Flagstaff, Arizona is ideally located whether you favor rugged dessert or picture-perfect forest. Clean mountain air and the wonder of the Grand Canyon are all within reach and the city boasts a variety of cultural and historic attractions offering interest and charm.
Flagstaff is a great base from
which to explore this part of the state and provides ample entertainment
Take in the largest ponderosa pine forest that attracts hikers, mountain bikers, rock climbers, rafters and those who simply love to camp where the land is unspoiled and serene. Once the snow falls the landscape takes on a magical sparkle and invites winter lovers out for days of skiing, snowboarding or simply snow play. The nearby San Francisco Peaks, the remnants of ancient volcanoes are the highest mountains in Arizona.
The area originally got its name in 1876 when a group of traveling pioneers stopped in the area to celebrate the Fourth of July. Stripping the limbs from a tall tree in the area they used it to raise the flag. Over the years others stopped at the tall flag-staff that had been raised, and the rest as they say is history.
This city of 58,000 people has
been recognized as one of the Best Places to Live and one of the nation s
Great Towns that will Make you Feel Young.
To preserve and support its astronomical observatory the city aims to
keep its dark night skies and regulates light pollution. For this it was recognized as the world s
first International Dark Sky Community.
The city boasts an active cultural
and theatre program as well as a variety of weekend festivals worth planning
around. Visitors love the Hopi and
Navajo Festivals, the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival and the Made in the
Shade Beer Tasting Festival.
Located on the famous Highway 66 Flagstaff is not just a pass through destination but worth a planned stop along the way.