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Fabulous Pictures of some of my Favorite Places in Arizona

Updated on September 4, 2016

Just one of many great places in Arizona...The Painted Desert

Just one of many great places in Arizona...The Painted Desert
Just one of many great places in Arizona...The Painted Desert | Source

Visiting Arizona


Already written are a number of posts about different sites in Arizona. If you are interested in a particular location after looking at this overview, be sure and check it out as in most cases there will be many more pictures to view as well as more information. This will be a brief synopsis or explanation of why we have enjoyed these locales.

By no means is this an exhaustive rendition of what the entire State has to offer...solely some of my experiences while there.

All photos unless otherwise specified were taken by me and in a very few instances, someone traveling with me at the time.

In no particular order, let me begin a brief review of several of my favorite places of interest when visiting Arizona.

Petrified Forest National Park

Close-up of the beautiful colors in petrified wood
Close-up of the beautiful colors in petrified wood | Source
Massive amounts of Petrified wood found in the Petrified Forest National Park
Massive amounts of Petrified wood found in the Petrified Forest National Park | Source

Petrified Forest National Park

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Close-up of petrified logLong petrified logs fallen and brokenOverview of Badlands
Close-up of petrified log
Close-up of petrified log | Source
Long petrified logs fallen and broken
Long petrified logs fallen and broken | Source
Overview of Badlands
Overview of Badlands | Source

The Petrified Forest National Park


It has taken literally millions of years to form the petrified wood and other fossils that have been found in the Petrified Forest National Park of Arizona.

Despite the fact that massive amounts of the brightly hued chunks of petrified wood and fallen and cracked logs of entire trees can readily be seen, most of what is there still remains buried beneath the earth. In fact it has been discovered that up to 300 feet of fossilized remains lie underground ever so gradually working their way to the surface. Much of this process is due to the forces of erosion.

That being said, to see the greatest amount of petrified wood lying in the open air and easily accessible in one concentrated area of the entire world, it is worth it to come and visit the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.

One can easily get an impression of this national park by driving through and stopping at nine overlook points strategically placed for best viewing opportunities.

Without a doubt, hiking in to the different areas offers enjoyment of the scenery in a more close and personal way. The paths are well maintained and easily accessible.

The Agate House is a pueblo that has been partially restored using the building blocks that were available at the time to the resident Indians...that being the chunks of petrified wood .

The Badlands, huge mounds looking like petrified sand dunes that are composed of various minerals is an amazing site to see and one can also traverse the paths into the heart of them.

Petroglyphs...writings of long ago Indian residents...or perhaps those Indians just passing through...are found within the park.

For these reasons and more, the Petrified Forest National Park is one of my favorite visited places in Arizona.

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Painted Desert

A portion of The Painted Desert
A portion of The Painted Desert | Source

Arizona's Painted Desert


If one visits the Petrified Forest National Park, one will also get to see the Painted Desert as they are intermingled, merging with one another.

Just imagine a child with multiple pails of white sand being given an assortment of colors ranging from pale pinks and oranges to muted mauve's and other hues. That child was told to mix the colors with the sand and then make piles of them in different patterns all across a wide expanse of area.

Now imagine that child being a giant and this part of Arizona being like that child's backyard.

The result is a brightly and imaginatively arranged and colored landscape like few other backyards. In fact, it is spectacular!

The colors of the Painted Desert change with the lighting, time of day and passing clouds. Pictures and photographs can only capture so much. It is an amazing site to behold and makes it onto my list of favorite places.


Apollo Capsule at Meteor Crater

Apollo Space Capsule at Meteor Crater + my mother
Apollo Space Capsule at Meteor Crater + my mother | Source

Meteor Crater Arizona

Meteor Crater


If you are unfamiliar with this fascinating place in Arizona you might be wondering about the photo with my mother standing next to an Apollo Space Capsule.

Our astronauts have been trained in this huge hole in the ground as the terrain is so similar to what they have found on the moon.

Around 49,500 years ago a massive meteor or cluster of them rocketing through the atmosphere at an astonishing 43,000 miles per hour impacted this formerly flat terrain in Arizona creating this immense and geologically unusual space.

The circumference of the rim is over three miles. The crater's depth is 570 feet and its diameter is 4,100 feet across.

Meteor Crater is the best preserved crater on earth and is significant for the impact it has had on space exploration.

