Hart Prairie Preservation Area
Flagstaff Photo walk and Nature trail
Recommended by: Joanne Hart
I brought my binoculars with me and got to see a lot of birds while we went on this nature hike. It was a little boring when I had to be quiet and listen to all the old people talk, but overall it was funner than sitting at home doing nothing.
It would be cool if we could really take a Stage Coach to here!
The Hart Prairie Preserve is an interesting place to visit to learn about the history of the Flagstaff and surrounding areas, as well as the local plant and animal life. Though the preserve is now protected by The Nature Conservancy, originally it was the first stop on the two hour stagecoach ride from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon in the early 1900s. As such, the area is only open to the public at limited times for nature walks, but it may be available for reservations regarding education and outreach style retreats that closely tie in to the Nature Conservancy's mission.
The 245 acre Hart Prairie Preserve is home to a wide range of Arizona's most unusual flora and fauna, as well as hundreds of different animal species within the forest and meadowlands of the area. Though the preserve is only open during the summer on Sunday mornings for the weekly interpretive hikes, the area can be reserved for field trips, meetings, etc. Visitors can download information sheets from the website explaining the different animal types present, plant species and more to help make the trip more informative.
My only concern about recommending this location is that it's not very kid friendly. Since it is only open for a brief time period each week, visitors want to be able to enjoy the hike without having to slow down or deal with tired children. It might be best to wait until children are old enough to hike on their own to avoid conflict with other serious hikers. Aside from that and the limited hours, this is a great place to visit if it works into your schedule.
(WGS 84) - 111.73862
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