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Arizona's National Parks
Explore the Park Sites of the Grand Canyon State
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The stunning and diverse landscape of Arizona is home to some of the most famous and unique National Parks in the country. Host of 22 national park sites, it's no wonder the Grand Canyon State welcomes nearly 11 million visitors to its parks each year.
Arizona is a land of ancient ruins and beautiful canyons. Explore the many activities and exhibits at stops like Montezuma Castle National Monument north of Phoenix, the iconic Saguaro National Park in Tucson, and Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook.
From the mystery of the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument to the awe inspiring Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona's parks are an incredible experience.
Coronado National Memorial
Located just east of Nogales near the town of Hereford, the Coronado National Memorial preserves artifacts and scenery from the earliest explorations of southern Arizona. The park features several sights to see throughout, including Montezuma’s Pass, a scenic overlook accessible by car.
Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the plentiful recreation opportunities at the park, including hiking, bird watching, and exploring the Coronado Cave. The visitor center also houses a variety of artifacts and exhibits on display year round.
Fort Bowie National Historic Site
Located in the southeastern corner of the Copper State, the Fort Bowie National Historic Site commemorates early conflicts between American military and the nearby Chiricahua Apaches. The monument can be found just east of Benson and north of the Chiricahua National Monument.
Things to do while exploring the park include viewing Fort Bowie ruins and learning more about its history through the visitor center. The park also features several hiking trails and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Petrified Forest National Park
Few sites are as unique to Arizona as the Petrified Forest National Park. Located in northeastern Arizona, it contains a wonderful collection of fallen tree fossils that lived in the Late Triassic period, around 225 million years ago. Other fossils in the park include plants, reptiles, amphibians and early dinosaurs. Petroglyphs have also been discovered in the park.
There are seven hiking trails in the park for sightseeing and admiring the beautiful Chinle Formations. Drive a short distance to Holbrook to find convenient, top-notch fun. Stay close to the park, allowing for time to see it all. Enjoy exploring the land and learning about the history of the Grand Canyon State.
Tumacacori National Historic Park
Make the most of your next southern Arizona excursion. Tumacacori National Historic Park is a 360-acre park, protecting three Spanish mission community ruins in Nogales.
The Tumacacori Museum, built in 1937, is listed as a National Historic Landmark. It contains educational displays about the missions and artwork. The park and the museum are also included on the 1,210-mile Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail.
There are over 200 historic sites in Nogales and Santa Cruz county, including the Old Tubac Schoolhouse. While exploring southern Arizona, stay close to the Tubac Shopping Center, area restaurants and close to the Arizona/Mexico border.
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The World Heritage Site covers more than a million acres. Enjoy scenic tours and amazing views from the South Rim and the North Rim. Watch a video about the park at the Visitor Center, sign up for a guided tour, or take a scenic auto tour along Desert View Drive or Hermit Road. Ride a mule along canyon trails, enjoy backcountry hikes or sign up for ranger programs. River rafting trips offer a different perspective of the famous canyon from the Colorado River below. Don’t miss the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West. Experience the best views in the park while standing on the glass-bottom bridge 4000 feet above the canyon.
Saguaro National Park
Located just outside of Tucson, Saguaro National Park spans over 90,000 acres of the Sonoran Desert. The park is divided into the eastern Rincon Mountain District and the western Tucson Mountain District. Both districts have helpful visitor centers. Vehicles are allowed until sunset. Bikers and hikers may visit the park 24 hours a day. Nowhere else will you see so many giant saguaros in dense forests. Stretching as high as 50 ft., some of the majestic cacti are more than 200 years old. The park is also filled with other varieties of cacti including the impressive barrel cactus and the colorful prickly pear. Explore over 165 miles of trails or sign up for a guided tour.