Willow Bend, in partnership with the Open Space Program within the City of Flagstaff’s Sustainability Section, will be leading FREE guided tours to Picture Canyon during the spring and summer. This year each tour will have a different focus and feature guest experts. Participants are welcome to attend more than one tour.
Spring/Summer 2018 Tour Dates* (tours subject to change, please check our website for changes and weather notices)
Saturday, May 19th 7-9:30am Birding 101 (special guest Hannah Griscom, AZ Game and Fish Department)
Saturday, June 16th 10:00am-12:30pm Family Tour (tour especially geared for families. Will include kid activities. Please bring a picnic lunch)
Saturday, July 21stth 6-7:30pm Wildlife Talk (special guests retired wildlife biologists Rick Miller and Tom Mackin)
Saturday, August 25th Time TBA Botany and Geology (special guests to be announced soon)
Saturday, Nov 3rd 1-3:30pm Archeology (with special guest archeologist Neil Weintraub)
* September tour will be offered through the Flagstaff Festival of Science. Check their website for date and time. October tour date and time will be announced soon.
**Tours typically last last 2-3 hours and, in addition to the tours theme, cover basic history, ecology, geology, and archeology of Picture Canyon. The 3-mile loop will offer viewing, photography, and educational opportunities and will cover iconic sites along the way including Flagstaff’s only waterfall, Northern Sinagua petroglyphs and dwelling sites, and the Rio de Flag. Participants will walk approximately 3 miles on uneven trails and are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle.
The tour is free and offered on a first come first serve basis. Families are welcome, but please note the trail is not stroller suitable, and might be a little strenuous for young children.
We are also offering private tours for community groups. To schedule a tour for your group please contact Cassandra: firstname.lastname@example.org, (928) 7791745
Directions to Trailhead: From downtown Flagstaff, travel west on Route 66 toward the Flagstaff Mall. Turn right on Route 66 and left on El Paso Flagstaff Road. The trailhead is approximately ½ mile down the road on the right side.