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Arizona Origins

Arizona's storied landscape and timeless discoveries are a treasure for intrepid travelers. From Native American ruins to fossils 225 million years old, this is a destination that preserves its heritage while carving a unique niche in the present.

As an official signatory of the National Geographic Tourism Charter, Arizona Office of Tourism has now compiled these geotourism treasures from across the state into one comprehensive guide: Arizona Origins, a celebration of Arizona's culture, nature, history and heritage. 

Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, in collaboration with National Geographic, have also published a map highlighting the Arizona-Sonoran Desert region, and featuring more than 80 Arizona sites that demonstrate the principles of geotourism - tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place: its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and well-being of its residents.

Read on for complete listings of Arizona Origins attractions, or download the Arizona-Sonora Desert Region National Geographic Map.

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  • Beatty's Miller Canyon Guest Ranch & Orchard

    America's Premier Hummingbird Viewing Spot with 6 units, surrounded by National Forest, great birding and hiking. Tent camping with hot shower. Full breakfast. 6 units. With the Miller Park Wilderness Area on Westside of Property. 

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  • Calumet & Arizona Guest House

    Curry Home. 6 rooms. Gracious 1906 executive home. TV/VCR. Exceptional full breakfast. Children and pets OK. Smoking on patio.

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  • Casa de San Pedro

    Situated at the San Pedro River. Guest rooms with covered patio courtyard, vegetation to attract hummingbirds. Full gourmet breakfast, laundry facilities, Great Room for meetings. 10 rooms.

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  • Cochise Stronghold, A Canyon Nature Retreat

    A wilderness destination in the heart of Cochise Stronghold Canyon. Spectacular walks and hikes are right at the doorstep at this nature get-away located in the evergreen desert woodlands of the Coronado National Forest, 80 miles southeast of Tucson. Guest enjoy wildlife viewing and watching incredible diversity of birds while dining on the healthy, gourmet breakfasts either in the comfort of their rooms or on the outdoor patios.    

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  • Hacienda Corona de Guevavi

    An elegant, romantic inn steeped in history and nestled along the banks of the Santa Cruz River on the outskirts of the charming border town of Nogales. In the early 1700s, Juan Bautista de Anza (Sr.) introduced cattle at Guevavi, making this the oldest cattle ranch in Arizona.

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  • Marie's Engaging B & B

    1906 Victorian Adobe home 1 block to historic district. Parlor, Dish TV, A/C,RO Water, Air Sanitizer/Purifier by Ecotech, Full Breakfast 4 person suite.

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  • Rail Oaks Ranch

    25 pristine acres. 3 species of quail. Studio/gallery/fitness center. Cottages with beautiful bedrooms, living room, full kitchen and bath. Self-catering full breakfast. 2 cottages.

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  • Tubac Country Inn

    Five spacious guest rooms, beautifully reflect the village's rich history with their comfortable southwest décor. Each features queen-size beds & kitchenette, and overlook our private garden where meandering walkways lead to quiet sanctuary, with cactus, mesquite trees and a selection of indigenous flora.

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  • DeAnza Trails RV Resort

    Located at the Gateway to the Santa Cruz Valley, one of the nation's leading areas for bird watching.

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  • Arizona Biltmore

    Known throughout the world as the "Jewel of the Desert," the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa provides a restful oasis of 39 acres covered with lush gardens, glistening swimming pools, and Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced architecture. Albert Chase MctArthur, who worked as a draftsman for Wright, is the architect of record for the resort that opened November, 1929.

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  • Arizona Inn

    Architect Merritt Hudson Starkweather designed this resort for Arizona’s first U.S. Congresswoman, Isabella Greenway. Built in 1930, the Inn is still owned and operated by its founding family and continues to fulfill its original mission as a sophisticated desert retreat giving its guests comfort, privacy, quiet and sunshine. The combination of history, antiques, and architecture, has earned the Inn a listing on the National Register of Historic Places and a reputation as one of the best hotels in the world.

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  • Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

    Thirty-four acres of natural desert landscape frame the 30 guest rooms at Hacienda. Around every corner find distinguished history underscored with a quiet elegance. Accommodations range from courtyard guest rooms to private casitas, including Casita Grande, legend to be Tracy and Hepburn's secret hide-a-way.

    Each one of our thirty guestrooms has been lovingly restored and uniquley decorated by award winning designer Barbara Eckrote. Her passion for authenticity, her expertise in Spanish-Colonial design, and vast knowledge of Mexican art and culture are visible in each room. All guest rooms are equipped with state of the art high speed internet (45mb)capacity. Many guests have said that staying at the Hacienda is like staying in the home of a dear friend. Close your eyes. What does Tucson look like in your fantasy? We hope that when you open your eyes, and see the Hacienda, your Tucson fantasy will be realized.

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  • Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

    The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass & Spa, Arizona's only Native American-owned luxury resort, boasts 500 culturally-themed rooms, 36 holes of Troon Golf, the Aji Spa and the Koli Equestrian Center.

