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Considering relocation or a second home? Flagstaff, AZ is more than just the closest city to Grand Canyon National Park or home of Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff is a vibrant, little city with a thriving local and mountain culture that invites outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world (and from other parts of Arizona, of course) to come take advantage of its vibrant alpine setting, cool weather and even cooler lifestyle. Located at 7,000 ft. elevation, Flagstaff is a full, four-season destination; training grounds for many athletic and US Olympic teams; a mecca for celestial observations; and last but certainly not least, it is home to 70,000 people who prioritize family, community, work and play balance in their daily lives.
With an average of 288 days of sunshine, vibrant springs, cool summers, luxuriant autumns, and mild winters, Flagstaff offers a unique four season experience in Arizona’s high desert. Flagstaff boasts a true alpine climate that makes it the destination for all seasons. Located within the Coconino National Forest of 1.856 million acres, Flagstaff boasts a cozy, small town atmosphere with many urban amenities. Winter adventures await in Arizona’s officially designated Winter Wonderland with an average 108″ of snowfall downtown, while Spring offers breathtaking beauty of blooms in the world’s largest contiguous emerald green ponderosa pine forest. Summer temperatures average in the low 80’s with sapphire blue skies and crisp mountain air, while the bounty continues into Fall with a panoramic canvas of quaking aspen and foliage offering hues of reds and purples.

Situated near the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau, along the western side of the largest contiguous Ponderosa Pine forest in the continental US, Flagstaff is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts; the region’s varied terrain, high elevation, and amenable weather attract campers, backpackers, climbers, downhill and cross country skiers, runners, river runners, road cyclists, and mountain bikers from throughout the Southwest. Much of this activity occurs near Mount Humphreys, the highest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet. In addition, the city maintains an extensive network of trails, the Flagstaff Urban Trails System, which includes more than 50 miles of paved and unpaved trails for hiking, running, and cycling. The trail network extends throughout the city.

You’ll find Downtown Flagstaff to be one of the best downtown scenes in Arizona. Downtown Flagstaff is big enough to offer a variation in vibe, food, drinks and setting, but small enough that visitors, locals and college students intermingle at nearly all times of the day. From coffee shops and music venues to the locally sourced food offered by many restaurants, you’ll find that Flagstaff and its residents are progressive, intentional and special.

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