Northern Arizona

From Lake Powell to the tallest peak in Arizona, to the painted Desert and the Petrified Forest. There are a lot of amazing places to see north of Phoenix.  Add some of these side excursions to any trip up north. 

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  • Close to many attractions Northern Arizona has to offer. Flagstaff is home to Arizona’s tallest peak Mt. Humphreys. Take a hike here and stop for a pint at Mother Road Brewing after. They have a great patio. Check out Pizzicletta next door for dinner. 
  • Wupatki National Monument is just outside of town. Do the loop with Sunset Crater National Monument on highway 89, a 34 mile scenic tour. 
  • Look into hiking the Lava Tubes 

Petrified Forest National Park 

  • Only 1.5 hours from Flagstaff. Check another National park off your list and travel down the historic Route 66. The Petrified Forest sits in a desolate area and a lot of the park can be seen in just a few hours. 
  • On the way you will pass through the small town of Winslow, Arizona, made famous by the Eagles song, “Take it Easy”. Pop through and stand on the corner, and grab a beer at the brewery right across the street. 


  • A small town an hour and a half outside of Phoenix. This is the gateway to the Mogollon Rim and is also a possible route up to the Petrified Forest National Park. 
  • There are a TON of Forest Service roads here for camping and boondocking. There are also a few lakes stocked with fish, trails and hiking.
    • Horton Springs Trail ​is great for all skill levels 
    •  Bear Canyon Lake and Woods Canyon Lake. Both have designated campgrounds 
  • Check out Pine and Strawberry
    • Two towns about 15 min outside of Payson. Eat at the Old County Inn. There are quite a few forest service roads and camping spots within 15-20 min of these towns making it easy to come back in for food or supplies. 

Prescott ​

  • On the way to Flagstaff you will see an exit for this town. It is worth the stop if you have time. 
  • Once Arizona’s Capital, Prescott is steeped in history. It is an outdoor enthusiasts dream with a ton of hiking and mountain biking trails. There are great restaurants here and the infamous Whiskey Row sits in the center of the town square. ​​
    • Barley hound, Supersition Meadery and The Point are all worth checking out 
  • Hike at Watson Lake to experience the beautiful rock formations in Prescott 
  • Close to Sedona, Jerome and Cottonwood it is easy to day trip here. 

Lake Powell

  • 2 Hours from Flagstaff this is technically the start of the Grand Canyon at Glenn Canyon Damn. This area boasts high canyon walls, magnificent views and ample areas to camp. 
  • Horeshoe Bend: on they way check out this iconic view; go early to avoid the crowds 
  • Antelope Canyon Tour
    • This can only be done with a guide. Reserve early the spots fill up fast! ​
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Sample Itinerary: Northern Arizona  

Day 1: Phoenix to Sedona 

  • Arrive in Phoenix
  • Drive up to Sedona. Camp outside of Sedona near Loy Butte Road 
  • Hike bear mountain, explore the town

Day 2: Sedona to Flagstaff 

  • Drive the 89 A up to Flagstaff. Stop in Flagstaff and walk around the downtown. Take a quick hike if there is time
  • Drive through the Waptuki National Monument and Sunset Crater; camp near this area

Day 3: Grand Canyon

  • Explore the Grand Canyon and camp near Williams 

Day 4: Williams to Pine (Payson) 

  • Drive through Flagstaff and stop in Winslow, then to Petrified National Monument
  • Take the route through Payson,
  • Dinner at Old County Inn
  • Camp on the Mogollon Rim

Day 5: Payson to Phoenix 

  • Travel back to Phoenix; Hike at Lost Dutchman State Park, head home
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