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.
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 north of Flagstaff near the Wupatki National Monument, this volcano last erupted a little before the Norman Conquest on the other side of the world in 1066. The volcanic eruption scattered ash and black cinder for miles around the area. Serendipitously, the ashen soil allowed subsequent tribes to inhabit the area due to its ability to retain water. Alongside the volcano, visitors can examine fascinating geologic features such as 'Squeeze-ups' and 'Hornitos,' which are bulbous mounds of lava and droplets. Hike along one-mile Lava Flow Trail and discover hidden wonders or climb a nearby cinder cone on the Lennox Crater Trail and enjoy the astounding views. Unfortunately, hiking to the top is prohibited.
Observe the cosmos from the same spot where Clyde Tombaugh discovered the planetoid Pluto in 1930. In addition to cosmological wonders above, the planetarium has interactive exhibits, live shows, a massive theater and knowledgeable guides that explain the universe from below. The Clark Telescope is the main highlight and throughout the year, the observatory holds viewings of celestial events like meteor showers, comets, etc. A great place to visit for all ages and especially for those interested in astronomy.
Guests always enjoy the acoustically perfect sounds that emanate at The Orpheum. Whether it's the sound of guitars blaring on stage from a local music act or a screening of The Big Lebowski, a visit here is a treat for the ears. The Orpheum began as an old movie house and it still retains much of its yesteryear charm. It's a small venue, with a seating capacity of 700, every show is an intimate one. Besides movies and music, the space can also hold mini-conventions, poetry readings, theatrical shows, company parties and more events at this popular local landmark.
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.
Most college towns have several coffeehouses and Flagstaff is no exception. Here along historic Route 66, Fireside Creek serves superb java every day of the week from dawn til' dusk. The coffee is organic, delicious and the purveyors are so successful that they also work as wholesalers to other establishments around town. The coffeehouse inside is sleek, elegant and the old-fashioned tin ceiling from the 19th century building adds an archaic touch. Firecreek also has pastries, bagels and other sundries in addition to a performing arts stage which hosts bands, comedy, etc.
Jay McCormick and Carolyn Young's downtown art space may be tiny, but the proprietors pack a whole lot of local talent into this petite boutique. Internationally recognized local artists are the focus here. Two and three-dimensional media including photography, paintings, sculptures and hand-made jewelry are on display. Some of Northern Arizona's premier artists and artisans have chosen to exhibit their works here, making it a real find for fine art collectors.