First Four Guests – $790
Each Extra Guest - $120
9th guest is free
Plus taxes & 15% gratuity
The Private Flagstaff Tour VIP Style is the most exciting way to see the sights in Flagstaff. Some of the sites include Ancient Ruins from the Pueblo Indians and Lowell Observatory where Pluto was discovered.
Grand Canyon Tour Highlights
Nature At It’s best
Thick forests, crystal mountain lakes and snow- capped peaks. Springtime meadows of wildflowers. Cool, refreshing summers. Golden colors of fall. Winters that bring pillows of fallen snow. Flagstaff is a four-season place of astounding beauty and outdoor adventure. Flagstaff’s clean mountain air is not only a favorite of Arizona’s desert-dwellers but attracts vacationers from around the world.
Ancient dwellings of the Sinagua. Between 1100 and 1250, Walnut Canyon was home to several hundred Sinagua Indians that built cliff dwellings into the alcoves of the canyon walls. About 80 cliff dwellings were built throughout Walnut Canyon as shelter from the elements. Under the overhangs, these ancient natives constructed three side walls of rock and mud masonry with the back side of the alcove walls acting as the fourth wall. The rock ledges served as the dwelling floor. It is believed that the Sinagua Indians migrated from the Sunset Crater area just north of Flagstaff when volcanic eruptions made that land virtually uninhabitable. As skilled farmers, the waters from Walnut Creek that fed their new canyon home made soil fertile and ideal for growing crops. The Sinagua mysteriously left Walnut Canyon about 1250. Many believe they integrated with other ancient Indian tribes and were the ancestors of today’s Hopi and Navajo Native Americans. The Sinagua Indians left their cliff dwellings and artifact treasures as gifts to the world giving tourists that visit the Walnut Canyon National Monument an insight into past ancient times that can only be imagined.
Designed by Mary Colter in 1929, La Posada was one of the last and the most elegant of the Fred Harvey Hotels that were built along the Santa Fe Railway. In the 1930′s many of Hollywood’s finest liked to escape to La Posada . Today it is rated as one of the top 5 historic hotels in Arizona. And yes; you will be able to stand on a famous street corner in Winslow Arizona; thanks to a song called “Take it Easy” which was released in 1972 and performed by a band called the Eagles, with line “Well I’m a standin on a street corner in Winslow Arizona”; bring your camera for this!
Little did they know they were leaving a gift to the world for an eternity of enjoyment. The Sinagua Indians arrived in the area in about 1100AD and groups built Pueblo Villages in the places known today as Northern Arizona and New Mexico. Several Pueblos were built within the Wupatki National Monument of which the largest (85-100 people) was the Wupatki Pueblo. Others were the Nalakihu, Citadel, Lomaki and Wukoki Pueblos. Sinagua was a name given by the Spanish and means “Sin” (without) and “agua” (water). The Sinaguans were agricultural people and gifted artisans as evidenced by artifacts they left behind. Trade networks were established and Wupatki Pueblo flourished as a meeting place of native groups of different cultures. For mysterious reasons the Sinagua Indians left the area around 1250AD. Today’s Hopi and Navajo Indian Tribes are believed to be Sinagua descendants. No doubt, ceremonies and tribal rituals have been handed down over centuries. Crafts, pottery and weavings today are deeply rooted in the past. The Sinaguans not only gifted customs to their descendants but also left these well-preserved rock-formed dwellings as evidence of their existence. Wupatki and the other Pueblos within Wupatki National Monument are ancient treasures to be enjoyed and protected. When you visit, sit back and image what the world in this area was like over 1000 years ago. And imagine what the Sinaguans would think if they were here today. Wupatki is forever to be remembered and cared for, but never to be abandoned.
