Beautiful mountain and pine forest views at Flagstaff's Buffalo park

Beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona, a 4 season outdoor adventureland in Northern Arizona, is located just 7 miles from the magnificent San Francisco peaks. At 12,633 feet, Humphreys Peak, the summit, is the highest in the state. The gorgeous mountains can be seen from several locations throughout the city.

Beautiful mountain views at Flagstaff's Buffalo Park loop trail
San Francisco Peaks capped with snow in Flagstaff, Arizona

A Year-Round Recreational Oasis

The town of Flagstaff is vastly different from the Arizona you are picturing. Snow capped mountains and beautiful ponderosa pine forests comprise the majority of the area. The high elevation (7000 feet) means cool summer temperatures when you need an escape from the brutally hot Phoenix summers, and lots of opportunities for winter sports after a big snowstorm. Interestingly, Flagstaff is one of the snowiest cities in the US, with an average snowfall of 100+ inches per year.

Views at Buffalo Park after a winter storm in Flagstaff, Arizona
A winter wonderland after a 5 day storm dropped over 3 feet of snow!

Flagstaffs’ favorite park

Buffalo Park, a 2 mile loop with mountain views in Flagstaff, Arizona

One of the best places in Flagstaff for enjoying these wonderful mountain views is Buffalo Park. This wonderful city park features a 2 mile loop on top of an ancient lava flow called McMillian Mesa. Back in the early 60’s, the park operated as a wildlife park, but was later turned into the beautiful recreational area which stands today.

An easy trail with big views!

A view of the trail at Flagstaff's Buffalo Park

This beautiful easy trail is accessible to almost everyone. There is only one minor hill, while the rest of the trail is completely flat. The trail is very wide, so it can accommodate large crowds (it is one of the most popular trails in the city, so it can get crowded at times). Along the way, you will find a variety of fitness stations if you feel like testing your aerobic and strength capacity.

Dog walkers enjoying Flagstaff's beautiful 2 mile loop at Buffalo Park
Flagstaff's 2 mile loop at Buffalo Park features gorgeous mountain and pine forest views
Pretty mountain views along the 2 mile loop trail at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff, Arizona

Working out is much easier when surrounded by such gorgeous natural scenery! A variety of fitness stations will challenge both your body and mind.

Fitness station along the 2 mile loop at Buffalo Park - Flagstaff, Arizona
Fitness station along the 2 mile loop at Flagstaff's Buffalo Park
Fitness station along the 2 mile loop at Flagstaff's Buffalo Park

Best mountain views in the city

The beautiful mountain views here can’t be topped anywhere else in the city. Although you can see the mountains while driving around town, it just isn’t the same as walking around the peaceful, beautiful loop at Buffalo Park. Here you will experience breathtaking panoramic views of the San Francisco peaks, Mount Elden, and the Dry Lake Hills. If you visit during the right time, you may be lucky and catch some wildlife. Along the way, the scenery varies from wide open grasslands to beautiful wooded land, all the time with gorgeous views of the mountains comprising the backdrop.

Beautiful mountain views at Flagstaff's Buffalo Park
Gorgeous trees and mountains on the Buffalo Loop Trail in Flagstaff, Arizona

Summertime is a great time to get out there, get in some fresh air and take in wonderful views, while also getting in a moderate hiking or biking workout. Although only 2 miles, you can loop around as many times as you like to get in a decent workout. With views like this, you will want to keep on going longer. Biking and walking (leashed dogs allowed) is best during this time, although the trail is beautiful any season. Before a summer monsoon storm, the dark clouds create some fantastic photo opportunities.

Monsoon Season!

Storm views during walk around the 2 mile loop at Buffalo Park - Flagstaff, Arizona
A cloudy day at Flagstaff's Buffalo Park

A Winter Wonderland escape

Following a fresh snowstorm, be sure to get out your cross country skis or snowshoes and enjoy the peace and quiet. The mountains and pines look incredible when topped with fresh snow. It’s a true winter wonderland, especially for those coming from warmer climates who otherwise have no chance of seeing gorgeous snow.

After a light dusting of snow…

Snowy views at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff, Arizona
Beautiful snow covered trails at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff, Arizona

After a 30+ inch, 3 day blizzard!

Beautiful Buffalo Park in the winter - Flagstaff, Arizona
Beautiful views at Buffalo Park after a snowstorm

The wonderful Flagstaff Urban Trail System

Buffalo Park is part of the Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS), a network of 50+ miles of community trails spread around the city.


Buffalo Park is conveniently located just a short drive from downtown Flagstaff, making it the perfect stop before or after lunch. On your next trip to Flagstaff, be sure to take advantage of this beautiful, free park. Anyone, from the fitness enthusiast to the casual walker, is sure to appreciate the beautiful scenery at Flagstaff’s most gorgeous natural area.

Address: 2400 N Gemini Rd Flagstaff, AZ. Parking is free.

Also be sure to check out my guide to the 10 best attractions in Flagstaff.