copyphotos_ponderosaPonderosa Pine

Flagstaff boasts many superlatives, but perhaps the most appropriate one is the fact that the town is located in the largest contiguous Ponderosa pine forest in the world. The ecosystems that surround Flagstaff span from piñon-juniper woodland to alpine tundra, but it is the Ponderosa pine forest in-between that dominates the area. This towering tree only grows at elevations between 6,000 and 8,000 feet, making Flagstaff’s 7,000-foot elevation the perfect home. Explore the outdoors and admire this beautiful conifer, with its characteristic long needles and oversized seeded cones.