Year-round multisport adventure in Northern Arizona.

By Travel + Leisure
August 24, 2012
George H.H. Huey / Alamy

This former railroad town’s backyard is a playground of trails—for both bikes and boards. There are lots of outstanding areas to explore, but two stand out for those who want to get their adrenaline pumping: Coconino National Forest, with its 13 red rock mountain biking routes, and the Arizona Snowbowl ski area in the San Francisco Peaks, which has the state’s largest vertical drop. In the evening, Flagstaff makes a great base as it’s filled with comfortable (if not luxurious) hotels and healthy restaurants.

Coconino National Forest

Attempt the challenging, nine-mile round-trip Humphreys Peak Trail in Coconino National Forest, which ascends to 12,633 feet from the Arizona Snowbowl winter ski area.

Arizona Snowbowl

The ski mountain boasts the largest vertical ski drop in Arizona (2,300 feet).

Absolute Bikes

Rent a Specialized Rockhopper.

Macy's European Coffeehouse

A mecca for the health-conscious set with its fair-trade coffee, all-vegetarian menu, and decadent baked goods like fruit tarts, brownies, and cheesecakes.

Ski Lift Lodge and Cabins

The 25-room Ski Lift Lodge and Cabins, owned by the Snowbowl, offers individual cabin-style rooms, some with porches and gas fireplaces—plus the quickest access to the mountain and surrounding National Forest.