Flagstaff Day Hiking

Flagstaff is a great mountain town, with a laid-back culture, beautifully sprawling Ponderosa pine forests, towering peaks, and all four seasons.  Come with us as we explore the culture and geology that makes our town so special, from its sweeping views to its intimate caves, and everything in between.  Feel free to ​ contact us with any questions, or to create your own Flagstaff Day

  Lava River Caves

  Sunset-Wupatki National Monument

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sunset crater national monument hiking

Going into the 7-million year old caves is a very unique experience, as Flagstaff is one of the few places in the continental US that has caves intact.  Just west of the San Francisco Volcanic Field, they tend to make you feel like you are descending into Mother Earth's subway.  Check them out with us!



This adventure will allow you to explore the geologic and cultural history of the southern Colorado Plateau, and just how closely they are related.  We will stop off to hike and explore in Sunset Crater National Monument, then cruise down the road to observe Ancestral Puebloan ruins, some of the most well-preserved in the world.
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  Walnut Canyon - Faults and Mesas

  Mt. Elden - Sandy Seep Trail

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mt elden flagstaff hiking

Walnut Canyon is a great place to explore in all seasons.  World-class rock climbing, Puebloan ruins, and a major fault coinciding with volcanism that reveal the violent nature of this beautful canyon's history.  We will cruise to Anderson Mesa to check out the fault that gave birth to this canyon and continues to shape it today, as well as explore Walnut Canyon National Monument and its wonderfully preserved ruins and reveal how cultural history and geology are very closely related.

Rising over 9,500ft towards the sky, Mt. Elden is a prominent feature on the Flagstaff skyline, sitting just to the southeast of old San Francisco Mountain.  Born of many of the same processes, this advenuture will explore the gorgeous Elden Foothills, and allow us to check out how volcanism can shape the landscape.
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  HUmphrey's Peak

  Red Mountain Geologic Area

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red mountain flagstaff hiking

Humphrey's Peak, the highest point in the San Francisco Volcanic Field, and the highest point in the State of Arizona, is a wonderful and challenging hike for peakbaggers, view seekers, and those looking to get off their couch and do something grand (although we don't recommend coming at this mountain right off the couch).  Exploring this ancient volcano's history will reveal much about the processes that coalesced to form the Colorado Plateau, and how massive eruptions, glaciers, and Kachinas have shaped our state's high point.  On a clear day, the entire region may reveal themselves to us, from Grand Canyon, to Colorado, to Sedona and beyond.

Ever wondered what the inside of a volcano looks like?  This adventure will show you.  Red Mountain is the eroded and excavated remains of a volcanic feature known as a cinder cone, or kind of a "baby" volcano.  Gorgeous views and spectacular erosional features, including the ubiquitous hoodoo can be found here, as we will climb around and explore this peaceful amphitheatre after a pleasant hike.
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  Grand Falls

  Downtown Flagstaff Geology Walk

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flagstaff hiking

Grand Falls is the result of (what else?) geologic processes that coincided to dam up the Little Colorado River on its way into its big brother river.  The falls themselves are higher than Niagara Falls, in New York, and when fully flowing, may remind you of WIlly Wonka's chocolate factory.  Climbing and exploring these falls is a truly grand experience, particuarly in our arid southwestern America.

Flagstaff, like many towns in the American West, was born of opportunity and economy.  Take a stroll with us through Flagstaff's quaint and enjoyable downtown as we explore how geology played a major role in the town's location, it's buidlings, and it past, present, and future.
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  Sp Mountain and Volcano Field

  Petrified Forest National Park

grand falls flagstaff hiking
flagstaff hiking

Grand Falls is the result of (what else?) geologic processes that coincided to dam up the Little Colorado River on its way into its big brother river.  The falls themselves are higher than Niagara Falls, in New York, and when fully flowing, may remind you of WIlly Wonka's chocolate factory.  Climbing and exploring these falls is a truly grand experience, particuarly in our arid southwestern America.

Flagstaff, like many towns in the American West, was born of opportunity and economy.  Take a stroll with us through Flagstaff's quaint and enjoyable downtown as we explore how geology played a major role in the town's location, it's buidlings, and it past, present, and future.
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