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Picture Canyon
With funding from the 2004 voter approved Open Space bond and a 2012 Growing Smarter Grant, the City of Flagstaff successfully acquired this 477.8 acre parcel of land for $4.778 million. Located in northeast Flagstaff, Picture Canyon is a natural and cultural amenity to northern Arizona, serving as a critical riparian habitat, popular recreation corridor, and home to significant cultural and archaeological resources. The acquisition of Picture Canyon provides a natural place for members of the Flagstaff community to learn about ecology, geology, and archaeology, while participating in outdoor recreation.

A Google map of Picture Canyon can be found here.
From Tucson/Phoenix/all points south of Flagstaff:
  • Take I-17 to eastbound I-40 in Flagstaff. 
  • Take exit 201 (Country Club), turn left onto Country Club Blvd. 
  • At the intersection with Highway 89 North, turn right. 
  • At the second signal, turn right onto Marketplace and travel about 1 mile to the T intersection with Test Place. 
  • Turn right, and at the next stop sign, turn left onto old Route 66. 
  • Drive 1/2 mile and turn left onto El Paso Flagstaff Road. 
  • You will see a sign for the Wildcat Water Treatment Plant. Stay on this road, which curves to the right around the water treatment plant property. There will be a parking lot on your right. 

Please remember to bring water, sunscreen, a hat, and appropriate footwear. 

No hunting, woodcutting, or motorized vehicles are allowed within the Preserve. 

Picture Canyon  

Picture Canyon Trail Day
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 8 am - 1 pm
Please join us in building trails, installing signs, and revegetating the Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve. To volunteer, please contact Steven Rossi at or 928-213-2154. 

Bagels, coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided. 

Sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants, sunscreen, water, and head protection are required. Hardhats, gloves, tools, and trail work instructions will be provided. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. For more information, please visit theevent page