Chances are you will, at some point, want to play in the beautiful Arizona snow… whether with a sled or, through tubing, or an old fashioned sleigh ride.
Every year our kids look to do the same, so it’s handy to have a list of the most popular places to go to enjoy those winter activities. Here are several spots in the Flagstaff and Greer area that you and the family can keep busy and enjoy some of that white, powdered fluff!
Wing Hill is a popular location in Flagstaff – it’s one of two sledding hills, and it has 3 designated areas with sledding trails for people of all ages. Before heading up, you will want to call to ensure they have snow ( 602) 923-3555. They have bathrooms, and a concession stand available.
To get there, take highway 180 past Arizona Snowbowl, just under 3 miles (post 226), and turn left on FR 222B, proceed 1 more mile to the parking area. Hours run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the cost s $20 per vehicle – cash only.
Crowley Pit is also a popular location in Flagstaff – it’s 7 miles past Wing Hill. The location is great for people of all ages, as they have many areas to sled or slide down. To get there, go past Arizona Snowbowl on HWY 180, about 9.8 miles, and take a left at mile post 233. Unlike Wing Hill, Crowley Pit is FREE but there are no bathrooms at this location.
Sunrise Park Resort is up in Payson – it’s known for it’s skiing, snow tubing and cross country trails. The snow tubing area is located behind Lake Ono near the main entrance – you can bring your own tubes or rent once you arrive.
To get there head up HWY 87 to Payson, then east on HWY 260 through Show Low to HWY 273. Turn south (right) and proceed 4 miles to the lodge.
Oak Hill Snow Play Area is located outside of Williams on Rte 66. It’s a great place for people of all ages – they have a 900 ft Skin Run but no lift. They have 2 tubing runs, one that is 600 ft and one that is 400 ft – but only inner tubes of flexible materials are permitted (no metal, no plastic and definitely no wood are permitted).
To get there, take the 1-17 north to Flagstaff and the 1-40 west to exit #178. Then turn right on Rte 66, turn left and go four miles until you see the sign.
Mount Lemmon down in Tucson doesn’t have any official “sledding slopes” in the catalinas, however, you can experience a really beautiful winter at a few different areas that work well for sledders.
Milepost 23 is an area known as Inspiration Rock, and you can find a really nice hill on the side of the road. OR, check milepost 17 (along the road to Rose Canyon Lake), or the area between milepost 220 and 221 – known as Mount Bigelow. If those aren’t your cup of tea, then try milepost 22 on Catalina Highway.