Basecamp Cabins at Snowbowl near Flagstaff. Last summer, Jana and the kids took a 2 day getaway trip to Flagstaff. Escaping the Phoenix heat in August is always a good idea and we were excited to explore outside the entire time.
Well, as the weather went…it rained about 70% of our visit. But despite some changed plans, we actually had a fun getaway and would recommend everything we did!
First, did you know the Arizona Snowbowl has lodging options? Appropriately named Basecamp at Snowbowl, they are located at the intersection of Hwy 180 and Snowbowl Road (right before you head up the mountain.) These small cabins are cozy and well maintained! We stayed in a studio style cabin with two double beds and a bathroom, just the right size for the four of us.
There was some woods to explore (we found so many mushrooms!), a simple basketball court, and a restaurant right across the parking lot! The food was delicious too, just what we needed. The kid’s meals were discounted too, with a purchase of adult entrees. The location is removed and peaceful from Flagstaff, but close enough to enjoy all the activities offered. Definitely look up this getaway spot!
The next day, we headed up the mountain for gondola rides! Don’t miss this ride up to 11,000+ feet to sweeping views of the valley below. Even on our partially rainy day, it was impressive. There are also fun activities offered, like a bungee trampoline, summer tubing, and a rock wall! Again, rain kept us from enjoying them but it’s on our must do list this year.
Basecamp Cabins at Snowbowl near Flagstaff
And psssst – winter or summer, you can get hot chocolate at the bar by the gondola entrance! This was a hands down a winner with tired and damp kiddos.
Other things we did on this 2 day getaway:
- attempted to hike the Lava Tubes (it’s super dark and slippery, not for young kids)
- got coffee and food at Flagstaff Station and Kickstand Coffee
- enjoyed the indoor waterpark at the Flagataff Aquaplex
- played at Cheshire Park
- escaped the rain at the Museum of Northern Arizona
- lunch at Bow Wow Hot Dogs
Other great things to do in Flagstaff can be found here!