After getting to spend 9 days in the Flagstaff area of Arizona the same question kept popping up. Why can’t this be in where I live. Fort Tuthill Country Park was one of those places. A scenic county park with an enjoyable multi-use trail. My cross-country team ended up using Fort Tuthill quite a bit during our stay. It had easy access to the Flagstaff Urban Trail System their large complex interconnected trail system. Fort Tuthill is also one of the many wildlife viewing sites near the city. Overall, Fort Tuthill is a Ponderosa pine filled park that is great to spend time in.
Fort Tuthill County Park is a 413-acre park that has a variety of activities and programs throughout the year. The country fair is hosted there. A adventure ropes course and a military history museum that pays tribute to the parks history. As well as concerts and festivals throughout the year. An equestrian cross country course as well as the Soldier Trail hiking/biking/running trail that is a 5.5 mile loop. Fort Tuthill also offers opportunities for bird-watching and wildlife viewing. In winter, cross country skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing are on tap.
What I enjoyed most about the Fort Tuthill was the ability to get some solitude. We were there 3 different times during our stay and I ran the Soldier Trail twice and basically had it all to myself. It was nice being under the illusion of being deep in the woods without actually being deep in the woods. My high school runners took the park trails and headed into town to run. I think they appreciated the “scenery” that a college town offers.
Fort Tuthill County Park like the rest of Flagstaff has that small-town vibe to it. I could see myself taking my family to the county fair, or going sledding in the winter time. Flagstaff is just one of those neat little cities that I wish I could spend more time in. Fort Tuthill County Park is just a small sample of some of the great things that area has to offer.
Fort Tuthill County Park
Located at 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop Flagstaff
Cost as of this Posting: Free
Park Hours 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 7 days a week
For more information visit their website at http://coconino.az.gov/parks
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