The weather in Flagstaff, Arizona is unlike most other areas in the state. Flagstaff has four distinct seasons and much cooler average temperatures. At an elevation of 6,910 ft (2,106 m) Flagstaff experiences intense sunny days as well as an average of 100 inches of snow during the winter months. Most summer days in Flagstaff do not exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit which makes it a wonderful escape from the much hotter surrounding desert areas. During the late summer months (mostly of August) Flagstaff is bathed in afternoon monsoons nearly every day. Each season in Flagstaff is fantastic for visiting - and to live in, especially if you like four distinct seasons, but all bathed in sun.
Mid September to late November. Most fall days are sunny and warm with just a touch of crisp mountain air causing the leaves on the trees to change from green to gold. Aspen groves on the San Francisco peaks are a wonderful place to visit and enjoy the fall colors. Nights begin to feel very chilly and jackets are usually necessary after sunset. This is a wonderful time to spend time outdoors enjoying physical activities. It's warm enough to be outside, but cool enough the it's difficult to get overheated. The San Francisco Peaks, Lockett Meadow and Snowbowl Road get quite busy with fall leaf seekers.Find Fall Colors in Flagstaff »
Late November to mid March. Winter months in Flagstaff are usually very brisk with the average daytime temperature around 38 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Jackets and layers are a necessity, especially when the snow begins to fall! Luckily, even if a winter storm hits, the Arizona sunshine is bound to appear within a day or two and newly fallen snow will glisten under a beautiful bright blue sky.See Flagstaff Winter Sports & Activities »
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Late May to Mid September. There is almost no better place to experience summer in Arizona than in Flagstaff. Daily temperatures average in the mid seventies and nights are often enjoyed with a light sweater. Monsoons happen nearly every afternoon in late July and August. These intense rain storms disappear as quickly as they arrive and leave the earth fresh and damp and glowing in the summer sun.
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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.
1. Grand Canyon Railroad Excursion From Viator
2. Grand Canyon Airlines
3. Wildland Trekking
4. Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend
Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest- Antelope Canyon
5. Bearizona Wildlife Park
6. Little America Hotel Flagstaff
7. Arizona Mountain Inn & Cabins
8. One Day Colorado River Float Trip From Flagstaff From Viator
9. Maverick Helicopter Tours
10. Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
11. Grand Canyon Railway
12. GreenTree Inn Flagstaff
13. Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course
Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course is an elevated obstacle course set in the tall Ponderosa Pines
14. The Geekery
15. Grand Canyon & Navajo Indian Reservation From Viator
FLAGSTAFF, AZ WEATHER
Check out the weather conditions before you come. Winter and summer are popular, but there's no bad time to visit Flagstaff.
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WHAT'S ON THE CALENDAR?
Our Flagstaff Event Calendar is full of festivals, workshops, art fairs, concerts and classes. Browse or add your event.
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TAKING YOUR FAMILY TO FLAGSTAFF FOR VACATION?
Here are some of the most family-friendly hotels in Flagstaff and some things to do that should keep everyone happy…at least for a while.
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO FLAGSTAFF
Getting to Flagstaff is the first step. Driving is the most popular and practical way to get here.
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