Flagstaff Weather

The weather in Flagstaff, Arizona is unlike most other areas in the state. Flagstaff has four distinct seasons and much cooler average temperatures due to its elevation of 6,910 ft (2,106 m). (Typically 20-30° F cooler than Phoenix at any given time of the day year-round). Flagstaff experiences intense sunny days as well as an average of 100 inches of snow during the winter months. Snow tends to come in late November and may last on the San Francisco Peaks until June. Most summer days in Flagstaff do not exceed 85°F, which makes it a wonderful escape from the much hotter surrounding desert areas. Flagstaff tends to be windy in the spring and now more so into the midsummer months as weather patterns change. This makes for high forest fire danger during the summer until monsoon rains come during the late summer months beginning in late July and into August. During monsoon season, Flagstaff is bathed in heavy afternoon rain most days. Each season in Flagstaff is fantastic for visiting - and to live in, especially if you like four distinct seasons. No matter what season it is though, Flagstaff is typically bathed in sunshine year-round.

Flagstaff Monthly Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. high in ºF 43 45 50 58 67 77 81 78 73 63 52 43
Avg. low in ºF 11 14 20 25 30 36 46 46 37 27 18 11
Avg. precipitation in inch 2.12 2.33 2.26 1.27 .62 .42 2.38 3.47 2.56 1.89 1.81 2.03
Avg. snowfall in inch 18 17 15 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 11

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.

Flagstaff aspens in the fall at Lockett Meadow

Late November to mid March. Winter months in Flagstaff are usually very brisk with the average daytime temperature around 38 to 40°F. Jackets and layers are a necessity, especially when the snow begins to fall. Yes, snow! 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. Many people make the mistake of thinking that an Arizona "winter" is not to be taken seriously. Flagstaff is at 7,000ft elevation with alpine conditions. In addition, the dry climate makes for bigger drops between day and evening temperatures. Fortunately, Flagstaff's temperatures do tend to not drop below 10°F very often or for very long, but that's certainly cooler than most people's preconceived notion about Arizona being only a desert.

Driving to and in Flagstaff during or just after a snowstorm will require extra precautions such as checking road conditions, bringing chains for your tires or have a 4WD or AWD vehicle. During and after snowstorms, Highway I-17 from Phoenix will likely have a car accident that will back up traffic for hours to half a day. Unfortunately, it's just always to be expected if you are on I-17 anytime after 8am, so check your traffic sources before you leave or be prepared to get stuck in traffic. The road up to Snowbowl Ski Resort will also have someone on staff checking for chains for 4WD for heading up Snowbowl Road. If you're not used to driving on snowy roads, please see our Winter Travel Tips page and be sure to check current traffic and road conditions before beginning your trip to Flagstaff in the winter.

Flagstaff in the winter from Snowbowl

Mid March to Late May. As the daily temperatures begin to rise, tulips and daffodils will speckle the town with their cheerful color. Days will usually be sunny; however, there is no such thing as a spring day without a chilly breeze. In fact, Snowbowl's resort conditions are consistently better in February and March than they are December through late January. Flagstaff gets great snow during the spring and is typically a wonderful time to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. Night temperatures still drop down to almost freezing which makes layering clothing a good idea, especially closer to the evening. In town, the weather is among sunniest, cool-weather climates you'll find in the county for this season and type of climate, with a fair amount of wind on any given day.

Flagstaff in the spring at Lockett Meadow

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-70s°F and nights are often enjoyed with a light sweater. Monsoons happen nearly every afternoon in late July and August. These intense rainstorms disappear as quickly as they arrive and leave the earth fresh and damp and glowing in the summer sun.


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.

Flagstaff in the summer on the Viet Springs hiking trail

FLAGSTAFF HOTELS & THINGS TO DO

Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend

Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest- Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend! 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 y

Spend a day visiting two of the most iconic landscapes in the American Southwest- Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend! 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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Maverick Helicopter Tours

Maverick Helicopters provides helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon. Maverick brings VIP and first-class service to the Grand Canyon. Maverick's helicopters are climate-controlled, specifically built for sightseeing with unobstructed views. Maverick is the world's largest operator of E
Maverick Helicopters provides helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon. Maverick brings VIP and first-class service to the Grand Canyon. Maverick's helicopters are climate-controlled, specifically built for sightseeing with unobstructed views. Maverick is the world's largest operator of ECO-Star helicopters. They give you an adventure of a lifetime and not just another tour of the Grand Canyon. Maverick takes you further and deeper into the Grand Canyon than any other company.

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.


Maverick Airlines Fly To The Grand Canyon

Fly to the Grand Canyon and enjoy our air or land tours through one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Maverick Airlines offers you an exclusive check-in terminal with VIP customer service. Maverick’s aircraft will fly you to the Grand Canyon National Park where you will experience one o
Fly to the Grand Canyon and enjoy our air or land tours through one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Maverick Airlines offers you an exclusive check-in terminal with VIP customer service. Maverick’s aircraft will fly you to the Grand Canyon National Park where you will experience one of our elite Grand Canyon air and land tours. You will take pleasure in the awe-inspiring scenery the Southwest has to offer at one of marvels of the world.

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

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.

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.

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)


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!

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.

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.

GreenTree Inn Flagstaff

Located just minutes away from Northern Arizona University, and only three miles from Downtown Flagstaff, recently renovated GreenTree Inn offers guests a comfortable stay in a convenient location. There are 90 rooms available, each equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, hig
Located just minutes away from Northern Arizona University, and only three miles from Downtown Flagstaff, recently renovated GreenTree Inn offers guests a comfortable stay in a convenient location. There are 90 rooms available, each equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, high-speed Wi-Fi, telephone with local phone calls included, and air conditioning. In addition, you can expect a hot breakfast buffet, computer and printer access, large vehicle parking, designated pet-friendly rooms and more.
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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.

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.

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