Flagstaff’s Original Tourism Adventure Retraced: Ultrarunners Follow Historic Stagecoach Route to Grand Canyon

Flagstaff Business News

by Bonnie Stevens

It may well have been Northern Arizona’s first ultimate wildland adventure for tourists and the start of organized tourism in Flagstaff. In 1892, the Flagstaff Board of Trade, in partnership with the railroad, promoted the Stagecoach Line from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon. Public relations efforts included a free trip for travel writers, who praised the journeyand the views, and even an appearance by Buffalo Bill!

That historic route – through majestic ponderosa pine forests, alpine meadows, aspen groves, the wide-open spaces of the Babbitt Ranches CO Bar Ranch, and the south rim of the world’s largest canyon – has been rediscovered by historians Richard and Sherry Mangum, Arizona Trail blazers and now, extreme runners. The first Flagstaff to Grand Canyon 100 Mile Stagecoach Line Ultra & Relay Race occurred the weekend of Oct. 19 and 20.

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