51 Fun & Free (or Cheap) Things to do in Flagstaff, Arizona
47. Stroll the Pumphoush Wash nature trail in Kachina Village
This relaxing nature stroll is located about 7 miles south of Flagstaff in the little town of Kachina Village. Although quite short at just 3/4 of a mile each way, it’s a lovely walk through shady ponderosa forest. You’ll also have the opportunity to see a rare Arizona wetland. And because it’s not heavily used, your chances of seeing wildlife are much greater than anywhere else in town. Common sightings include elk, especially during the fall season. Fox, deer, bald eagles, and all sorts of birds are also commonly seen.
48. Feast on an Indian buffet like no other at Delhi Palace
Delhi Palace isn’t just Flagstaff’s top Indian restaurant, it’s the best food anywhere, period. This authentic Indian restaurant serves the best Indian food you will ever taste. And for just 9 bucks, you can treat yourself to an all you can eat buffet featuring a variety of the best Indian dishes. If you are new to Indian cuisine, the buffet will enable you to try a variety of dishes to see which you like best. The delicious homemade Naan bread served complimentary is worthy of a visit on its own. Service is great, everything is clean and restocked, and the decor is pleasant. Lunch in Flagstaff is a no brainier – Delhi Palace wins, hands down!
Update: the buffet is unfortunately no longer offered. Do try the Saag Paneer, Veggie Korma, Aloo Gobi, and pakoras!
49. Explore ancient pictographs at Picture Canyon
This preserve is quite unique as it is home to over 150 pictographs. The Sinagua tribes lived in the region from 1000-1200 AD. While it is far from the most scenic hike in the area, it’s a fantastic hiking choice for history buffs. The 3.9 mile long Tom Moody loop is the perfect distance for a weekend hike. Along the way, you will see many incredible pictographs.
50. Attend free summer events
The summer lineup in Flagstaff typically includes a number of free events. Yes, there are lots of really pricey events like Pickin’ in the Pines, Sip and Stroll downtown, and seasonal Symphony shows. However, art fairs, the community market, Pets in the Pines, The Urban Flea Market, a multi day 4th of July lineup of festivities, the Route 66 Days festival, and Bike to Work Week are just some of the freebies on the yearly lineup. Check on the Flagstaff’s Recreation Center’s annual Lineup for this year’s events.
51. See a Tuesday Night Classic at Harkins
Every Tuesday night, Harkins Theater in Flagstaff screens an old favorite as part of their “Tuesday Night Classics” series. Movies cost only 5 bucks compared to the usual $9. Movie themes typically change along with the seasons. You can look forward to Halloween/fall classics like The Lost Boys and Halloween in October, and A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation during December. The Summer 80’s series is great too. Recent selections have included Pretty in Pink and The Never Ending Story. It’s a great way to get out for the night without spending big bucks!
What are some of your favorite budget friendly activities and attractions near Flagstaff?