Description - To experience the diversity of Arizona's terrain individuals can visit the most celebrated site in the state, the Grand Canyon. This mile deep canyon supports a variety of life zones, which are evident as visitors descend toward the Colorado River from the rim. The highest point in the canyon, Boreal life zone, lies on the North Rim at 9,100 feet. The lowest point of the canyon lies in the Sonoran life zone close to 1,500 feet.
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Saguaro, on the Coronado National Forest
- Cultural diversity is also evident in this large western state. Arizona's history illustrates the coexistence and intermingling of Spanish, Indian and American cultures. Native American presence in the state can be seen on any map by the reservations designated for their use. Many historic structures illustrate the use of the land by native Americans and Spanish clergymen. These sites include Montezuma Castle National Monument, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and Walnut Canyon National Monument.
Recreation - The recreation opportunities in Arizona are endless. Many visitors and locals enjoy rafting and kayaking in the Colorado River. Other opportunities include camping, hiking and backpacking in the ruin-filled canyons of the state. The large reservoirs along the Colorado River offer opportunities for boating, waterskiing and fishing. The high mountains offer winter opportunities that many don't normally associate with this state including downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Climate - The climate of Arizona is as diverse as it's landscape. Much of the southern half of the state and lower elevations have a desert climate. Winters in this area bring beautiful weather, with mild warm days (60- 70F) and cool nights (40's). Summers can be extremely hot with daytime temperatures of 100-115 degrees, and evening lows in the 70's to 80's. The higher elevations receive more precipitation, some in the form of snow during the winter months. The mountainous areas experience cooler temperatures with cold winter months. Dress in layers for your travels in this state of varying layers and be prepared for cool temperatures in high elevations.
Arizona is located in the southwest, between New Mexico and California. It borders Mexico to the south and Utah to the north.