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.
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 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 the 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.
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, astonishing geological formations and the Wupatki National Monument built by the area's original inhabitants, the ancient Pueblos, offers 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.
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
This center is the warmest welcome mat in Flagstaff! Whether you're a leisure traveler, tour guide, journalist, or died-in-the-wool outdoor adventurer, the visitor's center will surround you with red brick, aromatic pine, and a wealth of insight on Flagstaff's many scenic wonders and activities. Your exploration of Flagstaff should start right here.
This should be your first stop in Flagstaff, especially if you are arriving on Amtrak. Situated across from downtown inside a historic 1927 train depot which now houses the Amtrak ticket counter, the center is a tourist attraction in itself and a must see for train aficionados. The always-friendly staff will try to answer any questions you might have about the town and the region as well as supply you with maps and brochures. The gift shop offers and abundance of Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Route 66 and train souvenirs. Two hour parking is conveniently located around the depot, with unlimited parking across the railroad tracks.
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.