Peaceful

This is honestly one of my favorite sites in Flagstaff. The campsites are across from a totally peaceful pastoral scene. Rolling grassy hills spotted with wildflowers. You can see the observatory in the distance as well. There is an Arizona State Parks Observatory Mesa section of the road where camping is prohibited. It is clearly marked with a sign so don't camp there! Hiking is allowed and is a great view of Mount Humphreys Peak.

Spectacular Sunrise

Yes, the sites are crammed together. But honestly it doesn't even matter. Everyone there seemed to have the same mindset and were all respectful. Camp site 22 is right on the edge, so it feels like you are on your own. Check in is at 4pm and check out is 11am. It rained really hard and the wind was brutal when we setup, but it calmed overnight and we woke to one of the most spectacular sunrises. And they aren't kidding about the sand, it is super fine and gets into everything. I could even hear it between my teeth! Make sure to drive the monument loop before you leave, it is mesmerizing!

Worthwhile Cool Down

Really great hike. Some of the most lovely views! Not too difficult, bring plenty of water. The water at the crack is ice cold and it was not clear but muddy (beginning of August). This makes cliff jumping a little more iffy, because you can't see anything. Still an absolute blast.

Jeny Davis

over 1 year ago

Scenic and Fun

Fun hike with great views; a great option when Piestewa Peak is too crowded. There are lots of species of cacti and the change in terrain is fun. You can even get in a little bouldering near the start of the trail.