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Easy Retirement Living Arizona

Updated on February 9, 2015

The Enchanting Arizona Retirement Playground

Throngs of educated Seniors are choosing Arizona as the home of the golden years, making this one of the most popular states for retirement communities of all varieties, Arizona is a land of thrilling contrasts.

The photograph above shows Lake Mead, the giant of lakes, whose pinwheel shape shows up on satellite images as a huge black contrast with pink and green land surrounding the lake. And close up it reveals itself to be a true wonder of refreshment and activity.

The huge lake was created behind Hoover Dam in 1935, under the National Park Service and the Bureau of Reclamation. It is a popular boating and fishing area, with largemouth bass, striped bass, carp, channel catfish, crapple, and sunfish. Hike in the huge National Recreation Area where you may find plants that live nowhere else. The locality boasts an abundance of wildlife.

Lake Mead is More Than Just a Pretty Lake - it's an amazing wonder

Lake Mead & Hoover Dam: The Story Behind the Scenery
Lake Mead & Hoover Dam: The Story Behind the Scenery

For eons a great river carved its way through the wilderness, a murky ribbon of churning, silt-laden water. Then came man with his gigantic dams and azure, sprawling lakes. Water, desert, dams, and mountains--astonishing contrasts in an immense land where nature, in the final analysis, is still in control.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, located in southern Nevada and northern Arizona, was established in 1964. It includes Lake Mead (Hoover Dam) and Lake Mohave (Davis Dam).


Your Future in Arizona

Arizona in Your Future: The Complete Guide for Future Arizonans: Job-Seekers, Retirees and Snowbirds
Arizona in Your Future: The Complete Guide for Future Arizonans: Job-Seekers, Retirees and Snowbirds

Written by award-winning guidebook writers Don and Betty Martin, it covers essentials such as climate, population trends, job opportunities, schooling, living costs, taxes, economic trends, medical facilities, and state laws -- just about everything the prospective newcomer needs to know. The book divides Arizona into three components: the state, the communities, and the attractions.


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Keep Your Inflatable Ready for Early Morning Fishing

The Sevylor Fish Hunter Inflatable 6-person Boat will hold all your gear and a friend or two. You know where you will take this dandy fishing craft, to one of Arizona's grand fishing spots on lake or river, where you can even now hear the trickle of water as it drips off your rod. stow your cooler for drinks and lunch, your gear to handle your catch, and break away before the crack of dawn!

Saguaro National Park Expansively Beautiful - shot in the Sonoran Desert from the east side of Tucson

At least 150 miles of hiking trails await the vital hiker - maintained to the highest standard. Hiking only on trails is recommended, the summer weather being a factor that plays against any outback hiking. Interpretive. For those who refrain from the exertion of hiking, but still wish to engage with the desert - the Park Service has accounted for general strolling on the paths. Information is provided on shorter walking trails.

Saguaro Park is named for the cactus shown here. The cactus is the Arizona State Flower, and the main stem grows tall, up to two feet in diameter. You've likely seen pictures or clip art of the stereotypical cactus, and this would be it - the saguaro, with arcing arms, extending upwards. When it blooms, you can see clusters of white flowers, with golden tube centers filled with nectar. Flowers bloom at night - and last no later than noon the following day. It is sufficient time to entice bats, insects, and birds, who pollinate the cactus.

Standing on a shallow set of roots, it's surprising that this heavy, gangly plant can support itself so well. In addition to its relatively short tap root, the plant sends out roots from the bottom of the tap root, extending radially from the center, growing as long as the plant is high. They grab onto rocks in the soil to effectively anchor the spires.

Pollinated blossoms produce a single oval shaped three inch green fruit. It bursts to reveal an inner reddish flesh and up to thousands of seeds, just in time for the Fall rains to sprout the seeds. This stand-out plant is not easily forgotten. Your Arizona homeland will bring you countless days of travels and scenery like no other.

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PEFO Tepees

Imagine you had this spot of space on your table and you upended an empty aquarium - and into that you poured layers of colored sand. What an awesome aspect this land presents, laid down by the hand of God. Arizona is resplendent with such unexpected visual delights.

The PEFO Tepees are found in the Petrified Forest National Park in the northeastern part of the state. The Badlands are part of this park, colorful and great! Hikers, backpackers, sightseers all enjoy the vicinity. The elevation is around the 5,000' level, with temperature extremes as the seasons change.

