Flagstaff-centric Tours

Since we live here, we occasionally get questions from people who want suggestions about places to eat and good rides. I know I've answered those queries a number of times, and figured it was about time I started accumulating and publishing that information.

This is NOT intended to be an all-inclusive list, and I've probably overlooked something important. If you have anything to offer, please click on the "feedback" link at the bottom of the page and let me know in an email...

Weather

Weather is a strange thing in northern Arizona. It's possible to freeze any time of the year - generally it never happens in summer, and if it does, it would probably be at night. But there's typically a 3-5 degree difference in temperature for every 1000 feet of elevation. If Phoenix is just under 1000 feet, and Flagstaff is right around 7000, I normally tell people it's almost always 25 degrees cooler in Flagstaff than Phoenix.

The Wupatki/Sunset Crator loop in the list below ranges from 4500 to 8000 feet. The local paper (Arizona Daily Sun) reported a high of 64 according on April 7, 2007, and one of the 1800 riders said he saw 77 on the ride. Dramatic temperature swing is something you need to be prepared for.

Additionally, when the sun goes down, so does the temperature. For April 7, 2007, the paper said the low was 27, and that was probably 5 or 6 AM. Once the sun comes up, the temps rise quickly.

If you visit various web pages for weather information, the zip code is 86001. Click on the following links:

The Weather Channel
AccuWeather
Arizona Daily Sun Weather Page
National Weather Service
Northern Arizona University

Restaurants

I'm not going to even attempt to list all the places available! This is a tourist area and you'll find almost every imaginable fast food and chain in Flagstaff. We do, however, offer the following as some of our favorites:

FLAGSTAFF
Beaver Street Brewery 11 S. Beaver St. Beer brewed on-site
Black Bart's Steak House Saloon & Musical Revue 2760 E. Butler Ave. Expensive, but great food and cheap entertainment
Charly's Pub & Grill 23 N Leroux St Casual elegance in the Historic Weatherford Hotel
El Capitan Fresh Mexican Grill 1800 S. Milton Rd #21 Help-yourself salsa bar
Horsemen Lodge 8500 N. Hwy 89 Rustic mountain lodge dining, evenings only
Little Thai Kitchen 1051 S. Milton Road, Suite D Tiny place, large menu

Suggestions from others:
Macy's European Coffeehouse, Bakery & Vegetarian Restaurant 14 South Beaver Street A Flagstaff fixture since 1980
Cracker Barrel 2560 E. Lucky Lane ...because of access, parking & service for large groups.

 

Need More Suggestions?

As mentioned previously, Flagstaff is a tourist town. There are a lot of web sites that provide information about the city and the area. From the first one in this list of just a few, you can also download maps and guides that you might find useful:

Convention and Visitors Bureau
Flagstaff Area National Monuments
Flagstaff Discovery Map
Arizona Guide
Flagstaff Arizona Online
AZ Central.com

 

Day Trips

Multi-day Trips

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