Flagstaff FAQs

Flagstaff, AZ originally started as a lumber mill town along the railway. That’s why Northern Arizona University’s (one of the three Arizona state universities) mascot is the Lumberjack!

Unlike many of the known neighboring cities in Arizona, Flagstaff gets four full seasons and prides itself on its thriving, outdoor, mountain-town culture. With an elevation of 6,909 ft (2,105 meters), Flagstaff not only has cool summer weather and winter snow that extends sporadically into late spring, but its location high above much of the surrounding terrain makes it prone to windy conditions throughout much of the year. But no matter what time of year it is or the temperature, Flagstaff still offers the benefit of basking in the bright, Arizona sunshine about 270 days each year. There’s a joke among locals said to visitors…"Do you not like the weather right now? Give it fifteen minutes!"


What is the Elevation of Flagstaff?

Elevation of Flagstaff: 6,909 feet above sea level (2,105 meters)

Elevation of San Francisco Peaks: Humphreys Peak is the highest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet (3,851 meters). Following in elevation are the three other major peaks–Agassiz (12,360 feet, 3156 meters), Fremont (1,1969 feet , 3648 meters, and Doyle (11,464 feet 3,494 meters).

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.


Does Flagstaff have snow?

Yes. Because of its high elevation, Flagstaff enjoys four full seasons including snow in the winter and early spring. Flagstaff is home to the popular ski resort, Arizona Snowbowl, that is open late-November into mid-June some years. Most of Flagstaff's snow falls in the spring (Feb-Mar), with an average of 77 inches of snow per year in town, and about 126 inches up at the ski resort.

What is the population of Flagstaff?

Flagstaff Population: 76,831 (April 1, 2020U.S. Census Bureau Data)

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Flagstaff, AZ

  • White (Non-Hispanic) (64.5%)
  • White (Hispanic) (13.8%)
  • American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (6.97%)
  • Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.08%)
  • Other (Hispanic) (3.17%)

  • How Does Flagstaff Vote?

    In 2020 Presidential and Senate elections, Flagstaff voted appprox 64% Democrat and 36% Republican.

    What is Flagstaff famous for?

    Have you ever wondered why Flagstaff is so dark? Flagstaff is the First International Dark Sky City. As home to Lowell Observatory and the U.S. Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station, has long been a leader in outdoor lighting policy, enacting the world's first outdoor lighting ordinance in 1958. The city of Flagstaff has exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky.

    Flagstaff is a Gateway city to Grand Canyon National Park, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Of the 6 million+ visitors who plan a trip to the Grand Canyon every year, about 78.8% (4.7 million) of them get accommodations in Flagstaff and over 5 million Grand Canyon visitors make Flagstaff their base for exploring the area.

    Flagstaff is a college town and home to Northern Arizona University (NAU). Though the permanent resident population of flagstaff is 76,831, NAU students make up an additional 25,000 residents for a little over 9 months of each year.


    What indigenous tribes are located near Flagstaff?

    The Hopi and Navajo tribes are the two main Native American tribes near Flagstaff. The Navajo Nation is a territory covering about 17,544,500 acres ( 27,413 sq mi), in portions of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico. This is the largest land area retained by an indigenous tribe in the United States. The Hopi's tribal land is surrounded entirely by the Navajo Nation, in Navajo and Coconino counties of Arizona. The site in north-eastern Arizona has a land area of 2,531.773 sq mi. These are two distinctly different tribes with their own culture, values, language, beliefs and way of living.

    What is the Weather Like in Flagstaff?

    Average Annual Days of Sunshine: 161 full days of sunshine, 101 partly cloudy (40-70% cloud cover, 103 cloudy days (80-100% cloud cover)

    Average Annual Precipitation: 22.96 inches (58.32 cm)

    Average Annual Snowfall: 108.8 inches (276.35 cm)

    Average monthly temperatures

    MONTH HIGH/LOW (°F) RAIN SNOW
    January 44°/16° 5 days 22.5 in.
    February 47°/19° 5 days 22.2 in.
    March 53°/23° 6 days 21.9 in.
    April 60°/27° 3 days 6.7 in.
    May 68°/34° 3 days 0.6 in.
    June 80°/43° 1 day 0
    July 82°/52° 8 days 0
    August 79°/50° 9 days 0
    September 74°/42° 5 days 0
    October 63°/32° 4 days 1.2 in.
    November 53°/23° 3 days 10.6 in.
    December 44°/17° 5 days 17.9 in.
    Data from: Noaa.gov

