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Living in Flagstaff

Among the Best in the Nation

Flagstaff—or Flag, as the locals call it—offers an ideal, scenic environment for living and learning. With a four-season climate and dynamic landscapes, you’ll discover outdoor adventures unlike anywhere else in Arizona.

National Recognition

In the midst of the largest ponderosa pine forest in the world, Flagstaff has drawn positive attention from a number of publications:

  • Travel + Leisure magazine named Flagstaff among the top 10 Best College Towns in America
  • called it one of the nation’s happiest cities
  • Outside Magazine ranked Flagstaff as the 7th best town in the nation
  • named the city one of “20 College Towns We Love to Visit,” citing Flagstaff’s nearly 700 acres of park land and 50 miles of trails

Flag at a Glance




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Six Things You’ll Love about Flagstaff

A male and female NAU student ride bikes along a dirt trail among the trees, with the business building on campus to the side of them and in the background of the image.

1. Arizona Snowbowl—Snowboard or ski at Northern Arizona’s ski resort, just 15 miles from downtown.
2. Oak Creek Canyon—Sunbathe on Sedona’s red rocks and swim in the creek, less than an hour’s drive to the south
3. Flagstaff Urban Trail System—Enjoy 50 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and running tracks
4. First Friday Art Walk— Celebrate art and local businesses in bustling downtown Flagstaff each month.
5. Lowell Observatory—Explore the galaxy at one of the premier deep-space research sites in the world. In fact, Pluto was discovered right here in the world’s first Dark Sky City.
6. Heritage Square—Attend events like Movies on the Square, art fairs, and concerts in Flagstaff’s historic town square.


Drive Time From Cities and Attractions


hours from the Grand Canyon


hours from Phoenix


hours from Las Vegas


minutes from the San Francisco Peaks