A hidden treasure in plain sight


Since 2005 a group of volunteers representing more than a dozen organizations has been working to protect the past, present and future of Picture Canyon. Meeting monthly, the Picture Canyon Working Group organized clean-ups and invasive weed pulls, helped to establish easements and build trails, assisted in finding grant money to restore the natural meander of the Rio de Flag, and was instrumental in getting Picture Canyon listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

But the ultimate goal has been elusive, to forever protect and enhance this beautiful canyon and its associated floodplain and uplands by purchasing and preserving it as the Picture Canyon Preserve and Archaeological Park. Elusive, that is, until now... (Read more...)

The Picture Canyon Working Group

Just east of town and a stone’s throw from the Flagstaff Auto Mall an extraordinary natural feature has fostered life for millions of years in an otherwise semi-arid, challenging environment. Hundreds of petroglyphs and other archaeological remains attest to at least a thousand years of Picture Canyon occupation by the Northern Sinagua prior to European settlement.

This website is sponsored and hosted by Friends of the Rio de Flag