Flagstaff is considered by many to be one of the top destinations out West for outdoor recreation. In Arizona, it is by far the best place for year-round outdoor recreation, spectacular scenery, and adventure. Flagstaff is home to the magnificent San Francisco Peaks, which includes the 12637 foot tall Humphrey’s Peak, the highest point in Arizona. The Peaks are actually a dormant volcano range which last erupted sometime around 1064. There are many gorgeous hiking trails, both on and around the peaks. These spectacular mountains provide a wide range of recreational activities which you will not find elsewhere in the state including hiking & mountain biking in the warmer months, and skiing & snowshoeing in the in wintertime.
While Phoenix sees temps soar into the 100’s on an almost daily basis in the summer, Flagstaff temps rarely stray out of the 80’s, with barely a day over 90. Flagstaff is one of the highest located cities in the US at 7000 feet, meaning the city sees a 4 season climate unlike the hot dry Southern portion of the state. And, the temps are even cooler along the high altitude hikes (about 15-20 degrees so), making the temps just perfect for summer hiking. Arizona Snowbowl is known to be “the coolest place in Arizona.” And unlike Phoenix, there is plenty of snow during the winter months for all sorts of recreation. In fact, it is one of the snowiest cities in the country with over 100 inches per year on average!
Whether you are a Phoenix local looking for a beautiful place to escape the intense heat, or a tourist looking to experience some of the most incredible natural scenery in the state, any Flagstaff hike will do. However, if you are limited on time, some hikes are more stunning than others, and thus, I have created a list of my 12 favorite hiking trails in Flagstaff. Enjoy the list and feel free to share your personal favorites!