Buffalo Park in Flagstaff, Arizona, is located on the north side of Flagstaff and is a 10-minute drive from Lowell Observatory. Flagstaff’s most popular urban trail, named the Nate Avery Trail, makes a 2-mile (3.2 km) loop around this 215-acre park. Before it became a city park and open space, Buffalo Park was a private wildlife park. Open 24 hours, the park also offers picnicking space, wildlife and scenic mountain views. The Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition (www.flagstaffdarkskies.org) said: “We think it is one of the most accessible places to look at the stars because Buffalo Park is near the center of town, surrounded by hotels, restaurants, shopping, etc., but with great night skies.” Flagstaff became the world’s first “International Dark Sky City” in 2001, and Buffalo Park is home to the annual Flagstaff Star Party.
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