Winter is one of the special occasions of the year for residents of northern Arizona. The state of Arizona is often overlooked for winter activities due to most of the state being under direct sunshine for most of the year. However, many people don’t realize that northern Arizona is a diamond in the rough during winter, with its abundance of snow and breathtaking views. Here are some of the best activities and reasons why you need to visit northern Arizona now that it is covered in snow.
Arizona Snowbowl and Sunrise Park
All winter sports enthusiasts on the west side of the country know that northern Arizona has some of the best trails for all skiing and snowboarding needs. Snowbowl is one such terrain park that includes 40 trails for you to carve down. Not a skier or snowboarder? Take one of the many lessons offered on-site and practice down the “bunny” hills to easily get you up to speed. Rental gear is also available, along with two lodges that allow you to warm up between ski runs with food and drinks. Sunrise Park is another popular ski park further up north in Greer, Arizona that also provides numerous trails, rentals, and lessons for skiers of any level. Northern Arizona truly is the home of all winter sports for the Southwest!
Browse the Local Coffee Scene
Flagstaff is home to Northern Arizona University and its many students. As many college students know, coffee is a must to get through any tough semester. The city is home to a vast local coffee scene with many independent shops that you can warm up at. If you are not interested in the local scene, then you have to check out the ever-popular Dutch Bros!
Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing
After warming up with that delicious cup of coffee, get out and explore the wonderful terrain of northern Arizona! The Arizona Nordic Village is the perfect spot to avoid the crowds and explore the ponderosa pines that make their home in northern Arizona. The San Francisco Peaks and Mount Eden are available for a majority of the season to snowshoe and see the beautiful terrain.
Heart-Warming Comfort Food
Flagstaff and the rest of northern Arizona is full of popular local restaurants that serve comfort food to keep you warm. Naturally, some of the best Mexican food can be found in Arizona, with homestyle meals served that cannot be found anywhere else.
Whether you are looking to explore the beautiful Arizona terrain by skis, indulging yourself with a delicious cup of coffee, taking a scenic walk through the mountains, or enjoying one of the area’s many delicious restaurants, northern Arizona has something for the whole family to enjoy! Check out our northern Arizona vacation rentals and take your pick today!