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Riordan State Historic Park
Copyright: - Arizona State Parks
Riordan State Historic Park
Description - The Riordan Mansion (actually two adjoining mansions) was built in 1904 for Timothy and Michael Riordan. The Riordan brothers owned the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company, Flagstaff's leading logging enterprise. A tour through the brother's massive 13,000 square foot home provides insight into the life of the wealthy frontier family in the early 1900's. Its rustic exterior, perhaps Arizona's finest example of Craftsman style architecture, is a striking contrast to its opulent interior of hand-crafted furniture and period antiques. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In addition to the mansion, the park offers a visitor center, a six acre wooded area, picnic tables and handicapped accessible restrooms.

Recreation - Recreational opportunities offered by this 6 acre site relate to the historical building and surrounding landscape. Additionally a picnic area has been provided. Visitors can arrange special events or private functions at the park.

Climate - Flagstaff has a high elevation of 6,900 feet and as such does not experience the harsh desert climate of low elevation sites. During the summer months visitors can still expect warm temperatures with afternoon thunderstorms possible especially in July and August. Daytime high temperatures can exceed 85 degrees. Winter cool to cold temperatures with frequent snow. Fall and spring are transitional periods and can be nice times to visit this region. Be prepared for cool temperatures at higher elevations and dress in layers for your travels in this state of varying climates.

Location - Riordan State Park is located in the city of Flagstaff in northern Arizona. The park sits in the heart of Flagstaff on Riordan Ranch Street off Highway 57.


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Filed By: Rachelle (Abilene, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I used to live in Flagstaff, and Riordand holds a special place in my heart. My mother used to work there, and as a little kid I would help out with the daily chores around the park. If you have a chance to visit the Riordan Mansion, definitely go. It is an example of beautiful architecture, and a wonderful window to the history of Flagstaff. I would highly recommend it to anyone, young or old.

Filed By: Michael Alonzo (Superior, AZ)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I found the mansion to be quite a site. I love the old Arizona. To be able to see what they made 100 years ago and the condition it was still in was remarkable. My family and I truly enjoyed.

Filed By: Albin Betker (Sedona, Az.)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautifully constructed building. Many rooms with original furniture. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable.


More Information

Contact Information:
Riordan State Historic Park, 1300 Riordan Ranch St. , Flagstaff, AZ, 86001, Phone: 520-779-4395, Fax: 520-556-0253

Additional Information:
Arizona State Parks - Arizona's State Parks feature lakes, reservoirs, caves, mountains, unique geologic formations and significant historic sites. From pine forests to spectacular deserts, the State Parks offer something for just about everyone.
Arizona's Historic Sites -
Grand Canyon Country - Grand Canyon Country encompasses northwestern Arizona. It features Grand Canyon National Park, Kaibab National Forest, and Slide Rock State Park. Flagstaff is the largest city in the region.
San Francisco Peaks Scenic Road - This route passes by Arizona`s highest peak, Mount Humphreys.

Links:
Riordan State Historic Park - Official Arizona State Parks website

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