The City Of 7 Wonders
The City of 7 Wonders
Many people lust for Flagstaff’s backyard, which is brimming with national parks and monuments. There are seven of them within a 10-to-80-mile radius. On your next vacation, explore the Grand Canyon’s depths, peek through 800-year-old pueblo windows, take a wild hike, and summit some peaks.
The Coconino National Forest, San Francisco Peaks, Grand Canyon National Park, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, and Oak Creek Canyon are among Flagstaff’s exceptional wild areas.
Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon was designated as a National Park in 1919, but it’s been protected by the federal government since 1893 as a forest reserve and now as a National Monument. The Grand Canyon, which is only 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff, continues to attract over five million people each year. Grand Canyon Village, on the park’s south rim, is the most visited region. This district, which includes 257 structures, is designated as a National Historic Landmark District.
Wupatki National Monument
A desert landscape once home to thousands of people is now dotted with rock walls of 800-year-old pueblos. Exhibits in the Visitor Center illustrate how they made a living by farming, hunting and gathering, and trading. Wupatki, Lomaki, and other pueblos are accessible by short trails. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is accessed through a scenic route that climbs quickly from desert to mountain scenery.
Oak Creek Canyon
Just south of Flagstaff, Arizona State Route 89A descends a spectacular sequence of switchbacks into a picturesque, smaller relative of the Grand Canyon. Oak Creek Canyon is known throughout the world for its stunning beauty, which includes multicolored rocks and distinctive formations.
Sunset Crater Volcano
Sunset Crater, which erupted in a tremendous series of eruptions barely 900 years ago, remains the Colorado Plateau’s youngest volcano. The enormous geologic forces and their consequences are explained in the Visitor Center displays. On the one-mile self-guided Lava Flow Trail, you can see for yourself.
San Francisco Peaks
The mountains, which reach to a height of 12,633 feet, serve as a lonely sentinel over a wide plateau, the wooded jewel in the crown of a large desert state. They are a spiritual site for some, a recreational site for others, and an intro- spection site for others. They are, nonetheless, a site of incredible majesty and beauty that is unequaled in the region. The San Francisco Peaks are the highest point in the city.
Coconino National Forest
Flagstaff has numerous superlatives, but arguably the most relevant is that it is situated among the world’s biggest contiguous Ponderosa pine forest. The habitats that surround Flagstaff range from juniper-pine woodland to alpine tundra, but the Ponderosa pine forest in the middle is the most dominant. Because this enormous tree can only be found at heights of 6,000 to 8,000 feet, Flagstaff’s 7,000-foot elevation is ideal.
Walk through the cliff houses and pueblos that date back barely 800 years. Explore the stunning geology, diverse plants, and wildlife that allowed them to exist. Exhibits in the visitor center detail their everyday activities. The one-mile Island Trail descends into Walnut Canyon, while the shorter Rim Trail provides views and a pithouse exhibit.