A curated and contemplative retreat, High Country Motor Lodge offers transcendent experiences at the center of Flagstaff, Arizona. Immerse yourself in this respite off Route 66. Melding vintage style, contemporary design, and an adventurous spirit, H.C.M.L. is a place to re-energize and realign after a long day’s travel. Restless ramblers, local characters, explorers, seekers, and star-gazers welcome.
What makes us different
An on-the-beaten-path hotel with an off-the-beaten-path approach to 1960s roadside culture.
Relax and reconnect on our communal lawn, sip craft beer from The General Store, go out into the woods, or self-center at the first Nordic Spa Experience in all of Arizona.
Look to the stars
Here at High Country Motor Lodge, stargazing is more than a pastime, it’s a soulful, sacred act — an opportunity to step outside ourselves.
Located in the foothills of Lowell Observatory — home to the discovery of Pluto — we honor Flagstaff's designation as the world's first International Dark Sky Place.
Their public observing plaza, the Giovale Open Deck Observatory, features daytime exhibits that highlight the science of spectroscopy and the types of telescopes astronomers use. At night, you can gaze through six advanced telescopes and see everything from rich star fields and planets to nebulae and galaxies.
1400 W MARS HILL ROAD
FLAGSTAFF, AZ 86001
Just outside Flagstaff in the Coconino National Forest, Anderson Mesa is home to the Naval Observatory’s Navy Precision Optical Interferometer (NPOI) and Lowell’s Anderson Mesa Station. Lay back and lose yourself in cosmic dust.
A popular hiking area on the Flagstaff Urban Trail System, Buffalo Park is also a stargazers dream. Bring the blankets and pay a visit to the open meadows where the skies seem to stretch on endlessly and the stars seem to dance.
2400 N GEMINI RD
FLAGSTAFF, AZ 86004
During the summer, the Coconino Astronomical Society sets up several scopes each month in Heritage Square for public viewings. Don’t miss their “tour” of the moon, in which they highlight the moon’s mountains, valleys, and craters.
Just 12 miles north of Flagstaff, this national monument offers summertime night sky programs with night sky rangers and telescope viewings. This place has an otherworldly feel altogether, so take the time to explore, gaze, and get a little cosmic.