Grand Canyon One of the biggest attractions in America, and certainly in the state of Arizona, is the spectacular Grand Canyon. This incredible landscape, carved out by the Colorado River, reveals the power of nature and and the wonder it can create. The canyon walls glow a variety of colors in the late afternoon sun, with hues of orange, red, yellow, and everything in between. Most visitors see the canyon from the South Rim, where there are numerous lookout areas all along the road and walkway running along the canyon's edge. The North Rim provides a different view altogether, but the road is closed in winter. For those who want a closer look, t is possible to hike down into the Grand Canyon or take a helicopter flight over and through the canyon.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers locals and visitors a chance to enjoy water based activities, but it is also a visually stunning area of blue water, desert landscape, and dramatic stone walls. In addition to Glen Canyon, the area is also home to Lake Powell, one of the largest man made lakes in the United States.
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park straddles the border between Arizona and Utah. The impressive Wild West landscape includes jagged rock formations, dramatic buttes, and sand dunes. Visitors can do a self drive tour through the valley, take a guided tour or photography tour, or simply appreciate some of the views from the passing highway.
Official site: http://navajonationparks.org/htm/monumentvalley.htm
Hoover Dam is one of the world's great engineering marvels. This massive structure, completed in 1935, crosses the Colorado River, linking Arizona and Nevada. It is 726 feet high and 1,244 feet long. Lake Mead, held back by the Hoover Dam, is the largest artificial lake in the United States. It is 110 miles long, and holds the equivalent of two years of flow of the Colorado River.
Antelope Canyon at Page
Antelope Canyon, just outside of Page, is a slot canyon and very popular photography location. Photos of Antelope Canyon can be found in almost every major gallery in Arizona. There are two parts to the canyon, Upper and Lower. Visiting each location requires a guide and there are a variety of tour options available. The canyon lies within the Navajo Nation reserve boundary.
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Near Supai on the Havasupai Indian Reservation is the 100-foot Havasu Falls. The pools at the base of Havasu Falls have a bluish green tint to the water, and the fall is forked so it appears that there are two falls when the river is flowing heavily. In the canyon of Havasu Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River, some 450 Havasupai Indians (the "people of the blue-green water") live a secluded life, subsisting on their modest farming activities but now mainly dependent on the tourist trade. In this paradisiac valley the Havasu have created a number of waterfalls and carved out basins in the travertine rock which form attractive bathing pools.
Official site: http://www.havasupaifalls.net/havasu.html
Canyon De Chelly National Monument
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The Canyon de Chelly National Monument is home to spectacular cliff dwellings found on and at the base of steep-sided canyons up to 1,000 ft deep. In the main canyon are Spider Rock, a striking rock formation, and the White House, constructed c. 1050 and discovered in 1849. This is the best known of over a hundred cliff dwellings, mostly in inaccessible locations, which were occupied from around AD 350 to 1300. Other cliff dwellings are the Antelope House and Mummy Cave (in which mummies were found) in the Canyon del Muerto. There is an informative archeological museum in the Visitor Center, and there are various guided tours and walks.
Official site: http://www.nps.gov/cach/index.htm
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead National Recreation Area spans 177 miles of the Colorado River, including Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. The area's 1.5 million acres stretches into southern Nevada.
The area offers boating and watersports, camping facilities, fishing, and hiking opportunities. Lake Mohave is 67 miles long, making it the smaller of the two major lakes in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Like its counterpart, Lake Mohave is an artificial body of water, held back by Davis Dam. Willow Beach is a small resort town on the Colorado River with accommodation, restaurants, marina and fish hatchery.
Official site: http://www.nps.gov/lake/index.htm
Petrified Forest National Park
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Large pieces of petrified wood, along with fossilized plants, fish, and reptiles, have been revealed in great numbers in what is today Petrified National Forest in the Painted Desert. The park access road allows visitors to drive passed many of the highlights and short interpretive trails allow for close up looks at a variety of unique sights. The Visitors Center provides insight into the ecology and geology of the park and is a good place to start before heading out on the drive.
Saguaro National Park
AZ state flower:saguaro cactus
Saguaro National Park is a great place to experience the desert landscape around Tucson and see the famous saguaro cacti up close. The park has two sections, an east and a west portion, located on the east and west side of Tucson, approximately a half hour drive apart. Both offer great opportunities to see the desert flora and fauna with roads and hiking trails. There are also challenging hiking options available with trails that lead up into the high mountains, reaching up to 8000 ft in elevation. Visitors can visit both sections of the park on the same entrance ticket or park pass.
The pure white waxy blossom of the giant saguaro cactus was designated the state flower of Arizona in 1931. Saguaro cactus (Cereus giganteus) is indigenous to Arizona and grows to a height of forty to fifty feet and lives to an age of 150 to 200 years.
Before European settlers migrated to North America, there were an estimated 10 million elk spread through every part of the continent except the Great Basin Desert and the Southern coastal plains
A large bull elk can weigh up to 1,200 pounds but average from 600 to 800 pounds and an adult cow will range from 450to 600 pounds. They are the second largest animal in the deer family with the moose being the largest. Elks can attain speeds up to 40 miles per hour over short distances and can sustain speeds of 30 miles per hour for long periods. Elk are strong swimmers and can leap vertically 8 to 10 feet.
Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States.
Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles (8.0 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Page.
It is accessible via hiking a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round trip from U.S. Route 89, but an access road also reaches the geological structure, as it is part of a state park. The Horseshoe Bend can be viewed from the steep cliff above.
The overlook is 4,200 feet (1,300 m) above sea level and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet (980 m) above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop.
The Horseshoe Bend contains various minerals, among which are hematite, platinum and garnet.