Arizona honors the past while looking toward the present. This means preserving our historic and natural attractions while conserving the environment to ensure our state's many wide, open spaces and lush desert landscapes remain accessible to future visitors and residents.
Some of the many efforts underway across the state include recycling, reducing waste, conserving water and energy, celebrating local cultures, and sourcing local products.
For many, sustainable tourism equates to "thinking local." This can be as simple as visiting a farmer's market to pick up locally grown snacks for the road, to shopping local businesses for goods and souvenirs. Others take it a step further and get involved with local eco- and voluntourism projects as a way to make a difference during their stay.
We hear you: Arizona visitors increasingly want their hotels, resorts, and even dude ranches to follow green policies and provide authentic experiences that take them inside the culture of a place.
When looking for an eco-friendly place to stay in Arizona, search for lodgings that list green practices, typically in their amenities or "about" sections. Frequent practices include the option to reuse towels to save water, and transitioning from plastic to glass cups.
Some cities, such as Tucson and Flagstaff, will list eco-friendly local hotels and other places to stay.
Natural and cultural tourism
Arizona is abundant with outdoor adventure opportunities. Think hiking, mountain biking, skiing, cave exploration, and water sports—we have it all.
In addition to its outdoors, Arizona is characterized by a rich history of American Indian and Old West culture. Throughout the state, arts and culture are alive and well, and original, local art abounds, especially in cities such as Bisbee, Scottsdale and Sedona.
Public lands are a major tourism asset in Arizona. Campgrounds, parks and monuments, lakes and reservoirs, and other wilderness areas draw visitors from around the world.
Arizona has 11,399 archeological sites, 44 national historic landmarks, and one national heritage area spread across more than 50 state and national parks. The National Park Service's Arizona by the Numbers PDF includes more quick facts about our natural wonders.
Check out the following links for more information about Arizona's wilderness: