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The Grand Canyon + 2 other Spectacular National Parks in Arizona

Updated on February 26, 2016

Photo of the Grand Canyon

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Arizona National Parks


Considering that only twenty seven of our fifty states contain any National Parks at all, the three states that each contain three different and amazing treasures set aside as National Parks are indeed fortunate for those who live there or travel to those locales.

Arizona is one of those states. The other two which each contain three national parks are the states of Florida and Washington. Another one is being currently added to Texas which will soon also have that distinction of having 3 national parks within its borders.

Reading this post should broaden one's reference with regard to these special places if planning a trip to visit them or simply gaining more knowledge of what there is to do and see while in Arizona.



Petrified Forest National Park

Overlooking the Badlands in the Petrified Forest National Park
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Petrified Forest National Park
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Long Logs in the Petrified Forest National Park
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Rock hounds digging rainbow petrified wood Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park


Any artist would be hard pressed to find any colors that are not already resplendently displayed in the intriguing landscape of northeastern Arizona in the badlands area now known as the Petrified Forest.


This is an archeological wonderland and a place that has captured a slice of earth's history going back some 200,000,000 years ago when this area was once a subtropical land filled with marshes and giant reptiles and amphibians.


There were nearby volcanoes back then and upland forests where tall trees once grew. Rivers flowed towards a sea that no longer exists.


Just like floods of today carry much debris with them and redeposit things where they did not originate...over time many of the upland trees which died of various causes were swept up by floods and carried them to the swampy lowlands filled with water.


Over time the tree's woody cells were gradually transformed into quartz and other minerals. This occurred over eons of time and more mineralized and fossilized trees were piled on top of one another. We now know that depth is around 1,000 feet or more! Of course the vast majority of them were broken up into chunks with only a few of the longer logs staying intact.


This all predated the major changes in the topography due to our restless earth. The Rocky Mountains came into being, the inland seas were dried and what was once the tropical floodplain was also elevated and dried out. Suddenly the now the upper elevations of the petrified wood became exposed to the surface and some of the pieces of these jewel-like stones were used by the prehistoric Indian people...the Anasazi, Mogollon and Sinagua tribes...to erect structures to house them. The ruins such as the Agate House can be seen there today. Petroglyphs also stand as a testament to the ancient Indian tribes who once called this land their home.


This is far from a lifeless land. All kinds of birds, rodents, snakes, coyotes, bobcats and other animals call this colorful landscape home. Most of them wait until dark to do their hunting and gathering and rest in their dens, burrows or other places during the hot and sun filled days.


It is unlawful to pick up any of these jewel toned pieces of petrified wood in the national park. No worries...there are plenty of stores selling pieces of petrified wood where it has been gathered outside of the park boundaries for visitors to take home as souvenirs. I did just that and have some pieces that were made into bookends and also one slice of an entire tree which is now displayed on an easel in our home. Some of the pieces for sale are made into jewelry.



Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park
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Saguaro National Park
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Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro National Park AZ

Saguaro National Park



Anyone familiar with television westerns originating from the United States has probably seen these iconic cacti from the southwest. No other cactus has this exact form or shape nor gets this tall when allowed to grow and mature.



The Sonoran desert of southern Arizona near the sun kissed city of Tucson is where you will find these cactus and some can also be viewed south of our U.S. border into Mexico.



Roads that go through the National Park allow one to see the saguaro cactus from various viewpoints along with the other vegetation that also graces this desert landscape framed with the nearby Tucson Mountain district and the Rincon Mountain district.



If exploring the mountain districts of the Saguaro National Park, one will encounter different plant life than just that found on the desert floor even including pine and conifer forests in the higher Rincon mountain range which gets up to elevations of 8,666 feet above sea level.



So for people allowing enough time for hiking and exploring the plant and animal life in this national park, there are diverse things to see and enjoy.




One must be prepared for the heat of the desert and dress accordingly using protective measures such as using sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, good hiking shoes and be sure to carry enough water. Temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the Sonoran Desert floor.



Of course if hiking in the mountains, temperatures will vary according to the time of day and year but generally be cooler than the lower elevations.



Animals that might be spotted include everything from Roadrunners and Gila monsters, etc. on the desert floor to deer and even black bears in the higher elevations.


Grand Canyon National Park

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Grand Canyon National Park


Are there any superlative descriptions left that have not already been used in describing the Grand Canyon? I seriously doubt it. After all it is still considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.


