Arizona May 12, 2016
Everyone Should Explore These 12 Stunning Places In Arizona At Least Once
One of the things I absolutely love about living in Arizona is the diversity of our state’s landscapes. Most people tend to have limited views of our state—hot, dry, desert—but we know there’s so much more here.
Today, we’re going to honor that diversity and beauty by taking a look at some places in Arizona that you should definitely take the time to visit. It’s
a topic we’ve covered before but I think that our state has so many exploration options that you really can’t limit it to one list.
1. Aravaipa Canyon
This wilderness area is located about 50 miles northeast of Tucson. It is a quiet, isolated area that has few daily visitors, making Aravaipa Canyon a great little spot to “unplug” and reflect.
2. Canyon de Chelly
Beautiful views, hikes, history, and ruins are all located in this park on the Navajo Nation. If you haven't visited before, check out the public White House trail which will guide you down into the canyon and offer a peek at the old Anasazi ruins. Just remember that people live in the area, so don't go wandering off without a guide!
3. Chiricahua National Monument
Who would want to miss out on this view? Chiricahua National Monument not only is home to these incredible hoodoos but also plenty of wildlife and an old homestead, Faraway Ranch.
4. Colorado River
There are numerous ways to enjoy and explore the river: swimming, fishing, kayaking, white water rafting, riding a steamboat, or even just admiring it from the shore.
5. Copper Queen Mine
Ever wanted to tour an old mine? Copper Queen down in Bisbee offers a spectacular (and safe) option with former miners leading the way.
6. Emerald Cave
It looks almost too good to be true, right? This little spot is found on the Colorado River a few miles
south of Lake Mead
. When the light hits the water just right, the river water appears a bright, emerald green.
7. Grand Falls
Located just outside of Leupp on the Navajo Nation, this seasonal waterfall flows with chocolate-colored waters. Plan your trip accordingly because they only run after the winter snow melts or following heavy rainfall. Additionally, a permit is
not required to visit and hike
8. Meteor Crater
The world's best preserved crater lives right here in Arizona so if astronomy and geology are an interest, you have to see this.
9. Monument Valley
We share this park with Utah but luckily the famous mittens are located on the Arizona side. These are a must-see but don't forget to check out other areas of the park because they are just as stunning.
10. Red Rock State Park
Located in the Sedona area, Red Rock State Park has plenty of beautiful trails, views, and watering spots to refresh during your travels.
11. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
This entire area is filled with surreal red sandstone views that you really shouldn't miss. Obtaining a pass to walk through The Wave is based on a lottery so you know this is a rare treat.
12. Walnut Canyon National Monument
Looking to combine beautiful views with a hike and history lesson? Check out one of the trails at Walnut Canyon where you can walk past centuries old ruins in addition to the impressive canyon scenery.
Those were some pretty incredible views, right? If you’ve visited any of these places before, be sure to share your experiences with us and your fellow Arizonans!