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Arizona is loaded with exciting adventures
Ready to begin exploring? 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.
Like maps? Me too. That’s why I plotted these awesome places on this map for easy reference:
What do you want to do on your Arizona adventure?
More to help you prepare for your Arizona adventure:
- Humble creosote bush produces a fragrant aroma when it rains in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun
- Rare view from Upper Cliff Dwellings at Tonto National Monument
- This short and easy trail to Willow Springs Lake gets more scenic the further you hike
- Look no further than Willow Springs Lake on Arizona’s Mogollon Rim for relief from the desert heat
- Good luck finding a more scenic, fully accessible trail than Rim Lakes Vista Overlook on Arizona’s Mogollon Rim
Ready to get going? Check out these resources to help you get ready for your Arizona adventure.