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Places to Visit in the Arizona Desert

Updated on April 4, 2011


Arizona State flower

Saguaro Cactus Blossom


On February 14th in 1912 Arizona achieved statehood as the 48th state admitted to the Union. In 1931 Saguaro Cactus Blossom became the official Arizona State flower.

The Cactus Wren became Arizona’s official bird in 1973.

Arizona is known for beautiful blue skies, cactus, trails, heat, and natural landscape. There is something beautiful about the Arizona desert. Not only are their clear sky’s, enabling you to see for miles, not just the peace that sweeps across the land, the echoes of eagles that float above your head in a canyon, or the colorful sunsets, but the history. The history of Arizona is rich. For every piece of desert you walk across, in Arizona, you are walking onto a piece of history.

If you are going to visit Arizona, there are some spots you have to see.

Arizona State Bird-Cactus Wren

The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

Start off your trip at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. People from all over the world visit this wonder. It is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, and up to 18 miles wide. This canyon is not only breathtaking, but it can hold all the river water on earth and still be only half full. Take your hiking boots.

The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. If you visit Arizona, the Grand Canyon should be the first on your list.

Sedona Arizona


Sedona has become official in 1988, and has long been home to the Yavapai people. In the 1800’s, the Yavapai people were chased away by gold miners, and later returned to their home.

Sedona Arizona should also be at the top of your list of places to see in Arizona. Sedona is also known as “Red Rock Country.” It has breath taking landscape. Sedona is a place you do not want to miss.

Slide Rock

Slide Rock

Take a break with Slide Rock. You can cool off, take hikes, and enjoy your day with this natural water slide. Slide Rock is not only beautiful, but it will cool you off on those hot days.

Several films were shot in the area: Angel and the Badman , Broken Arrow , Drum Beat , and Gun Fury.

The Painted Desert

The Painted Desert

The Painted Desert is home to the Navajo and Hopi people. The tribes lived in the Painted Desert for the last five hundred and one thousand years.

The Painted Desert is over 93,500 acres. The name came from the Colonial Spanish who are said to have named it El Desierto Pintado due to its brightly colored landscape. You do not want to miss this site when you are visiting Arizona. It is absolutely breathtaking.

Mt Lemon

Mt Lemon

Mt Lemon


The story of the Lost City and Lost Mission, the Iron Door Mine, the colorful history of Campo Bonito and Buffalo Bill Cody's gold mine at the High Jinks Ranch, and other stories have contributed to the lore of the mountains.

Enjoy a night of camping at Mt. Lemon in Arizona. With wild life, and plenty of lush green, this is considered a beautiful treasure in Arizona.

The Canyon Lake

The Canyon Lake in Arizona

Cool off some more at The Canyon Lake in Arizona. If you choose, bring your fishing poles. The Canyon lake is not only known for its beauty, and water sports, but also bass, and trout. It also has secluded little caves, picnic tables, and barbeque pits.

Goldfield Ghost Town

Goldfield Ghost Town

Right next to the Superstition Mountains in Arizona, you can visit a place in the desert that has become a ghost town. This town was booming for five years, until the production of gold slowed down. On November 2, 1898, and Goldfield became a ghost town. It is a very interesting place to visit. Their entertainment not only includes walking through a piece of history (the famous Lost Dutchman Mine legend), but you can also enjoy a brief train ride, panning for gold, and a tour through the gold mine to name a few.


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      teamrn 6 years ago from Chicago

      This knocked the wind out of my sails, not because of the beauty I've come to know, but because I was going to write about it as a sequel to my Road Trip to Sedona hub-until I saw your beautiful photos and stories that took me back to a time when all was beautiful.