This 200-acre arboretum is a lovely spot to take a break and rejuvenate your spirits. Two short trails hug a meadow and wind beneath ponderosa pines, passing an herb garden, native plants and wildflowers, and a longer loop makes an easy amble through the woods. There are also tours, summer concerts and soirees, and even wine and theater in the woods. Follow Woody Mountain Rd 3.8 miles south from Route 66 – it's unpaved, but feasible for most cars.

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Nearby Flagstaff attractions

1. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

4.43 MILES

Having made a fortune from their Arizona Lumber Company, brothers Michael and Timothy Riordan built this sprawling duplex in 1904. The Craftsman-style…

2. Lowell Observatory


Astronomers, get ready to geek out! Sitting atop a hill just west of downtown, this national historic landmark – famous for the first sighting of Pluto in…

3. Thorpe Park

4.97 MILES

A great playground with plenty of grass and shade, and a dog park.

4. Heritage Square

5.36 MILES

The central square in Flagstaff's historic downtown has a handful of cafes offering outdoor seating. In summer there's weekend music and family-friendly…

5. Pioneer Museum


Built in 1908 with volcanic remains from the nearby Mt Elden eruptions, this stone house served as the Coconino County Hospital for the needy and was…

6. Coconino Center for the Arts

6.16 MILES

The Coconino Center for the Arts exhibits works by local artists and hosts various performances and programs. Check its website for current exhibitions…

7. Museum of Northern Arizona


Housed in an attractive Craftsman-style stone building amid a pine grove, this small but excellent museum spotlights local American Indian archaeology,…

8. Walnut Canyon

12.56 MILES

The Sinagua cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon are set in the nearly vertical walls of a small limestone butte amid this stunning forested canyon. The mile…