The scent of towering pines and wildflowers is intoxicating in the world's largest Ponderosa forest. Perched at a ... More
Arboretum At Flagstaff
The scent of towering pines and wildflowers is intoxicating in the world's largest Ponderosa forest. Perched at a heavenly height of 7,150 feet above sea level, Flagstaff's Arboretum is home to 2,000 species of native plants. View "Live Birds of Prey" programs and learn about Arizona's native eagles, hawks, and owls. Walk through the gardens, listen to the voice of the brook and look into the faces of fish and wildlife you can't see anywhere else. Challenge yourself with a 1.2-mile nature hike where visitors can photograph local wildlife, or recount the day's lessons on a solitary bench.
The road to get to the Arboretum was unpaved and bone shaking. Wouldn't have minded if there had been something great at the end of the road, but the Arboretum itself was a joke. The plant life was boring and unimaginative. We went to see the owl "show", but the the owl was out of control, flew off to perch on a roof (couldn't blame him!) and then the handler blamed the people who were walking around the Arboretum for spooking him. It was a depressing awful little place and the staff contributed nothing to make it better. I would advise anyone in the area to give it a miss.
Sadly my visit to the Arboretum was HORRIBLE! Visitor Center was cluttered with toys that are made from china and had nothing to do with enviromental education, the manager named michelle was very rude and made the visit awkward, she looks at you like your about to steal anything in sight. She was also talking loudly with other employees about how she disliked her other coworkers and wanted to quit.
I dont think she should even be there.
On another note.. the plants were not labeled well, there was a lot of trash laying around the gardens, it looked poorly maintaine. I asked a employee why the pond was blocked off and was told i could go to the visitors center to find out?? (didnt go because of the rude manager)
Over all, id say save your money and check out the LOWELL OBSERVATORY instead!
The guided tour and the birds of prey exhibition were really good. BUT be prepared for a 'bone shaking' ride to get there. The roads have not been paved and so you drive over a 'rutted' road surface for about three miles.
It was breathtaking and beautiful. The plants are well-tended, nicely labeled, and arranged in marvelous locations. The different garden areas (childrens', herbs, pond, wetlands, etc) were all very well done and the informational signs were very nice. The path system is very nice and easily traveled. My kids loved the tree ring maze and treehouse. The birds of prey were a wonderful addition. The gift shop was very nice and staff was very friendly.
Warning - the dirt road is long and bumpy and not for the faint hearted driver or wimpy sedans. Definitely need a strong suspension.
I guess I have seen a number of Arboretum and botanical gardens from NYC to California, and particularly the Chicago Botanic Gardens.
The rough 4 mile road is jarring, and there is very little to see when you get there. It needs a lot of work and money.
We enjoyed our visit to the Arboretum. Many fun places to explore and learn about. My children especially enjoyed the children's maze made from cut down trees. Butterfly gardens, Sunflower mazes and many different critters and bugs to investigate. Fun place to learn about nature.
The Arboretum entails a total of 200 acres but there are approximately only three acres, which are actually accessible to the public. The Arboretum is split into several areas that are small but nice; these include grasslands, wetlands, a herb garden, and a green house. For the children there is a Peter Rabbit story area.
As far as the price, Adults are $5 and children 4-17 are $2
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