Things to Do in Flagstaff

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

 

1. Arizona Outdoor Adventures

Drive our ATVs on a guided 40 mile off-road adventure through the West Sedona Valley. Bring your cam
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1185 West Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
9282828540
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2. Wilderness River Adventures

Wilderness River Adventures offers over 50 combined years of experience as whitewater outfitters on
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Page
AZ 86040
8009928022
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3. One Day Colorado River Float Trip From Flagstaff From Viator

For a scenic and fun day out in Arizona, you can't go past this relaxing float trip down the mighty
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4825 North Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89108
7026485873
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4. Grand Canyon Day Tour

Voted on Trip Advisor as the most popular Grand Canyon day tour. This is the best way to enjoy th

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1515 North Main Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(800) 514-0884
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5. Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion From Viator

Take a step back in time as you travel on the historic Grand Canyon Railway. The tour picks up from
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4825 North Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89108
7026485873
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6. Western River Expeditions

Discover the Grand Canyon, endless in scenic wonder, rich in Native American history and loaded with
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Kanab
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8004537450
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7. Grand Canyon Expeditions

The Grand Canyon is one of the wonders of the world, and what better way to see it than from its hea
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Kanab
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8005442691
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8. The Ultimate Off Road Adventure

At Guidance Air in Sedona, we fly Robinson helicopters, specifically the R44 and R66, which have unr
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1200 Airport Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 351-1000
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9. Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course

Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course is an elevated obstacle course set in the tall Ponderosa Pines

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Fort Tuthill County Park
Fort Tuthill-Palmer Bypass, Flagstaff, AZ 86005
(888) 259-0125
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10. Grand Canyon Airlines

Don't just view the Canyon from the rim when you can fly the Grand Canyon with a legend! Since 1927,
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Grand Canyon National Park Airport
GCN (GCN), Kaibab National Forest, 871 Liberator Drive, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
9286382463
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11. Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend

Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest- Antelope Canyon

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1515 North Main Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
1-800-514-0884
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12. Maverick Airlines Fly To The Grand Canyon

Fly to the Grand Canyon and enjoy our air or land tours through one of the Seven Wonders of the Worl
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1620 Jet Stream Drive
Henderson, NV 89052
8009623869
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13. Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

Come see Tiger Splash show at 1:15 every day. Watch Bengal tigers in natural play as they "hunt" the
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3505 Highway 260
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
9285672840
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14. Predator Zip Lines Camp Verde, AZ

Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature’s wildest predators.

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3505 Highway 260
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
9285679947
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15. Bearizona Wildlife Park

At Bearizona Wildlife Park you will Steer your way through 2 miles of forest and get up close to bea
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1500 West Route 66
Kaibab National Forest, Williams, AZ 86046
9286352289
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16. Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

World's Largest and Most Experienced Helicopter Sightseeing Company! Daily multilingual tours of Gra
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Grand Canyon National Park Airport
GCN (GCN), Kaibab National Forest, 871 Liberator Drive, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
7027367243
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17. Wildland Trekking

Join The Wildland Trekking Co. on an epic journey to the Grand Canyon! Services include 1 to 8 day
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4025 East Huntington Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
8007154453
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18. Grand Canyon Railway

Visit the official website for Grand Canyon Railway. Book your reservation online for a train tour o
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233 North Grand Canyon Boulevard
Kaibab National Forest, Williams, AZ 86046
8008438724
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19. Maverick Helicopter Tours

Maverick Helicopters provides helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon. Maverick brings VIP and first-
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6075 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89119
8882614414
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20. Guided Outdoor Rock Climbing & Indoor Climbing Gym

Flagstaff Climbing Center is located in historic downtown Flagstaff. The center features over 6500 s
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205 South San Francisco Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9285569909
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21. Colorado River & Trail Expeditions Grand Canyon Rafting

Colorado River & Trail Expeditions offers rowing, paddle, motor, kayak support, and hybrid all-inclu
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Lees Ferry Street
Las Vegas, NV 89148
8012611789
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22. Diablo Burger

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120 North Leroux Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9287743274
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23. Flagstaff Area National Monuments

Visit all three Flagstaff Area National Monuments: Walnut Canyon National Monument (7.5 miles), Suns
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Flagstaff
AZ
9285261157
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24. Grand Canyon Whitewater

Whitewater rafting through the Grand Canyon offers a distinctive view of one of the most popular and
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Flagstaff Plaza Shopping Center
1000 North Humphreys Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86002
8888055877
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25. IMAX Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center

Located 1 mile from the National Park South Rim Entrance. Go beyond the rim in the spectacular IMAX
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Arizona 64
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
9286382468
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26. Canyon Explorations, Inc.

Our Hybrid Grand Canyon Raft Trips are geared for individuals seeking a highly participatory vacatio
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675 West Clay Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
8006540723
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27. Pioneer Museum

Located in the historic Coconino County Hospital for the Indigent. Exhibits reflect Flagstaff and no
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2340 North Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9287746272
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28. Arizona River Runners

Experience a Grand Canyon rafting trip of a lifetime with Arizona River Runners. Proficient, reputab
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15211 North Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032
6028674866
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29. Lowell Observatory

A privately owned astronomical research institution located in Flagstaff, Arizona. Best known for th
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1400 West Mars Hill Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9282333212
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30. Great West Adventure Company

The Grand Canyon Specialists! Several Grand Canyon tour options: helicopter tours, river rafting, Ra
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Sedona
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8773672383
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31. Riordan Mansion State Park

Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, Riordan Mansion is an impressive example of gracious living
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409 West Riordan Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9287794395
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32. Mountain Bike Rentals & Tours Biking near Aspen Yurt

The Flagstaff Nordic Center is excited to offer mountain bike rentals, mountain bike tours, hiking t
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U.S. 180
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
9282200550
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33. Sedona Day Trip from Flagstaff

Spend your day exploring Sedona Red Rocks on our Sedona Day Tour. Your professional Sedona Guide wil
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1515 N Main St
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
1-877-7-SHUTTLE
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34. Grand Canyon & Navajo Indian Reservation From Viator

Enjoy spectacular views at the Grand Canyon South Rim and East Rim, and pick up a native American so
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4285 North Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130
7026485873
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35. Museum of Northern Arizona

Located just three miles north of Flagstaff, MNA features exhibits relating to anthropology, biology
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3101 North Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9287745213
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36. Hilton Sedona At Bell Rock

The Hilton Sedona Resort offers 219 beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites. Sedona, AZ hotel gu
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90 Ridge Trail Dr
Sedona, AZ 86351
9282844040
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37. The Arboretum

Open to the public from May through October, The Arboretum at Flagstaff is home to 2,500 species of
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4001 South Woody Mountain Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
9287741442
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38. The Geekery

Perfect for families, enthusiasts, and casual gamers, The Geekery in Flagstaff is your local gaming
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1800 South Milton Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 225-5803
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39. Canyoneers

The ultimate getaway! Spectacular scenery, great side canyon hikes, ancient Indian ruins, splendid
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7195 U.S. 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
8005250924
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Pink Jeep Tours in Sedona and Grand Canyon

Voted by Trip Advisor as the #4 tour company in the US! Explore Sedona or the Grand Canyon with entertaining and knowledgable guides. Book a Tour »

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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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