Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve, Flagstaff

3.5
#16 of 16 in Nature in Flagstaff
With funding from the 2004 voter approved Open Space bond and a 2012 Arizona State Parks Growing Smarter Grant, the City of Flagstaff successfully acquired this 478 acre parcel of land for $4.778 million. Located in northeast Flagstaff, Picture Canyon is a natural and cultural amenity to northern Arizona, serving as a critical riparian habitat, popular recreation corridor, and home to significant cultural and archaeological resources. The acquisition of Picture Canyon provides a natural place for members of the Flagstaff community to learn about ecology, geology, and archaeology, while participating in outdoor recreation.
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Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve Reviews
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  • The outdoor classroom is such a WONDERFUL IDEA!! It’s very refreshing to see communities utilizing nature to educate. The trails are nice and well marked.... for the most part. But there is one major ...  more »
  • My friends and I saw the picture of the waterfall part of this hike and decided to give it a whirl. It smelled really bad by the beginning of the trail, some type of sewage thing I think. It's honestl...  more »
  • Where is the waterfall? Where is the beautiful trail? We (myself, my wife and young daughter) arrived on a hot morning, eager to cool off by taking a nice hike amidst the pines and seeing some nature,...  more »
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  • A really lovely loop hike. Once you get past the odd smell of the water treatment plant, it's quite nice. I've done this Trail a few times over several years, and the first couple of times I ended up kind of lost or on other trails. The last time I did this Trail, only about two weeks ago, it seemed they had better Trail markers. For a hike in town, I would highly recommend it.
  • This is the first time I've had to give a trail a one star rating. Lol. There were a million mosquitoes, in winter, and awful sewer smell. Couldn't make it to see anything cool.
  • The walk here is very peaceful, and the waterfall is pretty impressive. For people saying the waterfall is hard to find, go on the east side of the creek and then follow the trail north. When you hear water off to your left, walk that way until you see the cliff edge overlooking the waterfall.
  • Awesome place to hike. It's more of a walk with some inclines. I'm completely out of shape and enjoy coming here often. I take the shorter route which I believe it's about 2.5 miles round trip. Once you get past the smell of the water treatment plant it's a peaceful place. Be sure to use the map at the beginning of the trail to see all the petroglyphs and the waterfall.
  • Very easy walk that has alot to show including wildlife, petroglyphs, water fall and many other things. Highly recommend for all ranges of hiking.
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