This living river that continually passes through the mile deep canyon tumbling over rocks in its path and twisting through deep gorges with episodes of relatively calm as well as those of frothing and roaring white water teems with life.


For those intrepid travelers who brave the Colorado River on rafting trips through the Grand Canyon, they have the opportunity of seeing some of the spectacular side canyons where many types of birds, fish, and other animals who make the canyon their home are found.


The breathtaking waterfalls in the canyon as well as the wondrous architecture of the canyon walls can be more intimately appreciated as one looks up at the rising cliffs looking skyward. Of course the vast majority of people from around the world who visit the Grand Canyon never see it from the bottom looking up...but rather the reverse. They stare in wonder at the stunning and overwhelmingly beautiful site by looking down at it where every moment of the time of day or fleeting cloud or season of the year changes its appearance.


Capturing the nuances of the Grand Canyon with film or the newer digital forms of photography has become a lifelong pursuit for many photographers. Of course the best lens of all is the human eye. Once viewed in person, the Grand Canyon becomes seared into one's memory and becomes an experience never forgotten.



Locations of the Three National Parks in Arizona

show route and directions
A markerThe Grand Canyon National Park -
Grand Canyon National Park, Supai, AZ 86435, USA
get directions

B markerPetrified Forest National Park -
Petrified Forest National Park, 1 Park Rd, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028, USA
get directions

C markerSaguaro National Park -
Saguaro National Park, 2700 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743, USA
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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi colorfulone,

      We are exact opposites in that I LOVE visiting our national parks. Each and every one is so different and the scenery is often spectacular. I guess I am just drawn to nature.

      What is your favorite kind of scenery? I know Minnesota has all of those lovely lakes, hills and trees much like Wisconsin where I was born and lived for a while. I also like that kind of scenery.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I have never been to Arizona. It is another world as far as the landscape goes in comparison to what I am use to. I do like seeing photos, and scenes on shows ... but, I just have no desire to see these national parks. Although, I am sure I would miss some spectacular sights in the right light.

      Wonderful hub, Peg. Thank you for the virtual tour.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello GetitScene,

      A "secret shame" is what you call it? I call it a tragedy! Ha! Maybe you will still visit the Grand Canyon someday. :)

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      Dale Anderson 3 years ago from The High Seas

      OK, OK, ya finally got it outta me. I admit that I lived in Arizona for a decade and never went to the grand canyon. I hope you feel happy for making me admit this secret shame.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello thomdrilling,

      Very glad to know that you enjoyed this.

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      Big Dan 3 years ago

      Great photos and information Peggy

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      This is surely a great time of year for vacationers especially those with children out of school right now. Thanks for the pin and share. We have had some grand times spent in Arizona through the years.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Came back here because it's summer vacation time when lots of people like to visit the Grand Canyon and take that mule/horseback ride down into the canyon. This is a great article with lots of good information to help people know what's available and plan a good trip. All of these places you describe are well worth seeing.

      Pinned this to my 'Green' board, yes the saguaro cactus pic is green. Already on my 'Travel' board. Also sharing with my followers.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Graham,

      So glad you enjoyed this overview of some of the wonderful places to visit in Arizona. One could spend endless amounts of time in just this one state in order to see all of the many worthwhile sites. Hope you get a chance to visit it someday. Appreciate your comment and votes.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Peggy. Just great. I always said if ever I got to the states I would go to Arizona. You are correct about the cacti and the western film connection. Tucson Arizona. It was wonderful as a boy to see the films and the 'cowboys'

      Your hub is first class covering so much information and the images and videos Tip Top.

      Voted up and all.

      Graham.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Larry,

      Nice that you have visited the Grand Canyon once. It is awe inspiring no matter when or how often one gets to experience it.

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      Larry Rankin 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      I've had the pleasure of going to the Grand Canyon on one occasion. It is truly an awe-inspiring sight. I found your article very informative. Thanks for the insight into our National Park System.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      I agree that they are all worth visiting. Hope you get a chance to return out west someday and see more of these national parks.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      The parks are so beautiful and your hub really did justice to all that may be seen if we visit. It has been many years since I have traveled in the west and I would love to take a tour through these parks as I haven't seem them all. Voted everything across except funny.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Author Cheryl,

      Hope you get to cross it off of your bucket list someday and get to see whichever of these parks made that list.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Shyron,

      It is wonderful that you got to see these parks with your family. I agree with you that there is so much natural beauty in this country and our national parks are each and every one fabulous! Thanks for the share and votes.

