Learn more about northern Arizona’s unique environment, history and geology from an expert Forest Service Ranger at the top of the chairlift.

From the top of the Scenic Chairlift, Partnership Rangers help visitors understand the scope and significance of the 6-million-year-old San Francisco Volcanic Field. The first volcano can be seen in the western horizon, Bill Williams Mountain, a lava dome volcano that erupted about 6 million years ago. The view, one of the most spectacular in the Southwest, shows the first three million years of the volcanic field that moved from west to east. Also visible from the top of the Skyride is about one thousand vertical feet of the face of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Why is it so visible? The North Rim is about one thousand feet (300 m) higher in elevation (8,000 ft./ 2,438 m) than the South Rim (7,000 ft./ 2,133 m).

Sponsored by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, the Interpretive Partnership is a team of nine Rangers, mostly retired, and often are volunteers.

Snowbowl Ranger Talks happen every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the top of the Scenic Chairlift.

The Partnership’s goal is to educate visitors to help them understand, cherish, and preserve our local natural and cultural resources. This 20-year-old program is a seasonal partnership between the Flagstaff Area National Monuments and the Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest.

Partnership Rangers are also stationed at other national forests across the region. Many of the Partnership events may be found on the Coconino National Forest website. Just type in Coconino National Forest or go to http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/

For more information please contact us at (928) 779-1951 or skyride@arizonasnowbowl.com.