When you visit Flagstaff, Arizona, you find yourself in a place you’d never consider a desert. Tall pines, green grass, soaring mountain peaks…it looks more like an Alpine village than the middle of a barren wasteland. Flagstaff lies in what is considered a semi-desert and has the largest contiguous Ponderosa Pine forest in North America. But one of Flagstaff’s most amazing features is also Arizona’s highest point, the 12,633 foot Humphreys Peak. You can see miles upon miles of gorgeous Arizona landscape from the top, which you can reach by hiking or by taking a ride up the Arizona Snow Bowl Ski Area’s ski lifts. Even in 70 degree June heat, snow covers some of the trails at the top, so deep in places that caretakers have to cut chunks out of the snowpack to reveal the trail.
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