Drawing on the same character qualities that made Babbitt Ranches one of the West’s largest ranching operations, the historic northern Arizona land company is expanding on its outdoor recreation participation with the purchase of the Flagstaff Nordic Center and the promotion of an Outdoor Recreation Ethic Attitude.
The Flagstaff Nordic Center has been renamed Arizona Nordic Village to feature not only cross country skiing and snowshoeing on groomed trails, but also to expand on activities including camping in yurts and cabins, bike and foot races, science fairs, catered business meetings, family reunions and destination weddings.
Working with the Forest Service and broader community, Babbitt Ranches wants to create more recreation opportunities at the Arizona Nordic Village and on Babbitt’s land north of Flagstaff to connect people with nature and outdoor adventures and promote individual ethics and convictions. These goals are at the heart and center of our Outdoor Recreation Ethic Attitude model that we want to develop.
Our vision includes promoting recreation in the forest, as well as on state and privates lands. Our plans include an increase in organized public events; an expanded trail system; additional recreation opportunities at the Arizona Nordic Village and on Babbitt land; and rustic design improvements showcasing the western style and landscape.
Since 1886, Babbitt Ranches has run its many businesses based on hospitality, fair play, loyalty and respect for others and the land. It’s what they used to call the ‘Code of the West. Our Outdoor Recreation Ethic Attitude is a return to that philosophy to encourage people to enjoy and appreciate the land through activities such as snow sports, hiking, bicycling, distance running and camping.