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

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...

Nature & Wildlife

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...

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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...

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Lowell Observatory

Although recently demoted to a dwarf planet, the 9th planet Pluto was discovered at Lowell Observatory in 1930 by Clyde Tombaughs....

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McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

The nonprofit McDowell Sonoran Conservancy manages the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in partnership with the City of Scottsdale. More than 650...

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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The Arizona Game and Fish Department considers the McDowell Mountains and surrounding Sonoran desert the most significant wildlife habitat...

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Meteor Crater Natural Landmark

Visit the world's best-preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. Located just minutes from Interstate 40 and the old Route 66 in Northern...

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Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours

Discover Arizona white water rafting! The astonishing 2,000 feet deep Salt River Canyon offers breathtaking views, many thrilling class III...

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Mortimer Farms

Mortimer Farms is a real working farm. We have opened our doors and gates up to the public in order to provide a sought-after experience...

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Mount Graham International Observatory

The Mount Graham International Observatory (MGIO), operated by Steward Observatory, is the research arm for the Department of Astronomy at...

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Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve

Located in southeastern Arizona, Ramsey Canyon is at an ecological crossroads where elements from the Rocky Mountains to the north, the...