Exploring Northern Arizona with Kids: Visiting Flagstaff


Traveling to Flagstaff with Kids 

As a born and raised Flagstaff local I’m often asked about things to do/ places to stay in Flagstaff, here’s my guide. 


Between April and October there is plenty of cheap/free camping, and if you are traveling on a budget, or want a true Colorado Plateau experience, camping is the way to go. 

Canyon Vista Campground

Just south of town this campground provides the basics, pit toilets, water and picnic tables. On the rim of Sandy’s canyon this campground offers pleasant views, moderate hikes and is just a few minutes away from Lake Mary, for water recreation opportunities. 

Locket Meadow Campground 

This campground is up on the peaks: it gets COLD, but offers stunning views. You will need a high clearance vehicle to get there. Toilets and picnic tables are provided but you need to haul your own water. 

Nordic Village Cabins and Yurts  

This is a really unique experience any time of year. At the nordic village you can see beautiful golden aspen groves in the fall and enjoy the serenity of the snowy forest in the winter. The “Backcountry” yurts are a family friendly backcountry experience, our two-years-old was able to hike the whole way. The Nordic village also provides ski and snow shoe rentals for winter adventures. 

Residence Inn, Downtown

If you prefer to stay in a hotel, the Marriott downtown is walking distance from downtown attractions, the observatory and the park. Its probably worth the money. 



Griffith Springs 

The trail is a loop, the perfect length for toddler legs. There is a small stream that flows year round and is ideal for racing leaf boats. 

Buffalo Park 

A stroller friendly hike up on the mesa with beautiful 360 views. 

West Fork of Oak Creek

You will need to arrive early and pay a fee but this creekside hike through a narrow canyon is unforgettable. 

Indoor fun

Museum of Northern Arizona 

The museum has several permanent exhibits to learn about geology and the native peoples of the Colorado Plateau. There is also a kids corner with an exhibit on ants and lost of fun coloring pages and blocks. 

Flagstaff Climbing Center 

Learn how to belay and get your kids on the wall.