    The Geekery

    Perfect for families, enthusiasts, and casual gamers, The Geekery in Flagstaff is your local gaming headquarters! We are your one stop shop for premium, designer and party board games in Northern Arizona! We offer a climate controlled atmosphere, comfortable seating, plenty of refreshments
    Perfect for families, enthusiasts, and casual gamers, The Geekery in Flagstaff is your local gaming headquarters! We are your one stop shop for premium, designer and party board games in Northern Arizona! We offer a climate controlled atmosphere, comfortable seating, plenty of refreshments, and a spacious playing area. Stop in, spend a few hours, or make some new friends testing new card games and board games. Our extensive selection has something for everyone, including Magic: The Gathering; a local favorite! Take a break from Flagstaff’s wonderful outdoor activities with a relaxing family game day at The Geekery!

    Out Of Africa Wildlife Park - Camp Verde, AZ

    Come see Tiger Splash show performed daily. Watch Bengal tigers in natural play as they "hunt" their caretakers. Open Monday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Just 40 minutes from Sedona.

    Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

    World's Largest and Most Experienced Helicopter Sightseeing Company! Daily multilingual tours of Grand Canyon departing from Sedona, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon West and Las Vegas. Choose from a variety of Air Tours, River Rafting, Weddings including Grand Canyon hotels
    World's Largest and Most Experienced Helicopter Sightseeing Company! Daily multilingual tours of Grand Canyon departing from Sedona, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon West and Las Vegas. Choose from a variety of Air Tours, River Rafting, Weddings including Grand Canyon hotels, IMAX attractions, or even fly the Vegas strip by night.

    2.5 Acres in the Pines w/ Game Room, Hot Tub, & Space for your family. Just 15 min from Downtown!

    Our home is nestled in 2.5 acres of Pondarosa Pines with breathtaking views of Doney Park East ridges & immediate access to hiking/mtn biking. The house is updated with a Gourmet kitchen & all the amenities you might need.

    This is the perfect base for all your adventures includi

    Our home is nestled in 2.5 acres of Pondarosa Pines with breathtaking views of Doney Park East ridges & immediate access to hiking/mtn biking. The house is updated with a Gourmet kitchen & all the amenities you might need.

    This is the perfect base for all your adventures including the Grand Canyon, skiing Snowbowl, hiking, exploring Sedona, visiting Flagstaff/NAU or exploring the attractions. Its 5 bedrooms, 3 baths comfortably accommodate 12 making this house perfect for large groups/families.


    Canyoneers

    The ultimate getaway! Spectacular scenery, great side canyon hikes, ancient Indian ruins, splendid waterfalls, gourmet meals, and top notch guides. Come experience the adventure, the challenge, the serenity, the wildlife, the fun and exhilaration, and come away feeling on top of the world
    The ultimate getaway! Spectacular scenery, great side canyon hikes, ancient Indian ruins, splendid waterfalls, gourmet meals, and top notch guides. Come experience the adventure, the challenge, the serenity, the wildlife, the fun and exhilaration, and come away feeling on top of the world! Whether motorized pontoon or smaller rowing boats, Canyoneers does it best! This year, be a Canyoneer. We are a licensed concessionaire of the National Park Service.

    Maverick Helicopter Tours

    Maverick Helicopters provides helicopter tours over the Grand Canyon. Maverick brings VIP service to the canyon with climate-controlled helicopters and unobstructed views perfect for sightseeing. The best way to discover the incredible scenery of the Grand Canyon South Rim.

    Hopi Cultural and Archaeological Day Trip from Flagstaff

    This fascinating journey will take you into the heart of Hopi country. Visit the oldest continuously occupied villages in the United States on our fascinating, in-depth tour into the heart of Hopi lands. Tour departs from Sedona and Flagstaff.

    Rustic A-Frame - 4 Bdrms, Loft, Game Room, & Firepit. Just 10 minutes to NAU & Downtown!

