Nate Avery Trail

Flagstaff Urban Trails System (FUTS)About the Trail

Nate Avery Trail is Flagstaff's most popular urban trail makes a 2-mile loop around Buffalo Park, an expansive open space on the flat top of McMillan Mesa, an ancient lava flow. Most of the trail is on open, native grassland, but just to the west of the park entrance the trail dips into a wooded ravine. The trail provides a magnificent panorama to the mountains north of town, including the San Francisco Peaks, the Dry Lake Hills, and Mount Elden.

Before it became a City park and open space, Buffalo Park was a private wildlife park. Evidence of its former use can be found in the buffalo statue at the entrance to the park, the entrance structure, and a seasonal pond on your right just after you enter the park.


  • Loop starts/ends at Buffalo Park trailhead


  • 2.0 miles | 3.2 kilometers


  • Aggregate: 100% of the trail (2.0 miles | 3.2 kilometers)


  • Easy grades: 93% of the trail has grades of less than 5%
  • Moderate grades: 2% of the trail has grades between 5 and 10% (250 feet | 76 meters)
  • Steep grades: 4% of the trail has grades between 10 and 15% (400 feet | 122 meters)
  • Very steep grades: less than 1% of the trail has grades of more than 15% (50 feet | 15 meters)
  • Maximum grade: 16%


  • Low point: 7,066 feet | 2,154 meters
  • High point: 7,150 feet | 2,179 meters
  • Elevation range: 84 feet | 26 meters

Intersecting Trails


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