Picture Canyon

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 2017 Tour Dates (tours subject to change, please check our website for changes and weather notices)

Saturday, May 13th          2:00-4:30pm       Archeology (special guest archeologist Neil Weintraub)

Saturday, June 10th         4:00-6:30pm       Family Tour  (tour especially geared for families. Will include kid activities and a picnic)

Sunday, July 30th             8:00-10:30am     Birding (led by Trevor Hinkley. Held in partnership with Northern Arizona Audubon)

Saturday, August 26th     4:00-6:30pm       Wildlife Watching  (special guests wildlife biologists Rick Miller and Tom Mackin)

Saturday, October 21st   9:00-11:30am       Community History (general overview of Picture Canyon, restoration efforts, and history)


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: cassandra@willowbendcenter.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.