Flagstaff is a community rich with cultural diversity, beauty, and history as well as amazing educational, recreational and scientific opportunities. The city is devoted to enhancing the quality of life of their citizens, as well as the many visitors that grace Northern Arizona. At 7,000 feet elevation, Flagstaff is considered a high altitude semi-desert location. Flagstaff (called "Flag" by the locals) is the seat of Coconino County.
Situated at the base of San Francisco Peaks, a 12,633-foot-high dormant volcano. Flagstaff is located at the intersection of US Interstate 40 and US Interstate 17, making it a hub for transport in the Northern Arizona area. Flagstaff is the county seat of Coconino County, the second largest in the United States. Flagstaff lies near the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau, along the western side of the largest contiguous Ponderosa Pine forest in the continental United States.
Flagstaff is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts, and the region's varied terrain, high elevation, and amenable weather attract campers, backpackers, climbers, and mountain bikers from throughout the southwestern United States. Flagstaff's proximity to Grand Canyon National Park, about 75 miles north of the city, has made it a popular tourist destination since the mid-19th century.