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Arizona is loaded with natural wonders
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Start by clicking around this site for insights and tips on the most spectacular experiences you can have in the Grand Canyon State.
Once known as the Arizona Territory, Arizona became the 48th of the United States in 1912. Only Alaska and Hawaii earned statehood afterward. But check this out: Evidence at ruins sites suggest that the region was inhabited as early as 500 BC.
Arizona quick facts:
- 6 national forests
- 20 national parks and monuments
- Ranks 4th of 50 states in public land acreage
- 35-plus million acres of public lands
- 35 state parks covering more than 64,000 acres
This is Arizona!
Wide open spaces
With over 114,000 square miles of land between its borders, you could fit the state of Indiana into Arizona three times and still have room to squeeze in Delaware and Rhode Island.
Much of Arizona receives only ten inches or less of rain per year, yet it’s incredibly blessed with GORGE-ous rivers and lakes that rarely freeze over.
The tall, stately Saguaro cactus is an Arizona icon. Did you know the plant is about 70 years old before its first “arm” emerges? Sure, there’s an expansive desert landscape here, but so is the largest forest of Ponderosa Pine trees in the world.
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What do you want to do on your Arizona adventure?
Like maps? Me too. That’s why I plotted these awesome places on this map for easy reference:
More tips to help you prepare for your Arizona adventure:
- Breathtaking views from Picacho Peak summit are the reward for venturing outside of your comfort zone
- Arizona adventure writer shares insider tips to kayak the Colorado River through Horseshoe Bend from Glen Canyon Dam to Lee’s Ferry
- Chiricahua National Monument: Hard to say, easy to love
- See why Watson Lake in Prescott, AZ is the best small lake in the country to paddle a kayak or stand-up paddleboard
- Here’s a rundown of the best places to kayak in Arizona
Ready to get going? Check out these resources to help you get ready for your Arizona adventure.