This site which is 43 miles east of Flagstaff, provides a museum where one can learn much about space and geology; two movies that run on the half hour; the Apollo Capsule; a Moon Mountain Telescope; a viewing platform of the amazing crater...and yes...even moon rocks! After viewing the Astronaut's Hall of Fame, one can also picnic in Astronaut Park if desired.


The Grand Canyon

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The Grand Canyon
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The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon | Source
Seen at the Grand Canyon
Seen at the Grand Canyon | Source
View of the Grand Canyon
View of the Grand Canyon | Source

The Grand Canyon south rim in 5 min

The Grand Canyon National Park


One of the true wonders of the world, what visit to Arizona would be complete without seeing this majestic park?

The Grand Canyon is also a World Heritage Site and people from all around the planet earth are drawn to wanting to see this gigantic canyon carved by the Colorado River.

While it took many millions of years for the Colorado River to accomplish what can now be viewed, the scouring and erosive action of the river is still slowly changing the landscape.


Originally Indian territory, five Indian tribes still call this region home.


From mule trips to backpacking, camping to hiking, river rafting or simply gazing down into the canyon and taking photographs, most everyone that comes here leaves with an overwhelming feeling of the majestic power of nature.


The Grand Canyon National Park is not only a favorite place of mine, but rates that same status for many people who have come and experienced its grandeur.

Saguaro National Park

Me hamming it up in the Saguaro National Park
Me hamming it up in the Saguaro National Park | Source

Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro National Park


Since the days of cattle grazing have been eliminated in what is now the Saguaro National Park, thousands of young growing seedlings of saguaro cactus may be able to grow and thrive.

The biggest threat is cactus rustling and vandalism in addition to Mother Nature.

Cactus rustling is a big business unfortunately because it takes so long for a saguaro cactus to attain any size, much-less its signature shape. Many people are willing to pay significant amounts of money to have the saguaro cactus growing in their landscapes...thus the incentive for the illegal activity of rustling them.


Saguaros grow very slowly and only after about 75 years begin to sprout the uplifted arms which make them famous.

They grow in limited areas and the Saguaro National Park around Tucson, Arizona has a great concentration of one of the largest growing cacti in the United States. For this reason it makes my list of favorite places in Arizona.

Sedona, Arizona and Oak Creek Canyon

Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona
Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona | Source
Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon...2 of my photos pieced together
Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon...2 of my photos pieced together | Source

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon


Driving south of Flagstaff (and the Grand Canyon) one encounters a gem of a canyon called Oak Creek.

As opposed to the massive scale of the Grand Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon can be experienced much more easily and intimately as one literally drives through the heart of it.

Just driving through the mountainous roads, one get glimpses of Oak Creek and about midway one can stop and encounter the Slide Rock State Park if one has the time and interest.

It is a fabulous area of scenic splendor for hiking and literally sliding across the slick rocks of Oak Creek if the weather permits and one is ready to play in this aquatic natural wonderland.

Driving further south and entering Sedona, Arizona...not only will one basque in the glow of the ever present red rocks in this area, but Sedona offers a variety of interesting sites for tourists and residents alike.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross sits high up built into the red rocks overlooking the town of Sedona.

There are numerous reasons that this has made my list of favorite places in Arizona!

There is so much more to see and enjoy in this fabulous State of Arizona. From past volcanic activity located at Sunset Crater to desert architectural jewels such as experienced at San Xavier del Bac in Tucson to ancient Indian ruins such as are found at Walnut Canyon and Wupatki National Monument, one will never tire of seeing new and different things in Arizona.

Hopefully you enjoyed these pictures and the synopsis of some of the areas which have been enjoyed by this author.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Connie,

      As you say, Arizona is an absolutely amazing place to visit with so many gorgeous sites. These are just a few of my favorite places to visit in Arizona mentioned in this hub. There are many others! Thanks for your comment.

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      Connie 5 years ago

      Very interesting and beautiful pictures. I also love Arizona and all it has to offer in history and natural beauty.

      For a list of more places to visit in this beautiful state, visit http://www.visiting-arizona.com

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings kims3003,

      Happy to hear that you liked this look at Arizona including some of my favorite places in that very scenic state. Thanks for the comment.

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      kims3003 7 years ago

      These are beautiful - a wonderful look at Arizona! Top quality! A++! work!!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello scheng1,

      I think you must have meant how life was like HAVING LIVED in Montezuma's Castle. It was quite some time ago when Indians actually inhabited it. Thanks for reading about some of my favorite places in Arizona and commenting on the pictures.

