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.
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.
Rise above the mundane in sumptuous style in a guided hot-air balloon. Take an early morning ride and float with the wind above incomparable red rock vistas. Do not be surprised to spy wildlife as well as breathtaking scenery. All pilots are licensed through the FAA and possess intimate knowledge of the area. Landing includes a champagne picnic and a certificate for having flown with the group. Included with your reservation is a videotape of the flight to capture your memories.
Nestled in a corner of the Coconino National Forest, Honanki is widely-acknowledged to have been built by the Sinagua people around 1130 to 1280. Honanki in Hopi stands for 'bear house' and is a prime example of the exquisite masonry construction that was developed by the Pueblo Indians during those times. This exceptional heritage site is one of the region's largest and is believed to have accommodated close to 60 denizens during its prime. The settlement still exhibits a complex progression of rock art made by the tribes of Apache and Yavapai.
Feed your hunger for adventure with an exciting jeep tour of the incomparable red rock region in Sedona. Choose from five amazing tours where cameras are not optional equipment. Discover ancient rock art or wind your way through the past on a guided tour to pueblo ruins. For the brave at heart, the broken arrow tour is the featured choice here, exceeding guest expectations by climbing Sedona's red rocks to observe and enjoy exceptional views. This company has been offering local tours since the 50s. Tours last about 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours in length and reservations must be made to ensure a spot. If making reservations less than 24-hours in advance, please call to confirm availability and secure your time with a credit card.
The Palatki Ruins, which are believed to have been occupied from 1130 to 1280, are located northwest of Sedona, Arizona. Known for the pueblos carved into the sandstone cliffs, these ruins also contain several sets of ancient pictographs and petroglyphs, which are estimated to be between 3,000 and 6,000 years old. One of Sedona's largest ruins, Palatki, which translates to 'red house' in the Hopi language, consists of two separate pueblo dwellings. The existence of dual pueblos suggests that two different family groups inhabited the area simultaneously. There are several other ruins nearby, including Honanki and Tuzigoot, which is located in Clarkdale, Arizona.
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
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.
At the foot of Mount Elden, there once lived a civilization which traded as far as Mexico and the California coast. These people were known as the Sinagua. This site was thought to be part of an extensive trading post across the southwest. The remnants of the pueblo can be visited at anytime, however the Arizona Natural History Association, Northern Arizona University and the Coconino National Forest offer guided ones every day. Throughout the year, the archaeological teams educate the public in excavation techniques, artifact identification and other scientific endeavors. Overall, it's a great place for kids to discover the wonders of both natural as well as human history.
Sedona Jeep Tours is more than just a tour. First you travel along the mountainside where you see Sedona's spectacular scenery, amazing rock formations and the natural splendor of this magical place. Then you start the aggressive climb up the mountain until you reach the top. There, you'll see the most amazing sunset with incredible views of the entire region. This thrilling tour will leave you wanting more.