Observatory Mesa Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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An easily accessible day hike on the Flagstaff Urban Trail System, the Observatory Mesa Trail also provides access to the Coconino National Forest. Observatory Mesa is named for Lowell Observatory, which is located on its southeast rim. Percival Lowell established the observatory in 1894, just a few years after the settlement of Flagstaff. The combination of railroad access and the clear mountain air provided an ideal location for observing the stars and planets.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Flagstaff

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Flagstaff

by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

An easily accessible day hike on the Flagstaff Urban Trail System, the Observatory Mesa Trail also provides access to the Coconino National Forest. Observatory Mesa is named for Lowell Observatory, which is located on its southeast rim.

Percival Lowell established the observatory in 1894, just a few years after the settlement of Flagstaff. The combination of railroad access and the clear mountain air provided an ideal location for observing the stars and planets.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best summer through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Flagstaff Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS West Flagstaff; Coconino National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Observatory Mesa Trail

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May 2018