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 built this 40-room mansion in 1904 to house their massive families. It's architect, Charles Whittlesey, also designed the magnificent El Tovar Hotel located at the Grand Canyon. 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 shared living spaces. The park also includes picnic areas and a visitors center that contains exhibits. Guided tours of the mansion and grounds are held at regular times throughout the day.
Education literally takes a different point of view at Northern Arizona University, due to its silhouette 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 an eclectic 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.
Historic Flagstaff was established around the railroad, so there's no more appropriate place to start your downtown tour than the visitor's center located in a railroad station. When the rails subsided, this logging town grew around Route 66, but visitors can still see plenty of historic features that centered around these two different means of transportation. Don't miss the 1888 Babbitt Brothers Trading Company building (constructed in a Renaissance Revival style), the Spanish Colonial Hotel Monte Vista and the 1920's Weatherford Hotel. Many restaurants, bars and shops in this area also retain the charm and nostalgia of yesteryear. A couple of local spots include Flagstaff Brewing Company and Beaver Street Brewery.
Downtown Wheeler Park is host to many exciting events, including Chili Cook-Offs and Fajita competitions!
Heritage Square is an outdoor plaza with an amphitheater that holds concerts, plays and other events throughout the year in historic downtown Flagstaff. The Heritage Square Trust maintains this 11,000-sq. ft. plaza and as a benevolent organization it provides free events to the public in what the trust calls the 'community's living room'. The 1200-seat amphitheater is the centerpiece of the plaza and during the year visitors can always see something new. From the summer concert series with music as diverse as jazz and Celtic rock, to plays and drama, its a great place to catch an eclectic act.
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 wild acorns and fresh air is intoxicating while visitors wander around in the world's largest Ponderosa Pine forest. And perched at a heavenly height of 7,150 feet above sea level, Flagstaff's Arboretum is home to more than 2,000 different species of native flora. The arboretum also holds special aviary programs which showcase Arizona's native eagles, hawks, and other birds of prey. Throughout the summer season it hosts events like the popular Native Herb Festival or the Penstemon Plant Sale, and if you enjoy vino, the 'Wine in the Woods' event every September is a blast.
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.
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.