Arizona's Natural History

Throughout Arizona, the visual impact of natural wonders stops visitors in their tracks. Astonishing natural landscapes—as well as the cultural traditions of the indigenous people who continue to inhabit these cherished places—create a visitor experience unique to this part of the world. Take a mindful approach to visiting Arizona so the state's natural assets and cultural heritage can continue to inspire future generations of travelers.

Natural History

Itineraries & Road Trips

Itineraries

The Ultimate Trip for Natural History Lovers

Outdoor adventures and Arizona go hand in hand. Follow this journey to revel in the cultural history and natural beauty of Northern Arizona.

Itineraries

13 Itineraries That Explore the Best of Arizona's Outdoors

Taking the scenic route is encouraged in Arizona. Whether that's in the mountains or desert valleys, find an adventure perfect for your crew.

Road Trips

Sky Islands Diversity Beckons Adventurers

Head to higher elevations in southeastern Arizona to explore the legendary towns and outdoor adventures available throughout Cochise County.

Cultural Connections

History & Heritage

Visiting American Indian Tribal Lands in Arizona

Discover the rich history and traditions of the native communities in Arizona, where art and culture shine.

Viva la Cultura

Arizona's Hispanic and Latino Culture

Experience Arizona's vibrant Hispanic heritage, food and culture at historic sites and colorful festivals across the state.

Eat & Drink

AZ Food Culture

Arizona is home to some of the oldest documented food traditions in North America. Explore the state's diverse culinary heritage.

Experiences

Outdoor Adventures

With dramatic elevation changes and a variety of climates across the state, Arizona offers a year-round outdoor playground. Hiking here ranges from leisurely romps through the desert to steep climbs up a mountainside. Other outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking and horseback riding might be expected, but the state’s opportunities for snow skiing and water skiing might surprise you.

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Immersive Museums

Arizona Museum of Natural History

Arizona's premier natural history museum preserves the natural and cultural history of the Southwest.

Museum of Northern Arizona

Exhibits and educational tours tell the story of northern Arizona's natural and cultural heritage, as well as the history of the indigenous people who once called the land their home.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

This spectacular indoor/outdoor attraction in southern Arizona protects native plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert.

Tales of dramatic landscapes and cultural traditions

Featured Stories

Outdoor Exploration

9 Outdoor Adventures You Can Only Have in Arizona

The Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest made the list but discovering petroglyphs and ghost towns is just as thrilling.

Arts & Culture

Stories of the Ancients

Explore the remnants of prehistoric dwellings, discover ancient art etched into rocks and witness an archaeological legacy unique to Arizona.

Outdoor Adventure

AZ State Parks for Every Interest

34 Arizona state parks offer surprising adventures such as whitewater rafting and hikes into lush forests.

Only-in-AZ Accommodations

Travel Like a Local

Stay & Stargaze

Find accommodations that come with telescopes and celestial maps included so you can fully appreciate Arizona’s amazing night skies.

Outdoor Adventure

Camping

Spending the night under the stars was once a way of life here. What better way to experience the bounty of Arizona's natural beauty today?

PLAN YOUR TRIP

Looking for a quick way to plan your trip to Arizona? You’ve come to the right spot. From travel tips to weather forecasts and articles about Arizona’s destinations, you’ll find just what you need to build your perfect itinerary.

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