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The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Flagstaff

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Open May 1st - October 31st, every day except Tuesdays from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

The Arboretum at Flagstaff is located on 200 acres within the Coconino National Forest. A research and environmental education center, the Arboretum is home to 2,500 species of plants in greenhouses, gardens, and natural habitats.

The Arboretum encompasses horticultural collections, rare plant specimens, historic buildings, and a nature trail through the Ponderosa pine forest.

Founded in 1981 with a mission to increase the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and plant communities native to the Colorado Plateau, The Arboretum offers guided tours, school programs, and other festivals and events.
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  • The Arboretum's greenhouses were filled with rows of identical starter plants, little of interest or the unusual there. The butterfly house is nice, but we only saw three types of butterflies in it. T...  more »
  • We took the long walking tour and learned a lot about forestry and restoration efforts in AZ. This facility does a lot of research on native plants and reestablish these plants. The Arboretum also doe...  more »
  • Had been a few years since our last visit and we were pleasantly surprised at how much the place has expanded. The plant selection and variety was terrific. Virtually all of the plants were in good he...  more »
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  • Terrible drive up for our small car. Big rough dirt/gravel road. We had to go 10mph in our chevy cavalier otherwise it would be way too bumpy. Then when you get here, it's not much. The butterfly house is really small with hardly any butterflies. And the park itself is small. It only took about 20 minutes to walk the whole thing at a normal pace. I was very disappointed with our experience here at the Flagstaff Arboretum. Not worth the time and money.
  • Cute little hidden garden, with some good views. Not much in bloom at this time (early June), so really just a nice little nature walk. Little butterfly house was cute. We were stopping by because we had some time to kill on our way back from the Grand Canyon. A dirt road leads to the arboretum, so that was a bit of a surprise, but not a problem.
  • This is a great place to take students on a field trip. They have different programs for different grade levels. The staff is knowledgeable and patient.
  • Made this an impromptu stop while visiting Flagstaff this past weekend, and were so glad we did. There were beautiful flowers to photograph and enjoy and there was a beautiful wedding going on while we were there too. The staff was extremely friendly including the staff member who we flagged down as she left and happily answered our questions at the entrance gate (she exemplified joy in her responses about the place) and Emily (behind the desk at the Visitor Center) was so very pleasant. Also, the woman in the horticulture center was pleasant. She helped us get a bucket to photograph a flower from the top-side so we didn't have to touch anything. Photos came out amazing! Thanks so much for making our stop a pleasant one--it ended up being the highlight of our trip!
  • We go every year to the Festival Of Trees fundraiser. It's a great event. Also a good place to learn about Northern Arizona.

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Flagstaff's diverse assortment of hotels and motels provides all the amenities you need to relax after a long day adventuring. The city is home to a number of luxury bed and breakfasts complete with jetted tubs and fireplaces. Budget-friendly bed and breakfasts have fewer facilities and are often farther out of town, but boast plenty of charm and character. If you like the outdoors, take advantage of the city's mountain surroundings and pitch a tent at a campground in nearby Kaibab National Forest.
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