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There's A Lot to See and Do Near Flagstaff!

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A February 2003 trip to Flagstaff by Taylor252

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Flagstaff Photo, Flagstaff, Arizona More Photos
Quote: Once we did some research on the Flagstaff area, we were astounded at the number of things to do. Ride the rails to the Grand Canyon, visit cliff dwellings, the Meteor Crater, and so much more!

There's A Lot to See and Do Near Flagstaff!

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Painted Desert... Photo, Flagstaff, Arizona
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With seven days at Fairfield Flagstaff, there still wasn''t enough time to do everything we wanted. But seeing the cliff dwellings, riding the rails to the Grand Canyon, and reserving a night with the Lowell Observatory and staff were three of our top priorities and highlights.Quick Tips: ???We travel a lot in winter and we were in Flagstaff in Feb.''''03. We had absolutely perfect weather. (However, I''''m told it can snow at that time.) ???Reserve your train ride to the Grand Canyon before you leave home. ???Be sure and stop at roadside jewelry sales. The prices are much better . . . and bargaining is possible! ???If you go to the Petrified Forest, stop before you ...Read More

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Flagstaff

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Hotel | "Fairfield Flagstaff"

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Flagstaff Photo, Flagstaff, Arizona
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Best Things Nearby:This resort is close to many historic, educational, and interesting places! You can drive 45 min. west to Williams AZ and board a train that will take you to the Grand Canyon! (www.the train.com). The Verde Valley is about 50 miles south on I-17 where you will find the Verde Valley Wilderness Train Ride (www.verdecanyonrr.com), The old mining city Jerome which is a Ghost Town; and the Tuzigoot Ruins (www.nps.gov/tuzi). Montezuma''s Castle, an amazing cliff dwelling is also south I-17 about 40 miles. Sedona Red Rock area in south also about 30 miles. If you head east, Walnut Canyon Cliff Dwellings is about 10 minutes from Flagstaff. Meteor Crater is also east about 45 mi...Read More

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Fairfield Inn by Marriott Flagstaff
2005 SOUTH MILTON ROAD
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
928-773-1300

Verde Valley Wilderness Train

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Verde Valley Wilderness Train Photo, Flagstaff, Arizona
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From the late 1800''s to the mid 1900''s Verde Valley was a bustling copper mine area and the Verde Valley train was constructed to get that copper out to the Santa Fe main line train. The smelters are all gone now, closed for good in 1953. However, the train remains. It was purchased and turned into a pleasure train beginning business on July 4th, 1997. There are two classes of tickets, coach ($39 adult; $24.95 child under 12; $35.95 senior over 65) and first class ($59.95 all riders). Coach has Pullman-style seating with two seats on either side of a center aisle. There is a snack bar. In first class, you will find living room-type seating and complimentary appetizers and beverage service. B...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2003

Verde Valley Wilderness Train
300 North Broadway
Flagstaff, Arizona 86322

Tuzigoot Pueblo

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Attraction | "Tuzigoot Pueblo-Pt.1-Location & Structure"

Tuzigoot Pueblo Photo, Flagstaff, Arizona
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We rode the wonderful Verde Valley Train in the morning so after lunch we decided to look for Tuzigoot. The word Tuzigoot is Apache for "crooked water," and probably refers the the Verde River which is close by. But even though the river is close, you will drive for a while and see virtually nothing but scrub land. Tuzigoot is not to far from Clarkdale, AZ. From I-17 get off at the exit for Montezuma''s Well. Turn West. Follow this road through Cornville, AZ till it meets ALT89. Go left or south. When you get to 279 turn right or north. A ways down the road you will see a small green sign that says Tuzigoot and a arrow. Turn right. You still can''t see the ruin from the road, but have ...Read More

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Tuzigoot Pueblo
52 miles south of Flagstaff
Flagstaff, Arizona

Montezuma Castle

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Montezuma Castle Photo, Camp Verde, Arizona
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The misnamed Montezuma Castle is one of the best preserved and amazing cliff dwellings anywhere in the Southwest. It got its name when early explorers assumed it had been built by the Aztec ruler Montezuma. That is not true. It was built by the Singuan people somewhere around 1100AD. Originally there were two structures one on the floor of the valley and one 100 feet up under an overhang of rock. The one on the floor, which was 6 stories tall, is pretty much gone now. But the one up high in the cliffs is in remarkable condition. It is 5 stories tall with 20 rooms. You cannot go up to the cliff dwelling. I frankly have trouble understanding how the inhabitants got up there. But I’m told t...Read More

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Montezuma Castle
Off I-17, Exit 289
Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
(928) 567-3322

Tuzigoot Pueblo

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Attraction | "Tuzigoot Pueblo-Pt.2-Daily life & contact info"

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Part I has directions to the site and talks about the structure of the pueblo. Now we will look at the Tuzigoot museum and the daily life of the inhabitants. There is a nice museum at Tuzigoot staffed by the Parks Service (the site is a National Monument) and it is full of pottery and others artifacts discovered at the site. In the back there is a life size reproduction of what they think the inside of one of the homes might have looked like. There are several walking trails. One looks at some of the farming methods used. Another trail takes you through a swamp land and highlights the flora and fauna of the area. It always amazes me how well archeologists and anthropologists can discern ...Read More

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Tuzigoot Pueblo
52 miles south of Flagstaff
Flagstaff, Arizona