A Rare Sight

Nature & Wildlife

The mighty saguaro produces Arizona's state flower and you will see plenty of the white blossom here. You’ll also find cacti of every size and shape in the state’s desert areas and thick green forests create canopies in higher elevations.

It’s difficult to beat the diversity in Arizona’s flora and fauna – and sheer beauty. The state’s great range of elevations – up to 11,500’ – contribute to this incredible variation. With a variety of ways to get up close to nature, Arizona is an outdoor haven. Or, consider participating in an ecotourism or volunteer vacation – the perfect way to enjoy, and preserve, this stunning state.

Winter migration of Sandhill Cranes at Willcox Playa in Willcox, Arizona.
Sandhill Cranes at Willcox Playa, Willcox

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Get to Know Arizona

Outdoor Adventures

Arboretums and Botanical Gardens

Explore one of Arizona's many beautiful botanical gardens or arboretums.

Birding

Find Migratory and Native Birds

Witness some of the most amazing bird migrations in the country – including as many as 17 varieties of hummingbirds.

Nature & Wildlife

Biosphere 2

Located across a 3-acre research facility, Biosphere 2 (B2) recreates five of earth's biomes--the ocean, wetlands, tropical rainforest,...

Nature & Wildlife

Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge

Located in southern Arizona, Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, visitors will enjoy the semi-desert grasslands that blend into the...

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Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland is America's largest butterfly pavilion that entertains educates and enchants visitors of all ages on the wonders of...

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Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge

Though it officially became a national wildlife refuge in 1975, the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and its landscape has been...

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Cherry Creek Lodge

Located on a working cattle ranch nestled within the scenic Tonto National Forest, Cherry Creek Lodge invites you to experience the endless...

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Circle Z Ranch

This is an all inclusive vacation, including 3 meals a day, comfortable lodging, horseback riding, tennis, hiking, bird watching, nature...

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Colossal Cave Mountain Park

On the National Historic Register, the 2,400-acre Park showcases crystal-filled Colossal Cave and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch, a...

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Desert Voyagers Guided River Trips

Desert Voyagers operates guided single-day river trips near the Greater Phoenix area year-round. Choose from a mild rafting tour, Stand Up...

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El Rancho Robles Event and Retreat Center

Who has not had the urge to visit a ranch in the old West where one can enjoy western life to his heart's content? Where the glorious...

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Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course

Flagstaff Extreme is a series of exciting physical challenges suspended in trees at various heights. Participants experience new thrills...

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Flagstaff KOA Campground & Cabins

Enjoy the new nature-inspired playground, hiking trails to the National Forrest right from the campground and new Patio RV Sites. Our...

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Fort McDowell Adventures

No matter what size your group and no matter what the occasion, Fort McDowell Adventures has the space, staff, and western adventure to...