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Buffalo Park, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,100 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.5
Interest Historic
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4  2018-02-19 BiFrost
14  2017-09-08 tibber
67  2016-07-01
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28  2016-02-01
Day trip to Flagstaff to play in the snow.
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26  2015-10-19
Inner Basin Trail #29
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13  2015-09-12
Arizona Trail Day - Flagstaff
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3  2014-10-12 Crzy4AZ
6  2014-10-05 azbackpackr
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Preferred   Mar, Apr, May, Jun → 7 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  7:01am - 5:21pm
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same trailhead
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100 ft
Oldham Trail #1
Oldham Trail #1
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2,113 ft
Beale Wagon Road Historic Trail
Beale Wagon Road Historic Trail
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2,572 ft
Pipeline Trail #42 - Flagstaff
Pipeline Trail #42 - Flagstaff
1.2 mi away
2.8 mi
156 ft
Mars Hill Urban Trail
1.7 mi away
1.5 mi
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1.8 mi away
2.0 mi
100 ft
Elden Environmental Study Area
Elden Environmental Study Area
1.9 mi away
1.0 mi
100 ft
Little America Trail
Little America Trail
1.9 mi away
2.9 mi
440 ft
Mars Hill via Lowell Observatory Loop
Mars Hill via Lowell Observatory Loop
2.0 mi away
7.5 mi
426 ft
Elder Canyon
Elder Canyon
2.1 mi away
6.0 mi
2,400 ft
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Park in the Pines?
by Shilo

Buffalo Park is a city owned park positioned on an open plain atop a mesa. It has incredible views of the San Francisco Peaks and Mount Elden. Buffalo Park once operated as a zoo in the 1960's, but soon was shut down due to lack of funds. A buffalo statue and a rock structure at the entrance are all that remain. Since then this area has become a popular recreational site for runners, hikers, wildlife viewers, dog walkers, mountain bikers... you name it. The open grasslands allow viewing opportunities not typically found within the ponderosa pine vegetation type.


The Buffalo Park trail system actually consists of three trails. All trails are wide and well-maintained. There are mile markers every 1/4-mile and stations where you can do some added exercises like chin-ups, etc. Each station has a sign that indicates a recommended exercise to do at that location.

The First trail is a 0.50-mile straight shot north from the entrance archway. It travels along a well-graded road straight to the rear of the park boundary. Here at the fence line you can connect to the Oldham Trail, a 3.3-mile trail traveling along the west side of Mount Elden.

The Second trail is a 2.0-mile loop around the park. Just after you enter the park through the archway, you'll see a trail fork off from the first trail to the right. The beginning of the trail loops around to the east of the first trail and then crosses it at the north end, now heading west. The trail completes the loop near the entrance of the park where you came in.

The Third trail is a 0.50-mile one-way trek on the outside of the park. It follows an old road west and southwest downhill to the corner of Cedar and Turquoise Drive. You pass McFerson Park along the way. This trailhead is located at the southwest corner of the Buffalo Park parking area.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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To hike
From City Hall go north along Humphrey's St. to Columbus. Turn right and go one block east to Beaver St. Turn left and go up hill to Forest Avenue. Turn right onto Forest Avenue and travel roughly two miles. Turn left on Gemini Drive. This will take you straight to the park area of Buffalo Park.
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