"Today, just as in prehistoric times, it is the mountain that attracts people to Flagstaff. Looming to a height of 12,670 feet,
the San Fransisco Peaks are the highest point in the state. In the winter the towering summits are newly white and glorious against
an Arizona-blue sky. In the summer deep purple wild iris, and later toward fall bright yellow sunflowers, dress the foothills in
magnificent color. In autumn the golden aspen leaves flurry in cool mountain breezes that lift the eyes and the spirit to the
Situated on the Colorado Plateau, shadowed by the Peaks, Flagstaff is home to some 62,000 residents - a fascinating city
rooted in the region's history and culture, and surrounded by some of nature's most spectacular treasures. But it will always
remain a mountain town; its history, its culture and its spirit intertwined with the mountains that Native Americans still
hold sacred, and that its people call home."
- Destination Flagstaff 1997-1998
Flagstaff is a unique city located at an elevation of 7,000 feet at the base of the San Francisco Peaks in the Ponderosa Pine
forest of northern Arizona. It is home to the famous Lowell Observatory, one of the most well-known observatories in the
Grand Canyon, Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater National Monument, Meteor Crater, the Red Rocks of Oak Creek Canyon and the
Wupatki National Monument, are in close proximity to Flagstaff, which is often called "The City of Seven Wonders".
The U.S. Geological Survey's Astrological Branch, which conducted lunar topographical research at both Sunset Crater and
Meteor Crater, is located in Flagstaff.
Flagstaff has a temperate, alpine climate with four wonderful seasons. In the summer there is plenty of sunshine and the
nights are comfortably cool. Generally, there are only a few days per year when temperatures reach above 90 degrees. During
late summer the "monsoons" arrive to cool the air with almost daily mid-afternoon showers.
During the fall, days are sunny and warm and the nights are cool and crisp. The changing color of the leaves makes fall a
favored seasons. The average winter snowfall is 80 to 90 inches with nighttime temperatures that can dip below zero but
with low humidity, abundant sunshine, and daily winter temperatures in the 40's, Flagstaff's climate is very desirable.
Flagstaff has an active arts community and sponsors a variety of activities and festivals including the Festival of Native
American Arts, the Flagstaff Symphony, and the Festival in the Pines. The Museum of Northern Arizona is located in
Flagstaff, as are many fine art galleries that showcase the artwork of a wide variety of artists.