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Stay Cool in Flag

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An October 2003 trip to Flagstaff by btwood2

·	Old Coconino County courthouse  Photo, Flagstaff, Arizona More Photos
Quote: Flagstaff, at 7000 feet elevation and surrounded by majestic mountain peaks and ponderosa pine forests, is not what people typically think of as "Arizona". It’s a university town with a unique flavor and most assuredly refreshing when much of the rest of the state is sweltering in summer heat.

Stay Cool in Flag

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·	Old Coconino County courthouse  Photo, Flagstaff, Arizona
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Flagstaff, or “Flag” for short, largest city in Northern Arizona, is one of our favorite places to visit in Arizona and a very special area. We visited Flag in the summers of 1992 and 1997, and since we began full timing we’ve been there twice in 2003, in May and again in October. There is simply an abundance and great variety of activities in and around Flag. Our favorites were visiting and learning about ancient indigenous peoples’ dwellings, one built nestled into cliffs (Walnut Canyon), another free-standing (Wupatki). Also fascinating were our visits to a couple of widely divergent craters, Sunset Crater, born out of volcanic upheavals, and Meteor Crater, caused by a meteor crashing into earth. ...Read More

Sacred San Francisco Peaks

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Attraction

Sacred San Francisco Peaks Photo, Flagstaff, Arizona
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The beautiful San Francisco Peaks, called Doko’oo’sliid (shining snow on top) by the Diné (Navajo) and Nuvatukaovi (place of snow on the very top) by the Hopi rise dramatically just north of Flagstaff. The Hopi believe these mountains to be the home of the Katsinas, ancestral cloud spirits who live near the summit; the Yavapai Apache believe they are the dwelling place of the Gaan mountain spirits. It is one of the four sacred mountains of the Diné, and for at least 13 American Indian tribes, it has been historically and is currently considered a sacred place for prayer and offerings. In the shadow of these sacred peaks, the Flagstaff region has been extensively logged and mined since the mid 1...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2004

Sacred San Francisco Peaks
14 miles north of Flagstaff, Highway 180
Flagstaff, Arizona

Arizona Pioneer Museum

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Attraction | "Flagstaff Pioneer Museum"

Arizona Pioneer Museum Photo, Flagstaff, Arizona
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We went to see this museum in July 1997. They are one of four divisions of the statewide Arizona Historical Society. The building now housing the museum was opened in 1908 as the "Poor Farm", a hospital for mostly aged and sickly elderly men with nowhere else to go. Officially it was known as the Coconino County Hospital for the Indigent. In 1938, a new hospital was opened and the building became a boarding house. Either in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s, the building ceased to be a boarding house and a caretaker lived in it and farmed next to it. It was purchased from the county for use as a museum in 1960, and opened its doors in 1963. Besides the old two story hospital building, there i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 21, 2004

Arizona Pioneer Museum
2340 North Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
+1 928 774 6272

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

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Attraction | "Some duplex! - Riordan Mansion"

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park Photo, Flagstaff, Arizona
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We visited Riordan Mansion the summer of 1992. As with similar historic sites, we were again amazed by the luxury and opulence of turn of the century (early 1900s) dwellings in the rough and tumble West. Built for the logging Riordan brothers Timothy and Michael in 1904 after their marriage to the Metz sisters, Caroline and Elizabeth, this stylish and spacious "duplex" gave new meaning to the term "gracious living" in Flagstaff. The mansion consists of two sections connected by a large billiard/recreation room. Timothy and family lived in one section, Michael and family in the other. Almost 10 years after our visit, the West se...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2004

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
409 West Riordan Road
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
(928) 779-4395

Sunset Crater Volcano Monument

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Attraction | "Sunset Crater - Youthful Volcano"

Sunset Crater Volcano Monument Photo, Flagstaff, Arizona
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Sunset Crater , the youngest volcano on the Colorado Plateau, was active from around 1100 to 1250 AD, creating a 1000 foot cinder cone tinged with oxidized red iron and yellow sulfur around the vent, giving rise to its name, Sunset. Its eruptions caused lava flows and rain of ashes, as well as the occasional volcanic “bomb” (partially molten lava fragments). An ancient Pueblo culture commonly known as the Sinagua (“without water” in Spanish) was living in the region at the onset of the eruptions. The buildup of volcanic soil combined with wetter and warmer weather than usual created almost ideal conditions for dry farming on the plain surrounding the volcano. No...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 26, 2004

Sunset Crater Volcano Monument
Route 3
Flagstaff, Arizona 86004
(928) 526-0502

Wupatki National Monument

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Attraction | "Wupatki Ruins"

Wupatki National Monument Photo, Flagstaff, Arizona
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We visited Wupatki National Monument in July 1997. It shares billing in NPS brochures with Sunset Crater National Monument by virtue of being in the same region and on the same forest service loop road. Although pit houses have been found near Sunset Crater, Wupatki is an archeological rather than a natural wonder. It is the largest remaining pueblo-style dwelling among several in this immediate area, among them Wukoki, Lomaki, Nalakihu, and Citadel Ruins. Although much of it has crumbled from the time it was a thriving village, and many of the ancient artifacts were looted in the 1900s, enough of it remains to fascinate and wonder. At Wupatki’s he...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 28, 2004

Wupatki National Monument
County Road 395
Flagstaff, Arizona 86004
(928) 679-2365

Walnut Canyon National Monument

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Attraction | "Walnut Canyon Cliff Dwellings"

Walnut Canyon National Monument Photo, Flagstaff, Arizona
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It’s hard to imagine that it’s already been almost 12 years since we last visited Walnut Canyon Cliff Dwellings. As I go through my old photo albums pulling out pictures for Bob (my husband) to scan, I think, “We really ought to go there again”. The trouble is that we like to do things at a decidedly leisurely pace, and there are sights as yet unseen by us in the Flagstaff region. Oh, well. One is immediately drawn to the past in Walnut Canyon, named for the black walnut trees that grow here. It’s a sacred ancestral place for the Hopi, some of whose clans can directly trace their lineage back to the people who lived here. These “people of long ago”, Hi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 30, 2004

Walnut Canyon National Monument
I-80 Exit 205, 7.5 Miles East Of Flagstaff
Flagstaff, Arizona 86004
(928) 526-3367