In January 1978, Northern Arizona University ran a program called Grand Canyon Semester. It focused on geology and included river trips with professors and honor students from around the U.S. The students lodged at the Weatherford, and some classes were taught here.

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Planning a visit? Here are some things you can do right here in Flagstaff.

Riordan Mansion
Built in 1904, the mansion is an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small, territorial logging town. The historic building is an Arizona treasure — a remarkable example of Arts and Crafts style architecture. Tours are given hourly. [More info...]

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Walk in the footsteps of people who lived at Walnut Canyon more than 700 years ago and peer into their cliff dwellings. The presence of water has made this canyon rare and valuable to its early human inhabitants, as well as to today’s plants and animals. See for yourself along the park’s trails. [More info...]

Pioneer Museum
Located in the historic Coconino County Hospital for the Indigent, this building was built in 1908. Local residents referred to it as the “poor farm” because many of the patients were elderly men without families to care for them. The building was later used as a boarding house and private residence. Tours are given daily. [More info...]

Elden Pueblo
This site of an ancient Sinagua village, inhabited from about A.D. 1070 to 1275, is thought to have been part of a major trading system. The site is located on U.S. Highway 89 north. [More info...]

Lowell Observatory
Lowell’s campus features a 6500-square-foot visitor center. The staff offers guided campus tours daily, along with tours, exhibits and telescope viewing in the evenings. Experience outstanding views of the heavens and wide-screen, cinematic multimedia shows. [More info...]