The very helpful staff at the Flagstaff Visitor Center (1 E. Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, 928/774-9541 or 800/842-7293, www.flagstaffarizona.org) can answer your questions and tell you what's happening. The office, downtown in the Amtrak depot, is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; you can pick up literature in the lobby after hours. Other useful websites include www.flagstaffcentral.com and www.flagstaff.com for commercial and community services and www.flaglive.com with the latest on arts and entertainment.
Coconino National Forest
The U.S. Forest Service provides information and maps about camping, hiking, and road conditions in the Coconino National Forest surrounding Flagstaff at two offices in town and online at www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino. You can also ask about visiting archaeological sites—the Coconino has more than 9,000 sites, the most of any national forest.
For detailed information on the Mt. Elden, Humphrey's Peak, and O'Leary Peak areas north of Flagstaff and the lake and forest country south of town, contact the Flagstaff Ranger District (5075 N. Hwy. 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, 928/526-0866, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.); turn west 0.3 mile on Railhead Avenue from US 89 opposite the Flagstaff Mall.
The Supervisor's Office (1824 S. Thompson St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001, 928/527-3600, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) on the west side of town covers the entire forest; turn south on Thompson from W. Route 66 opposite the Maverik gas station.
Arizona Game and Fish Department
This office (3500 S. Lake Mary Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001, 928/774-5045, www.azgfd.gov, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) provides fishing and hunting licenses and information.
State Trust Lands
If you'll be hiking or camping on these lands, you can purchase the required 12-month permit at the Arizona State Land Department (3650 Lake Mary Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001, 928/774-1425, http://www.azland.gov/, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.). Licensed anglers and hunters pursuing their activities don't need the permit.
Looking for a good place to read up on Arizona or to keep dry on a rainy day? The attractive ski-lodge architecture of the downtown Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library (300 W. Aspen Ave., 928/779-7670, www.flagstaffpubliclibrary.com) makes it an especially enjoyable spot. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Many good regional books enrich the Arizona Collection. Exhibits by local artists and photographers change monthly. Only people with a library card can use the Internet computers for free; others pay a small charge. The smaller East Flagstaff Community Library (3000 N. 4th St., 928/774-8434, 1-5 p.m. Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat.) is on the southwest corner with Lockett Road.
NAU's Cline Library (928/523-6805, http://library.nau.edu, call for hours) carries many books and periodicals along with free Internet computers. Hikers can plan trips and copy maps in the Government Documents section. Upstairs, the Special Collections and Archives Department (928/523-5551, http://archive.library.nau.edu/index.php, call for hours) contains an outstanding array of Arizona-related publications and photos; changing exhibits appear in the entranceway, and you can view thousands of images online.
The Museum of Northern Arizona (928/774-5211, ext. 256) has an excellent regional library in the Research Center across the highway from the museum; call for hours.
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