Uh, Prescott Valley, at 5,100' or so, according to the venerated Wikipedia, has a true winter. One thing I hate about this Arizona Experience, is the incredibly misguided belief that we don't have a winter. Very often even it's native born residents think this, I find, but the belief is pervasive among those from places where losing an appendage to cold is a real and somewhat normal aspect of daily life. Sure, relative to an absolute hell hole like Canada, or Minnesota, or New York, or the dreaded northern new Jersey, the winter is mild, but it is still winter. When I see people wearing shorts on the Siphon Draw and they tell me how mild it is when I am wearing a coat, I know they are from one of those nether regions. Who cares if you left 3 feet of snow, go back there if you want to chat about it! And gets some sun on those pale things you call legs, before baring them to my sensitive eyes. I was blinded!
However, we do have a winter, and it is a true winter. Certainly an higher altitude location like PV does, and Flag, the Canyon, Kayenta, and Summerhaven absolutely do! Even if it was somehow never to drop below 55 at night, the days are short, the sun low, the nights long, and the highs are pretty chilly for a region that gets to nearly 120 degrees with regularity. I have once again, for something like the dozenth time, seen frost on cars near 16th and Glenrosa , in the central part of this so called urban heat island. Tropical vegetation and myself suffer unduly in these harsh arctic conditions! Where is this promised heat?! Where!?! Promises were made, the brochure lies!!! Agriculture largely ceases in this area during our long, winter, and I fear the sun may not rise this year. What then? What then!?!
Society's constraints are stifling! The only way to hike is fully nude!