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Flagstaff is a city of over 52,000 people near the San Francisco Peaks mountain range of northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon, USA. Lying at an altitude of 6990 feet, Flagstaff and much of the surrounding region are substantially cooler than the low desert that dominates the southern part of the state. Though still dry by east coast standards, enough rain and snow falls in the area to allow a forest of ponderosa pine trees to cover the landscape.

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  1. Flagstaff was recognized by the International Dark-Sky Association as the world's first "International Dark-Sky City" in 2001.
  2. Flagstaff operates over 50 miles of unpaved trails known as the Flagstaff Urban Trail System, or “FUTS” for short.
  3. Flagstaff was named after a flagpole.
  4. Flagstaff is right in the middle of the largest Ponderosa pine forest in the world.
  5. Lowell Observatory just outside of Flagstaff was were Pluto was discovered in 1930.

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