Summer Bucket List

When it comes to Northern Arizona, Flagstaff remains the center of it all! Combined with cooler temperatures and close proximity to stunning sights — we’ve drilled down a short list of what you should check off your list.

Head Downtown

Flagstaff Farmer’s Market

Experience Flagstaff’s Farmer’s Market on Sunday mornings from 8am-11am to shop for unique, organic and locally grown produce and goods. You can find a variety of food booths, beauty products and fruits and veggies here every Sunday!

Eat at the Creperie

Old Town Creperie in Downtown Flagstaff is opened seasonally — from May to end of October — so stop on by and get your fix of delicious crepes.

They are opened from Wednesday to Sunday weekly and have great outdoor seating. In the mood for something sweet or savory — they have options for everyone!

First Friday

The First Friday Artwalk of every month is celebrated in Downtown Flagstaff with live music, art and drinks.

Photo top right and bottom right 📷: Cameron & Kelly, Mitchell Forbes

Local stores and restaurants will also have specials and entertainment.

Movies on the Square

Flagstaff summer time means free movies every Saturday in the heart of downtown Flagstaff on Heritage Square, a great way to enjoy the cool evenings. Every week features a different movie. Events begin at 4pm, and the movie starts at 7:30pm! Get the movie schedule here.

No Beach, No Problem — head to these water spots

Lake Mary

Lake Mary is perfect for anyone interested in fishing, boating, paddle boarding, swimming or enjoying a lakeside picnic. Surrounding the area are a number of great trails, campgrounds and places to explore! Wildlife watchers can catch sight of elk, deer and bird species including the great blue heron and the bald eagle.

Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon, a 16-mile gorge with streams and waterfalls, beckons hikers, campers and fishermen.

You’ll want to check out Slide Rock State Park and West Fork.

Take in the Views

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon state = grand views.

Did you know the Grand Canyon National Park is only a 1 hour and 30 minute drive from Flagstaff?

Check out the view and you’ll see why it’s one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

🌟 Stargaze 🌟

Flagstaff is among the seven best spots in the world for star gazing. In fact, if you’re lucky enough to live here you can see the stars (and planets) from your own back yard. Once you’ve found your spot, enjoy the view.

Bonus: learn your way through the night sky with these star charts.

#LumberjackTip Established in 1894, Lowell Observatory is one of the oldest observatories in the United States. It’s close to campus and one of our favorite spots to stargaze.

In the summer, monsoon season treats you with these sights as well.

📷 John Walsh.

Snowbowl Scenic Chair Lift

The Scenic Chairlift at Snowbowl gives you the perfect view of Northern Arizona from a bird’s eye view as the lift shuttles you 11,500 feet above. #KnowBeforeYouGo Make sure to check if their location is closed due to forest closures this summer.

Hike Lockett Meadow

Looking for a hiking trail this summer? Locket Meadow Inner Basin Loop Trail is the spot for you! Dogs are also able to hike the trail so grab your four legged friend along for the walk.

Note: Trails may be closed due to fire danger.

Head to Red Rock Country — Sedona & Oak Creek

Named one of the most beautiful places in America, Sedona has so many different activities to do between hiking one of their many beautiful trails, to spas, shopping, eating, and Pink Jeep Tours, Sedona has something for everyone!

Frolick in the sunflower fields

Get your cameras ready. At the end of July, early August — these fields are in their peak.

Namaste outside —

Outdoor Yoga at the Oakmont

Yoga in the Park Summer Series runs all summer long at the Oakmont — Saturday morning from 9–10am (8–9am in July) for $5 yoga. Bring your own mat.

Rooftop Yoga at Root

Yoga Revolution Flagstaff and Root Public House presents a Summer Yoga Event: every Sunday in the summer on the rooftop of Root Public House. $7 cash for the class. Enjoy your Sunday outdoors by staying for a rad locally sourced, sustainable breakfast after your blue sky flow.

Take a picture with a Lumberjack

Blue and gold bleeds throughout northern Arizona and Louie is a very familiar face around here. When you spot Louie say “kick axe!”

Happy summer, Jacks!

It’s always a great day to be a Lumberjack! Join the conversation and share your #NAU story.

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