Welcome to Central Arizona
Much of the area north of Phoenix lies on the Colorado Plateau and is cool, wooded and mountainous. It's also blessed with the state's most diverse and scenic array of sites and attractions. You can clamber the cinder-strewn flanks of a volcano, sip wine in a cliff-hugging former mining town, hike through juniper-scented canyons, schuss down alpine slopes, admire the 1000-year-old dwellings of the ancestral Puebloans and get the dust of the Old West on your boots. The main hub, Flagstaff, is a lively and delightful college town and gateway to the Grand Canyon South Rim. Summer, spring and fall are the best times to visit.