Petroglyph rock art in South Mountain Park provides evidence of ancestral Hohokam life

South Mountain Park in Phoenix is home to thousands of petroglyphs left behind primarily by people of the Hohokam culture. Discover where you can see them in this post.

Silhouette of hikers on mountain peak

Ultimate interactive guide to Phoenix Desert Preserves and Mountain Parks

You don’t have to go to the Grand Canyon to experience the natural beauty of Arizona. There are plenty of wonders to see right in the city of Phoenix. Check out this interactive guide.

Stroll through a desert wonderland at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum, tucked into the foothills of Picketpost Mountain near Superior, AZ is a state park like no other. It’s home to hundreds of species of desert loving plants from around Arizona and other parts of the world.

Panoramic view of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, AZ

Camelback Mountain likely Arizona’s most popular hiking destination

If you asked ten random people to name a mountain in Arizona, most of them would likely say Camelback Mountain. And … More

Columns of granite rise above the north shore of Watson Lake

Watson Lake near Prescott worthy of icon status

Watson Lake sits in a city park managed by the town of Prescott (AZ) that features unique natural wonders rivaling national parks.

Historic El Tovar Hotel transcends time on Grand Canyon South Rim

Along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon sits the El Tovar hotel, known by travelers around the world for … More

4 Arizona Wonders the whole family can enjoy

If you’re looking for family-friendly activities, Arizona has plenty of natural wonders that won’t disappoint. Here are a few favorites that most everyone can enjoy, regardless of age or physical ability.

Hole in the Rock at Papago Park a magnet for sightseers in Phoenix

Every day, thousands of people whiz by on the Loop 202 freeway between Phoenix and Tempe without knowing they’re about … More

Close up of memorial offerings at Granite Mountain Hotshots Fatality Site

Granite Mountain Hotshots memorial honors 19 firemen who lost their lives fighting Yarnell Hill fire

On June 30, 2013, Arizona lost 19 very special men in the Granite Mountain Fire near Yarnell. The tragedy gained nationwide attention and became the story line for the 2017 big screen movie: Only the Brave.

Colorado River and Grand Canyon from watchtower at Desert View on South Rim

Do I need a permit to camp in the Grand Canyon?

If you wish to camp anywhere in the park, other than in developed campgrounds on the North Rim or the South Rim, you must obtain a permit from the Backcountry Information Center. Following is a breakdown of the guidelines for when a permit is required and when it is not.