With the colder months only here for a short amount of time in Arizona, it’s time to make the most of the winter season and make today a snow day at one of these five spots for sledding in Arizona.
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Arguably one of Arizona’s most popular destinations for sledding and tubing is Arizona Snowbowl in Northern Flagstaff. The snow mountain offers a multitude of hills and trails to venture down, including a kid’s zone featuring bunny slopes and softer snow. When you and your little ones aren’t busy tackling the hills, be sure to stop by the Basecamp Restaurant for a bite to eat or hot cocoa to help you warm up. Little ones 12 and under receive free admission at the snow park, while adult prices vary but start at $249 a day. To learn more about Arizona Snowbowl, visit snowbowl.ski.
Sunrise Park Resort
Bordering Colorado, Sunrise Park Resort in Greer is a luxe ski resort home to three mountains and some of the best trails for sledding enthusiasts. Unlike most snow destinations in our state, Sunrise Park Resort offers a surface-level lift to take you up any hill for sledding, even for smaller trails for the little ones. Though Sunrise Park Resort is slated to open on Dec. 16, it has yet to announce its opening date for sledding but is aiming for early 2023 depending on the weather. To learn more about Sunrise Park Resort, visit sunrise.ski.
Flagstaff Snow Park
With its season-opening date slated for Dec. 17, Flagstaff Snow Park is a local favorite and a must to visit for sledding in the Valley. The snow park boasts groomed trail runs, tubes and sleds to rent, restrooms, picnic areas, a variety of on-site food trucks and a massive fire pit to warm up and make s’mores around—need we say more? The site offers two locations to enjoy, including kiddie hills and higher, lengthier runs for those 12 and up. Tickets vary depending on the time of day but start at $14 for the morning and afternoon sessions. To learn more about Flagstaff Snow Park, visit flagstaffsnowpark.com.
Oak Hill Snow Play Area
What was once a former ski lodge in the 1950’s now serves as the historic Oak Hill Snow Play Area in the Kaibab National Forest. The snow destination is perfect for sledding in Arizona for everyone in your group, whether you have older, seasoned pros or little ones making their first venture down. Though the play area boasts no on-site dining, an abundance of picnic tables and fire pits are available for those who bring a nice lunch and want to cozy up to the fire. Entry is free and open to the public beginning in early 2023. To learn more about Oak Hill Snow Play Area, visit fs.usda.gov.
Fort Tuthill, located on the Luke Air Force Base in Flagstaff, offers one of the most scenic sledding trails in Northern Arizona. It boasts fresh pine trees, groomed trails and a beautiful mountainscape view. You can rent your tubes and sleds for $10, in addition to anything else you might need, like snow gear, clothing, helmets and more. There is an on-site bath house and many fire pits on the property to help you warm up in-between treks. To learn more about Fort Tuthill, visit forttuthill.com.