    This house is newly listed for rental and is nestled in the Kachina Pines with breathtaking views of the surrounding forest & immediate access to trails. The house is newly updated including the kitchen & all amenities you might need, including alexa music throughout.

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    This house is newly listed for rental and is nestled in the Kachina Pines with breathtaking views of the surrounding forest & immediate access to trails. The house is newly updated including the kitchen & all amenities you might need, including alexa music throughout.

    This is the perfect base for all your adventures including the Grand Canyon, skiing Snowbowl, hiking, exploring Sedona, visiting Flagstaff/NAU. Its 4 bedrooms, 2 baths comfortably accommodates 12.


    Grand Canyon South Rim Self-Guided Driving Tour

    Witness one of the natural wonders of the world in all its glory. The Grand Canyon is so massive, and awe-inspiring that you simply must see it with your own two eyes to truly understand its scale. This value-for-money self-guided tour takes you to all the best vistas and hiking trails. Ex
    Witness one of the natural wonders of the world in all its glory. The Grand Canyon is so massive, and awe-inspiring that you simply must see it with your own two eyes to truly understand its scale. This value-for-money self-guided tour takes you to all the best vistas and hiking trails. Explore Grand Canyon at your own pace with over 60 stories laid out on a 45-mile route.
  • Fully Guided Personal Tours
  • Professionally Narrated Stories
  • Tour Valid Forever
  • Works Offline
  • Fun Facts
  • Tour At Your Own Pace
  • Location Aware, Plays Automatically
  • Don’t Miss Any Sightseeing Points
  • No Groups. No Tips

  • Best Grand Canyon Day Tour

    Voted on Trip Advisor as the most popular Grand Canyon day tour. This is the best way to enjoy the Grand Canyon without doing any strenuous hiking. Nearly five millions people come to see the Canyon each year and many spend much of their time trying to figure out what to do. Our profess

    Voted on Trip Advisor as the most popular Grand Canyon day tour. This is the best way to enjoy the Grand Canyon without doing any strenuous hiking. Nearly five millions people come to see the Canyon each year and many spend much of their time trying to figure out what to do. Our professional guides will make sure you get the most out of your trip. While touring in comfort you will learn about the geology and history of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The day tour includes short walks to some incredible "less-used" outlooks, a looking into some of the areas most impressive historic buildings, and time to browse resident art galleries and gift shops.


    Arizona Private Tours

    Arizona Private Tours is the leading private tour agency in Northern Arizona. We specialize in safe & sanitary custom tours. We pick up guests in Flagstaff and spend our day exploring scenic Arizona in an intimate setting with an expert guide in comfort. Our luxury SUV's will take you and
    Arizona Private Tours is the leading private tour agency in Northern Arizona. We specialize in safe & sanitary custom tours. We pick up guests in Flagstaff and spend our day exploring scenic Arizona in an intimate setting with an expert guide in comfort. Our luxury SUV's will take you and up to 6 guests on a completely customizable tour of Northern Arizona. For majestic private Grand Canyon tours to Verde Valley Wine tours & ghost towns in the Sedona area, we cover it all. Let us create the custom tour of your dreams and know that we want to make this a day that you will remember for the rest of your life.

    Cabins & Yurts At AZ Nordic Village

    Stay in a yurt or cabin at the AZ Nordic Village, a premier outdoor recreation destination just north of Flagstaff. Perfectly situated in the cool pine and aspen forests at 8,000 ft of elevation between Flagstaff and Grand Canyon National Park, the Village offers rustic cabin and yurt rent
    Stay in a yurt or cabin at the AZ Nordic Village, a premier outdoor recreation destination just north of Flagstaff. Perfectly situated in the cool pine and aspen forests at 8,000 ft of elevation between Flagstaff and Grand Canyon National Park, the Village offers rustic cabin and yurt rentals year-round, and summer campsites that are RV-friendly. Frontcountry yurts and cabins are available for those seeking easy access, and five backcountry yurts offer solitude and natural settings with more comforts than a typical backpacking adventure. Many miles of hiking and biking trails leave right from the Village, and there are numerous other activities nearby, including the Lava River Cave, Red Mountain, Arizona Snowbowl, the Arizona National Scenic Trail, and many other hiking and biking trails.

