We will meet at the SW corner of the Sams Club parking lot and walk down South Babbitt Drive to the Rio de Flag near the treatment plant. From there we will head downstream past the I-40 wetlands and continue towards the Little America property. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to walk approximately 3 miles
Check out this new trail guide and geologic description of the Rio de Flag.
The Arizona Geological Survey has just released this online publication that explores the origin and geology of the Rio de Flag by Dr. Richard Holm, retired NAU professor of Geology and long time resident of Flagstaff.
It includes maps and guides to walking different reaches of the Rio, as well as a discussion on regional and local geology. You can download this for free by going to the link below.
We are pleased to introduce you to Kelly Burke, Friends of the Rio de Flag’s new Watershed Group Coordinator!
Watershed Group Coordinator, Kelly will work with diverse stakeholders and the
public to help expand and formalize the Watershed Group and create a watershed
plan for the Rio de Flag. The goal of the plan is to outline watershed needs
and opportunities, especially as these relate to restoration. This two-year
project is being funded by a Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Cooperative
Watershed Management grant (Phase I).
brings a wealth of experience and training to the Friends of the Rio. As cofounder
and Director of the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, a science-based
conservation organization in Flagstaff, Kelly has overseen the completion of
major restoration projects, including a collaborative riparian restoration plan
with the National Park Service for the Glen Canyon Reach of the Colorado River.
Her background is in structural geology, hydrology and aqueous geochemistry, fluvial
geomorphology, geoarcheology, and springs and riparian restoration, which she
combines with experience in coordinating field projects and conservation
campaigns, building partnerships, community engagement, nonprofit leadership,
loves people, water, and wild nature with a common concern for their health,
free movement, and full lives. We are thrilled to have Kelly join the
organization and excited to have her strong leadership and positive attitude
guide us through watershed planning in Flagstaff and the surrounding