Econo Lodge University
914 S. Milton Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-6386
Phone: (928) 774-7326
Fax: (928) 774-7328
Lumber barons Timothy and Michael Riordan had this 40-room mansion constructed in 1904 to house their families. 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 a shared living space. The park also includes picnic grounds and a visitors center with exhibits. Guided tours of the mansion and grounds are held at regular times throughout the day.
Education takes a different point of view at Northern Arizona University, silhouetted against Flagstaff's San Francisco Peaks. Surrounded by aspen and pine trees in four distinct seasons, students are challenged to better themselves both intellectually and physically through a colorful array of classes and activities. Founded in 1899, NAU lays the groundwork for liberal arts education with opportunities to prepare for a number of specialized professions. Today, nearly 20,000 students embrace the future with their choice of 100 baccalaureate, 40 masters', and eight doctoral degrees. An events calendar covers athletics, music, art and more. The cultural scene at the University is kept active by various plays, dramas and concerts held at the Studio Theatre in Performing Arts Building (building 37). The Cline Assembly Hall in the Cline Library is also frequently used for ceremonies, lectures and talks.
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.
Historical Flagstaff was centered around the railroad, so there's no more appropriate place to start your downtown tour than the Visitor Center, housed in the Tudor-style Santa Fe Railroad station. There, you'll be provided with maps and information on many historic buildings that lie within the downtown area. Don't miss the 1888 Babbitt Brothers Trading Company building (constructed in a Renaissance Revival style), the Spanish Colonial Hotel Monte Vista and the 1920s Weatherford Hotel. Many restaurants, bars and shops in this area retain the charm and nostalgia of historic Route 66.
Downtown Wheeler Park is host to many exciting events, including Chili Cook-Offs and Fajita competitions!
Here's entertainment with a good cause. The Heritage Square Trust is an organisation that provides the best in professional entertainment to all, free of cost. While all entertainment venues charge admission fees for high-profile events, this one is open to all. The performances take place in the amphitheater that is 11,000 square foot in size, perfect for any kind of concerts, plays and performances. An audience of 1200 can be accommodated here. Check the website for information on upcoming events.
The Rolle Activity Center is the main sports center of North Arizona University. The center plays host to the annual Fiesta Bowl Volleyball Tournament. Build in 1972 primarily for team practices, the sports venue also has a gymnasium and holds sporting events year-round. The Fiesta Bowl Volleyball Tournament starts in September, call beforehand to know the details.
The scent of towering pines and wildflowers is intoxicating in the world's largest Ponderosa forest. Perched at a heavenly height of 7,150 feet above sea level, Flagstaff's Arboretum is home to 2,000 species of native plants. View "Live Birds of Prey" programs and learn about Arizona's native eagles, hawks, and owls. Walk through the gardens, listen to the voice of the brook and look into the faces of fish and wildlife you can't see anywhere else. Challenge yourself with a 1.2-mile nature hike where visitors can photograph local wildlife, or recount the day's lessons on a solitary bench.
Originally built as a hospital in 1908, this museum, operated by the Arizona Historical Society, is a tribute to Northern Arizona's pioneer days and agricultural roots. An antique railroad engine welcomes you to the grounds, and exhibits familiarize you with the area's first settlers and their many contributions to the birth and growth of the city. One of the museum's most popular events during the year is the winter "Playthings of the Past" exhibit, featuring toys and games from the late 1800s to mid-1900s. Check the website for complete visitor details.
Sinagua High School is an epitome of education. It aims at creating complete and honest citizens out of the students. Sporting activities like football and baseball are offered and emphasized on for well-rounded development. The Learning Center deals with subjects like reading, writing and maths, and the school aims at educating and providing avenues for potential drop-outs. Sinagua works on a policy of six pillars that include trustworthiness, respect. responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Trinity Heights Church is involved in many humanitarian activities, right from dealing with the AIDS/HIV crisis to collecting grants for the poor. It also has a monthly newsletter, "Chimes" which features news about the church and various activities and programs in the church as well as Flagstaff. It also has another newsletter GriefShare, which apt to its name, deals with people who are grieving.
This is one of Flagstaff's best-loved parks; just ask the locals! Footpaths set the stage for a nature walk, with picnic facilities and playgrounds dotting the landscape. Basketball and tennis courts are open to the public, and the BMX skate park is famous in the state of Arizona. Whether you want to jump-start your heart with outdoor sports or simply relax in the shade of a tree, you're sure to enjoy the ride.