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Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend in Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

The Memorial Day weekend is almost here in Flagstaff! If you’re still thinking about how you want to spend the weekend, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy the weekend in and near Flagstaff.  Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

Enjoy the National Monuments

Why not celebrate freedom in the country with a visit to some of the amazing national parks near Flagstaff? Walnut Canyon National Monument is a perfect place to see both geological wonders and the ancient history of the Southwest. And if Native American ruins fascinate you, then a visit to Wupatki National Monument is an ideal way to explore them.

Look to the Stars

If looking up into space is more your thing, why not make a fascinating visit to Lowell Observatory, where you can explore space and learn about the history of this famous observatory. It’s where they discovered Pluto and other important heavenly objects.  What will you discover?

Hike the Grand Canyon

If you want to enjoy visiting the Grand Canyon without all the tourists, why not hike the North Rim? If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, you’ll find it on this 21-mile hike, along with the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. At the end of your hike you can stop at the beautiful rustic lodge and refresh yourself at  the fine restaurants and shops. Or if you’re looking for something beautiful and unique, there’s Havasu Falls.

28th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts & Culture

May 26 & 27, 2018

Come to the Museum of Norther Arizona to enjoy the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 50 Zuni artists. You can buy traditional and contemporary art, listen to lectures, and delight in musical and dance performances by the Zuni Olla Maidens, White Eagle Dance Group, and the Fontenelle Family Dancers.

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Have a Safe and Fun Memorial Day Weekend!

Have Fun WIth the Whole Family in Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

Antelope Canyon Near Flagstaff Arizona

It's a well known fact that Flagstaff is a mecca for outdoor attractions and fun.  As such, there's tons of activities that the whole family can enjoy.  There's dozens of places to hike and bike, get a close-up look at bears, look into deep space, enjoy seasonal activities, ride the Scenic Skyride, or just enjoy fishing and camping. You can also enjoy guided activities such as rock climbing and horseback riding.  There's definitely plenty of fun things to do for the whole family that fit just about any interest.

Here's a few family friendly things to do in Flagstaff.

Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend have certainly been immortalized in photographs and computer wallpapers. Why not take the family and see these wonders with your own eyes? Antelope Canyon Tours takes you to the heart of one of the most recognized slot canyons in the world. Then you'll visit the famous Horseshoe Bend and marvel at the might of the Colorado River. Certainly a memory making journey for the whole family.


There's more than just bears in Bearizona. As you drive through 2 miles of forest you'll get up close to bison, wolves, and more. You're whole family will enjoy watching the bear cubs play along with other small animals. The Birds of Prey show will thrill with large raptors soaring above. It's only 20 minutes from Flagstaff, so it's the perfect way to spend time with the family and enjoy the excitement of local wildlife.

Maverick Helicopter Tours

A helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon might be a little steep on price, but the experience justifies the price tag. This is no ordinary helicopter tour either.  Maverick takes you deeper into the canyon than other tours with their ECO-Star helicopters, specially designed for a full unobstructed view.  You'll see some of the most spectacular views of the canyon as you come up on the North Rim and eastern end.

Outdoor and Indoor Rock Climbing

Flagstaff Climbing is located in the heart of downtown Flagstaff, where you'll find 6500 square feet of widely varied climbing terrain to suit all abilities and climbing styles, just right for a family outing. They also have a bouldering gym next to Paragon Athletics and Wanderlust Brewery on Main Street. The also feature programs for the kids and adults as well.

There's so many reasons to buy your next home in Flagstaff.  Check out our other blog articles and visit us every week for more great reasons to call Flagstaff home.

Relive the History of Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

Are you in the mood to learn more about the history of Flagstaff, or even the history of the universe?  The great thing about living in Flagstaff is that there are a number of outstanding museums and a world famous observatory, all waiting for you to explore.  Why not spend some quality time with your family, or engage in your own personal journey, at one of these great places of learning.

Lowell Observatory

For the past 100 years, the Lowell Observatory has stood out as one of the finest telescopes in the world, and is the home of major astronomical discoveries, including Pluto. You can not only learn about the history of the observatory and modern astronomy, but also explore the wonders of the universe. You can also learn about early computing, as the Million computer, a mechanical computer used to help find Pluto, is still located here.

