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​Our Favorite Outdoor Team Building Activities

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Trying to come up with fun outdoor team building activities to entertain your entire group? Look no further! We’ve brainstormed a handful of creative ideas for you to include in your itinerary. From scavenger hunts to canoe races, Mormon Lake Lodge offers the perfect location and setting for your next company retreat.

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​4 Best Off-Roading Trails Near Flagstaff

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The area surrounding Flagstaff, Arizona, is an off-roader’s paradise. From scenic dirt roads to rough mountain climbs, there’s a trail suitable for any all-terrain vehicle. Whether you’re tackling steep hills in a Jeep Wrangler or catching some speed on a dirt bike, you’ll want to visit these popular trails near Mormon Lake Lodge.

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​5 Fun Activities for Adults After the Sun Goes Down

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When you’re vacationing in Northern Arizona, the fun doesn’t need to stop at dusk. In fact, there are plenty of enjoyable nighttime activities for adults to choose from. From stargazing to concerts in the woods, visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of the great outdoors late into the evening. We’ve come up with a list of our favorite after-dark activities everyone should experience near Mormon Lake Lodge.

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​3 Kid-Friendly Activities in Flagstaff

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If you’re planning a winter trip to Mormon Lake and Flagstaff with your kids, it’s best to prepare your activities in advance. This way, you don’t run out of ideas when your little ones get tired of hiking and sledding treks. Luckily, Flagstaff offers several fun activities for kids throughout the year. If you’re wanting to get away from the cold for a bit, here are a few options to keep in mind during your stay.

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​Top 4 Snow Activities in Northern Arizona

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Prepping for your trip to Mormon Lake Lodge this winter? Northern Arizona is the perfect place to enjoy all kinds of snow-filled activities for the whole family. In fact, Flagstaff, Arizona is ranked one of the snowiest incorporated cities in America, averaging 100 inches of snowfall each year. Bundle up, grab your winter gear, and fuel up your car before hitting these four guaranteed fun snow endeavors.

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​Flagstaff Oktoberfest and Other Upcoming Fall Festivals

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Grab your sweaters and scarves! As the leaves begin to change and the weather cools, you know fall is here. Mormon Lake Lodge offers guests a cozy atmosphere, surrounded by tall pine trees where you are free to relax in your cabin or travel to nearby Flagstaff for a day of fun. Because the lodge is just a short distance from Flag, travelers are encouraged to take a drive to visit the town and enjoy some of the fall festivities this year.

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​Getaway for the Holidays: 3 Places You Should Visit in Northern Arizona

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It’s never too early to start planning your next vacation. Whether you’re looking for a place to bring the whole family, or set out on a solo adventure, Northern Arizona is the perfect setting for a glorious getaway. If you’ve never experienced Northern Arizona before, it’s not what you’d expect. The climate is vastly different from its Southern counterpart, averaging at least 30 degrees cooler than the high in Phoenix. Although you will likely run into snow, that’s no reason to hide inside. In fact, most Northern Arizonans spend their fall and winters outside.

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Northern Arizona’s Hidden Caves

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If you thought the Grand Canyon was Arizona’s only amazing geological feature, think again. From extinct volcanos to meteor impact craters, sandstone cliffs and underground caverns, the 48th state is filled with photo-worthy wonders that don’t necessarily make the record books.

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​3 Ways to See Sunset Crater

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Arizona is home to a fantastic array of scenic vistas, from cacti-covered desert to pine forests, mountains and, of course, the Grand Canyon. What many travelers don’t know is that the 48th state is also a land of volcanoes.

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​A Walking Beer Tour of Flagstaff

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Flagstaff is a craft beer town. It’s not just the preponderance of breweries within walking distance of downtown, or the fact that a Flag brewery scored multiple World Beer Cup medals. The popular Northern Arizona vacation spot has the kind of laid-back, hipster meets hippie vibe that attracts craft beer lovers (and makers).

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​5 Things to Know When Visiting Flagstaff’s Arboretum

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The Arboretum at Flagstaff isn’t as old as some of the Southwest’s other public gardens, but it is one of the most diverse. The “arb” began as a private residence – a 200-acre parcel with a log cabin given to Californian Frances McAllister in the 1930s. McAllister eventually made the forests near Flagstaff her permanent home, settling here in the 1960s and building a Walter Reichardt designed home on her land. 