    In the winter season, the Arizona Nordic Village hosts a groomed trail system for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and fatbiking. Over 20 miles of trails offer opportunities for everybody to have a winter adventure!

    Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course

    Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course is an elevated obstacle course set in the tall Ponderosa Pines. It is securely suspended between the trees at 15 to 60 feet off the ground. At Flagstaff Extreme, we believe the best family memories are usually ones that take place outdoors, so bring th

    Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course is an elevated obstacle course set in the tall Ponderosa Pines. It is securely suspended between the trees at 15 to 60 feet off the ground. At Flagstaff Extreme, we believe the best family memories are usually ones that take place outdoors, so bring the entire family! There are 5 adult courses and 1 junior course with obstacles ranging from tarzan ropes, to wobbly bridges, swinging logs, cargo nets, ziplines, and even an aerial surf board!

    Come Play in the Trees and explore the outdoors like you never have before!

    To see our availability or book a reservation, check out www.flagstaffextreme.com or give us a call at 888-259-0125!

    (See our website for age and height restrictions)


    Wildland Trekking

    Go on an epic journey to Sedona, the Grand Canyon or more! Services include 1 to 8 day hiking adventures, tasty backcountry cuisine, and quality gear served up by America's most experienced and knowledgeable Grand Canyon guides. 25+ years experience in adventure travel.

    Grand Canyon Railway - Williams, AZ

    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 vintage train to the Grand Canyon. Or,select a vacation package that includes lodging at our own Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and in Grand Canyon Nation
    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 vintage train to the Grand Canyon. Or,select a vacation package that includes lodging at our own Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and in Grand Canyon National Park.

    Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend

    Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest- Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend! Leaving from Flagstaff, our Lower Antelope Canyon Tours take you into the heart of one of the most spectacular slot canyons in the world. Afterwards, we visit the famous

    Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest- Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend! Leaving from Flagstaff, our Lower Antelope Canyon Tours take you into the heart of one of the most spectacular slot canyons in the world. Afterwards, we visit the famous Horseshoe Bend, where you can peer off the edge at the mighty Colorado River!


    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, Little America exemplifies the adventurous spirit and hospitality of Grand Canyon area Flagstaff hotels.
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    IMAX Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center

    Located 1 mile from the National Park South Rim Entrance. Go beyond the rim in the spectacular IMAX adventure film shown on a 6-story high screen. The Visitor Center also includes Pink Jeep Tours, Pizza Hut Express and the world famous National Geographic Store.

    Arizona Vacation Home Rentals

    3 different homes in Flagstaff to choose from! Enjoy friendly wildlife, breathtaking scenery and a rustic setting from the comforts of your own vacation home in a quality mountain town. Each home is specially selected for its uniqueness, views, comfort and enhancement of your vacation expe
    3 different homes in Flagstaff to choose from! Enjoy friendly wildlife, breathtaking scenery and a rustic setting from the comforts of your own vacation home in a quality mountain town. Each home is specially selected for its uniqueness, views, comfort and enhancement of your vacation experience. You'll find each one comfortably furnished - especially the beds, for your ultimate rejuvenation.

    Mormon Lake Lodge

    Situated in the tall pine country of Northern Arizona is just 30 min. south of Flagstaff. The quaint Western ambiance of this remote 280-acre Flagstaff cabins retreat is the perfect backdrop for groups and families.

    Full-Day Inner Canyon River Tour to the Bottom of Grand Canyon

    Spend a day exploring the Grand Canyon's Inner Gorge on a full-day excursion from Flagstaff—ideal for travelers of all ages and physical conditions. With this tour, save time searching for parking or waiting in the visitor center’s long lines, and journey 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) to th

    Spend a day exploring the Grand Canyon's Inner Gorge on a full-day excursion from Flagstaff—ideal for travelers of all ages and physical conditions. With this tour, save time searching for parking or waiting in the visitor center’s long lines, and journey 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) to the bottom of the canyon in an air-conditioned, off-road vehicle. This leaves just enough time for lunch at the river’s edge.

  • Explore the Inner Canyon in air-conditioned comfort with a guide
  • Skip the crowds at the Grand Canyon’s parking lots and the lines at the visitor center
  • Ideal for travelers of all ages and physical conditions
  • Round-trip transport from Flagstaff and Williams hotels included

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