Our newest book, which includes Arizona Highways iconic photography and maps, is sorted by region and is written for car-campers and families. Detailed information about accessibilty, amenities and fees is included for each campground.
People like to complain. About their jobs, their neighbors, their lot in life. People like to complain about Arizona, too. It's too hot, it's too dry, it's too this, it's too that. Admittedly, Arizona isn't perfect — no place is. Nevertheless, there's a lot that's right with Arizona, and we thought the world could use a reminder.
In the realm of what's right with Arizona, nothing stands out more than the Grand Canyon, and that grandeur resonates beyond the borders of our state. Not only is it one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, it's one of the only landmarks that can be seen from outer space and it's a World Heritage site. This photograph of the Canyon was made at Lipan Point on the South Rim. Information: Grand Canyon National Park, 928-638-7888 or www.nps.gov/grca
When you’re home to a place called the Painted Desert, you get a reputation for being a pretty vibrant place. Colors collide across Arizona, from the multihued layers of the Vermilion Cliffs to the wheat-colored grasslands in Patagonia. But when Mother Nature was working on her masterpiece, she paid special attention to Sedona, where the area’s famed red rocks meet a frequently blue sky and the cool greens of pines and junipers. Information: Red Rock Ranger District, 928-282-4119 or www.fs.usda.gov/coconino
The interplay of light and shadow is part of what makes Arizona’s landscapes so intriguing, especially in the state’s slot canyons, where the sun’s beams bounce and slide along sandstone walls, dance around water-carved walls and create natural spotlights. According to Navajo lore, entering the canyon was akin to entering a cathedral, and it’s easy to see why. Information: Navajo Parks and Recreation Department, 928-698-2808 or www.navajonationparks.org
Arizona is home to 21 federally recognized tribes, and collectively, their reservations and tribal communities represent more than 25 percent of the landmass in Arizona. In addition to the scenic beauty associated with those places, there's a cultural heritage that dates back to prehistoric times. Many native rituals, including sheepherding, are still practiced today. Information: Navajo Parks and Recreation Department, 928-698-2808 or www.navajonationparks.org
No matter how congested traffic is, no matter how many runs the Diamondbacks give up in extra innings, no matter bad things can get, morning always brings a new day. If you're lucky this summer, you'll get to experience dawn near the Black River in the White Mountains. Information: Springerville Ranger District, 928-333-6200 or www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf
Arizona ranks third nationally in terms of biodiversity — California and Texas and first and second, primarily because of their coastlines, something Arizona doesn't have. What Arizona does have is world-famous landscapes and plenty of plants and animals. In all, there are approximately 900 native vertebrate fauna in the state, including elk, which are prominent in the high country. One of the best places to catch a glimpse is on the Mogollon Rim. Information: Black Mesa Ranger District, 928-535-7300 or www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf
Sunset Crater Volcano erupted sometime between 1040 and 1100. Although it's been about a thousand years, the lava flows and cinder fields look as fresh and rugged today as the day they were formed. Nevertheless, even among the stark geologic blackness, delicate buckwheat plants are defying the odds and showing signs of life. Information: Sunset Crater National Monument, 928-526-1157 or www.nps.gov/sucr
In April, a California condor chick hatched from an egg nestled into the Vermilion Cliffs. That was a big deal, because California condors are among the most endangered bird species in the world, and they were reintroduced to Arizona in 1996 as part of a special breeding program. During the 1980s, there were only 22 California condors worldwide. That number has since climbed to 375, with 74 of the resilient birds living among the Arizona-Utah population. Information: Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, 435-688-3200 or www.blm.gov/az
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