Wupatki National Monument by David H. Smith

Arizona's Parks and Monuments

Take a moment to give a round of applause to the incredible natural wonder that is the Grand Canyon. It deserves heaps of praise, and a visit. Awe, and maybe a bit of existentialism, await you at the Grand Canyon’s edge. Deep and wide and layered in earthen colors of sand and sunset, the mere sight of it brings meaning to time.

Those sorts of feelings and realizations can be found all over Arizona. Bewilderment at the sight of a loop of saturated blue wrapping around a center of red land at Horseshoe Bend. Freedom on a walk through javelina – and coyote – occupied lands of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Amazed at the beautiful Kartchner Caverns, which are worthy of miles of echoing “oohs” and “ahhs.”

So cheers to the Grand Canyon – and a standing ovation for the state as a whole. In Arizona, it’s as much about what you see as it is about what you feel.  

Chiricahua National Monument

A national park with towering vertical columns of rock formations. Hike on 17 miles of trails (a shuttle takes hikers to Echo Canyon or Massai Point trailheads), camp, or visit the Faraway Ranch (a two-room cabin from 1886).

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Agua Fria National Monument

Discover prehistoric sites and outdoor adventure with hiking, birdwatching, and camping in Agua Fria National Monument. Located 40 miles north of Phoenix, AZ.

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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Want to add one of the grandest landmarks in the United States to your “visited” list? Visit the surreal sandstone towers in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

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Four Corners National Monument

Four Corners Monument is the only place in the United States where you can be in four states at once: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado.

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park, near Winslow, AZ, has petrified wood, 13,000 years of human history, plus hiking, camping, and horseback riding.

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The Painted Desert

For an unforgettable encounter with Arizona nature, enter into The Painted Desert, a living painting. Hike among this vast landscape of rocks in every hue.

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Lake Powell & Glen Canyon

Enjoy fishing and water-sports at Lake Powell & Glen Canyon, and discover the stunning scenery of rock formations that you can’t find anywhere else!

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Lake Mead

Play in the water of Lake Mead, Arizona, the United States’ largest reservoir. Fishing, water sports, and boating await.

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Lake Havasu

Discover miles of shoreline and reliably sunny skies at Lake Havasu State Park in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Perfect for swimming, boating, hiking, and camping.

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Hoover Dam

Explore the Hoover Dam, one of the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World, which spans the Black Canyon along the Colorado River between AZ and NV.

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Step back in time at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. Explore the canyon walls that cradle hundreds of ancient pueblo ruins.

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Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park, near Tucson, AZ, features giant saguaros in their native environment, plus access to wildlife viewing, hiking, and scenic drives.

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Kartchner Caverns State Park

Discover the world’s longest stalactite formation at Kartchner Caverns. This limestone cave is a short hop from Tucson, Arizona in nearby Benson.

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Grand Canyon National Park

Vast, magnificent and inarguably beautiful, the Grand Canyon is easily Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark – and a natural wonder that you simply have to see to believe.

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