Northern Arizona encompasses many communities that range from predominantly rural to small cities. The region includes sections of Native American reservation land, the central hub of Flagstaff, and communities along the historic Route 66. Here are brief profiles on the larger cities in the region:
- Population: 70,000 in the city proper; 140,000 in the greater metropolitan area.
- Four season climate, but a combination of low humidity and high elevation (7,000 ft) provide mild weather conditions throughout the year.
- Landscape dominated by San Francisco Peaks and Ponderosa Pine Forests
- Major industries in tourism, education, healthcare, government and transportation. Major industrial parks located within and just outside of the city.
- Active arts and cultural scene, including numerous museums, art walks, a world class symphony, community theater and music festivals and venues.
- Flagstaff (Pulliam) Airport provides multiple flights to Phoenix each day
- Population: 9,500
- Temperate arid climate
- Crew change point for the BNSF Railway’s Southern Transcom route between Los Angeles and California. BNSF is one of the community’s major employers.
- Attractions near or in Winslow include La Posada Hotel (a former Harvey House); the Standin’ on the Corner Park, inspired by the Eagles pop tune “Take it Easy;” Meteor Crater and the Painted Desert.
- Population: 7,200
- Founded as a housing community for workers on the nearby Glen Canyon Dam and their families.
- Gateway to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell.
- Home to the Navajo Generating Station, one of the largest electrical generation units in the western United States.
- Featured in many films, from The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) to John Carter (2012)
- Population: 3,000
- Historic business district features best-preserved stretch of Route 66
- Home to Grand Canyon railway, offering daily trips to the Grand Canyon (approximately one hour away).