Tips for Visiting Flagstaff with Family During Winter

1) Bundle Up!

Flagstaff can be cold, maybe not Chicago during an ice storm cold, but it can get cold. With the average winter temperatures hovering in the 30's and 40's during the day, at night it can drop easily into the teens and even the negatives. Wear multiple layers as the temperature can change throughout the day. You will want to be ready for it! Bundling up means bringing long sleeves, jackets, thick socks, boots (not just tennis shoes), hats, scarves, and gloves. If you are going to do any snow play make sure your pants, gloves, and boots are all waterproof otherwise you will get wet and cold. There are many places in Flagstaff where you can buy winter weather gear if you forget or need more. We recommend you check out the local outdoor shops like Aspen Sports, Peace Surplus, or Babbitt Backcountry Outfitters.

2) Protect Yourself from the Sun

Flagstaff is at almost 7,000 feet of elevation. This means the air is a lot thinner here and the sun's rays are consequently stronger. Sunscreen is a must, no matter the season, but particularly in winter because people tend to forget about it. If you're headed up to the mountain to ski or snowboard, sunscreen is even more important because the sun's rays will reflect off the snow and right onto your skin. It's similar to when you're at the beach and the sun reflects off the ocean, except make it brighter and stronger. Wear sunscreen whenever possible, and don't forget sunglasses or goggles when you're outside, snow blindness is a real thing!

3) Refuel Frequently

If you're up in Flag during winter sledding or up on the mountain, don't forget to refuel yourself with calories frequently! It takes a lot more energy to run through a foot of snow than on the flat ground, so kids will be likely to burn more calories than they usually do. Keep snacks on hand to fight off the hungry beast and keep them fueled for more hours of snow play. Snacks like dried fruit and granola give boots of energy while keeping you fuller, longer. Don't forget, hot chocolate is kind of a must when it's cold outside! Late for the Train has some amazing hot cocoa for kids and Rendezvous in Downtown Flagstaff has some great “adult” hot beverages as well (and they open really early and close late, wink, wink).

4) Respect Nature

Cold weather and snowstorms bring a whole new layer that can complicate even the simplest of tasks. The roads can become ice rinks and ruin your aspirations of sledding. Keep snacks, water, and blankets packed in your car in case you slide off the road; if you are able, get chains for your tires if a big snowstorm is expected; never drive on less than a quarter tank of gas (if you slide off the road, you don't want to run out of fuel when trying to keep warm); and make sure your cell phone is always charged or mostly charged so you can call for assistance. The list can go on and on, and nothing beats good judgment and use of common sense. Learn about cold injuries so that you can lookout for signs of hypothermia and prevent that from occurring or what to do in case you find someone in that situation. If your kiddo is shivering and suddenly stops and feels extremely warm to the point where they start to take off clothes, this could be a sign of hypothermia and they need to be taken inside immediately. People die every year in Flagstaff due to cold exposure; don't let your family be one of them!

5) Be Flexible

Flagstaff's temperature, weather, snow levels, and road conditions vary a lot. If you had plans to go sledding and there's not enough snow, being flexible will be important to maintaining sanity after all the travel and coordination you've already done to get here. There could be a number of things that go wrong due to inclement weather so make a Plan B with activities that make your trip still worthwhile. Bring new games to play, or tell ghost stories by a fire. The attraction you have come to see might be closed due to inclement weather, take this time to have a good old-fashioned snowball fight or make a snowman instead. The restaurants might close early due to snow, head to a gas station and have a one-time junk food feast, making it a special time for kids instead of a problem. You might even get stuck in town due to highways closing. Try to make the most of it and find the positive in the situation. The weather will do what it is going to do, but how to look at it will determine how much fun you could actually have! So grab a hot chocolate, go sledding, and enjoy Flagstaff in winter.

Note to Sledders:

If you do go sledding, please, please, please do not leave your plastic sleds or pieces of them on the side of the road or in the forest. Not only do local Flagstaffians have to go out of their way to pick up after you, but natural wildlife can also get hurt or sick from them. There's nothing remotely ok nor acceptable about leaving your trash in the forest.


RECOMMENDED FLAGSTAFF HOTELS & THINGS TO DO

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

This is th

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.


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.

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.

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!


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.

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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Grand Falls Hidden Experience Tour

You, the customer, is most important. We offer private tours only. We do not travel in mass buses. We are Navajo-owned and operated.

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.


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.

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.
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  • 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

  • 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!

    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!

    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)


    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.

    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

  • Guided Outdoor Rock Climbing & Indoor Climbing Gym

    Flagstaff Climbing Center is located in historic downtown Flagstaff. The center features over 6500 square feet of widely varied climbing terrain to suit all abilities and climbing styles. Guides are available to hire for outdoor climbing trips. Choose from several areas around Northern Ari
    Flagstaff Climbing Center is located in historic downtown Flagstaff. The center features over 6500 square feet of widely varied climbing terrain to suit all abilities and climbing styles. Guides are available to hire for outdoor climbing trips. Choose from several areas around Northern Arizona including Sedona.

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