When you think of Arizona, you think of vast deserts with the sun that lasts the whole day. As you force your car north through the significant state, the seasons change before your eyes. Finally, in the middle of the state you reach the rich San Francisco Mountains. Once you see the peaks of the mountains you know you are close to Flagstaff, AZ.
Flagstaff is the definition of a mountain town. There isn’t a person in the city that hasn’t hiked, skied or snow-boarded down these giant mountains. Not only do the mountains make this city something unique, it’s also the people that live there.
Flagstaff is filled with generations of families that have made what the city is today. They have built the mom and pop restaurants, the community centers, and the unique shops of hand make arts. Because of the strength in family businesses, the city is growing to great numbers. Northern Arizona University has helped bring diversity to the city. The college brings in young people from all over the country. Flagstaff has an abounding culture, “If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place” (Bartlett 189).
Flagstaff is a community rich with cultural diversity, beauty, and history as well as amazing educational, recreational and scientific opportunities. Flagstaff, Arizona is located at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40, and is the largest city in Northern Arizona. Flagstaff is also the regional center and county seat for Coconino
County, the second largest county in the 48 contiguous states. The City of Flagstaff, becoming a town in 1894, incorporated as a city in 1928, and currently comprising of just over 64 square miles, is nestled at the base of the San Francisco Peaks and surrounded by one of the largest pine forests on earth. At 7,000 feet, Flagstaff is also one of the highest elevation cities in the United States. The city is a year-round Mecca for visitors and many Arizonans maintain second homes here. Known as the “City of Seven Wonders,” Flagstaff attracts millions of tourists each year due to its easy access to such scenic destinations as the Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater, Oak Creek Canyon, Meteor Crater, Walnut Canyon, Wupatki National Monument, and the San Francisco Peaks.
Rising more than a mile above the surrounding pine forests and grasslands of northern Arizona, the San Francisco Peaks are a prominent feature of the southern Colorado Plateau. Thought by some geologists to be the remains of a large strato-volcano similar to Mt. St. Helens in Washington State, the Peaks rise in dramatic isolation to over 12,000 feet. They are often visible from more than one hundred miles away. The San Francisco Peaks are well known as the place of origin of C. Hart Merriam's Life Zones concept, developed in a study done on the...