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Flagstaff, Arizona

A large community or family of hippies came here for the diversity of “the kind” and other “party favors.” With the San Francisco Peaks and Sedona only twenty minutes away the opportunities for adventure are endless.

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18 Responses to Flagstaff, Arizona

  • Flagstaff is an amazing town to visit and have a great time! It is full of kind folks and has a great spirit. You can feel the spirits of the native americans. It is a very magical place.

  • Flag is a spiritual center with many kind hearted hippies….great coffee house on beaver street and a great group of hippie minded downtown businesses….drum circles can be found every where ….a great place to live and explore.

  • I would agree with all the comments posted here. However, the key to know is that “it is a nice place to visit.” It is quite expensive to live here and work is not easy to find (unless you work for the University or the Tourist industry). Don’t get me wrong, there is some really cool people here and two fantastic health food stores/cafes that are very hippie oriented. Also, some great shops and a small town atmosphere that is quite refreshing. The weather is awesome if you don’t mind the cold winters. There has been kind of a battle between the hippies and the yuppies over how Flagstaff should be, but it is a very magical place. Last time I was here, there was still a few hippies that even sat on the city council! I think Flagstaff would be a great place to live if it was not so expensive…but that’s cool. Go and enjoy. Peace.

  • I moved from Orange County, California to Flagstaff, AZ almost 2 years ago and I love it here. There is so much culture and art. There is always something going on here and people are much less into money and status.
    Hippies everywhere! And you are surrounded by the American Indians to remind you of what ir really important.
    Peace to All

  • ive been in flagstaff for six weeks now and found the job hunt next to impossible, so far its been hard to find others strange people and make friends. nice place to visit hard place to servive

  • Ive been in flagstaff for several months now, going to school at NAU, but the one thing that struck me most about the town (as well as made me fall in love with it) was the diversity of people living there. I love it when I see hippies walking down the street, it just makes me feel at home. Which is why Flag is a great place to live, or even visit.

  • Since we live in Arizona, my husband and I visit Flagstaff quite frequently. Very beautiful and outstanding vibes. People are always playing hackysack in the park and there are plenty of smiling faces. The only downside is that it is quite expensive to live there and the jobs are pretty much nil. The locals call it poverty with a view. Other than that, a great place to visit with plenty of co-ops and vegetarian offerings.

  • I was born in this town and have lived here most of my 20 yrs and let me just inquire that although this town does indeed have more of us (hippies) than most places in the Southwest, it is by no means a “haven” for hippies. It’s more of a (corporate sellout) skate punk town. I walk down the street and people laugh at the way I look. I’m moving back up to San Francisco pretty soon, now that’s a haven.

  • I live in Flagstaff.
    It is more of a University and small business town.
    Lot of collage students that like to party at night.
    Macey’s coffee shop is like a Hip hangout for the collage kids
    So is Bookman’s book store.
    Wheeler park is where alot of art shows and music festivals are played during the summer.
    Alot of Homeless and collage kids who can’t afford a dorm, live in the woods.
    Till the cops and forest service comes and runs them off.
    Flagstaff has a Camping in town ordinance.
    That give the cops the right to harass homeles people.
    Oak Creek canyon Hwy 89a is a great hangout for Hippies and campers alike.
    Sedona is so commercal .Its become a tourist trap and a wealthy retired community.
    I’ve seen some hippies come through but not stay long.
    Jerome is a Hippie / Artist / Tourist town up on the hill over Cottonwood on your way to Prescott.

  • Flagstaff has the weirdest and most intense energy I’ve ever felt. I wonder if it’s from the fault line just north of town, or the thousands of native americans slaughtered and forced off the land. I lived here for a minute, and just couldn’t get it on. The afternoon sun really sucks the energy right out of me. Not too many hippies, but A LOT of hipsters. The town in my opinion is full of judgemental assholes. if you don’t share a strict vegan/socialist idealology, then prepare for some cold lonely nights.

    Every time I come up here now (even when I just reach the top of the Colorado Plateau) I usually break down in tears and have to leave. Lots of bad karma in this high elevation town.