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      scheng1 7 years ago

      Amazing! I wonder how life is like living in the Montezuma's Castle.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello HubCrafter,

      Oh...I agree with you. If I put everything of interest as to favorite places in Arizona...I would need a book format. These are simply some in which I could easily pull from pictures on hand. I may do a follow-up someday. You are fortunate to be living in Arizona. It is a wonderful and varied state as to things to do and see. Thanks for the comment.

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      HubCrafter 7 years ago from Arizona

      What a wonderful journey. There are so many more places to explore for us in Arizona.

      Linda and I love to travel the state rock hounding and shooting pictures, gabbing and munching our way across Arizona. She's a native. I'm a transplant. So there's lots to say and lots to see.

      thanks for the wonderful views and the great information too.

      HubCrafter

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Truth From Truth,

      Thanks for going on this journey to see pictures of some of my favorite places in Arizona. From what you indicated, you enjoyed it and of that, I am happy. You always leave such nice comments.

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub, You have visited some incredible locations. I always enjoy your pictures.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      Blessed indeed! Remembering these trips by doing these hubs is a double pleasure. This one had your name on it! :-) Thanks for the comment.

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      You have been blessed to see some of the most beautiful places! Thank you for sharing them with me, with us (tho I think it's just for me!!) HA!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello shai77,

      Thanks for the compliments on the pictures taken in Arizona. Also happy that you liked the information about these favorite places. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello mp3crunch,

      Happy that you liked these pictures of some of my favorite places in Arizona. Hope that you get there to visit in person someday. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Chen 7 years ago

      Hi :-)

      Very interesting Hub and the pictures are wonderful and so is the information.

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      mp3crunch 7 years ago from Kathmandu Nepal

      wow seems like the cool place by seeing picture. hope i could visit it one day.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      Just going down memory lane with pictures showing some of my favorite places in Arizona. Happy to hear that you are enjoying it as well. Thanks for the comment.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      You always share such fabulous places Peggy. Thanks

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dink96,

      Hard to disagree with your favorite places in Arizona. As you say...your State is "chock-full" of interesting places and there is much more than what fit into this hub. Thanks for your comment...especially as an Arizona resident.

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      Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Always nice to see what visitors write about my home state. We do have a lot to see and enjoy. I think my two favorites are Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona and by far, the Grand Canyon. Thanks for writing a hub chock-full of great info on my home state! Happy traveling/writing!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello itakins,

      So happy that you liked the pictures and information regarding some of my favorite places in Arizona. Thanks for the compliments.

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      itakins 7 years ago from Irl

      What an incredible hub-really impressed by the information and the photography.Brilliant.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi loveroflife,

      Yes the Saguaro Cactus in Arizona are striking in thier form. "Sentinals of the desert" is a good description. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      The petrified logs break over time as the earth shifts under them. Sometimes they tumble down long distances, other times not. It is fascinating to see...and of course, the colors are spectacular. Happy to know you enjoyed the pictures taken in Arizona of some of my favorite places. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky Dee,

      Very happy that you enjoyed the synopsis and pictures of some of my favorite places in Arizona. That state has much to offer! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      loveroflife 7 years ago

      Beautiful pictures. I especially liked the Saguaro National Forest since it reminded me of the first time, many years ago, that I viewed those "sentinals of the desert".

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      It's another very good hub you've written Peggy. The broken petrified log amazed me how this happened since most of them are buried and pressed under ground.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you for your very nice hub. I'll be back- lots.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Dr. Kelley Eidem,

      Thanks for the comment on this latest hub about some of my favorite places in Arizona. I've left out many...like Scottsdale, the Superstition Mountains, etc. More hubs later... Happy to see you here. Learning much from following you.

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      Kelley Eidem 7 years ago from Panama City, FL

      Yet another in the continuing saga of beautiful travel from Peggy W.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Hello, hello,

      Yes, seeing all of these favorite places in Arizona in person has been a true pleasure. I have loved traveling in the past and look forward to more traveling in the future. One learns so much if one is open to new and different experiences. Thanks for the comment.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for showing all these pictures. It must be a real experience to see all this.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Enelle,

      The colors in that petrified wood are spectacular! Arizona has so many interesting places. Will have to write more in the future. So happy that you liked this hub. Thanks for the first comment.

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      What a great hub Peggy - loved the pictures of the Petrified Forest :D