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San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff

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The San Francisco Peaks are a volcanic mountain range in north central Arizona, just north of Flagstaff and a remnant of the former San Francisco Mountain. The highest summit in the range, Humphreys Peak, is the highest point in the state of Arizona at 12633ft in elevation. The San Francisco Peaks are the remains of an eroded stratovolcano. An aquifer within the caldera supplies much of Flagstaff's water while the mountain itself is in the Coconino National Forest, a popular recreation site. The Arizona Snowbowl ski area is on the western slopes of Humphreys Peak, and has been the subject of major controversy involving several tribes and environmental groups.GeographyThe six highest individual peaks in Arizona are contained in the range: Humphreys Peak, 12633ftAgassiz Peak, 12356ftFremont Peak, 11969ft Aubineau Peak, 11838ft Rees Peak, 11474ftDoyle Peak, 11460ft The mountain provides a number of recreational opportunities, including wintertime snow skiing and hiking the rest of the year. Hart Prairie is a popular hiking area and Nature Conservancy preserve located below the mountain's ski resort, Arizona Snowbowl.
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  • August 28, 2017
    Definitely take the chair lift to the top. Take a sweater as it will be 10 degrees colder or more on the top. It will be a 30 mon. ride up and 30 min. ride back.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    all I did was hike, loved the trail and getting to the top. Parking was easy, the trail was easy to follow, didn't do anything else but hike.;  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    This is an impressive chain of inactive volcanos overlooking the City of Flagstaff. They are the starting point for the largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the world. Depending on the season there is cro...  more »

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