Sunset Crater was at one time an active volcano that erupted in 1064AD delivering thick layers of lava, volcanic cinders and ash across the area.The Sinagua Indians had settled this area in about 675AD with groups of low-density communities. The Sinaguans were peaceful agricultural people that not only networked within their own villages but also with other native tribes throughout what is known today as Arizona. There was a period of intense seismic activity within the volcano before its 1064 eruption that gave the Sinagua people ample time to collect possessions and flee the area. They established new villages in the Walnut Canyon and pueblo villages at Wupatki and others within the Wupatki National Monument about 15 miles north of Sunset Crater. The Sinaguans mysteriously disappeared from their new pueblo village sites about 1250, but it’s coincidental that the Sunset Crater Volcano remained intermittently active until it delivered its final spew at about the same time as the Sinagua People disappeared from the area. The name “Sinagua” is of Spanish derivation meaning “without water“. They are believed to be the ancient ancestors of today’s Hopi and Navajo Indian Tribes. The Sunset Crater has cooled and been inactive since that last explosion in 1250. Today Sunset Crater is a popular Flagstaff attraction where thousands and thousands of annual visitors are intrigued by the opportunity to see nature’s recovery after a volcanic eruption.
What a great place to learn about astronomy and experience telescopic views into the depth of the universe. Named after its founder Percival Lowell, the Lowell Observatory was created in 1894. Lowell chose Flagstaff, Arizona as the best location for astronomy research because of its combination of clear dark sky and high elevation. Lowell created the observatory to explore the possibility of life on the planet Mars using a specially designed 24-inch Alvan Clark refracting telescope. That telescope was sent to Mexico with the expectations the area would provide better views of Mars. The telescope was returned to Flagstaff in 1897 and remains on active display for visitor use today.The Lowell Observatory is best known for its discovery of the planet Pluto. Ongoing noteworthy discoveries include co-discovery of the Uranus rings and discovery of asteroids, comets and extra solar planets.
In Flagstaff you will see excellent views of the San Francisco Peaks the Sacred Mountains of the West. The Navajo Indians throughout history have considered the Peaks as the “Sacred Mountain of the West” with the power to heal both mind and body. The Hopi believe the Peaks are the mythological home to the Kachina People. Getaway vacationers and outdoor enthusiasts worship the beauty of San Francisco Peaks as a wonderland for hikers, skiers, snowboarders and cross-country skiers. There’s a rush of nature lovers in the fall when autumn brings the golden colors in the Aspen groves. Tallest Mountain Range in Arizona. The tallest of the peaks, Humphrey, soars to an elevation of over 12,600 feet. From a hundred miles away, you can see the San Francisco Peaks rising high above the pine forests below. The landmark icon backdrop of Flagstaff is comprised of three main peaks, Humphrey, Agassis and Fremont. They seem to stand guard as a scenic gateway to Northern Arizona attractions. Home to the Arizona Snowbowl. The thrill of skiing the downhill is an enticing lure for winter visitors. With an average annual snowfall of 260 inches, traversed by four lifts and 32 trails, the Arizona Snowbowl is the premier ski destination along the Colorado Plateau. In addition to the trails, the Sunset Terrain Park offers both skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to test their freestyle skills, negotiating such obstacles as rails, spines, half-pipes and fun boxes. For those looking to improve their downhill expertise, ski lessons and group packages are available. From spring to mid-fall, the Snow Bowl runs its Scenic Skyride carrying visitors to 11,500 feet where they can enjoy awe-inspiring views across 70 miles of scenery. On a clear day, catch glimpses of the Grand Canyon. Read more about the Arizona Snowbowl, one of the oldest continually run ski areas in the country.
Silver Spur Tours adheres to Federal USDOT and ADOT Regulations; for drivers on duty time and drive; this is for your safety and a more enjoyable tour; please follow our tour times so we can get you and your loved ones back home safely. Delays caused by guests will be charged at $48 per each half hour, full or part of.
*Private tours go everyday and do not require minimum guests, 7.725% taxes and a 15% gratuity will be added to the tour.
**Private tours; one child ages 5 and under is free with the purchase of a minimum of four guests. Lunch and water bottle are included for all guests 6 years and older. Total tour time is 8.5 hours from pick up to drop off.
Excessive messes or damage to our vehicles may result in additional charges. For cancellation policy see general tour terms.