Outdoor Opportunities, Fun Festivals in Flagstaff, AZ

By Michaela Jackson on June 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm EST
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There’s never a bad time of year to be in Flagstaff.

The scenic community is surrounded by beautiful mountains that draw avid hikers and climbers in the summer and skiers of all levels in the winter.

When the weather’s pleasant, a hike through the 12,000-foot San Francisco Peaks provides a calorie-burning tour of the highest point in the state and the nation’s largest Ponderosa Pine Forest. Meteor Crater is the world’s largest intact meteor impact crater, located just 35 miles east of Flagstaff.

One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon, lies just 120 miles north of the city, highly accessible for a day or weekend trip. For a unique perspective, climb aboard the Grand Canyon Railway, which leaves from Flagstaff.

If you prefer grass to rocks, you’ll be happy to know that not all of Flagstaff’s warm weather activities involve hiking boots and a penchant for cliffs. Movies on the Square show every Friday night at sundown from May to September. Flagstaff, which sits on American’s Main Street, also hosts a Route 66 Celebration in June and an Annual Bed Race Festival in September, including king and queen races and a collegiate bathtub race.

In the winter, head to Arizona Snowbowl’s 32 runs on the San Francisco Peaks or the Flagstaff Nordic Center’s 25 miles of groomed trails for all levels of skiing and snowboarding.

Flagstaff Winterfest in February gets the whole family in the snowball throwing spirit, offering all kinds of winter events, including dog sled races.

Whenever you head to Flagstaff, remember to pack your sunscreen or your ski wax, because this outdoor community is guaranteed to keep you on your toes no matter the season.

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