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Saguaro, on the Coronado National Forest
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Saguaro, on the Coronado National Forest
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.

Attractions - 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.

Location - Arizona is located in the southwest, between New Mexico and California. It borders Mexico to the south and Utah to the north.

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Filed By: ERNEL ARCANGEL FELIX (Santa Cruz-Monterey, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: It was in Summer 2005 when I saw he majestic architecture of the Grand Canyon. Standing along the South Rim made me feel the "serenity and peace" and think of the "creativity and wonder" of nature. It was "for the beauty of the Earth" that made me contemplate about the Mighty creator. Twelve hours of driving passing along the Mojave dessert led to a rest stop at Las Vegas (seriously - it was really a rest for me). The next day was full of energy for another 4 hours of travel from Vegas to the south rim via Kingman, Arizona. An hour and a half of stop at the Hoover Dam and photo shots in the tightly secured man-made dam made it really worth the long trip. Hooray! First stop at the Yavapai Point made me an inch closer to the Grand Canyon. An unobstracted viewdeck at the visitor center at the Yavapai Point provided a view of the Colorado River from a distant (rapids were not visible, only at the North Rim which is another 4 to 6 hours of driving). Nevertheless, amazement and glorious thoughts were endless. Next stop was at the Bright Angel. Here bigger shops, another visitor center, train depot, exotic lodges, and small housing for park employees were all around. Food and drinks were not a problem at the Bright Angel. If you plan to visit the south rim of the Grand Canyon, plan an extra two to three days to hike down the trail with horses and explore the rapids of the Colorado River. Just a piece of advice: Do not hike down and hike up to and from the Colorado River in the same day. Death has occurred due to exhaustation. Hike with someone. Also, if you have still time and energy, a stop at the Meteor Crater 40 miles east of Flagstaff, Arizona will be another another treat. Cheers!

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Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432
, mfioritt@pni.com

Arizona Guide - Official state tourism website


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