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Arizona Rocks with 21 Things to See & Do

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Northern Arizona in the Fall
Arizona Rocks with 21 Things to See & Do

Arizona Rocks in the Northern Arizona towns of Page, Williams and Flagstaff. Autumn is the perfect time to visit Northern Arizona. Cool weather is coming to the high elevations where visitors can enjoy lots of activities including touring the changing colors of the aspen trees that grow in the forests surrounding Flagstaff and Williams. Lake Powell and the nearby slot canyons are spectacular in the fall. A tour of the area with overnight stays puts the Grand Canyon right in the middle of a very memorable vacation. To find out more about the Rocks region of Arizona visit the Rocks web site at

Just some of things you can experience in the Rocks Communities this fall include:


1. Unique Native America September 17-19 10th Annual Northern Arizona Toys for Tots Bed Race Extravaganza, Locations and times vary, free to spectators, $250 per team, 928/526-9613. Bed Race events include a bed race parade, a collegiate bathtub race, a king and queen contest, a marching band contest, a classic car show, a 5 and 10k run and more. The Northern Arizona Toys for Tots Organization is dedicated to providing needy children with toys during the holiday season.

2. Fall Colors October to early November – see the Aspen turn gold! Visit north of the San Francisco Peaks, Lockett Meadow and the Inner Basin Trail for best viewing from hiking trails and scenic drives. Visit The Arboretum at Flagstaff on Saturday Oct 2 for the Fall Open House - call 928-774-1442 or visit the website at

3. History Tour September 18 Centennial Ceremony, Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, 2:00 p.m. 928/779-4395. Join us in celebrating 100 years of Arts and Crafts Style Elegance, 1904-2004.

4. Falling Stars September 22 Autumnal Equinox, Lowell Observatory, 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., $5 Adults, $2 children, 928/774-3358 or visit Daytime programs will include a discussion of the season, especially the autumnal equinox, which is the first day of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.

5. Car Rally October 22-24 The Histo Rallye Arizona 500, Arizona Snowbowl, noon, free, 702-353-7175. The Ralleye Arizona 500 will test drivers, cars and their copilots in true European rally format, on 400 miles through spectacular Arizona landscapes. The public is invited to come and look at the cars.

6. Lunar Magic October 27 Total Lunar Eclipse, Lowell Observatory, 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., $5 Adults, $2 children, 928/774-3358 or visit The programs will focus on today’s eclipse. The moon will rise at 5:40 p.m. with the eclipse already in progress. Totality begins at approximately 7:23 p.m.

7. Fiesta Days October 30-31 Celebraciones de la Gente, Museum of Northern Arizona
928/774-5213, $5 adult, $4 senior, $3 student, $2 child. The tradition and contemporary Mexican-Latino arts and crafts of Arizona appear with the traditional and contemporary Spanish Colonial arts and crafts of New Mexico to celebrate Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Enjoy performances by strolling mariachis and take salsa, cumbia, and merengue dance lessons.


8. Grand Canyon by Train Passengers depart for their daylong excursion at 10 am and return to Williams at 5:45 pm. The Steam Engine operates from Memorial Say through September, and the classic diesel locomotives pull the train the remainder of the year. Enjoy classic Old West shootouts, cowboy musicians, and a trip back in time from the 1910 Williams Depot. For more information or to make reservation call 1-800-THE TRAIN.

9. Feed the Deer Visit the Grand Canyon Deer Farm located eight miles east of Williams. In addition to deer, the Deer Farm features an array of Wildlife and farm animals including llamas, buffalo, pygmy goats, pronghorn antelope, pea****s, marmosets, wallaby’s coatimondis, and miniature horses. Call 800-926-DEER.

10. Ride A Bike! The beautiful Kaibab National Forest features great trails and excellent autumn scenery for a day trip up Bill Williams Mountain, or do the Route 66 Bike Trail! Call Rim to Rim at (928) 635-1117. Their shop is right on Historic Route 66 next to the Route 66 Roadstore. Purchase the Williams Guidebook by Richard and Sherry Mangum for all the best bike and hiking routes in Williams.