Museum of Northern Arizona

If Native American history and artifacts are your thing, then this is the perfect museum for you to marvel at ancient pottery and ceramic art. The civility contains a research lab, exhibit building, and more.  Established in 1928, the museum itself has a history of its own.

Pioneer Museum

Built in 1908 and serving as a hospital until 1938, this museum now serves to display the history of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona.  You can learn all about the local history of the area in ranching, logging, transportation and life in pioneer Flagstaff.

Explore the Wonder and History of Flagstaff Monuments

by Gary Nelson

The Southwest is known around the world for its stunning and rugged beauty. And Flagstaff is also known for historic importance in America. Not only has the area been inhabited by native tribes for thousands of years, the area also was important in the westward expansion.  When you bring all of these elements together, you get what’s offered in the National Monuments of the Flagstaff area. Have visited these amazing places lately?  If not, here are some of the best monuments in Flagstaff to explore and enjoy.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

If Native American history peaks your interest, then Walnut Canyon will certainly captivate you.  You’ll be able to see how the ancient inhabitants of this gorgeous landscape, called the Sinagua, lived from 600-1400 A.D.  You can also enjoy the rich array of wildlife in the canyon, including coyotes, jack rabbits, mule deer, mountain lions, elk, black bears, and more. The local geology, terrain, and weather create a remarkable variety of environments, which you can see as you explore the park.

Wupatki National Monument

Another extraordinary place to enjoy the stunning scenery and discover the history of the people who once thrived in this dessert. Marvel at the huge 800 year old stone pueblo that was the tallest and largest of such structures around that served as a focal point for a community of Native Americans that made full use of this land.

And don’t forget the other outstanding monuments in and near Flagstaff, including Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. Get out there and explore the wonder and history that is Flagstaff monuments.

Top Things to Do in Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

To say that Flagstaff is an outdoor lover's paradise is an understatement. With so many famous landmarks, monuments, and places to see, you'll never run out of exciting things to do in Flagstaff. has rated the top things to do in Flagstaff. Here's the top 3 from the list.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

This is the perfect place to see both geological wonders and ancient history.  You can walk back in time on The Island Trail as you view actual cliff dwellings of the ancient Sinagua. Or gaze at the amazing scenery from the Rim Trail.

Wupatki National Monument

If you enjoy Native American ruins, this is an amazing place to see them.  The main dwelling is a multistory Sinagua pueblo building, featuring over 100 rooms, a community room and ball court! You can also drive through the park to see other ruin sites.

Lowell Observatory

Flagstaff not only has natural wonders on the ground, but it's the perfect place to see the ones in the sky. It's one of the oldest observatories in the US and is considered a historic landmark. The original telescope is still being used today for education, along with several other telescopes.

Find the Perfect Home in Flagstaff

by Gary Nelson

If you plan on buying a home in Northern Arizona, then no doubt you've already considered calling Flagstaff your home.  And with good reason! Flagstaff has so many things going for it.  It's a medium sized city with about 139,000 residents in the metro area, so it's not overcrowded.  Flagstaff is located near so many natural and man-made attractions.  Its location just south of the San Francisco Peaks adds to the stunning natural beauty of the area.  Flagstaff is an outdoor lover's dream come true.

When it comes to natural attractions in Flagstaff, you could explore them all for a lifetime. The greatest of these is, of course, the Grand Canyon.  We could just leave the list at that, but why should we? There's Wupatki National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and Barringer Crater to add to the list.  And you can also explore the 50 miles of trails in The Flagstaff Urban Trails System.  If you're into sports, don't worry, there's plenty of parks, disc golf courses, tennis courts, baseball fields, basketball courts, and more to keep you busy.

And let's not forget about the great shopping and dining waiting for you.  At the Flagstaff mall, you'll find all your favorite retailers.  Or for local vendors, you can go downtown to the Old Town Shops to find locally made items.  

Where you have tourists, you also have great food. Flagstaff boasts impressive culinary selections, such as Delhi Palace, the Horseman Lodge, Satchmo's BBQ, Fat Olives, and much more.

Hopefully, your curiosity is peaked about this amazing city.  You can learn more about living in Flagstaff in Flagstaff Real Estate & Community Information, where you can also search for the perfect home for sale.

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The Gary Nelson Group
Realty Executives of Flagsaff
15 E. Cherry Ave. Suite 101
Flagstaff AZ 86001
Direct: 928-225-3510
Office: 928-773-9300
Fax: 928-774-1102