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.
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 close 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sedona Airport Vortex is a one of the major vortexes in the city. A Vortex is a spot wherein one can notice a whirlpool, creating a high level of wind energy in the surroundings. At this side, the energy is so high that even the tree trunks have twisted, creating patterns, that are unique and interesting. The spot is a great hiking place, from where you can overlook the city, giving you an enthralling experience. Those who love the idea of hikes, must visit Sedona Airport Vortex, for an unforgettable experience.
Set against the backdrop of the snowy San Francisco Peaks, bordered by the largest forest of fragrant ponderosa pines in the country, Flagstaff is a scenic retreat. The Walnut Canyon National Monument, with its ancient cliff dwellings and astonishing geological formations and the Wupatki National Monument built by the area's original inhabitants, the ancient Pueblos, are a fascinating look into another time. Adventure enthusiasts find plenty to do here, and there is everything from extreme sports to hiking and skiing round the year. Home to the Northern Arizona University, the city center has a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of bars and cafes serving freshly brewed beer along with a shot of youthful energy.
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!
The scent of wild acorns and fresh air is intoxicating while visitors wander around in the world's largest Ponderosa Pine forest. And perched at a heavenly height of 7,150 feet above sea level, Flagstaff's Arboretum is home to more than 2,000 different species of native flora. The arboretum also holds special aviary programs which showcase Arizona's native eagles, hawks, and other birds of prey. Throughout the summer season it hosts events like the popular Native Herb Festival or the Penstemon Plant Sale, and if you enjoy vino, the Wine in the Woods event every September very popular.
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.