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An Easy Walk Through Towering Aspen Trees on Flagstaff’s Picturesque Veit Springs Loop

Beautiful aspen trees on the Veit Loop trail in Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff is home to a number of beautiful hikes, ranging in difficultly from a no sweat 2 mile fitness loop around Buffalo Park to an incredibly intense all day adventurous 9 mile trek up to Humphrey’s Peak, which at 12,637 feet, is the highest point in Arizona. For those looking for an easy nature stroll with beautiful views, Veit Springs, a flat hike of only 2 miles with gorgeous Aspens along the route, is the way to go.A beautiful walk through aspens and pines at Flagstaff's Veit Springs loop trail

The easy terrain and short distance of Veit Springs makes it a good choice for hikers of all levels, even kids. Just be sure to take into account the high elevation (8648 feet) and drink extra water and eat salty snacks. The trail itself is very scenic, as is the 4 mile drive up Snowbowl Road. If you are not paying attention, you can easily miss the trail-head parking area as there is no sign. Once you drive about 4.2-4.3 miles up the road, you will see a parking area on the right. This is where you will start the trail. Upon starting, you will see the trail map pictured below.

Lamar Haines Wildlife Memorial Area - Veit Springs Loop trail in Flagstaff, Arizona

This hike, unlike many of the more barren options in the area, takes you through a dense forest of beautiful pine and aspen trees. At times, I was reminded of the beautiful nature walks I took while living in New England. If you visit on a weekday or early in the morning, the trail will be desolate.  In fact, we didn’t see a single person during our visit.

The beautiful Veit Springs Loop trail in Flagstaff, Arizona

Fall is the premiere time to plan your hike as the abundance of aspen trees make it one of the top fall foliage hikes in the area. The beautiful golden hues are typically in full force by early October.

Hiking Veit Springs in the summertime is still a great experience due to a combination of attractive mild daytime temperatures (upper 70’s-low 80’s on average) and beautiful colorful wildflowers everywhere. Take a look below at all the beautiful varieties of flowers seen along the trail.

Pretty wildflowers at Lamar Haines Wildlife Memorial area - Veit Springs loop in Flagstaff, Arizona

Pretty wildflowers at Lamar Haines Wildlife Memorial area - Veit Springs loop in Flagstaff, Arizona

Pretty wildflowers at Lamar Haines Wildlife Memorial area - Veit Springs loop in Flagstaff, Arizona

Pretty wildflowers at Lamar Haines Wildlife Memorial area - Veit Springs loop in Flagstaff, Arizona

A walk along the Veit Springs trail is a peaceful and quiet experience if you visit at the right time. You won’t find many people around, which allows you to totally immerse yourself in nature. You can easily forget all your worries on this hike as you listen to nothing but the wind rustling through the trees.  Depending on the time of day you visit, you may see some wildlife.  Elk and deer are very common, especially during the early morning and evening hours. Birdwatchers will also be pleased.

Aside from the wonderful views, Veit Springs offers a few interesting sights for history buffs. One of these sites is an old abandoned cabin, built in 1892 by Ludwig Veit. As you can see from the photo below, the cabin has been cut down in size to prevent further vandalism.

The Ludwig Veit cabin built in 1892 at Lamar Haines Wildlife Memorial Area in Flagstaff, Arizona

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the trail is being able to look at 1000+ year old pictographs and petroglyphs by early Native Americans.

How to get to the pictographs and petroglyphs

You will need to take a short detour off the trail. Once you see the Lamar Haines dedication plaque (the park was recently renamed in the Flagstaff conservationist’s honor), you will stay to the left and keep going towards the escarpment. You will see the cabin and an old stone shed. From here, there is a small hill where you will come across 2 dried out springs (Veit and Canadian). Once you come to the rock wall, you will want to search for these faint markings. Although we found the pictographs, we were unable to find the petroglyphs (unfortunately, our evening visit meant limited time to explore!).

Lamar Haines memorial on Veit Springs loop trail near Flagstaff, Arizona

Old stone cabin on the Veit Springs loop trail near Flagstaff, Arizona

The 2 pictographs are a faint red color and consist of a hand print and what looks to be 2 people near a stream.

An ancient red pictograph seen on the Veit Springs loop trail near Flagstaff, Arizona

A faint red handprint pictography on the Veit Springs loop trail in Flagstaff, Arizona

Veit Springs is a wonderful hike for all ages and skill levels. It happens to be one of my favorites in the area due to the abundance of trees, easy terrain, and absence of crowds. Whether you visit during the colorful fall season or during the summer to take in the beauty of the wildflowers, you are sure to enjoy the peaceful woodsy setting.

Address

The Veit Springs trail is located at: 9300 N Snow Bowl Rd Flagstaff, AZ 86001. There is no fee to park.



2 comments

  1. […] Veit Springs, a mile and a half round trip, offers pretty views of the forest and is really quiet. The trail is just long enough to give you a good workout, although nothing too intense. This is my favorite trail in the area as the dense tree coverage gives it a New Englandish feeling. It’s perfect for snowshoeing the entire winter season as the high altitude means there is plenty of deep snow for snowshoeing. You can’t beat a nice serene walk here right after a winter storm. Luckily this quaint trail is not very popular so you will feel as if you are completely lost in your own winter wonderland. […]

  2. […] enough leaf peeping opportunities) include the Inner Basin trail, the Aspen Nature Loop, and the Veit Springs trail. Be prepared for hefty weekend crowds, especially on the very popular Inner Basin (entry is limited […]



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