Flagstaff Weather

Chances are that one of the key motivating factors in planning your vacation to Flagstaff is its four-season climate with mild summers and moderately snowy winters, right? You're probably wondering about the forecast for your specific trip dates, and you're likely interested in getting some advice on what kind of clothes to pack and when is the best time visit.

The summer and winter are the most popular times of the year, due mainly to Flagstaff's ideal weather conditions of blue skies and daily high temperatures in the mid-70s to low 80s (degrees Fahrenheit) in summer, and powdery snowfall perfect for winter sports. However, as one can see from the average temperatures each month of the year, there is no bad time to visit Flagstaff, and in fact, coming to Flagstaff in lower seasons such as spring and late fall, or Sunday through Thursday year-round, is a great time to find bargains and fewer crowds.

Month
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Avg. High
43
45
50
58
68
78
81
78
73
62
50
43
Avg. Low
17
19
24
29
35
42
51
50
42
32
23
17
Avg. Rain
2.05
2.24
2.12
1.15
0.63
0.36
2.61
3.11
2.38
1.66
1.76
1.87
Avg. Snowfall
20.40
18.40
22.00
9.90
1.70
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.10
2.00
9.90
15.90

Flagstaff enjoys 161 sunny days per year, 101 partly cloudy days (40 - 70% cloud cover) and 103 cloudy days (80 - 100% cloud cover). Be sure to pack a brimmed hat, comfortable sturdy shoes, a camera and a high SPF sunscreen year-round. At Flagstaff's high elevation, UV rays are more intense and damaging, increasing your risk for skin and eye damage. Sun protection at high altitudes is a must.

At an elevation of 6,910 feet (2,106 meters), Flagstaff receives an average of 100.3 inches of snow in the winter, making skiiers and snowboarders ecstatic without making residents miserable. Do use caution when driving up I-17 toward Flagstaff in the winter; as you climb, you're more likely to experience snowy conditions on the otherwise easy route.

In the summertime, Flagstaff experiences rainfall mostly during the August monsoon season. When the dew point rises in the late summer months, Arizona experiences quick, intense thunderstorms. These monsoons contribute to rapidly shifting swings in weather, but locals will tell you that the monsoon season is one of their favorite times of year because it brings relief to seasonally high temperatures and makes the landscape incredibly verdant and fragrant. Use caution when hiking near springs and swimming holes; a surprise thunderstorm can cause dangerous flash flooding or ruin a return hike back to your car.

Written by:

1. Wildland Trekking

Join The Wildland Trekking Co. on an epic journey to the Grand Canyon! Services include 1 to 8 day hiking adventures, tasty backcountry cui...  More
  • Details
  • (800) 715-4453
  • 4025 East Huntington Drive
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004
  • $110.00 - $1500.00

2. DETOURS Grand Rails Express Fro...

Embark on a guided ground tour from Flagstaff or Phoenix, then the Grand Canyon Railway on this full-day adventure. Leave the driving to DET...  More
  • (866) 438-6877
  • South Terrace Road
  • Tempe, AZ
  • $225.00 - $460.00

3. Fairfield Inn Flagstaff

Nestled in the cool pines of Northern Arizona, the Fairfield Inn Flagstaff hotel is the premier destination and gateway to some of the world...  More
  • Details
  • (928) 773-1300
  • 2005 South Milton Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001
  • $109.00 - $149.00

4. Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion...

Take a step back in time as you travel on the historic Grand Canyon Railway. The tour picks up from all hotels in Flagstaff in the morning. ...  More
  • Details
  • (702) 648-5873
  • 4825 North Rancho Drive
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89108
  • $240.00 - $240.00

5. Hilton Garden Inn Flagstaff

The Hilton Garden Inn Flagstaff is in the ideal Grand Canyon area / Flagstaff hotel location for exploring the wonders of Northern Arizona i...  More
  • (928) 226-8888
  • 350 West Forest Meadows Street
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001
  • $113.00 - $183.00

6. Bearizona Wildlife Park

At Bearizona Wildlife Park you will Steer your way through 2 miles of forest and get up close to bears, wolves, bison and more. After your d...  More
  • (928) 635-2289
  • 1500 West Route 66
  • Williams, AZ
  • 86046

7. Grand Canyon Airlines

Don't just view the Canyon from the rim when you can fly the Grand Canyon with a legend! Since 1927, Grand Canyon Airlines has been the prem...  More
  • (928) 638-2463
  • Grand Canyon National Park Airport
  • Tusayan, AZ

8. Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopte...

