Things to do around Flagstaff, Arizona
Of course, visiting the Grand Canyon is the most popular thing to do around Flagstaff. It's actually one of the most popular destinations in the world! The national park is just about an hour and a half away so it is easy to travel in a day.
Over the past two billion years, the Grand Canyon has been shaped into what it is today thanks to the Colorado River and erosion. It is 277 miles long, about eighteen miles wide, and over a mile deep; it is literally a giant hole in the ground. The Colorado River runs through the canyon and touches seven states. Within the canyon, there are thousands of species of plants and animals that can be found. It also contains some of the oldest exposed rock on Earth. The canyon is divided into the South and North Rim. The South Rim is the most popular, bringing it about ninety percent of the tourists due to the fact that it is easily accessible from major cities like Flagstaff, Williams, and Las Vegas. North Rim is located very close to Utah but it is not quite as accessible. Ten miles separate the two rims as the crow flies but to access it, you must hike over twenty miles through difficult rails or drive over 200 miles via the dangerous, winding roads. The North Rim is often closed in the winter months due to the treacherous conditions.
Aside from sightseeing, people enjoy hiking, rafting, helicopter tours, Jeep tours (we offer all of them), camping, and so much more. The floor of the valley is only accessible by mule, foot, or a boat from upriver. Of course, if you are less adventurous, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the canyon without taking a multiday hike to the bottom. There are plenty of bus and Jeep tours that will take you along the rim and many helicopter and plane tours as well that give you a bird's eye view of the canyon.
This town has a chilling history that has led to plenty of ghost stories throughout the years. Your knowledgeable guide will take you on a walking tour and tell you those stories of this once booming mining town and what led to its near demise. We offer the Spirit Walk of Jerome Tour. With this tour, your guide will provide you & your group flashlights, the ghost stories of historical buildings, and EFM readers so you can document your sightings of orbs or floating apparitions you might see. It also includes a stop at the Grand Hotel on Cleopatra Hill, where in the past was known as the Verde Hospital. It was here that professionals took care of the injured miners and many people dying from the Spanish influenza 1918. Take a ride on the elevator to the third floor where spirits walk the hotel floors and strange sounds are heard. Next, you will see the Inn of Jerome which was where the 'ladies of the evening' brothel. It is said that the Madame Jennie Banters was murdered in 1905 and has never left along with her phantom cat. You'll also hear about the Spirit Room with the 'women dressed in red' haunts at the Connor Hotel and explore the sliding jail for the lawless.
Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion due to flash flooding. The canyon is accessible by tour only and still floods occasionally. It's a popular destination for sightseers and photographers but has only been open to the public since 1997. There are two separate sections: the Upper (The Crack) and Lower (The Corkscrew) Canyons. The Upper Canyon is the less difficult of the two for visitors to travel into. If you are in the area, Antelope Canyon is something that you don't want to miss!