Arizona National Parks and Natural Landscapes

Featured Arizona locations are listed below, and shown on the Arizona map - these are the most scenic places in the state, including ancient ruins, cactus forests, canyons, deserts, historic sites, lakes, mountains, rock formations and scenic drives.

Alternatively, see these other Arizona listings pages:

National Parks, National Monuments, National Recreation Areas and National Historic Sites
National Forests
State Parks
National Wildlife Refuges

National Park Service Units - Landscapes

Chiricahua NM
Chiricahua NM
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park

CANYON DE CHELLY National Monument - deep canyon on Navajo land, with many cliff dwellings
CHIRICAHUA National Monument - eroded rocky pinnacles and unusual wildlife, in a remote corner of Arizona
GLEN CANYON National Recreation Area - spectacular desert region with red rock canyons, centered around Lake Powell (described in the Utah section)
GRAND CANYON National Park - the most famous national park in America
LAKE MEAD National Recreation Area - scenic desert region centered around a large lake on the Colorado
ORGAN PIPE CACTUS National Monument - rocky desert around the Mexican border, with rare cacti
PETRIFIED FOREST National Park - brilliantly colored fossilized logs
SAGUARO National Park - large forests of saguaro cactus, the state symbol of Arizona
SUNSET CRATER VOLCANO National Monument - colorful volcanoes and cinder cones with extensive lava flow

NPS Units - Historic Sites

Casa Grande Ruins
Casa Grande Ruins
Hubbell Trading Post
Hubbell Trading Post
Wupatki National Monument
Wupatki National Monument

CASA GRANDE RUINS National Monument - large four-storey Indian house in the desert south of Phoenix
CORONADO National Memorial - distant, mountainous area bordering Mexico
FORT BOWIE National Historic Site - remains of a remote fort used during the Apache wars of the late 19th century
HUBBELL TRADING POST National Historic Site - homestead and store dating from the mid 19th century, the latter still in use
MONTEZUMA CASTLE National Monument - impressive Sinagua Indian cliff dwelling
NAVAJO National Monument - three large Anasazi settlements, with limited access
PIPE SPRING National Monument - 19th century Mormon fort
TONTO National Monument - two well-preserved cliff dwellings high above Roosevelt Lake
TUMACACORI National Historical Park - early 18th century Spanish mission
TUZIGOOT National Monument - large ruin with good views over the Verde River valley
WALNUT CANYON National Monument - sandstone cliff dwellings in a deep wooded canyon near Flagstaff
WUPATKI National Monument - many Indian ruins at the edge of the Painted Desert

Other Major Scenic Places

Monument Valley
Monument Valley
Route 66
Route 66

APACHE TRAIL - dramatic road from Phoenix to Roosevelt Lake
IRONWOOD FOREST National Monument - mountainous part of the Sonoran Desert
METEOR CRATER - huge impact crater, privately owned
MONUMENT VALLEY - world-famous red rock buttes and mesas (described in the Utah section)
ROUTE 66 - the best preserved section of America's famous road
SEDONA - popular town surrounded by beautiful red rock landscapes
SONORAN DESERT National Monument - rugged saguaro wilderness
TONTO National Forest - most varied of the 6 national forests in Arizona
VERMILION CLIFFS National Monument - remote plateau with canyons and rock formations

Miscellaneous Locations

Blue Canyon
Blue Canyon
Lake Havasu
Lake Havasu
Superstition Mountains
Superstition Mountains

