Our newest book, which includes Arizona Highways iconic photography and maps, is sorted by region and is written for car-campers and families. Detailed information about accessibilty, amenities and fees is included for each campground.
People like to complain. About their jobs, their neighbors, their lot in life. People like to complain about Arizona, too. It's too hot, it's too dry, it's too this, it's too that. Admittedly, Arizona isn't perfect — no place is. Nevertheless, there's a lot that's right with Arizona, and we thought the world could use a reminder.
Thoreau claimed to have never found a friend that was "so companionable as solitude." Maybe he wasn't much of a social butterfly, or maybe he just liked to be alone with his thoughts. Either way, he was on to something, and Arizona's landscapes are just right for getting lost inside your own head. While it's no Walden Pond, Mormon Lake is a great place to spend a little solo time. In this photograph, an elk takes a sunset stroll along among the shallow lake's reeds. Information: Flagstaff Ranger District, 928-774-1147 or www.fs.usda.gov/coconino
When it comes to finding a fantastic voyage, Arizona offers something for everyone, from rock-climbing and horseback-riding to hiking, biking and rafting. And there’s no better place to get your feet wet than along the Colorado River. Information: Grand Canyon National Park, 928-638-7888 or www.nps.gov/grca
In Apache culture, the mountain spirit known as the Ga’an Dancer possesses a positive energy that’s used to protect the people from illness and fight off evil forces. Ancient rites, though rarely open to the public, are still performed on reservations across Arizona. Information: Apache Culture Center & Museum, 928-338-4625 or www.wmat.us/wmaculture
Long before subdivisions sprang up among the saguaros and email replaced the Pony Express, Arizona’s native people were thriving in an unforgiving desert. The Sinaguan people, for example, built the 20-room Montezuma Castle into a limestone cliff. There, they ground corn, crafted tools and created ornaments from shells and gemstones, weaving ingenuity and resiliency into the state’s history and foundation. Information: Montezuma Castle National Monument, 928-567-3322 or www.nps.gov/moca
When Mexican officials signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, they ceded to the United States much of the land that now makes up Arizona. But that’s not where the state’s Hispanic heritage ends. From Folklorico dancing and Dia de los Muertos celebrations to La Fiesta de los Vaqueros in Tucson, Arizona’s Mexican history and traditions are celebrated as a crucial part of the state’s cultural identity. The Fiesta is an official event in Arizona’s yearlong Centennial celebration. It takes place in late February. Information: La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, 520-741-2233 or www.tucsonrodeo.com
On July 4, 1888, professional rodeo was born when a group of Prescott merchants and businessmen organized the first formalized "cowboy tournament" and offered cash prizes. While the Prescott Rodeo features some of the best ropers and riders in the country, the Northern Arizona Working Ranch Rodeo features men and women who do this sort of thing seven days a week — on working ranches. This year’s rodeo takes place August 8. Information: Northern Arizona Working Ranch Rodeo, 928-567-9223
In Arizona, the line between Earth and sky can be difficult to discern. That’s the case in Monument Valley, where the famous “Mittens” stretch their sandstone fingers toward the clouds. Horizons like these are part of what make postcards from Arizona so spectacular, but they’re a testament to something deeper — the elemental harmony that pervades the state’s landscapes. Information: Monument Valley Tribal Park, 435-727-5874 or www.navajonationparks.org
Oxygen + Hydrogen
Water is rare in Arizona, but contrary to popular myth, it does exist, as evidenced by this photograph of Potato Lake on the Mogollon Rim. Ironically, if the state had more water, it would have less diversity — it’s the isolated nature of water that leads to Arizona’s abundance of life. Information: Flagstaff Ranger District, 928-774-1147 or www.fs.usda.gov/coconino
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