Flagstaff

Located in the high country mountains of northern Arizona, Flagstaff is not the Arizona experience you may expect.

At 7,000 feet elevation, temperatures rarely exceed 90 degrees in the summer, fall brings a brilliant change of color, winter snowfall averages 108 inches and spring bursts with blossoms. The Flagstaff area got its start in 1876 with a pioneer legacy that centers on ranching, lumber mills and the railroad. Many of the buildings in Flagstaff’s historic downtown area date to the early 1900’s and are used today as stores, galleries, hotels and restaurants.

Although Flagstaff became an incorporated town in 1894, the modern history really dates back to 1876 when settlers passing through honored the nation’s centennial by raising an American flag up a pine tree. Their “flag staff” became a landmark for those who followed, and eventually became the town’s namesake. The western expansion of the railroad in the 1880s attracted merchants and saloonkeepers to set up shop for the railroad workers and lumbermen. Within a couple of years, Flagstaff was a thriving town of railroad, lumber and ranching industries. Early families such as the Riordans (lumber) and Babbitts (ranching) have descendants who still live and work in Flagstaff today.

Route 66 is synonymous with the classic American road trip, and that carefree spirit is still alive in Flagstaff today.

When Route 66 became a highway in 1921, Flagstaff was established as a popular stop on the iconic highway. Famous musical acts making their way to Los Angeles would stop at the Museum Club for a gig, and the Eagles’ classic “Take it Easy” was written by musician Jackson Browne after he found himself “standing on the corner in Flagstaff, Arizona” when traveling Route 66 to California. Winslow, Arizona was easier to sing and made the final lyrics, but Route 66 nostalgia is abundant around Flagstaff. Construction of the modern interstate may have relegated it to “Historic Route 66,” but modern travelers can still enjoy that iconic experience.

Things to Do

Grand Canyon National Park

Often described as Earth’s greatest geological showcase, the breathtaking ensemble of colorful rock layers, impressive buttes and shadowed side canyons sets Grand Canyon apart. Enjoy the views, hike a trail, observe the wildlife, watch a sunrise or sunset, or immerse yourself in almost two billion years of geology.

81 MILES NORTH OF FLAGSTAFF, via HWY 180 & 64
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The Arboretum at Flagstaff

The Arboretum is home to 750 species of plants in greenhouses, gardens and natural habitats—located on 200 acres deep within the Coconino National Forest. Fondly known as "The Arb", it hosts numerous concerts, festivals, plant sales, fundraisers, workshops and children's programs throughout their open season of May through October.

4001 S WOODY MOUNTAIN RD
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Flagstaff Disc Golf

These popular 18-hole disc golf courses offer exciting challenges as they wind through the Ponderosa pines with incredible views.
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Flagstaff Urban Trail System

The Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS) is a citywide network of more than 55 miles of non-motorized pathways that are used year-round for bicycling, walking, jogging, cross-country skiing, and nature watching. FUTS trails offer an incredibly diverse range of experiences.
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Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park is a nature/wildlife preserve located five miles west of Sedona off U.S. Highway 89A with opportunities for hiking, picnics and guided tours. The visitor center features exhibits and a theater. The park offers guided walks, five miles of nature trails, first-Sunday programs, moonlight hikes and astronomy star parties.

5 MILES WEST OF SEDONA, via HWY 89A
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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Born in a dramatic series of eruptions 900 years ago, Sunset Crater is still the youngest volcano on the Colorado Plateau. Visitor Center exhibits explain the powerful geologic forces and their aftermath. See for yourself on the one-mile, self-guided Lava Flow Trail. Open daily.

12 MILES NORTH OF FLAGSTAFF
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Lowell Observatory

Peer through telescopes at night and even during the day with a solar telescope, or visit the instrument that helped Clyde Tombaugh discover Pluto. Tour the facility with friendly, knowledgeable guides. Experience the Universe through widescreen multimedia shows, exhibits, live presentations and SlipherVision, the immersive space theater.

1400 W MARS HILL RD
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Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive is about a 14 mile drive along Route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff, Arizona. It has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Most Scenic Drives in America by Rand McNally. Oak Creek Canyon is a breathtaking stretch of beauty on a winding road that climbs 4,500 feet from Sedona to the top of the Mogollon Rim.

14 MILES SOUTH OF FLAGSTAFF, via HWY 89A
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Flagstaff Dining