One of best year round outdoor recreation areas in Arizona is just minutes from Flagstaff. Arizona Snowbowl has it all. Visitors will discover winter skiing, summer scenic sky rides, guided horseback riding and alpine lodging. It has something for everyone anytime of the year.
Arizona Snowbowl is located in the San Francisco Peaks within the Coconino National Forest. The San Francisco Peaks are the highest mountains in Arizona, with the Humphrey’s Peak reaching 12,643 feet. Arizona Snowbowl features a 2,300-foot vertical drop and a two-mile long run with an average of 260 inches of snow. Snowbowl has scenic slopes to entertain and challenge. There are 32 trails and four chairlifts to make the trip to Snowbowl fun. Winter visitors can choose from snow shoeing, skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and skijoring.
Arizona Snowbowl is known for having the best learning terrain in the southwest. The Hart Prairie beginning area is ideal for those trying skiing out for the first time. There are group and private lessons available for all levels of expertise.
Arizona Snowbowl wants to please their visitors, that’s why it offers so many services to its skiers. There is a full-service rental shop, a repair shop, several lodges, shuttle buses, a Terrain Park for snowboarders and skiers plus a ski school.
Ski prices start with an adult weekend/holiday all day 9:00 to 4:00 $37.00 or afternoon 12:00 to 4:00 $29.00, adult midweek all day 9:00 to 4:00 $37.00 or afternoon 12:00 to 4:00 $22.00, junior ages 8 to 12 all day 9:00 to 4:00 $20.00 or afternoon 12:00 to 4:00 $15.00, Senior ages 65 to 69 all day 9:00 to 4:00 and afternoon 12:00 to 4:00 $17.00 and both Seniors 70 and older and children seven and under ski free. There are season passes available. The best time to make your ski run is mid-December through mid-April. If you would like more information on skiing call 520-779-1951 or to get a snow report call 520-779-4577.
During the summer, the Arizona Snowbowl reopens for sky rides to the top of the mountain. The sky rides are available from mid-June through mid-October. Visitors will take a ride up to 11,500 feet. Once at the top, the 70-mile panoramic views are breathtaking. The view covers downtown Flagstaff and even includes the Grand Canyon. Besides taking in the sights, the Forest Service has an interpretive specialist available to answer questions. The specialist will help to answer any biological or geological questions about the area.
The Agassiz Lodge is a terrific spot to rest and eat lunch either before or after the sky ride. There is a display area in the Lodge that offers information on the San Francisco Peaks. Live music can be heard on weekends. The Lodge is open daily from 11:00 to 4:00. A sport shop is also located in the lower level under the Lodge.
The summertime sky rides are open everyday starting May 28th through September 6th from 10:00 to 4:00. The days do change after September 6th, to Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. The scenic sky rides cost $9.00 for adults, $6.50 for seniors 65 and older, $5.00 for children between 6 and 12 and children under the age of 5 ride free when accompanied by and adult. If you are interested in group rates, please call in advance. If you would like more information on skiing or sky rides call 520-779-1951 or to get a snow report call 520-779-4577.
If a guided horseback ride is more your style, then Arizona Snowbowl has the ranch for you. The MacDonalds Ranch, based out of Scottsdale, Arizona offers horseback riding adventures. Rides travel through the Ponderosa Pines in the Coconino National Forest with experienced wranglers leading the way.
The ranch is located at the Fort Valley Barn on Highway 180 and Snowbowl Road. Rides begin at 8:00 and continue till 5:00. Rides range in price from $24.00 for a one-hour ride to $36.00 for a two hour. The ranch does offer group, party and special event prices.
Hayrides are also available on the first and third Thursdays of the month. These hayrides are topped off with a delicious barbeque cookout amid the pines. Hayrides start at $10.00 per person with a limit of 10 people.
If you are interested in any of the outdoor activities at the MacDonalds Ranch, you may call 520-774-4481 for more information.
You can get to Arizona Snowbowl from Flagstaff by taking Highway 180 north out of town. After traveling for approximately 7 miles, turn right onto Snowbowl Road and follow the signs for 7 more miles to Arizona Snowbowl. If you are coming from Tucson or Phoenix, take Interstate 17 north up to Flagstaff. Then take U.S. Highway 180 north out of town for 7 miles. Once you come to Snowbowl Road turn and head on up to Arizona Snowbowl following the signs.