I hesitated to mention this before, but thought it might be a good idea. As with many cities, each one is touched with the sadness of the homeless or publically intoxicated citizens. Although, we did not encounter any other unfortunate individuals in the center of the historic downtown area, we did while walked over to the old train station that is now Chamber of Commerce building. A native individual was very intoxicated and laying on the bench (just to the right of this picture. I had to crop it so you wouldn't see him), but he seemed very harmless. Yet, I was on my guard because I had my family with me. It is just something to think about when you visit some of the historic areas of cities.
With most of if not all of the historical downtown area in America, you will find ONE-WAY streets. Now, I am sure that most local residence is tolerable if tourists are not use to this. Yet, there is a few that ARE NOT and you might incur some “colorful metaphors” as Spock had put it in a movie (can you guess which one?). Any ways, just keep on your toes and if you see parked cars heading in one particular direction and your traveling the opposite of that, that might be a huge indication your going the wrong way….lol.
The weather will start out cool and can go to very warm (particularly in the summer months) and then back to cool and/or cold at night!! So, yes, this happens a lot of places, but, I'm always surprised at how many people DON'T dress in layers while visiting here! And if you're hiking into the Grand Canyon...there can be a temperature change within a short distance below the rim!
The scale of the devastation caused by fire was terrifying. We saw acres like this as we travelled from the Grand Canyon to Flagstaff.
Our feelings at the time were that careless humans were to blame but we were later informed that lightening strikes are also a big danger.
Flagstaff is on the main Amtrack/freight railroad line across America and long trains pass thru Flagstaff every 15 minutes day and night. This would be fine, but there are some crossings so the trains blow their horns as warnings.
My warning to you is to make sure that you are not staying near the railroad tracks....unless you can sleep thru that noise.
Worry about dehydration, even in Flagstaff where it's seemingly cool and not desert-like. You're still high up and you'll notice chapped lips and maybe a bloody nose, if you're not careful. Wear some chapstick and drink plenty of water! Stay away from sodas!
Hiking is dangerous as much land is unstable or remote.
HEAT & DEHYDRATION ------- You're at 7000 feet above sea level on average, and between the sun and elevation temperatures are quite misleading. DRINK & TRAVEL WITH WATER AT ALL TIMES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No matter how much you would like to do it please don't feed the animals in the park. It is not good for them to become dependant on people.