Flagstaff might owe its appeal, for the most part, to its proximity to the Grand Canyon—one of the most awe-inspiring natural attractions in America—but the northern Arizona city can certainly stand on its own as a vacation destination. The San Francisco Peaks and Coconino National Forest’s Ponderosa pines are defining parts of this mountain city’s landscape, and many rental cabins in Flagstaff offer cozy, pine-scented hideaways tucked away amidst the trees. Once a popular Route 66 stop when the iconic highway was still in use, Flagstaff features landmarks like the Museum of Northern Arizona and Lowell Observatory.

Getaway cabins in downtown Flagstaff

In Flagstaff, you’re well placed for exploring the Grand Canyon, an incredibly massive canyon that was carved by the Colorado River over millions of years. It truly is one of the world’s greatest wonders, and if you’re not content to stand on a platform and snap photos, you can go hiking or rafting in the Canyon. Muleback trips and helicopter tours are also on the menu. After you’ve visited the Canyon, you can explore downtown Flagstaff, where you’ll find a smattering of late 19th-century sandstone brick structures, or check out the buzzing bar scene in the Historic Southside District. Pluto was discovered at the hilltop Lowell Observatory, which offers guided tours during the day, along with evening programs where you’ll get to peep through some of the facility’s telescopes. Complement the outer space lessons and telescope viewing sessions with a trip to Meteor Crater, a well-preserved meteorite impact site some 37 miles from town. Walnut Canyon National Monument features the remnants of an ancient Native American pueblo, while The Arboretum at Flagstaff showcases plants and wildflowers native to Northern Arizona. Exhausted from all the sightseeing? You can soak in your cabin rental’s whirlpool tub before bed, or sleep in the next day and relish an unhurried breakfast on the patio.

Mountain cabins near Flagstaff

If you’re looking for a scenic, secluded retreat where you can chill out and commune with nature, the selection of cabins in Flagstaff won’t disappoint. The city’s proximity to Coconino National Forest means you’ll find plenty of cozy cottages nestled among towering Ponderosa pines, while the San Francisco Peaks provide a picture-postcard view. You can hike up to Humphreys Peak, the tallest summit in the San Francisco Peaks and the highest point in Arizona, with an elevation of 12,637 feet. You’ll find the trailhead at the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort, the area’s winter playground. In warmer weather, you can explore the diverse landscapes within Coconino National Forest on foot or behind the wheel. The world’s largest Ponderosa pine forest can be found here, along with wilderness areas, deep canyons, alpine tundra, and more. While you’re driving around town, you might want to see the famous red rock formations in Sedona, a neighboring desert town that’s also known as Red Rock Country. Believing these buttes to bring healing, alignment, and renewal, spiritual seekers flock to Sedona to see them up close, and even if you don’t share this notion, you’ll certainly agree that the red rocks are an awe-inspiring sight.

Flagstaff luxury cabins for rent

Finding upscale digs in Flagstaff isn’t a problem, as there are many luxury cabins to choose from. Big groups can opt for airy lodges with multiple bedrooms, as well as spacious living areas that feature fireplaces, high ceilings, and large windows. You can enjoy lovely views of the San Francisco Peaks from inside, or you can hang out on the deck while cooking dinner on a gas grill or warming yourself by a fire pit. You’ll also enjoy preparing your meals when you’ve got an enviable kitchen at your disposal, fitted with modern appliances, granite countertops, and perhaps a kitchen island for extra space. Your upscale vacation rental will likely also have leisure facilities like a hot tub or a pool table—perfect for winding down after a day of sightseeing, or maybe a reason to stay indoors instead and enjoy all that your cabin rental has to offer. Conveniently, many luxury cabins in Flagstaff are a quick drive from the downtown area and city attractions such as Lowell Observatory and the Museum of Northern Arizona.