Discover the rich history behind the Grand Canyon State. Travel along the twist and turns of Arizona’s landscape and cities. Indulge in the beauty of the mountains, deserts, and forested plateaus. Monument Valley, Mount Baldy and Lavender Pit Mine are some of the many places that make Arizona special.
The beauty of the forests, mountains and valleys brings attention to the state. Many Hollywood directors have an eye for Monument Valley. The valley is owned and operated by the Navajo Nation in Northeast Arizona. Each sandstone butte towers at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet.
Additionally, Arizona has delicate natural landscapes and cities of all sizes. The oldest city in Arizona is Tucson, originally named by native people and settled in 1775. The city was once filled with Spanish explorers and missionaries that traveled from Mexico. The city has numerous Missions that keep the Spanish heritage alive. But beyond the city is the Saguaro Desert, home to the Saguaro, a native species to Arizona. The Tohono O’odham tribe believed the Saguaro was created by an ancient god.
Southern Arizona is part of the basin and range province. Sky islands fill the land that’s perfect for ranching. Patagonia and Safford are among many towns that commit to farming and ranching in Southern Arizona. The railroad runs through the region, though cowboys could roam for miles without running into barbed wire fences.