you an exclu...  More
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  • (800) 962-3869
  • 1620 Jet Stream Drive
  • Henderson, NV
  • 89052

13. Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopt...

World's Largest and Most Experienced Helicopter Sightseeing Company! Daily multilingual tours of Grand Canyon departing from Sedona, Scottsd...  More
  • (702) 736-7243
  • Grand Canyon National Park Airport
  • Tusayan, AZ
  • $169.00 - $344.00

14. Grand Canyon Tours From Phoeni...

Experience the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park on a guided exploration that the travels through Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon and Navajo ...  More
  • (866) 438-6877
  • South Terrace Road
  • Tempe, AZ
  • 85287

15. Bearizona Wildlife Park

At Bearizona Wildlife Park you will Steer your way through 2 miles of forest and get up close to bears, wolves, bison and more. After your d...  More
  • (928) 635-2289
  • 1500 West Route 66
  • Williams, AZ
  • 86046

16. Rivers & Oceans, A Travel Comp...

Great Summer Deals and One Day Grand Canyon trip

Everyone wants to see the Grand Canyon, and many dream of someday seei...  More

  • (800) 473-4576
  • 1500 East Cedar Avenue
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004
  • $325.00 - $351.00

17. Wildland Trekking

Join The Wildland Trekking Co. on an epic journey to the Grand Canyon! Services include 1 to 8 day hiking adventures, tasty backcountry cui...  More
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  • (800) 715-4453
  • 4025 East Huntington Drive
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004
  • $110.00 - $1500.00

18. Arizona Outdoor Adventures

Drive our ATVs on a guided 40 mile off-road adventure through the West Sedona Valley. Bring your camera - you'll be awestruck by the 800 foo...  More
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  • (928) 282-8540
  • 1185 West Highway 89A
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86336
  • $130.00 - $142.00

19. Hilton Sedona Resort

The Hilton Sedona Resort offers 219 beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites. Sedona, AZ hotel guestroom choices includes a Deluxe Guest ...  More
  • (928) 284-4040
  • 90 Ridge Trail Dr
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86351
  • $169.00 - $479.00

20. Las Posadas Of Sedona

You will delight in the impeccably decorated, spacious two-room suites and private, romantic villas of Las Posadas of Sedona, a brand new lu...  More
  • (928) 284-5288
  • 26 Avenida De Piedras
  • Sedona, AZ
  • 86351
  • $189.00 - $249.00

21. Red Rock Skydiving

Want to know what it feels like to fly? Get a jump on fun and excitement with a tandem skydive! No experience is necessary in this dual ...  More

  • (928) 649-8899
  • 1003 West Mingus Avenue
  • Cottonwood, AZ
  • 86326
  • $200.00 - $225.00

22. Grand Canyon Railway

Visit the official website for Grand Canyon Railway. Book your reservation online for a train tour on one of five classes of service on our ...  More
  • Details
  • (303) 843-8724
  • 233 North Grand Canyon Boulevard
  • Williams, AZ
  • 86046
  • $75.00 - $132.00

23. Grand Canyon Airlines

Don't just view the Canyon from the rim when you can fly the Grand Canyon with a legend! Since 1927, Grand Canyon Airlines has been the prem...  More
  • (928) 638-2463
  • Grand Canyon National Park Airport
  • Tusayan, AZ

24. Grand Canyon Rafting Tours Wit...

A rafting tour on the Colorado River is the wildest way to visit the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. Relax on a scenic rafting tour to Hoover D...  More

25. Pioneer Museum

Located in the historic Coconino County Hospital for the Indigent. Exhibits reflect Flagstaff and northern Arizona history, as well as ranch...  More
  • (928) 774-6272
  • 2340 North Fort Valley Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

26. Grand Canyon West Rim Air Adve...

Fly to the Grand Canyon West Rim by fixed-wing airplane, ride a helicopter beneath the rim, cruise down the Colorado River, then enjoy a bar...  More

27. Great West Adventure Company

The Grand Canyon Specialists! Several Grand Canyon tour options: helicopter tours, river rafting, Railway, IMAX, SUV tours, and scenic Sedon...  More
  • Details
  • (877) 367-2383
  • Sedona
  • Sedona, Ar
  • 86336

28. Mountain Bike Rentals & Tours ...

The Flagstaff Nordic Center is excited to offer mountain bike rentals, mountain bike tours, hiking tours, wildlife watching tours and more. ...  More
  • Details
  • (928) 220-0550
  • U.S. 180
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004

29. Museum of Northern Arizona

Located just three miles north of Flagstaff, MNA features exhibits relating to anthropology, biology, geology, and fine art. The Museum has ...  More
  • (928) 774-5213
  • 3101 North Fort Valley Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

30. Mias Lounge

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  • (928) 774-3315
  • 26 South San Francisco Street
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

31. The Arboretum

Open to the public from May through October, The Arboretum at Flagstaff is home to 2,500 species of plants in greenhouses, gardens, and natu...  More
  • (928) 774-1442
  • 4001 South Woody Mountain Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

32. Lowell Observatory

A privately owned astronomical research institution located in Flagstaff, Arizona. Best known for the discovery of Pluto. Each year, about 7...  More
  • Details
  • (928) 233-3212
  • 1400 West Mars Hill Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

33. the spot... a Child's Muse...

The spot...a Child's Museum provides unique and meaningful programs and exhibits for all children that educate them in the concepts of t...  More
  • Details
  • 3250 Gateway Boulevard
  • Prescott, AZ
  • 86303
  • $3.00 - $18.00

34. Flagstaff Area National Monume...

Visit all three Flagstaff Area National Monuments: Walnut Canyon National Monument (7.5 miles), Sunset Crater Volcano (14 miles) and Wupatki...  More
  • (928) 526-1157
  • Flagstaff
  • Flagstaff, US
  • 86001

35. Riordan Mansion State Park

Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, Riordan Mansion is an impressive example of gracious living and Arts and Crafts style architecture. ...  More
  • (928) 779-4395
  • 409 West Riordan Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

36. IMAX Grand Canyon National Geo...

Located 1 mi. from the National Park South Rim Entrance. Go beyond the rim in the spectacular IMAX adventure film shown on a 6-story high sc...  More
  • (928) 638-2468
  • Arizona 64
  • Grand Canyon Village, AZ
  • 86023

37. Browse, Compare & Reserve West...

Got just one day to see the Grand Canyon West Rim? Book one of our West Rim Tours from Las Vegas and experience everything there is to see ...  More
  • Details
  • (702) 749-5664
  • 8525 Edna Avenue
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89117
  • $129.00 - $649.00

38. Grand Canyon & Navajo Indian R...

Enjoy spectacular views at the Grand Canyon South Rim and East Rim, and pick up a native American souvenir on this full day tour from Flagst...  More
  • Details
  • (702) 648-5873
  • 4285 North Rancho Drive
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89130
  • $105.00 - $105.00

39. One Stop Shop For Grand Canyon...

There’s still time to book your Grand Canyon rafting adventure this summer!

Let us make it easy for you – we work with the...  More

  • (800) 473-4576
  • 1500 East Cedar Avenue
  • Midtown Shopping Center, Fl

40. Flagstaff Climbing

Flagstaff Climbing Center is located in historic downtown Flagstaff. The center features over 6500 square feet of widely varied climbing ter...  More
  • (928) 556-9909
  • 205 South San Francisco Street
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001
  • $135.00 - $225.00

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WHAT'S ON THE CALENDAR?

Our Flagstaff Event Calendar is full of festivals, workshops, art fairs, concerts and classes. Browse or add your event.
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