Downtown Geology

Through generous funding from Mountain Sports Flagstaff and 1% for the Planet, Willow Bend has been able to offer guided Downtown Geology Tours during the past few summers. Unfortunately, this year we are not able to offer multiple tours again. However, we will be able to offer one tour during the Festival of Science, in September 2021. Stay tuned for date and time.

Tour information:

The 45 minute- 1 hour walking tours are based on local Flagstaff author, Marie Jackson’s Stone Landmark’s book.  An exclusive and unique opportunity for the community to explore downtown like never before.  The tour will cover ancient history of stones used to build downtown’s iconic buildings, including Moenkopi Sandstone, Pumiceous Dacite, Kaibab Limestone, and Malapais Basalt.  In addition tours will highlight progression of architectural styles, discuss changing preferences for certain rock types, and provide an overview of historic events. Tours are highly recommended for visitors and residents alike.

Watch the 1 minute tour promo!