Arizona May 23, 2016
15 Underrated Canyons In Arizona That Will Take Your Breath Away
When we say the word “canyon” most people will immediately think of one of the most famous examples in the world that just happens to sit in our backyard: the Grand Canyon. But did you know that Arizona is home to a
huge number of canyons that don’t receive as much publicity as our World Wonder? Seriously, there’s a lot and many of them are either unheard of or rarely visited. Today, we’re going to take a look at 15 of those canyons so get ready to add some more stunning places to your never-ending “to visit” list.
1. Aravaipa Canyon
Located in southeastern Arizona, this canyon and its wilderness are known for their pristine condition and quiet environment. The Bureau of Land Management limits human visitors to 50 per day in order to keep it that way.
2. Canyon de Chelly
This canyon is located on the Navajo Nation just outside of Chinle. The canyon is not only beautiful but is also an integral part of Navajo history and culture.
3. Canyon X
At first glance, Canyon X looks an awful lot like the more popular Antelope Canyon. Both are slot canyons located near Page and require a guide for tours.
4. Glen Canyon
A large of the canyon resides in Utah and is submerged under a reservoir but what remains is still beautiful. When visiting, you will not only see the spectacular red landscape contrast against a clear blue sky but also some impressive rock formations.
5. Marble Canyon
Marble Canyon is flanked by Glen Canyon and the Grand Canyon. Its limestone sides have a marble-like appearance and for anyone floating along the river, it makes an incredible entrance to the Grand Canyon.
6. Oak Creek Canyon
This canyon is located north of Sedona and is a popular spot for the summer crowds.
7. Paria Canyon
Paria Canyon is found in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument and its beauty is maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. The canyon also has an incredibly large slot canyon that you have to visit.
8. Peralta Canyon
Located on the southwestern side of the Superstitions, this canyon shows off the rugged terrain notable to the Sonoran Desert. The hiking trails in this area can be strenuous but the views (especially when the wildflowers are blooming) make the trek worth it.
9. Ramsey Canyon
This nature preserve near Sierra Vista is a surprising find, in part due to the pines you'll find here. It's a popular location for birders and other nature lovers.
10. Sabino Canyon
This beautiful area sits just outside of Tucson and makes for some spectacular views! It's a great spot for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding.
11. Salt River Canyon
This beauty is located just northeast of the Superstition Mountains and what a sight it is! It is best known for rafting and kayaking opportunities since there are a number of rapids that flow through here.
12. Sycamore Canyon
The second largest canyon in the Sedona area (the largest is Oak Creek), Sycamore Canyon is home to a thriving desert riparian area and beautiful wilderness.
13. Texas Canyon
This canyon in Cochise Canyon is filled with some impressive granite formations that intrigue photographers, geologists, and other visitors. Apparently the canyon received its name from the large number of Texans who settled the area in the late 19th century.
14. Topock Gorge
Topock Gorge sits along the Colorado River and its beautiful wilderness appears untouched by modern society. It’s a popular area for boating and kayaking.
15. Walnut Canyon
This national monument is well-known for its incredible views and its cliff dwelling ruins. In fact, when you visit you can hike a couple of guided trails to get an up-close view of the ruins.
How many of these canyons have you visited? Are there any other spectacular canyons that you think should have made this list? Be sure to let us know your favorite spots by leaving a comment here or on our
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