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  • Copper Queen Hotel

    Experience the flavor of the Old West by visiting the historic Copper Queen Hotel and The Copper Queen Cafe. The hotel was built in 1902 during the mining boom days when Bisbee was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco; yet this hotel offers contemporary facilities without losing its turn-of-the-century charm.   48 rooms.  AAA approved.  Full service hotel in Historic Bisbee.  Continental breakfast with room rental.  Dining room, swimming pool, old fashioned saloon.  Meeting space for 40.  Children OK. Call to inquire about our pet-friendly hotel room.

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  • Hotel San Carlos

    Steps to the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center, Bank One Ball Park, Arizona Center shopping, Symphony Hall and Theatres. 121 rooms, meeting rooms, Internet access (high-speed & wireless), boutique charm, roof top pool. $59-$269.

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  • Arizona Riverpark Inn


    This full-service 174 room AAA 3-Diamond hotel has a restaurant and bar overlooking a beautiful 3-acre courtyard with a large heated pool, hot tub, tennis and shuffleboard courts.  Guests enjoy a complimentary Full American breakfast buffet, wired/ wireless internet, and parking as well as the hotels proximity to the Tucson Convention Center, University of Arizona and Pima College.  With over 14,000 square feet of meeting space and outdoor venues the hotel is capable of accommodating 300 guests for banquets and 1,000 guests for receptions, the ideal location for your next event.

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  • Jonathan's Tucson Cork

    Elegant dining in a casual Southwestern setting. Chef Jonathan Landeen presents aged beef, fresh seafood, ostrich and buffalo. Excellent wine list, espresso and homemade desserts.

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  • Old Town Artisans/La Cocina Restaurant & Catering

    1860s historic adobe. Largest collection of local/regional art, fine craft, with jewelry and Native American. Open daily. Major credit cards. Climate-controlled indoor/courtyard lunchtime dining.

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  • Magpies Gourmet Pizza, Inc.

    Voted Tucson's best pizza for quality/service/value, 16 years straight! Fresh, homemade, hand-tossed. Over 40 delicious toppings, beautiful crusts, special sauces. Take & bake/pick-up/delivery/dine-in. Beer & wine, patio dining.

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  • Arizona Historical Society, Museum at Papago Park

    The AHS Museum in Papago Park focuses on the history of central Arizona with special emphasis on the 20th century. Exhibits relate to impact of water; and a special gallery is devoted to the Home Front during World War II.

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  • Arizona State Museum

    The oldest and largest anthropology museum in the state, the Arizona State Museum is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate. “Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest,” is the permanent exhibit and focuses on 10 tribes of Arizona and northwest Mexico.

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  • Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum

    Located in the 1897 former General Office Building of the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company, the museum includes old photos, artifacts and displays depicting the first 40 years of Bisbee’s history, along with exhibits on mining.

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  • Casa Grande Valley Historical Society Museum

    Experience the rich heritage of rural southern Arizona and see what Casa Grande looked like in 1879 when the railroad ended here.

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  • Cave Creek Museum

    Indian artifacts from the Hohokam, Apache and Yavapai are displayed in this small community museum along with exhibits about pioneer history, ranching and mining.

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  • Chandler Museum

    Exhibits cover the history of Chandler, including Dr. Alexander J. Chandler, the San Marcos Hotel, farming, irrigation and water development. Tours include three main sections: the 1912 Tenthouse, the farmstead and Morrison’s Grocery Store.

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  • De Grazia's Gallery in the Sun

    DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is a legendary landmark of Southwestern art and architecture created by the late Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia. On the National Register of Historic Places, the 10-acre gallery grounds showcase DeGrazia originals, the Mission, the artist's home, and a gift shop.

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  • Fort Huachuca and Museum

    Fort Huachuca was established in 1877 as a temporary camp near the Huachuca Mountains, and today as the home for the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School. The Fort Huachuca Museum features military and Indian artifacts, photos and dioramas covering the history of the Fort from the Apache Wars to the present day.

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  • Fort Lowell Park and Museum

    Although the park is mostly dedicated to illustrating the military history of Arizona, a self-guided, signed trail leads to a prehistoric Hohokam village called the Hardy site. The same trail also leads to some of the fort’s historic buildings.

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  • Graham County Historical Society Museum

    The Museum offers guided informative tours on request and is open to the public and has a large contengent of school tours.  The unique artifacts are all from the local area and pioneer families who settled the community.  Symposiums are held throughout the year to highlight the varied and colorful history which is woven into the fabric of the historic, Native American, western & pioneer culture of the Gila Valley and its surroundings.  On occasion, live performances by the Old Time Fiddlers fill the building with music and song from long ago.  You can view a personal invitation to the Inaguration of Abraham Lincoln or ponder over the remains of a prehistoric turtle all under the same roof.  The Graham County Historical Society Museum; Bringing the past to the present through preservation.

