Prescott November 16, 2023

Winter Activities To Do in Arizona

There’s no need to hibernate during the Winter in Arizona – in fact, there are tons of fun things to do! Below are our top five things to do in Arizona during the Winter:

Ski Arizona

Snowbowl Mountain is part San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, Arizona. The mountain is a dormant volcano and is a sacred site to 13 Native American tribes. The ski resort is located on the southeast side of the mountain. This area usually receives a significant amount of snowfall, making it a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. There are over 40 trails that range in difficulty from beginner to expert. There is also a terrain park for those who want to try their hand at some more challenging obstacles.

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Ice Skating in Prescott, Valley

One of the best places to enjoy a winter activity in Arizona is Prescott Valley. There, you can enjoy a leisurely ice skating session at the Prescott Valley Event Center. The center has a 200-foot by 85-foot rink that is open to the public. You can even bring your own skates if you prefer!

The Prescott Valley Event Center isn’t the only place to ice skate in Arizona, but it is one of the most popular. If you’re looking for a more adventurous skating experience, try out the ice rink at Flagstaff’s Thorpe Park. At nearly 12,000 square feet, this rink is the largest in Northern Arizona.

Ice skating is a fun way to stay active and enjoy the winter weather. There are several ice skating rinks in the Phoenix area, including AZ Ice Arcadia, AZ Ice Peoria, and Skate Westgate Outdoor Ice Rink.

Go Tubin’ in the Snow!

What a great way to spend a winter day, tubing down a snow-covered hill in Arizona! There are a few locations around the state where you can enjoy this fun activity.

One popular spot is Mount Lemmon Ski Valley near Tucson. In addition to tubing, you can also ski and snowboard here. The season usually runs from November through March.
Another great option is Sunrise Park Resort in Greer. This resort offers tubing, skiing, and snowboarding. It’s open from December through April.

In Flagstaff, you have the Flagstaff Snow Park, located in the Fort Tuthill County Park. The park offers multiple groomed snow tubing runs, unlimited commercial snow tube use, a groomed kiddie hill, outdoor fire pits, multiple food trucks, portable restrooms, and picnic tables. You need to purchase tickets in advance; no walk-up tickets are available. More information here.

Canyon Coaster Adventure Park in Williams, Arizona, has tubing!  From the Canyon Coaster Website: “Zip down our freshly packed snow slopes and ride back up the hill on one of our two conveyor lifts. With the help of our 4 state-of-the-art snowmakers, we guarantee snow from mid-November until Easter! Best of all you don’t need any special skills or equipment rentals to experience this fun family-friendly activity.”  More Information

Zoolights, Phoenix Zoo

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo features a dazzling display of more than a million lights that transform the zoo into a magical wonderland. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at this event, from children’s activities and live entertainment to delicious food and drinks.

Be sure to check out the new “Festival of Lights” show, which is a spectacular light show set to music. You’ll also want to see the zoo’s famous Christmas tree, which is festively decorated with more than 10,000 lights. Zoolights Information

Hiking Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, Arizona

Hiking Camelback Mountain is a popular winter activity in Arizona. The summit offers sweeping views of the Phoenix metropolitan area and the surrounding mountains. The trails are well-marked and range from easy to difficult, so there is a hike for everyone. Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen, as it can be hot and sunny on the mountain. There are also a few restaurants and cafes at the base of the mountain, so you can refuel after your hike. Click here for more information on hiking Camelback Mountain.

Winter Sleigh Rides, Arizona

Flagstaff, a northern Arizona city of about 70,000 people, is a wintertime destination for skiers who are willing to brave the cold. There are a wide variety of activities suited for the colder months (November through March) in Northern Arizona. One activity taking place all Winter long is a sleigh ride! The sleigh ride at Historic Hitchin’ Post Stables is pulled by a team of horses and a guide will narrate a story while you travel through the Coconino National Forest.

Tickets for this ride should be booked well in advance as there are a limited number of seats. Be sure to dress warmly – temperatures can still get chilly at night!

These are just a few of the many fun things to do in Arizona during the Winter. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly activity or something more adventurous, Arizona has something to offer everyone. So get out and enjoy all that our wonderful state has to offer.

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