Visiting Northern Arizona
During the fall and winter months, northern Arizona is perhaps at its most beautiful, as communities like Williams, Winslow, and Holbrook transform into winter wonderlands, offering tons of fun things to do and new places to discover. Moreover, it's the perfect time to visit Flagstaff's Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort.
One of the best ways of discovering northern Arizona’s natural beauty during the winter is by embarking on a scenic driving tour. The Route 66 and Northern Arizona tour is a must, while the Apache Trail and White Mountains tour explores some of the region’s eastern communities, such as Lakeside, Heber, and Eagar.
In October, you’re invited to get out and enjoy the brisk air before it gets too frigid during the Show Low Monster Dash Fun Run. The fun run is held at Festival Marketplace, where a handful of fun activities await. Then, in nearby Holbrook, Star Night Party offers an evening of stargazing and astronomical education at Homolovi State Park in November.
To the west, in the city of Kingman, visitors are invited to register and run in the Annual Kingman Turkey Trot in November. The fun run features a 5K run/walk, along with post-race ceremonies, refreshments, contests, and more.
Flagstaff, home of Northern Arizona University, hosts its Annual Flagstaff Festival of Trees throughout November and December. The event will features tons of decorated and illuminated trees, choir performances, raffles, photos with Santa, and more, all at the Arboretum at Flagstaff.
If it’s holiday cheer you’re after, then be sure and visit check out Sedona’s Annual Festival of Lights, hosted at the Tlaquepaque in December. The event is set to include over six thousand illuminated holiday lights, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and so much more.
After the holidays, Flag will turn its attention to the arts, as the 10x10 Exhibition and Sale comes to the Coconino Center for the Arts in January.
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Begin your tour at Williams and enjoy the scenery along historic Route 66. Stop off at Grand Canyon National Park to admire the magnificent views. Continue on to Flagstaff to see Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. From Flagstaff enjoy a scenic 60-mile ride on I-40 to Winslow, the town made famous by the Eagles song “Take It Easy.” Stop off at Meteor Crater, then head east for 35 miles and visit Petrified Forest National Park.
Take a scenic driving tour of Northern Arizona along Route 66 or travel the Apache Trail to the White Mountains. Mystic Pines Alpaca Ranch and Mystic Pines Fiber Processing in Williams offers 90-minute tours of the ranch and mill. See how alpaca are grown and watch the mill turn alpaca wool into yarn. The ranch store sells one-of-a-kind yarns.
Lake Powell is a popular summer destination just south of Page. Enjoy boating, kayaking or paddle boarding on the stunning lake surrounded by scenic red rock formations. With 2000 miles of shoreline, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you entertained. Take a boat tour, learn how to wakeboard or go fishing, golfing or hiking.
Petrified Forest National Park offers tours of the Painted Desert, horseback riding, hiking trails, geocaching and incredible photo opportunities. See fossils, ancient pottery, stone tools and paintings at the museum. The massive park has over 50,000 acres of wilderness and over 800 archaeological and historic sites. Observe wildlife including golden eagles, pronghorn, Gunnison’s prairie dog, coyotes and bobcats.
Grand Canyon National Park spans 277 miles. The geologic wonder averages 4000 ft. deep, but it is 6,000 feet at its maximum depth. Enjoy a variety of adventures for all ages and interests. See stunning views on a driving or hiking tour, ride along trails on a mule, take a South Rim bicycling tour, or test your skills on a white water or smooth water rafting trip.
Monument Valley has long been a favorite location for movies and TV shows. Stagecoach, starring John Wayne, is one of the films that used the landmark as a backdrop. It is also home to the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American Indian reservation in the United States. Four-wheel-drive tours led by Navajo guides are available to help you see some of the most impressive sites. Inquire about tours at the visitor center near Kayenta.