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.
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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°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.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-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.
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 … More
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.
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 … More
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)
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 … More
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!