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Lumber barons Timothy and Michael Riordan built this 40-room mansion in 1904 to house their massive families. Its architect, Charles Whittlesey, also designed the magnificent El Tovar Hotel located at the Grand Canyon. What's most interesting about the structure is that the two sides are mirror images, with a huge common area in the center, to provide each family with identical private quarters and shared living spaces. The park also includes picnic areas and a visitors center that contains exhibits. Guided tours of the mansion and grounds are held at regular times throughout the day.
Spread over 215 acres (87 hectares), Buffalo Park is a beautiful green expanse that proffers scenic views of the mountains. The park has a well-marked trail that is frequented by nature lovers and walking enthusiasts. This picture-perfect vision of serenity is a haven for eager photographers as well. What's more, you can get your pooch along as well!
Many travelers are surprised to learn that the world's largest contiguous Ponderosa Pine forest blankets the mountains of Flagstaff in Northern Arizona. Aromatic treetops brush the endless blue sky just outside of town, but this panoramic portrait is more than just breathtaking scenery for hikers, climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts; it's home to wildlife which includes the black bear and American bald eagle. Explore elevations of up to 12,633 feet and watch the flora change from cactus to alpine tundra along the way.
This is one of Flagstaff's best-loved parks; just ask the locals! Footpaths set the stage for a nature walk, with picnic facilities and playgrounds dotting the landscape. Basketball and tennis courts are open to the public, and the BMX skate park is famous in the state of Arizona. Whether you want to jump-start your heart with outdoor sports or simply relax in the shade of a tree, you're sure to enjoy the ride.
One of the most beautiful recreational parks in the city, the Foxglenn Park is known for its lush greenery and good amenities. Spread over an area of 28.3 acres (11.45 hectares), the park has something for everyone. There is a dedicated playground, a basketball court, a skating track, a softball field, and soccer fields. Apart from enjoying a host of recreational games, visitors can also enjoy picnicking at the park. Spend a day away from the hustle bustle of the city life at the serene Foxglenn Park.