In Flagstaff, Arizona’s premier mountain town, things are really heating up this summer. (Everything except the temperature, of course.)

At a cool 7,000 feet in the ponderosa pines, Flagstaff is a hub of activity where you can choose the adventure that best fits your lifestyle or use the town as your base to explore the iconic landscapes and historic points of Northern Arizona.

High-Country Adventure in the Cool Outdoors


With the awe-inspiring San Francisco Peaks as your backdrop and pleasant summer temperatures luring you outside, hike or bike miles of lush forest trails, explore one of the Flagstaff area national monuments, rent a canoe and paddle out on a local lake, stroll through gardens at The Arboretum at Flagstaff, or spend the evening stargazing through a century-old telescope at Lowell Observatory.

For those looking for adventure, mountain bike rentals, lessons and guided bike tours are available all summer at the Flagstaff Nordic Center.

Or, experience thrills high in the pines at the area’s newest outdoor attraction. Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course, Arizona’s only suspended obstacle course, offers more than 70 aerial challenges for children and adults.

Experience Historic Downtown


FLAG_Weatherford Hotel_FCVB- framed.jpgIf you prefer to make a sport out of hitting the town and trekking through locally owned shops, galleries, bars and restaurants, then historic downtown Flagstaff is the place for you.

Pleasant warm summer days give way to cool evenings perfect for alfresco dining; the area offers an eclectic mix of ethnic eateries, fast-casual fare, brew pubs and fine dining to suit all palates.

Thirsty for more fun? Then stroll the Flagstaff Ale Trail, a one-mile, self-guided beer-tasting adventure.

Or take your nightlife experience up another notch with a ride on the Alpine Pedaler pub crawl. This human-powered party on wheels takes riders to Flagstaff’s hotspots and comes with VIP drink specials at each stop.

Plenty of Summer Entertainment


Plan your visit around annual summer events, such as Summer Nights on the Square, Fourth of July Parade, Native American Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Arizona Celtic Festival; or simply show up anytime and there is bound to be a special event going on.

Join locals and fellow travelers on summer weekends in historic downtown’s Heritage Square for free family-friendly entertainment under the clear mountain sky. On Thursday nights musicians fill the square with the Flagstaff sound, on Fridays the performing arts take center stage, and on Saturday evenings the outdoor silver screen goes up for the family favorite, Movies on the Square.

Plan to be in town on the first Friday of the month for the wildly popular First Friday ArtWalk, where you can purchase one-of-a-kind works of art from local artists.

Watching the Wildlife


FLAG_Lockett Meadow Pines_FCVB- framed.jpgFlagstaff is home to many wild characters, but some of the most interesting ones are out in the mountains, forests and lakes that surround the area. Northern Arizona’s diverse terrain makes it ideal for a wide variety of wildlife.

While you’re out on the hundreds of trails in and around Flagstaff, don’t be surprised if you encounter elk, mule deer or coyotes. Remember, for optimal wildlife watching, stick to the sidelines and let the animals be themselves.

Those who prefer wildlife sightings in the trees will enjoy the limitless birdwatching opportunities, with bald eagles, northern goshawks, Mexican spotted owls, Peregrine falcons, wild turkeys and several species of neotropical migratory birds making their way through Flagstaff.

Itinerary Planning Made Easy


Located in the historic downtown train station at One East Route 66, the Flagstaff Visitor Center is a one-stop resource for personalized travel information. Open Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the visitor center provides insider tips on how to best experience Flagstaff.

The adventure is yours to choose once you make Flagstaff your summer getaway. Visit the website for a year-round calendar of events and the 2013 visitor guide.

(Brought to you by the Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau, (888) 300-1255, www.flagstaffarizona.org.)