Flagstaff Ranger District
In October 2010, the Coconino
National Forest announced the formal consolidation
of the Peaks and Mormon Lake ranger districts into
the Flagstaff Ranger District. The Flagstaff Ranger
District now encompasses nearly 850,000 acres of
National Forest lands around the Flagstaff area,
from Mormon Lake and Anderson Mesa to north of the
San Francisco Peaks.
5075 N. Highway 89
Fax: (928) 527-8288
At 12,643 feet, the
San Francisco Peaks is not only the dominant feature
of the forest area we call the Volcanic Highlands,
it's also the highest mountain in Arizona.
Three of the summits that ring this dormant
volcano's now quiet inner caldera are higher than
any other mountain in the state.
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This mountain is sacred to the
native peoples that live in the area and its soaring
profile set against a blue Arizona sky serves as a
source of awe to contemporary residents and
visitors. Views from the summit of the San Francisco
Peaks stretch to the Grand Canyon's North Rim over
eighty miles away.
Hiking, sightseeing, wildlife
watching and skiing are the predominant recreation
activities enjoyed in this land of mountains,
forests and lava flows.
Flagstaff Ranger District,
extends from north of the Peaks to the south. This
rolling highland is a land of ponderosa pine forests
and pinyon/juniper woodlands clustered around broad
prairies and small lakes. Arizona's largest natural
lake, Mormon Lake, is located here. The area is also
known for its plentiful wildlife. Large herds of elk
roam the forests and edgelands. Bald eagles and
ospreys live and hunt around the lakes. Pronghorn
antelope graze the prairies.
Principal recreation activities
among the lakes and prairies are boating, fishing,
camping, and wildlife watching. The area also
boasts some excellent cross-country skiing in good
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