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  • Heard Museum

    The scope of the museum emphasizes the lifeways of indigenous people of the southwest, but the museum collection and exhibitions cover the living cultures and arts of all contemporary Native peoples.Throughout the year, the museum hosts popular events like the Heard Museum Indian Market, Spanish Market and World Champion Hoop Dance Contest.

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  • Huhugam Heritage Center - Gila River Indian Community

    This modern new center highlights both the historic and living cultures of the Akimel O’odham and the Pee Posh, recognizing and preserving the enduring traditions of the Gila River Indian Community.

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  • Slaughter Ranch Museum

    A National Historic Landmark, the old adobe ranch house has been restored along with several outbuildings. Visitors can tour the icehouse, wash house, granary, commissary, and a car shed to understand about life in southern Arizona at the turn of the 20th century.

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  • Arizona Museum of Natural History

    The extensive collection of this fine museum includes exhibits on archaeology, anthropology, dinosaurs, Native peoples, and art and culture, taking visitors on a journey that begins with the solar system, moves through the Age of Dinosaurs and into pre-Columbian and contemporary history.

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  • Mission San Xavier del Bac

    Widely considered the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States, San Xavier is used daily by the Tohono O’odham Indians who live and worship in this district.

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  • Black Rock Ranch Wilderness Retreat

    Black Rock Ranch is a working cattle ranch where demonstrations of ranching activities done "Old West" style can be observed. Learn to rope, watch a branding, culling, vaccinating and sorting.

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  • Butterfield Stagecoach Station

    When the Butterfield Stagecoach line began to carry mail and passengers from Missouri to California, the company built a station near a spring below Apache Pass in the Chiricahuas. In 1862, Fort Bowie was established on this former station of the Overland Mail route.

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  • Copper Queen Mine Tour

    This is largest and most complete tour of one of Arizona’s oldest copper mines. Visitors are issued hard hats, slickers, and miner’s headlamps before taking the underground train deep into the Copper Queen Mine. Retired miners narrate the tour and show how turn of the century mines operated.

    The Queen Mine was one of Bisbee’s richest and operated from 1877 - 1975. It has seven levels with 143 miles of passageways. The Mine has natural ventilation due to the many shafts and drifts. The average temperature is 47 degrees, so visitors are advised to bring a warm sweater or jacket.

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  • Douglas Historic Business District and Church Square

    Founded in 1901 as a site for a copper smelter, Douglas boasts 405 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the most famous buildings include the historic Gadsden Hotel, the EP & SW Railroad Depot, which is now the police station, the business district, the 1919 Grand Theater, Church Square and Castro Park and the surrounding residential areas.

    Church Square earned fame in the 1930 Ripley's Believe It or Not as the only city block in the world with a church on each corner. Adjacent to Church Square, the Douglas-Williams House is home to the Douglas Historical Society and hosts an in-depth genealogical library.

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  • Fort Bowie National Historic Site

    Fort Bowie tells the story of the conflict between the Chiricahua Apaches and the U.S. Army.

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  • Gadsden Hotel

    Established in 1907, the five-story Gadsdsen Hotel at one time epitomized the glamour of the Old West. The lobby is considered one of the most opulent early 20th century public areas in Arizona.

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  • O.K. Corral

    Here, in 1881, the Earp brothers, Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan, along with their friend Doc Holliday, faced off against the Clanton and McLaury gang.

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  • Rex Allen Museum

    Willcox celebrates its native son, the singing cowboy Rex Allen, with this small museum that features memorabilia about his career making movies, records and appearing on TV. The collection also includes exhibits of other western stars.

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  • Tombstone

    The town of Tombstone, located in southeastern Arizona, is a registered National Historic Landmark. Known as “The Town Too Tough To Die,” it is the most famous of Arizona’s old mining camps.

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  • Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

    The Courthouse, built in 1882, contains exhibits with antiques and artifacts describing life in Tombstone in the 1880s.

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  • Phoenix Art Museum

    Phoenix Art Museum opened in 1959 as a private, non-profit organization. In only 45 years, it has become a Phoenix Point of Pride and a cultural leader in the Southwest and among the nation's museums.

    According to a 2002 survey conducted by the Association of Art Museum Directors, with 200 members from institutions throughout North America, Phoenix Art Museum has performed remarkably well in its short history. It is one of the youngest art museums of renown in the country, ranking in the top third with respect to the quality and diversity of its permanent collection, exhibitions, visitorship, membership, and education and volunteer programs.

    The Museum also is well respected for its strict adherence to institutional excellence, financial integrity, and superior management. Working in collaboration with an expanding cadre of contributors, members, staff, docents, and volunteers, Phoenix Art Museum has excelled and grown with the times to better serve the community and reflect the vibrancy of the nation's fifth largest city.

    Phoenix Art Museum continues to maximize its contribution to the cultural, social, and economic vitality of the state.

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