Winter Recreation

San Francisco Peaks dressed in snow

It's a well-known secret that it does indeed snow in Arizona. Elevations above the Mogollon Rim typically receive enough snow to support skiing, snowshoeing, and other snowplay opportunities in the high country surrounding Flagstaff. The San Francisco Peaks, soaring to 12,633 feet at Humphrey's Peak, is home to the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort.

Flagstaff Winter Snowplay Information


Flagstaff Winter Recreation Hotline
1-844-256-SNOW (7669)
Courtesy of Flagstaff CVB
Flagstaff Winter Recreation Map: English | Español




Winter Recreation Opportunities on or near the Coconino National Forest

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

Sledding & Snowplay




  • Wing Mountain Snowplay Area is closed for the 2018-2019 winter season. The concessionaire has been granted its request to cancel their permit and close the site. For more details, read the Wing Mountain Snowplay Area closure news release.
  • Crowley Pit Snowplay Area is closed for the 2018-2019 winter season.
  • Cinch Hook Pit Closure is closed to entry, including sledding and snowplay, year-round. Refer to Forest Order 04-18-01R: Cinch Hook Pit closure [PDF] for additional details. Violation of this order is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail.
  • Winter Parking Restrictions Observe the "No Parking" signs. Parking along the shoulders on U.S. Highway 180 is prohibited. A minimum $200 fine will be imposed by law enforcement for violations of the winter snow season parking ordinance.


Kachina Peaks Wilderness Resources

  • Winter Backcountry Permit: This free permit is required for backcountry travel into the Kachina Peaks Wilderness from Arizona Snowbowl or Snowbowl Road.
  • Kachina Peaks Avalance Center: The San Francisco Peaks has 77 named avalanche zones. Keep an eye on the conditions and stay safe in the backcountry.
  • San Francisco Peaks Recreational Forecast: Weather forecast specific to the San Francisco Peaks, with forecast temperatures and wind speed for various elevations, forecast discussion, and information from weather stations located on the mountain.

Additional Resources