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

Explore Nature

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...

Nature & Wildlife

Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland, featuring the largest butterfly conservatory in the country with thousands of fluttering butterflies, transports...

Nature & Wildlife

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...

Nature & Wildlife

Circle Z Ranch

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

Nature & Wildlife

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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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...

Nature & Wildlife

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

The 23,000-acre conservation area is home to impressive Gila Conglomerate cliffs, towering more than 1,000 feet above the Gila River where...

Nature & Wildlife

Grand Canyon West

Travel to the Grand Canyon -- one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World -- and let Grand Canyon West provide you with an experience...

Nature & Wildlife

Hassayampa River Preserve

Experience nature at her finest along the cottonwood-willow draped banks of the Hassayampa River. Our 730-acre preserve is a birder's...

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International Raptor & Falconry Center

At the International Raptor & Falconry Center, our mission is to make the world a better place for raptors through education and...

Nature & Wildlife

Keepers of the Wild Nature Park

The sanctuary is currently home to over 150 exotic and indigenous wild animals that were rescued, surrendered by an owner, or placed with...