It’s almost too perfect: college town (pop. 65,800), ponderosa-scented air, situated below the 12,600-foot San Francisco Peaks. That combination means mornings in the mountains (winter skiing, summer biking or running), afternoons rock climbing (at famous Paradise Forks), and evenings casting for pike at Upper Lake Mary. But locals are happy staying right in town, too, where the 50-mile Flagstaff Urban Trail System is used by 78 percent of the populace and altitude-training marathoners sip local brews at the Pay ’N Take. At 7,000 feet and with 100 inches of snow annually, Flagstaff is no desert, and all that fun is no mirage.