Flagstaff is an easy going, outdoor community in Northern Arizona. It’s known for blue skies and breathtaking mountain and forest views. It has four seasons that make Flagstaff’s climate distinctly different from the southern Arizona deserts.
Flagstaff is the largest town in Northern Arizona with 50,000 residents in the city limits and another 50,000 in Coconino County adjacent to the town.
It’s also a hub location with services and stores for outlying smaller communities and is readily accessible from all directions positioned at the junctions of I-40, I-17 and Highway 89 North. Historic Route 66 is the main artery through town.
Flagstaff lies at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, the highest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet, and has a city elevation of nearly 7,000 feet. It’s surrounded by the world’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest. In the fall the changing aspen leaves on the mountain draw many visitors.
Annually, Flagstaff averages 288 days of sunshine and nearly 23 inches of precipitation. Moderate summer temperatures range from 70 to 90 degrees, and winter temps are between the mid-teens to mid-50′s (in degrees).
Spring and fall days are generally warm and dry with chilly evenings and cool nights. Flagstaff has summer monsoon rains with intermittent heavy downpours from July through mid-September. Winters average 100 inches or more of snowfall with sunny days between.
Flagstaff’s economy is driven by tourism, government, transportation, education, and scientific and high tech research. Northern Arizona University is located in Flagstaff and is the main employer in the area. The High Altitude Sports Training Center at NAU draws professional athletes from around the world. Major private employers include W.L. Gore & Associates, Nestle Purina, Joy Cone, SCA Tissue, and Walgreens Distribution.
Topography is diverse and varied in any direction from Flag. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is 80 miles northwest of town, and Sedona and the red rock canyons are 30 miles south. There are many ancient and historical sites in and around Flagstaff.
Flagstaff is rich in modern day culture and attractions too. Downtown is lively with music, restaurants, saloons, shops and services. There are museums, live theaters, parks, festivals, events and more!
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