Arizona's Montezuma Castle Cliff Dwelling

Five stories high, and built into the high side of a curved wall beneath an existing limestone overhang, the Sinagua people built these mortar and stone houses as long ago as the 15th Century AD. This is the finest example of a Cliff Dwelling in the whole continent. It is an amazing sight. This complex was not merely built up next to the natural concave wall, but it was carved out of the wall, with the new stones then mortared in place.

Fascinating Books on Montezuma Castle

Arizona Retirement Communities

Choose from a variety of styles of retirement living

Guide to Incredible Living

Weird Arizona: Your Travel Guide to Arizona's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
Weird Arizona: Your Travel Guide to Arizona's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

Check out some of the unusual aspects of this great retirement state.


Planned Patio Homes in Phoenix - curving lanes to homes with privacy

Master Planned Retirement Community

Located near Phoenix, this senior living community has a home time feel - it's planned that way! Gift Shop, Large spa and pool and shuffleboard game areas. Library,, computer room, certified-trainer exercise classes. Facility transportation van. Join the Volunteer Force. Senior adult Christian Ministry.

Planned Country Club Retirement Homes

located at beautiful Sun Lakes, AZ

Sun Lakes of Arizona is a retirement community on a golf course, with high ceilinged dining hall, community center, social rooms, pool hall, swimming pool, tennis courts, pond, and an active business community. Several country clubs. View their classifieds for individual "for sale" properties, or contact the individual country club. For Sale

Chandler, Arizona - for Vibrant Days

“Imagine your new $145,000 bright, warm and wonderful retirement home. At Mesa Condos/Patio Homes find amenities galore.”


1507 sq/ft

2 bed / 2 bath - plus den

2 Car Garage

Formal Dining Room

Tile Floors - In all the right places

New Roof & AC/Heat - in the past 2 yrs

New Washer & Dryer

Completely Furnished

Tiled Front and Back Patios

Water Softener

Fenced in Back Yard

photo by Wing-Chi Poon

Sun City West invented Golden Days

Arizona Nonprofit for Graceful Senior Homes

Find enjoyment with new friends on La Posada's 100 acre campus. The Green Valley area hosts a comprehensive program of housing opportunities for seniors at all levels of independence. La Posada operates under the leadership of a local Board of Trustees and fosters community involvement.

Westbrook Village Active Days - in Peoria, Arizona - nice ring to it!

Watermark's Thunderbird is Choice

in Glendale, Arizona

This retirement setting presents choices to the retiree, provided ongoing education choice, a full scope of activities, including movies in comfy upholstered movie chairs, your choice of meal plans, housekeeping and laundry services, and outdoor activities.

Watch the videos. Read Blanco the dog's story.

Tucson Senior Academy

a nonprofit organization devoted to lifelong learning

Dr. Henry Koffler, President Emeritus of the University of Arizona, decided to establish a senior retirement community that held continuing education as a prime focus of life. Two purposes are to provide the venue for ongoing education and to set up the stage for returning good back to the community. The Academy and Academy Village provide both housing options and varying educational opportunities, as separate entities.

The setting is replete with true Southwestern vistas and architecture. Take a video tour and explore all the options before scheduling your flight for an on-the-ground tour. more information

Choose Arizona or Neighboring State - Retirement Living Arizona

Choose the Southwest for Retirement, 3rd: Retirement Discoveries for Every Budget (Choose Retirement Series)
Choose the Southwest for Retirement, 3rd: Retirement Discoveries for Every Budget (Choose Retirement Series)

Take some peaceful time to discern for yourself the most important points in making your retirement living space home.


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What Do You Think - is Arizona Retirement for you?

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    • Rangoon House profile image


      6 years ago from Australia

      You are a great ambassador for Arizona! Blessings.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile image

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thank you for including my Arizona Heritage lens! ;-)

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      coolmon2009 lm 

      6 years ago

      I have been though Arizona a few time spending time in Lake Havasu, Az. I am not sure if i would be happy there, nice lens thanks for the information.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 

      6 years ago from Canada

      As a Canadian, I expect Arizona is a bit far from home but it sounds like an interesting retirement option for Americans.

    • carrieokier profile image


      10 years ago

      Sounds good to me!


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