The overwhelming majority of NAU PD recorded crimes are related to drugs and alcohol, with hundreds of arrests each year and over 1500 disciplinary referrals in 2018. [22], The area of Flagstaff had a wagon road to California in the 1800s, constructed by Edward Fitzgerald Beale's men. From about 25 million years ago, more faults were broken again in Flagstaff, and volcanic activity began about 6 million years ago with magma flowing up these faults to create lava flows. [58], In the 1960s, the geology and topography of the Flagstaff area, including formations like Meteor Crater, was seen as similar to environments that would be encountered on the Moon in terms of planetary geology. [172] The track and field team has been home to several All-Americans, including NCAA Champion and Olympian Lopez Lomong (and brother Peter Lomong),[173] two-time NCAA Champion David McNeill,[174] and 2012 Olympian Diego Estrada. Some of the larger employers in Flagstaff are Northern Arizona University, the Flagstaff Medical Center, and the Flagstaff Unified School District. This eastern Arizona town is located near the White Mountains, meaning you’re in for a treat temperature-wise when you visit. The San Francisco Mountains are located in north-central Arizona and are beautiful mountains. Route 66 is connected to the interstates in downtown by Milton Road, running roughly south alongside the NAU campus; Milton Road then merges into I-17. Flagstaff lies at approximately 7,000 feet (2,130 m) elevation, and is surrounded by the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in North America. [176] The 2005 training camp relocated to Prescott because of a norovirus outbreak at the university that emerged from a summer wrestling training camp and infected over 100 people. In early September, the city hosts an annual event, Route 66 Days, to highlight its connection to the famous highway. [citation needed] The department has won many prestigious awards, including multiple invitations to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. the expected highest and lowest temperature readings at any point during the year or given month) calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010. Though most moved to California, there was a significant number that settled in Flagstaff after hearing that the lumber industry of northern Arizona was some of the best paid work going, and a familiar vocation for those from southern states. The railroad, which became the Santa Fe Railroad, had largely controlled Flagstaff until this point. [95], The Coconino National Forest and Flagstaff are within the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in North America. Downtown Flagstaff is a "narrow and slender" area between the NAU campus at its south and the Museum of Northern Arizona at the north. Don’t make the mistake of thinking of Flagstaff as just a small northern Arizona mountain town. 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[citation needed] NAU runs several radio stations including KNAU and KPUB and their translator stations, which provide NPR and PRI news coverage, as well as classical music. As part of the celebrations, Front Street was renamed Santa Fe Avenue. [14] The Yavapai land in the area saw overlap with the land of the Northern Tonto Apache that stretched across the San Francisco Peaks to the Little Colorado River. [citation needed] NAU Theatre performs in two facilities: the Clifford E. White Theatre (named for long-time professor Clifford E. White) and the Studio Theatre. It is the third highest point in the state of Arizona. [24], During the 1880s, Flagstaff began to grow,[23] and by 1886, Flagstaff was the largest city on the railroad line between Albuquerque and the west coast of the United States. [226] In reality television, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition built a home just outside Flagstaff for slain soldier Lori Piestewa's two children and parents in 2005. Through the 1970s and 1980s, downtown fell into disrepair, but was revitalized with a major cultural heritage project in the 1990s. This town usually sees daily summer highs in the high 70s and nights get chilly in the low 50s! While Flagstaff, Arizona is no mountain town in Colorado, it offers a surprising amount of snowshoeing trails. It is in a mountainous area, and lies along the Rio de Flag watercourse. Eruptions occurred between 3 million and 1,000 years ago, affecting the Paleozoic and Mesozoic rocks. Some of the open forest space contains bunchgrass, and local animal species that roam on this include elk, mule deer, Merriam's Turkey, and Abert's squirrel. [169] The NAU football team has a rivalry with the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, known as the Grand Canyon Rivalry, based on the universities residing on opposite sides of the Grand Canyon. [187], Long-distance runner Andrea Seccafien used to altitude train in Flagstaff but moved to Australia in 2018,[188][189] saying "We don't go to Flagstaff or St. Moritz anymore which are more populated by runners and the general public.