Flagstaff is an attractive, active city with a population of almost 58,000 and serves as the geographical, cultural and recreational center of Northern Arizona. Flagstaff is conveniently located along I-40 and I-17 in the northern part of Arizona. It is 80 miles south of the Grand Canyon and 150 miles north of Phoenix. It is the county seat of Coconino County, an important railroad town, and home to Lowell Observatory and Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff is surrounded by national forests and along the western side of the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest on earth. Flagstaff sits at the foot of Arizona's highest mountain, 12,634-foot Humphrey's Peak, which provides a wonderful backdrop.
At 7,000 feet, Flagstaff offers year-round activities. In summer there is hiking and mountain biking in the cool air of the mountains. Winter brings plenty of snow with cross-country and downhill skiing. Three national monuments are nearby, and a little further away are the Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest national parks.