Flagstaff—or “Flag” as the locals call it—is a mountain town with a population of 67,468. At 7,000 feet, Flagstaff is surrounded by the largest ponderosa pine forest in the world.

With an average of 288 days of sunshine per year and an average 100 inches of annual snowfall, Flagstaff offers a scenic setting to live and learn while surrounded by a landscape and four-season climate unlike anything else in Arizona. The town has drawn positive attention from a number of publications. Travel + Leisure magazine recently named Flagstaff among the top 10 Best College Towns in America, and Time.com has called it one of the nation’s happiest cities. Outside magazine has ranked Flagstaff as the 7th best town in the nation. Fodor.com named the city one of “20 College Towns We Love to Visit,” citing Flagstaff’s nearly 700 acres of park land and its 50 miles of trails.

Drive time from cities and attractions

  • 1.5 hours from the Grand Canyon
  • 2.5 hours from Phoenix
  • 3.5 hours from Las Vegas
  • 7 hours from Los Angeles

Six things you’ll love about Flagstaff (the short list): 

  1. Arizona Snowbowl—northern Arizona’s ski resort, just seven miles from downtown.
  2. Sedona’s Oak Creek Canyon—enjoy sunbathing on the red rocks and swimming in the creek, or take a scenic drive.
  3. Endless hiking and mountain biking trails, and the 50-mile Flagstaff Urban Trail System for runners, walkers, and bike commuters.
  4. First Friday ArtWalk—the Flagstaff and university communities come together on the first Friday of each month to mingle and celebrate art.
  5. Lowell Observatory—one of the premier deep-space research sites in the world; Pluto was discovered right here, in the world's first Dark Sky City (it's great for star-gazing!)
  6. Heritage Square—Flagstaff’s historic town square holds events like Movies on the Square, art fairs, and concerts.