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      One of these is definitely on my bucket list. Great hub.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Peggy, we visited these parks when I was a child. Every person should see the wonders of this beautiful country.

      You gave us much to think about. I had forgotten how wonderous these parks are, and how fortunate that my family got to see these places.

      Thank you for sharing your adventures with us.

      Sharing your hub, voting up, UABI.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      I have been there several times but never went down to the bottom. Some friends of ours did and rode the mules. They had very sore bottoms! :) Glad you liked this article. Appreciate the votes and share.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      I went to the Grand Canyon once but didn't go down into it. I really need to go back one day and take the trip to the bottom. Voted up, beautiful and shared! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Martie,

      So nice to know that you enjoyed this virtual look at the national parks in Arizona. Would love to see your neck of the woods someday. It also sounds beautiful.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Beautiful! We have many nature reserves down here as well, and quite a few canyons. This hub of yours was like a most pleasant break-away. Fabulous videos! Indeed spectacular National Parks in Arizona. Thanks, Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Arizona is certainly a great state in which to vacation as it has so many natural wonders as well as historic sites. Add that to the unique scenery...it is a winner! Thanks for the pin and share. Nice to know that you have been to the national parks there.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Great info and information on places I have visited, and spectacular photos too! Pinning this hub to my "Travel" board and sharing again with followers since they may be planning a vacation soon -- it's that time of year.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      We did visit Tucson but only briefly and did not see the Gun Smoke set. Wish I had known it was there. Would have been fun to see. So happy that you enjoyed this hub and thanks for all of your shares, etc.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Sorry, had to come back because I forgot to say I gave you another 5 stars.:)

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Been to all of these places and they are indeed worth seeing! Great photos and videos which I look forward to whenever I visit one of your hubs. Lots of good information here and a very helpful hub I think for helping someone plan their summer vacation. The Grand Canyon isn't that far from Texas and the Petrified Forest is even closer. The saguaro National Park is right near Old Tucson where Gun Smoke was filmed. I wonder if they still allow sightseeing on that set? Most people probably don't even know what it was anymore!

      Voted up, BAUI, and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      From my travel experiences to these fabulous national parks in Arizona + the others who have written hubs about their experiences, you will have much information upon which to plan a trip should you decide to visit these places someday. Thanks for your comment and the shares.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      I have Tweeted, Pinned and Facebooked your lovely guide! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      I agree with you and many people from other countries also have the Grand Canyon on their bucket list as one of the wonders of the world. For people with enough time, the other 2 national parks in Arizona are also well worth visiting. Thanks for your comment and the pin.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      The Grand Canyon is an incredible National Park, and one that everyone should have on their bucket list! Great hub, great photographs! Voted up and pinned!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Elias Zanetti,

      All of these national parks in Arizona are worth time getting to see and enjoy. Thanks for your comment. As to the Petrified Forest...it is absolutely amazing seeing all of that petrified wood on the surface especially knowing that so much more is still underneath and not exposed. The jewel like colors are so pretty.

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Simply awe inspiring places! And the petrified forest seems as a very interesting location to visit. Great hub!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      I have also been to the Grand Canyon several times but never took the mule ride down to the bottom. We had friends who did so and while they liked it, they admitted to having rather sore rear ends. Ha! I guess people who regularly ride horses would probably be more used to the position of riding mules. I think that the Grand Canyon presents a "wow" moment for all who gaze upon it. Perhaps you will visit the other national parks in Arizona someday? Thanks for your comment and the rest.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sheila,

      Hope you do get back to Arizona someday with a bit more time to explore these national parks. The Grand Canyon is amazing to see in person and so are the other two national parks...each in their own way. Appreciate your comment, votes + the share.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Peggy. Don't know how I missed this one. Of the three Arizona NP's I've only been to the Grand Canyon, although I did visit twice, once to the south rim and once to the north rim. I must say that the first time I saw the Grand Canyon was most certainly one of those "wow" moments for me. I took one of the mule rides down into the canyon, which I highly recommend. Certainly one of my favorite travel memories. Thanks for sharing this beautiful hub, love the photos and video, brought back many good memories. Voting up, sharing, pinning,etc...

