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Flagstaff is a four-season town, and each season offers an array of activities for the recreation-minded. There’s camping in the summer, skiing in the winter and, while hiking in the spring and fall, you can enjoy fields of wildflowers or the vista of changing foliage. The city is surrounded by the Coconino National Forest, while the Flagstaff Urban Trail System has 50 miles of interconnecting trails that wind through Flagstaff.

The city and county also provide many other recreational venues, including the Flagstaff Aquaplex pool and about 30 neighborhood, community and regional parks. These include children’s play areas, “bark parks” for dogs and the county’s Fort Tuthill complex, which hosts the annual County Fair on Labor Day Weekend.

Agassiz at Arizona Snowbowl is considered one of the most advanced ski runs in the Southwest and is one of 30 trails, ranging from beginner to expert, at Flagstaff’s ski resort. (During the summer, you can still enjoy Snowbowl by hopping on its Scenic Skyride to the top.) Cross-country ski enthusiasts can go to the Flagstaff Nordic Center, and general snowplay is available at Wing Mountain out on Highway 180.

There are four private golf courses and one public course in Flagstaff. The Continental Country Club Golf Course is open to the public, while its Aspen Valley course is private. Both offer 18 holes, clubhouse facilities and pro shops. South of Flagstaff on 89A is Forest Highlands, a private golf community with two 18-hole courses. The Jay Morrish signature course at the Pine Canyon Club features numerous ponds and trout-stocked lakes. On the far west end of town, Flagstaff Ranch offers memberships to residents and non-residents.


At the nearby lakes, you can boat, fish, water ski and jet ski. The National Forest Service publishes guides that give information on regulations governing use, available facilities and licenses required.

Numerous species of wildlife live in and around the Flagstaff area, including deer, elk, fox, coyote and the occasional mountain lion and bear. Information is available through Arizona Game and Fish at (928) 774-5045. If you would like guaranteed animal sightings, several nearby attractions offer you animals ranging from deer to bears to wild cats, including the Grand Canyon Deer Farm petting zoo; Bearizona, where you can see bison, black bear, wolves and other animals from the safety of your vehicle; and Out of Africa Wildlife Park.

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Camping is a favorite pastime year-round at private campground/RV parks. Most of the outlying public campgrounds close on a seasonal basis. For listings contact the Peaks Ranger District at (928) 526-0866.

For those wanting more adventure in the wild, a whitewater rafting or kayaking trip on the Colorado River should be considered. Because of our proximity to the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff is the go-to city for whitewater rafting, with several outfitters in town.

If you enjoy adventure out of the water, Flagstaff’s mountains offer challenging terrain for rock climbers and rappellers. The area’s recommended climbing site is near Walnut Canyon off Lake Mary Road near Canyon Vista campground. Indoor rock climbing is available at Vertical Relief on S. San Francisco Street.

For a complete look at recreation opportunities in Flagstaff, including coupons for recreation and tour companies, visit

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