World's Largest and Most Experienced Helicopter Sightseeing Company! Daily multilingual tours of Grand Canyon departing from Sedona, Scottsd...  More
  • (702) 736-7243
  • Grand Canyon National Park Airport
  • Tusayan, AZ
  • $169.00 - $344.00

9. Maverick Helicopter Tours

Maverick Helicopters provides helicopter tours at the Grand Canyon South Rim. Maverick brings VIP and first-class service to the Grand Cany...  More
  • Details
  • (888) 261-4414
  • 6075 South Las Vegas Boulevard
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89119

10. One Day Colorado River Float T...

For a scenic and fun day out in Arizona, you can't go past this relaxing float trip down the mighty Colorado River. After being picked up at...  More
  • Details
  • (702) 648-5873
  • 4825 North Rancho Drive
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89108

11. Grand Canyon Railway

Visit the official website for Grand Canyon Railway. Book your reservation online for a train tour on one of five classes of service on our ...  More
  • Details
  • (303) 843-8724
  • 233 North Grand Canyon Boulevard
  • Williams, AZ
  • 86046
  • $75.00 - $132.00

12. Rivers & Oceans, A Travel Comp...

Great Summer Deals and One Day Grand Canyon trip

Everyone wants to see the Grand Canyon, and many dream of someday seei...  More

  • (800) 473-4576
  • 1500 East Cedar Avenue
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004
  • $325.00 - $351.00

13. Comfort Inn I-17 & I-40

The Comfort Inn I-17 & I-40 is conveniently located less than one mile from Northern Arizona University. The Flagstaff Pulliam Airport is on...  More
  • (928) 774-2225
  • 2355 South Beulah Boulevard
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001
  • $109.00 - $199.00

14. Arizona Mountain Inn & Cab...

Our Tudor-style inn and 17 cabins are tucked away on 13 acres of secluded Ponderosa Pines. The grounds are bordered by the Coconino Nationa...  More
  • (928) 774-8959
  • 4200 Lake Mary Road
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

15. Flagstaff Mountain Film Festiv...

Historically, Northern Arizona has served as a hot spot for filmmakers searching for the most scenic locations. Flagstaff remains such a des...  More
  • Details
  • 15 West Aspen Avenue
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86001

16. Grand Canyon & Navajo Indian R...

Enjoy spectacular views at the Grand Canyon South Rim and East Rim, and pick up a native American souvenir on this full day tour from Flagst...  More
  • Details
  • (702) 648-5873
  • 4285 North Rancho Drive
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 89130
  • $105.00 - $105.00

17. Little America Hotel Flagstaff

Little America is truly one of the best Flagstaff hotels. From our 500-acre private forest to our friendly, knowledgeable concierge staff, ...  More
  • (800) 352-4386
  • 2515 East Butler Avenue
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 86004
  • $119.00 - $183.00

FLAGSTAFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL OCT 8-12

The 12th Annual Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival is almost here. The sessions will share films that inspire contemplative thought while encouraging action... See Film Details »

WHAT'S ON THE CALENDAR?

Our Flagstaff Event Calendar is full of festivals, workshops, art fairs, concerts and classes. Browse or add your event.
See the Event Calendar »

IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE DAY TO SEE FLAGSTAFF

These are the essential things you MUST do to get the most out of your day trip.
Plan Your Day Trip Here »

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO FLAGSTAFF

Getting to Flagstaff is the first step. Driving is the most popular and practical way to get here.
Get Driving Directions from Nearby Cities »