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Awesome hub! Really great detailed information. I have been through the petrified forrest, but didn't get to stop. We did stop at the Grand Canyon, it is really amazing to see in person. I would love to make another trip that direction when we have more time so we can stop at all three parks. Great hub! Voted up and across, except for funny! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi bingskee,

      The Grand Canyon is indeed lovely and the Petrified Forest is anything but petrifying. The colors of the petrified wood are amazing and the geology is very interesting as to how it all occurred. Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello girishpuri,

      Glad that you liked the pictures of the Grand Canyon and other national parks in Arizona. Thanks for your comment.

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      bingskee 4 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      lovely Grand Canyon. the Petrified Forest looks petrifying. :D

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Nice to know about great Canyon, awesome place, beautiful pics. Thanks and God bless.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Leah,

      Nice that your boys have cousins who live in Phoenix. Good reason to work in visits to Arizona and see sites like the great national parks and other interesting areas in that state. As you know from your camping trips...there are many! Thanks for your comment.

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      Leah Lefler 4 years ago from Western New York

      We used to go camping in Arizona every summer. We'd stay in Flagstaff and travel to the Grand Canyon every year, and one year we went to the Petrified Forest and the Meteor Crater. I love Arizona, the scenery is so spectacular! We're so far away from the state now, but I plan on taking my boys there one day to see the desert (and their cousins, who live in Phoenix)!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello CarNoobz,

      One has to have quite a bit of time and stamina to hike down into the Grand Canyon or even take the burro rides down. Taking a whitewater rafting trip through it would be fabulous...but again, takes time. Hope you get to fulfill your wishes someday. Thanks for your comment.

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      CarNoobz 4 years ago from USA

      Wow. Those are awesome! I've been to the Grand Canyon a couple times on road trips, but never had the chance to go down in there. Maybe some day...

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello TravelinJack,

      Get your suitcases packed and after you visit the Grand Canyon I'll be curious as to your impressions of this well known national park. If you write a hub about it, let me know. Am sure you will be happy that you experienced the Grand Canyon in person. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello DDE,

      These national parks in Arizona are truly awesome. Happy to know that you liked the photos and information. Thanks for your comment.

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      Jack Baumann 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Wow, love the pics! I have been planning a trip to the Grand Canyon for a long time. This hub has definitely encouraged my immediate departure!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      It sounds a wonderful idea and the photos are most beautiful, I can only imagine such a place of magnificent scenario.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      It would be wonderful if your travels ever take you to Arizona in the U.S. with enough time to see these national parks in person someday. In the meantime, I am happy to be able to show you something of each park seen through my eyes and other HubPage writers. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Absolutely stunning these pictures are and descriptions as interesting. I certainly would love to visit these National parks.

      Voted up, useful, awesome and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Deborah,

      Sounds nice...hiking in the Superstition Mountains. I have also been there but just to do some sightseeing...not much hiking. It is a beautiful area. Thanks for commenting on this hub about the national parks in Arizona. Hope you get to see them someday!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      So nice to know that you enjoyed this hub about the national parks in Arizona. Appreciate your nice comment. Hope that your weekend is going well over there in Wales.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I love your national parks series. I've never been to any of these (not even the Grand Canyon) but just last week I hiked in Tonto National Forest in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix. My husband, who has hiked in Saguaro, said it was a lot like that except more mountainous.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vickiw,

      So glad to know that you enjoyed this hub regarding the 3 national parks in Arizona. Yes...every time I look at the petrified wood souvenirs in our home, I think of our visits to the Petrified Forest National Park. Hope your ambitions of visiting these parks comes to fruition someday. Thanks for your comment.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Interesting ,useful,beautiful ,the lot. Each one of your hubs are so wonderful and your obvious hard work always pays off. I vote up,across and share.

      Have a wonderful weekend Peggy.

