Watersliding: If you’re going to tackle several trails, pick up Cosmic Ray’s 50 Favorite Hikes: Flagstaff & Sedona (available all about town and on Amazon) but don’t miss the chance to whisk down a red rock creek canyon at Slide Rock State Park. Fun for the whole family.
Cross-country skiing: Taylor says the Flagstaff Nordic Center has a combined 100-plus miles of groomed trails through aspen trees and the Bear Jaw/Peak-A-View Trail climbs to about 8,700 feet making not just the view breathtaking.
Mountain biking: The Cathedral Trail in Sedona/Oak Creek is nine miles of mostly beginner-friendly single-track that offers something for everyone, everyone that loves spectacular vistas.
Brian Yaeger is the author of Red, White and Brew: An American Beer Odyssey. He homebrews in San Francisco and if you have an intact bottle of Ring of Fire, beer mail him at byaeger on the communal sites or at email@example.com.