11. Cruise the Loop – Route 66 With lots of car events in Williams including the Cool Country Cruise-in (August) and the Cool Vette-Cruise Car Show (September), you are sure to find fun as you cruise the loop around Williams and Main Street America. Visit the Visitor Center for you copy of the Route 66 Flagstaff/Williams Car Tour. Call the Williams and Kaibab National Forest Visitor Center at 800-863-0546.

12. Stroll the Mother Road Take a walking tour along the historic district in Williams and step back in time. Visit the Railway Museum (part of the original Harvey House cafe) located at the Grand Canyon Railway Depot, see Pete’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum, Small Town America Museum (now called Native America), Twisters and the Route 66 Place (with a real working soda fountain), Old West Main Street Museum and General Store, the Route 66 Roadstore featuring 7 decades of Route 66 Car Museum, Smithsonian Exhibit “Yesterday’s Tomorrows’ with the local theme of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (featured in Williams until September 18th).

13. Let the Hunting Season Begin Here Some of the Arizona record deer and elk have been taken in and near Williams. 2003 saw the World Record Elk taken by bow. For Hunting information and all the Rules and Regulations call (928) 774-5045.

14. Take the High Road Noted as “one of the finest scenic drives in Arizona” by Richard and Sherry Mangum, this round-trip drive from Williams takes all day and is simply awesome. Pick up your map or Guidebook at the Williams and Kaibab National Forest Visitor Center and your round trip visit will take you on the loop from Williams, to Perkinsville, to Jerome, to Cottonwood, to Sedona, to Oak Creek Canyon, to Flagstaff, and back to Williams for a beautiful autumn drive of 144 miles. Picnic along the way and enjoy the gorgeous trees & sites to explore.


15. Slip into the Slots Autumn brings spectacular weather for hiking the slot canyons and the beautiful red rock country surrounding Page and Lake Powell. You can explore Antelope Canyon or Canyon X with professional guides. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for information: 1.888.261.PAGE

16. Softball September 11 at Page Ball Fields is the annual Mr. Burfells Softball Tournament. Join in the fun of watching over 50 teams from Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah compete for the one of a kind original Mr. Burfell trophy.

17. Bull Riding September 25 at the Young Arena near Antelope Point will be the 4th Annual Kenny Young''s Bullriding Classic. Watch as over 30 bull riders compete to hang on for 8 seconds in the Pro Cowboy's Bull Riding Association premier event.

18. Motorcycles October 1-3 is the date of the 19th Annual Octoberfest celebration. Sponsored by the Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona and The Americans Motorcycle Club, this event features poker runs, live entertainment, a bike & rod show, a rolling parade, bike rodeo, and more. This year’s featured bike entertainment will be the Aggravated Assault Stunt Team. This event benefits Toys for Tots, a local College Scholarship Program, and Children's Strike Against Cancer.

19. Pumpkin Fest October 23 will be the annual Page Pumpkin Festival. Last year there were over 1000 carved pumpkins on display, making it the largest pumpkin display in Arizona! This year's goal is 1500 carved pumpkins, a full day of live entertainment and fun for the whole family.

20. Hot Air Balloons November 12-14 are the dates for the Page Lake Powell Hot Air Balloon Regatta. The event will host at least 35 hot air balloons. On Saturday Morning, the grand launch will take place from the Country Club. Saturday night will be the Block Party and Balloon Glow on Lake Powell Boulevard in downtown Page. On Sunday, the balloons will lift off from Lone Rock Beach and soar over the lake to Antelope Point. Bring your camera to capture the red rocks, blue water and multi-colored hot air balloons.

21. Cruise the Lake Houseboating, guided tours, dinner cruises, personal power boats…enjoy great values, the spectacular scenery and the solitude of Lake Powell in the fall.

For more information about travel in the Arizona Rocks region of northern Arizona, visit where you will find links to each community and an information-rich menu of accommodations, things-to-do, itineraries, weather, guided tours, calendar of events and much more. By phone call 1.800.842.7293 for Flagstaff information, 1.800.863.0546 for the Williams Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce, and 1.888.261.PAGE for the Page Lake Powell Chamber of Commerce.
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