Agua Fria National Monument - river canyon in the high desert
Alamo Lake State Park - distant, desert lake in central Arizona
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - large collection of Sonoran Desert plants and animals
Bartlett Reservoir - lake with desert and mountain scenery, north of Phoenix
Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness - rugged, eroded peaks in the far northwest
Bill Williams River - little known river flowing through a desert canyon
Blue Canyon - fantastic red and white sandstone formations, in a remote area of the Hopi Reservation
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park - extensive botanical gardens near Superior; plants from desert areas across the world
Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge - the most remote and hostile land in Arizona
Coal Mine Canyon - multicolored ravine on Navajo land, bordered by jagged, eroded rock formations
Catalina State Park - cacti, a campground and short trails, in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains
Copper Creek - interesting ghost town with old mine relics
Coronado Trail - scenic, winding road through the White Mountains
Coyote Buttes - eroded rocks of many colors, including The Wave
Dead Horse Ranch State Park - wooded stretch of the Verde River near Cottonwood
Fish Creek - rocky canyon in the Superstition Mountains
Granite Mountain - partially wooded peak near Prescott, covered by large granite boulders
Ha Ho No Geh Canyon - colorful ravine on the Hopi Reservation, containing badlands and hoodoos
Havasupai Indian Reservation - the most remote reservation in Arizona, centered on a roadless section of Havasu Canyon, a Grand Canyon tributary containing several beautiful waterfalls
Hualapai Indian Reservation - sparsely settled land occupying the western half of the south rim of the Grand Canyon
Kaiser Spring Canyon - narrows and a warm spring
Kofa National Wildlife Refuge - large area of Sonoran Desert wilderness
Lake Havasu - artificial lake on the Colorado River, enclosed by barren mountains
Lake Pleasant - popular lake near Phoenix, in the Sonoran Desert
Lees Ferry - small settlement near some remarkable scenery, close to the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Little Colorado River - deep narrow gorge on the Navajo Indian Reservation, joining the Grand Canyon
Lost Dutchman State Park - saguaro cacti beneath the Superstition Mountains
Mount Lemmon - central peak of the Santa Catalina Mountains, near Tucson
Patagonia Lake State Park - desert lake along Sonoita Creek, in the hills above Nogales
Pearce Ferry - isolated marina at the lower end of the Grand Canyon
Picacho Peak State Park - volcanic mountain in the Sonoran Desert, between Phoenix and Tucson
Red Mountain - unusual volcanic formations north of Flagstaff
Red Rock State Park - wooded section of Oak Creek surrounded by red cliffs, near Sedona
Sabino Canyon - cactus-studded hills and ravines at the edge of Tucson
San Carlos Lake - tranquil lake on the Apache Indian Reservation
South Mountain Park - saguaro-covered mountains within the Phoenix city limits
Superstition Mountains - fabled desert hills east of Phoenix
Sycamore Canyon - colorful, wooded, rarely-visited canyon southwest of Flagstaff
Theodore Roosevelt Lake - desert reservoir in the hills near Phoenix
Tombstone - famous old silver mining town in the far southeast
Tonto Creek - beautiful desert stream through a rugged canyon
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park - largest travertine bridge in the world
Watson Lake - small but scenic lake near Prescott, lined by rounded granite boulders
West Clear Creek - deep canyon at the edge of the Mogollon Rim
White Tank Mountain Regional Park - isolated, unspoilt mountain range west of Phoenix

Arizona Hotels

Choose from over 530 Arizona hotels in 76 towns and cities; maps, national park hotels, interstate hotels and brand directories

Locations include:
Arizona Hotels
Chandler, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Goodyear, Holbrook, Kingman, Mesa, Page, Phoenix, Prescott, Scottsdale, Sedona, Tempe, Tucson, Williams, Yuma

Arizona Trails

Trails of Arizona
Hiking in Arizona, in national parks and other areas: northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest. The top two hiking areas are Sedona and the Grand Canyon
Name, location, etc:
Other Arizona Resources

Driving Distances - mileages between selected cities and parks
Introduction - summary of Arizona's scenic areas
Maps - state map and national park maps
Weather - forecasts for Arizona cities and parks
Arizona Slot Canyons

Water Holes Canyon
Pumphouse Wash
Arizona has many narrow gorges, second in number only to Utah; major locations are the Grand Canyon, Sedona and especially Page, on the Navajo Reservation around the south end of Lake Powell, where slots include the famous Antelope Canyon and Water Holes Canyon

Arizona Travel Itineraries

Arizona Deserts
Arizona Deserts - nine days exploring the Sonoran Desert of southwest Arizona, including Saguaro National Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and various lesser known locations

Colorado River
Colorado River - follow the Colorado River, from its source high up in Colorado's Rocky Mountains to the Sonoran Desert at Yuma, Arizona. The river passes seven NPS units, plus many other scenic places

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon - experience different regions of the Grand Canyon over a 9 day trip - the North Rim, South Rim, Marble Canyon, Hualapai Reservation and Tuweep. Plus nearby locations such as Zion and Lake Powell

Grand Circle
Grand Circle - the most famous parks in the Southwest, in Arizona and Utah: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley, Lake Powell and Grand Canyon

Indian Lands
Indian Lands - ancient ruins in Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Mesa Verde and Chaco Culture are the two most famous locations; others include Montezuma Castle, Walnut Canyon, Wupatki and Canyon de Chelly

Arizona Photography

Photographs - indexed by location
Panoramic Photographs - wide landscape photos
QTVR - quicktime panoramas
Videos - mp4 videos

Photograph Search
Plants of Arizona

Arizona cacti
Cacti - photos and descriptions of 54 Arizona cactus species; most common genera are cylindropuntia, echinocereus, ferocactus, mammillaria and opuntia

Arizona wildflowers
Flowers - Arizona wildflowers and flowering shrubs; photographs and identifying characteristics, arranged by the most common color groups (blue, orange, pink, purple, red, white and yellow)


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