Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
- Arizona Trail, 0mi driving, 1.6+/-mi gravel bike path to access singletrack
- Buffalo Park (and connected trails, including the AZT in the other direction) 1.8mi
We’ve raved on Singletracks about the quality of the Arizona Trail, how superb the riding is, how varied the climate zones are–this fantastic singletrack trail spanning the length of the state is one of the best trails anywhere. And when I tell you that the AZT route runs right along the edge of Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) campus as it passes through the town of Flagstaff, that should be all you need to know to start filling out your application.
But despite being in Arizona, at 6,900ft elevation, Flagstaff can get some serious snow in the winter, so if the singletrack does get buried, just hop in the car and head south 30 miles to Sedona. At about 4,300ft elevation, Sedona is rideable all year long, and is home to some of the best MTB trails in the world. That’s why we ranked it as one of the top 10 mountain bike destinations in the US.
“In the fall of 2010, the top undergraduate degrees by enrollment were elementary education, biology, hotel and restaurant management, nursing, and criminology and criminal justice,” according to NAU. While those may be the most popular programs, with 29,000 students they have a wide variety of degrees to choose from, including tracks in Forestry and Natural Sciences, which may be especially appealing to mountain bikers. Check out their full academic catalog, here.