      Lots of love

      Eddy.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi Peggy, beautiful Hub. I have never had the opportunity to see any of these three Parks, but your photos are wonderful, and it must be such an experience to see these colours. The petrified wood really is so interesting, and again, it must be so beautiful to have memories of this in your home! You have given me a new ambition of another place to visit.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello ryanjhoe,

      The Grand Canyon is indeed spectacular. So glad to know that you liked this hub. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      I ever saw the Grand Canyon in television and it's indeed very spectacular! It has incredible view and looks stunning! Nice hub anyway, very informative.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DDE,

      I think that most people around the world have heard of the Grand Canyon National Park but wonder if you and others have heard about the other 2 national parks in Arizona? When my girlfriend from Germany joined me on a national park tour of the U.S. from Houston, TX to California and back...the Grand Canyon was high on her list of places to see because of all that she had heard and read about it. Thanks for your comment.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So much is spoken of this beautiful place I am enlightened even more by this incredible information.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Linda,

      So happy to know that you liked this hub regarding the 3 national parks in Arizona. I am not familiar with the Tent Rocks in NM. Hopefully you have written about them? Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Aurelio,

      You are in for a treat when you finally decide to visit Arizona. The Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert are absolutely amazing sites and are adjacent to one another. Of course the other two national parks are also worth visiting. There are a myriad of other sites in Arizona that are also interesting as well. Plan an extended vacation if you are able to see more of Arizona if you can. Thanks for your votes and especially the SHARE.

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      Linda Compton 4 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

      Hi Peggy,

      This is a great hub, wonderful photos and vids; and including other perspectives is a neat addition. I will definitely check out your other hubs! Thank you for all of the time you gave to this! Thumbs up - Way Up! Are you familiar with Tent Rocks in NM? Cheers, Linda

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've never been to Arizona but, thanks to you, Peggy, I have three sites that I now want to visit. Since I am into prehistoric life, I think the Petrified Forest would be of the most interest to me. Voting this Up and Useful. SHARED.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      That is the wonderful part about having other people's hubs included in these national park hubs that I am doing. Not everyone sees or experiences the national parks in the same way. That Skywalk did not exist the last time I got to visit the Grand Canyon.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi again, Peggy. I will check out that Hub. I'd like to know more about the glass walkway. Thanks.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vinaya,

      If the canyons in Mustang are anything approaching the size of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, they must be something! Thanks for your comment and the information about Mustang in Nepal.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Peggy, according to Lonely Planet, Mustang in Nepal is one of the three best travel destination for 2013. I have seen canyons in Mustang, quite similar to the Arizona.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Deborah,

      Nice that your husband got to do some hiking in the Saguaro National Park while he was in Tucson last year. Hope that you will soon get to experience the same feeling of exploring that unique park. Would be nice if the two of you could do it together. Thanks for your comment.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I love this series you are doing, Peggy. I am visiting Arizona soon I hope to get to Saguaro when I'm there. My husband was in Tucson for business last year and got to hike in Saguaro while he was there. He loved it.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello shiningirisheyes,

      Nice that I could provide more information about the Petrified Forest for you. Appreciate your comment regarding these national parks in Arizona.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Becky,

      I should also carry a second pair of glasses when traveling. One never expects to have an accident and have glasses broken...but better to be prepared than not. This is a good reminder!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      So glad that you are enjoying this series of national parks in the U.S. Hope you get to see the Grand Canyon and the other 2 national parks in Arizona someday. The Grand Canyon is certainly aptly named! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed your virtual trip to Arizona National Parks and that this has you dreaming of traveling again. We are finally having some sunshine down here having come out of a rainy spell. We still need more rain to make up for last year's drought...so not complaining. But it is nice to see the sunshine! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stacy,

      I'm excited for you and your family that you will be taking a special trip to the Grand Canyon this year. It will be a birthday celebration that your daughter and the rest of you will never forget! Thanks for your comment and most of all ENJOY!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Very interesting article. I was quite familiar with the Grand Canyon but I was not so studied on the Petrified Forest. I thank you for the video as well. The history of Kiva is truly fascinating.

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Peggy, I carry another pair with me now but I was just 14 when this happened. I lived in Kingman years later and we just never managed to get up there. One of these days we will make it again.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Becky,

      Oh no! Breaking your glasses after only one look at the Grand Canyon must have been heartbreaking! I know that I would have felt that way. Hope you get back there and enjoy all of its majesty someday. I guess that is a good reason to always have a second pair of glasses when traveling. My mother-in-law broke hers on a trip to Hawaii. Fortunately she carried her prescription with her and was able to have another pair made so that she could enjoy the rest of her trip. Something to consider! At least you got to see the other 2 national parks in Arizona. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Vinaya,

      National Parks are all different in the U.S. also from one another. There may be similarities in some of them...but something also always sets them apart as being special. Would love to see those in Nepal someday to see how they differ. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi kashmir56,

