The city of Flagstaff is located at 6,909 feet (2,105 m) above sea level. Mount Humphreys is the highest point in Arizona with the pinnacle at 12,635 ft (3851 m).
Getting elevation sickness at this altitude is not uncommon. Be sure to hydrate before recreating at this elevation. Common signs of elevation sickness include headaches, nausea, and vomiting.
Flagstaff is known as the "Gateway City to the Grand Canyon". For those visiting Grand Canyon National Park's South RIm, Flagstaff is the biggest city nearest to the Canyon with all the amenities including of dozens of hotels to choose from, restaurants, nightlife, and endless amounts of outdoor recreation. Flagstaff is also known for its significantly cooler temperatures than the more populated surrounding cities such as Phoenix, Scottsdale, Prescott, and Tucson. Because of its cooler temps and full four seasons, people from all over the state enjoy Flagstaff as their local, outdoor vacation getaway as Flagstaff has ample mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, fishing, camping, waterplay, boating and even skiing, snowboarding and snowplay. One of the most popular hikes is summiting Mt. Humphreys, which is not only highest point in Arizona, but the highest point at this latitude between California and North Carolina with a peak at 12,633 ft (3,851 m).
Northern Arizona University, one of three state universities in Arizona, is located in the heart of Flagstaff. Much of Flagstaff's culture and economy is closely entwined with NAU and its students. The university is one of the top 3 biggest employers in the city and the student population makes up nearly 30% of all residents in Flagstaff while school is in session.