Located on the Northern Arizona University campus, this Skydome is one of the largest timber domes in the world. The dome was named after former Northern Arizona University President Dr. J. Lawrence Walkup. It provides facilities for football, basketball, indoor track and field, soccer, weight lifting, lacrosse, student recreation, and also hosts major concert events. The grand arena, spread across 27,200 square feet, has a seating capacity of over 14,420 which can be expanded to 15,650 during major events.
The Hive is a mainstay on Beaver Street. It is where locals come for the loud music and strong drinks. The venue functions as a gallery as well. Every night there is a different band on stage and if you want to buy some art while you enjoy the sound, all proceeds support local talent. The music varies from punk and pop to rockabilly and thrash metal as well as everything in-between.
Flagstaff's Artist's Gallery is owned and operated by local artisans and for more than a decade this shop has been delighting the cultural community from its scenic location on San Francisco Street. The Gallery specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces including pottery, glass, photography, paintings, jewelry and much more. Quality is the catchword that keeps this vibrant gallery alive; while here, collectors can often meet the makers of these fine crafts in person.
The stunning expanse of Walnut Canyon sits on the Colorado Plateau. An extensive, winding trail commences at the visitor center, showcasing a wealth of outstanding geological marvels along its way, including rustic cliff dwellings that stand under beautiful canyon walls. These dwellings are believed to have been constructed by pre-Colombian people, most notably the Sinagua inhabitants. The Island Trail offers a detailed and strenuous hike which voyages deeper into the canyon, a breathtaking 85-foot descent into the heart of the community at this ancient site. Located within proximity to Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castles, this site also shelters the Old Headquarters, a rustic, log-built cabin, which is said to be one of the earliest in northern Arizona.
About 700,000 years ago, the Lava River Cave came into existence after a volcanic reaction took place. This lava tube is located within the premises of the Coconino National Forest and was discovered in 1915 by local lumbermen. The cave is open to public visitation and attracts several nature lovers throughout the year.
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.
A seasonal guided walking tour of the classic haunted places of Flagstaff is filled with ghostly tales, unexplained phenomenon and spine-tingling tales of Flagstaffs colorful past. Stops along this tour include the Brakeman, Emerson the Ghost, the Balcony Specter, the Old Man in the Basement, the Zane Grey Ballroom, and many more. This is a spooky historic tour sure to thrill young and old, especially during the ghostly Halloween season. Free and open to the public, this volunteer-guided walking tour dedicated to the rich history of Flagstaff's most haunted places is time well spent exploring one of the most haunted cities in Arizona. -Herman Sims
Heritage Square is an outdoor plaza with an amphitheater that holds concerts, plays and other events throughout the year in historic downtown Flagstaff. The Heritage Square Trust maintains this 11,000-sq. ft. plaza and as a benevolent organization it provides free events to the public in what the trust calls the "community's living room." The 1200-seat amphitheater is the centerpiece of the plaza and during the year visitors can always see something new. From the summer concert series with plays and music as diverse as jazz and Celtic rock, its a great place to catch an eclectic performance.
Historic Beaver Street is lined with galleries, shops, breweries, restaurants and stores galore, always a nice place to come when you're in downtown Flagstaff. The Beaver Street Gallery brings a myriad of artwork, from sculpted pieces to oil on canvas, there is always something that piques the intellect and curiosity. The artists are not only locals either, in fact, some artists hail from Japan, China, the Netherlands and from elsewhere around the world.
This family-owned business isn't your typical portrait gallery, instead of family photos, Shane Knight shoots landscapes. From the Vermillion Cliffs of Northern Arizona to the farms of Eastern Kentucky, the regions as well as the objects are varied and distinctive. Many of the photos can be printed with cibachrome or silver gelatin. These beautiful landscape pictures will make a great conversation-starting addition to any room.
Located in the heart of downtown Flagstaff this small gallery, with it's bare brick walls and contrasting stark white walls, hardwood floors, and appropriately subdued track lighting, gives one the feeling of an intimate and personal art experience. Echo Canyon Arts holds a series of events throughout the year that include first time showings for up-and-coming and well-known artists, as well as group shows and ongoing displays. Receptions, which often include local musical talent, are another regular occurrence. The gallery was conceived as a partnership between the photographers Jay Showers and Richard and Elaine Morrison. In addition to showing photography, the owners also present ceramics, raku ware, whimsical paintings, items of furniture, blown glass, fused glass, sculpture, jewelry, carved gourds, and new furniture lines. This lovely gallery is a must-see while walking through downtown Flagstaff. -Herman Sims