      So happy to hear that you liked this hub about the national parks in Arizona and also the photos. It is an "awesome place" as you said. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      That skywalk is true. If you look at the 4th hub up from the bottom under the Grand Canyon listing of hubs, you will see the one titled Visitors Guide to Grand Canyon West and the Skywalk. Have a look! It looks amazing! It was not there the last time of my visit. Would take some bravery to step out on it and look down! Thanks for coming back and sharing this hub. :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi unknown spy,

      Just keep these national parks in Arizona on your bucket list of places to see. Perhaps someday you will be visiting them and more! :)

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm enjoying your series of national parks hubs very much, Peggy. This hub is very interesting, just like the other ones in the series! The Grand Canyon is on my bucket list. It's an amazing landmark.

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Thank you Peggy for the wonderful trip to Arizona Parks through this wonderful hub of pictures and inspiration! We have been socked in by fog the last couple of days, so these pictures are very refreshing and get me back to dreaming of traveling again, thanks.

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      My husband and I have decided that one of the trips we are going to take this year is going to be to visit the Grand Canyon. I am so excited. We have driven by so many times but because it would take us out of our way, we have never actually went. Now we are going to make it a priority to visit. I think we might make it a weekend trip for my daughter's birthday!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi bankscottage,

      Was very happy to put a link in this hub to your Day Hiking Bright Angel Trail, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park. It was excellent and anyone considering taking that hike should read your hub first. You also had great photos. Thanks for the link back to your hubs, the votes and the share.

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I have managed to make it to all three of these National Parks. Unfortunately, I got one look at the Grand Canyon before my glasses got broken. I will have to go back someday so I can actually SEE it. Wonderfully written Peg.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Margaret,

      Spending a month in the Tucson area must have been wonderful. I have visited Arizona a number of times but the longest was probably about 10 days total and often less. We would tack on some vacation time after my husband's manager meetings and head off in different directions exploring the state. Then I have driven through the state on other occasions stopping off to see some of the national parks. Thanks for all of your votes and the share.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      American terrain looks entirely different than Nepal. We have national parks, but nothing of this sort.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sunnie,

      At age 18 and seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time...that must have been such a thrill! Of course it is no matter at what age the person is when viewing this majestic canyon which is now preserved as a national park for everyone from around the world to enjoy. Since you lived in Yuma...at least for a time, did you get to see the other 2 national parks in Arizona? Thanks for your comment and the share.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very beautifully written and informative hub on a very awesome and beautiful place . Love all the photos to . Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peggy. Just to let you know I always forget it's impossile to share and Tweet when the Hub is idling, so today I came back to do that. So, now it's done!

      BTW: I read somewhere that a glass walkway has been installed so you can actually walk way out for a better view of the canyon. I don't know for a fact if that is true, though.

      See you later, Mary

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Sonny,

      So glad that you enjoyed seeing the photos from the 3 national parks in Arizona. I'll admit...I am a bit of a shutterbug. Ha! Thanks for your appreciative comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Carol,

      Since you live in Arizona, those are high compliments indeed as to the wording and photos in this hub. I appreciate the votes. Just curious...can you pin this since I have not yet joined Pinterest? I did not know that was possible. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mhatter99,

      If you were on a trail going down or up from the Grand Canyon, that had to be pretty scary to see a rattlesnake there. Yikes! I have only seen one in the open and it was in the middle of a road in Palo Duro Canyon in Texas. I got out of the car, took some photos and had a friend who saw the photo scold me afterwards. She asked me if I realized how fast a snake could travel. I guess I was too close for safety reasons although I did not know it at the time. Got the photo! :) Thanks for your comment.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      *sigh*.. when can i visit these marvellous places...

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      Arizona is amazing with its topography from mountains to deserts, many Native American Indian ruins, interesting flora and fauna + the 3 amazing national parks. Something for everyone! Glad that you found this informative. Thanks for your comment.

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      bankscottage 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Wonderful Hub Peggy. Great summaries of the parks and links to other Hubs (thanks for the link to mine). Next time I am in Arizona, I'll have to get to the Petrified Forest. I'll link your hub to my Hubs about Arizona.

      Voted up, interesting, useful and shared.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I love Arizona. The first year after I retired, we spent a month in Tuscon, and really got a good look at Saguaro National Park. The desert really has its own beauty. As usual, your pictures are beautiful, and you hub is wonderful - voted up, beautiful, useful, interesting, awesome and shared!