The Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country, with landscapes ranging from the famous red rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa pine forests, from southwestern desert to alpine tundra. Explore mountains and canyons, fish in small lakes, and wade in lazy creeks and streams.
Located in the Coconino National forest, Anderson Mesa is one of the best places to see stars in Flagstaff. The Naval Observatory’s Navy Precision Optical Interferometer and Lowell’s Anderson Mesa Station are both located here. It is a great place for the technical stargazing enthusiast to check out the night sky.
The Lowell Observatory was the first to discover Pluto and it features thoroughly detailed guided displays and a guided tour to look at the stars. The best time of day to visit is sunset, not just for the spectacular night views, but also for a picturesque view of Flagstaff as well. There are not many places that can boast Navy telescopes or public use of high quality astronomical telescopes. Flagstaff is the ideal destination for anyone who wants to take their stargazing to the next level.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!