Thanks to its high altitude and proximity to high mountains, Flagstaff is a premier destination for winter sports. The Coconino National Forest nearby houses three resorts. The Arizona Snow Bowl Ski Resort, located on the state’s highest mountains, the San Francisco Peaks, is probably the most popular with locals and visitors alike for downhill skiing. The Flagstaff Nordic Center, which stretches for 16 miles along Highway 180, and Wing Mountain, have good terrains for cross-country skiing. The Mormon Lake Ski Touring Center to the south of Flagstaff specializes in cross-country skiing as well.

There are plenty of things to do in Flagstaff during the other seasons as well. The city is surrounded by monuments and parks with majestic views and unspoiled landscapes. Walnut Canyon National Monument, southeast of Flagstaff, has a canyon with cliff dwellings that belonged to the native Sinagua (or Western Anasazi) people, who occupied the area from about 500 to 1500 BCE. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is also located nearby; there is a loop trail at the base of the crater, but the summit path has been closed since 1974 due to erosion. For fishing and swimming, try Oak Creek Canyon within the Coconino National Forest. There are many hiking trails around Oak Creek as well.