  • I have lived on and off in Flag for 11 years. It is a very easy place to live but also a very hard place to live. Great sense of community-very diverse-amazing people. Awesome summers/falls. Very tough to make a living. Everyone who tries to stay here pays a price. Few decent jobs outside of NAU, City/County, FUSD and Gore. Will probably be moving on within a few years to find a less expensive place.

  • I was reading these comments..I dont think its that expensive..nahhh try honoscrewyou out here in the pacific if you want expensive

  • Flagstaff is a great place to live as long as you have money…which I do. However, the natives and hippies are worthless and do their best to destroy the values and beliefs that this great state was built upon. Flagstaff does offer lots of great hunting and fishing opportunities. I also make a point to smoke out any hippies I see near the road with my diesel truck just to make sure they know they are not welcome.

    Thank God most hippies can’t afford to live here or they would totally destroy the place.

  • I’m not really a hippy but do favor social justice and I am glad to offer these suggestions about a very unusual place in my distant past.  Flagstaff trends conservative on social issues such as gays, affordable housing, and pot smoking, and the old-timers resist both gays and newcomers.  It’s more of a college town (Northern Arizona University) than it is a hippy haven.  So if you live there, take the time to travel to more liberal places, such as Sedona.  And, there’s Jerome, along with Prescott (although that’s also conservative).

    It’s hard to get a job in Flag, unless you’re a college student or work at W. L. Gore Medical Manufacturers.  Housing is expensive, the locals are against big box stores, and the County has three Urban Growth Boundaries around the City and outlining areas (this restricts housing, which is in short supply and therefore overpriced).

    In the winter, don’t feel trapped in Flagstaff’s sometimes perpetual ice and snow. Travel just 110 miles down to Cave Creek and North Scottsdale, for Winter Mountain Biking and hiking.  However, that area is even more conservative than Flagstaff – This is Arizona (Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico are more liberal than anywhere in Arizona, except perhaps Sedona).

    There isn’t much to do in Flag if you’re between 20 and 40 years old, unless you’re a student at NAU, a Realtor (there are too many of them), or work at W. L. Gore.  Similar small Southwest towns include Durango, Colorado and Santa Fe, NM, both of which are much more liberal than Flag (search for Durango former liberal mayor Michael Rendon for his social philanthropy).  However, Santa Fe resists newcomers, just like Flagstaff.  On the other hand, Flagstaff is not nearly as "elitist" as Santa Fe.  And, unlike Flagstaff and Santa Fe County, Durango, CO is growing fast, and has consistently low unemployment.

    However, one problem for many SW towns in general, is radiation from uranium mining.  That’s a major issue facing the river in Durango, CO right now.  That makes west coast towns of Bend, and Ashland Oregon; Sebastpol and Guerneville, CA advantages right now. 

    However, why are Bend, Sebastapol, and Guerneville, not in the "Review" section?

    Someone mentioned the spirttual aspect to the Flagstaff area.  That is very true.  Unfortunately, the locals are intolerant of Native Americans, and passed an anti-camping ordinance against the homeless.  In terms of Spirituality, you can hear the "Flagstaff hum," in both Flagstaff and Sedona.

    Overall, if you move there, be sure to spend your weekends in Sedona, to take advantage of the energy in both Flagstaff and Sedona, along with a more liberal population.  Hopefully, Flagstaff Officials will go in the direction of Sedona. Hopefully, the City will eliminate its economically regressive policies that make housing expensive, such as urban growth boundaries.  Either political party could eliminate the boundaries to housing in Flagstaff.

  • I lived in Flagstaff for years both as a kid and as an adult. Back when I was a kid it was a bit more tolerant towards hippies, my dad being one. I found it to be expensive, extremely low paying jobs, full of cowboys and mostly a college town. I wouldn’t deem it a great place to be a hippie. Its little enclave that is leans more towards new agey, like Sedona, then hippie. I consider the two to be different.

  • can anyone dread my hair?! or does anyone have any fire poi i can play with..im dieing here in flag with nothing to do!!! where are my fellow dead heads at?

  • I really wanna come live here but im just a child and i dont know the exact location can you tell me about things that are close to it because i would love to live here

  • I lived in Flag for 15 years, 1985-2000. An ugly town in a beautiful setting. Poverty with a view.

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