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​5 Top Hikes Near Mormon Lake and Flagstaff

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Crisp air. Cool water. The heady scent of moist earth and fragrant Ponderosa pine. Mormon Lake is one of the most pristine and picturesque hiking areas in the Coconino National Forest, with around 13 miles of linked hiking trails plus numerous meadows and ponds. Tall evergreens provide shade on warmer summer days, while fall and winter hikes at 7,000+ feet test your endurance.

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How to Enjoy Arizona Snowbowl in the Summer

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If your idea of an Arizona summer is blistering triple digit temperatures, you're not alone. But there's more to Arizona than impressive cacti and desert heat. At Mormon Lake Lodge, we enjoy a cooler, greener side of Arizona that many folks simply don’t know about. One of our favorite hidden treasures, the Arizona Snowbowl, is located just north of Mormon Lake Lodge in Flagstaff. Although its nearly 800 skiable acres attract visitors in the winter, the Snowbowl also offers a wide array of family friendly fun in the summer.

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Explore Northern Arizona’s Art & Culture

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Northern Arizona is more than just hiking trails and the Grand Canyon. From Flagstaff to Sedona to smaller towns dotting historic Route 66, the area’s rich culture can be found in its museums, galleries, and art festivals. Inspired by our lush pine forests and unique desert vistas, numerous artists – including famed surrealist painter Max Ernst – have called Northern Arizona home. 

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Flagstaff and Mormon Lake After Dark

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Flagstaff has always been a popular summer destination for Southern Arizona residents looking to get out of the desert heat. In recent years, the area has seen a boom in tourists from across the country. Earlier this year, Governor Doug Ducey and Arizona Office of Tourism Director Debbie Johnson announced that statewide tourism was up last year, with hotels and lodges seeing the greatest increase in revenue.

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Flagstaff Summer Fun Calendar

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Located just 40 minutes south of Flagstaff in the heart of the Coconino National Forest, Mormon Lake Lodge and Cabins has been welcoming travelers for more than 100 years. With an onsite steakhouse and sleeping cabins named for famous Western figures, it’s the perfect out-of-the-way stop for tourists venturing between Flagstaff and Sedona, or just wanting a little more rural peace and quiet than the towns offer.

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​Foraging 101: Local Food in Flagstaff and Mormon Lake

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Here at Mormon Lake Lodge, we’re known for tasty grilled meats. Locals and visitors from across the globe flock to our steakhouse and saloon for the kind of stick-to-your ribs country fare that can sustain a cowboy on a 31-mile trek through the Coconino National Forest up into Flagstaff. Local ranches have left their mark at Mormon Lake Lodge, where brands from local cattle and dude ranches have been burned into our log pillars for future generations to enjoy.

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​Where to Fish in Flagstaff (map)

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The Coconino National Forest is one of the state’s largest and most diverse parks, with 1.856 million acres encompassing Flagstaff’s towering evergreens, Oak Creek’s winding streams and the famous red rock buttes of Sedona. The area is home to four major lakes accessible from the Lake Mary Road exit on I-17.

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​The Bee’s Knees: 5 Gorgeous Flower Gardens in Flagstaff

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Arizona has a reputation for being a dry, desert state. While it’s true that southern Arizona cities such as Tucson and Phoenix are known more for hearty tropical foliage, head north to Flagstaff and you’ll find a lush, green landscape dominated by tall evergreens and colorful wildflowers.

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Top 3 Summer Activities in Flagstaff

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Summer in Flagstaff offers mild temperatures and an abundance of recreational and cultural activities to choose from. At Mormon Lake Lodge, guests can go hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and more. explore But we understand that everyone enjoys a night on the town from time to time, especially in the summer when the long sunlight hours and amazing weather beckons.

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Mormon Lake Lodge | Enjoy Rustic Cabins with Modern Amenities

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When you visit Mormon Lake Lodge, it’s easy to feel as though you may have been transported to the Old West. Our stagecoach, pulled by strong workhorses, can be seen passing by the Saloon and other western-inspired buildings on the property. At Mormon Lake Lodge, we invite all our guests to immerse themselves in the beautiful mountain landscape. But staying in rustic log cabins doesn’t mean you will be roughing it. We are also committed to providing world-class customer service for all of our guests as we preserve the heritage and history of Mormon Lake Lodge. All of our cabin rentals include modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay.

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Why Summer is a Great Time to Visit Flagstaff

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Memorial Day is almost here and with it, the unofficial start of summer! Summer in Flagstaff is a season of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. At Mormon Lake Lodge, we will be celebrating the start of summer the way we have for decades—with a team-roping competition and other western festivities. But these activities aren’t the only reason to come to Flagstaff this summer.

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