National Parks / Natural World
Buffalo Park Flagstaff
Where are we going today?
Buffalo Park is one of the most popular parks within Flagstaff, and with a very cool geological fact too - did you know that this expanse of open space likes on top of the McMillan Mesa? This means it's actually lying on an ancient lava flow - pretty cool!
The park is super fun to just hang out in, enjoy the sun, and get active, and within this incredible piece of the great outdoors, you will find some popular trails to explore!
Nate Avery Trail is the most popular urban trail within Flagstaff, and takes you on a 2 mile loop around Buffalo Park. Most of the trail is on native grassland, but there are areas where you can explore a cool wooded ravine.
Here, you can see an incredible panorama of the mountains, the Dry Lake Hills, and even the San Francisco Peaks!
There are elements of the trail that are easy, so it's ideal for the whole family. if you want to challenge yourself, there are some elements that are quite steep, so you can make it as relaxing or as adventurous as you like!
A day where you can run around, enjoy a picnic, bask in the sun, get out into nature, and spend time with the family. Sounds like Buffalo Park has just what you need!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
The trail is accessible from March to Nov
Why not take a picnic and enjoy it out in the sun!.
Make sure you take plenty of bottled water, and healthy snacks if you are going on the trails.
Any Top Tips?
Take plenty of sun protection including hats and sun cream, and comfy shoes for the walking!.
Need a little extra help?
Majority of the trails are easy access, and there are paved roads around the trails.
Dogs can use the trail, but must be kept on a leash.
What people are saying?
by Chris Maxson
Very good park. We come up here every winter to play in the snow. There's lots of trails, it's wide open, and dog friendly. There is technically a restroom, but in the form of two port-o-potties. Traffic through downtown stinks, but you can skip some of it through side streets like San Francisco Street. Check your Google Maps app to find ways through to avoid Snowbowl traffic.
by Steven Gerner
Wide open spaces, great trails, and friendly walkers and bikers =)