Fun facts about our state

There's something to see in every corner of Arizona, from stunning landscapes to iconic buildings. There are some strange names out there, too.

  • Arizona Place Names

    From Bloody Basin to Klondyke to Gripe, Arizona has some weird place names. We have their convoluted explanations.

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  • Pleasant Valley

    Phoenix Park, a large meadow near Heber, has a connection to one of Arizona’s most violent frontier conflicts. James Stinson ran cattle on that patch of land in the late 1800s before moving his herd south to the lush grasslands of Pleasant Valley. Before long, members of the Graham and Tewksbury families were accused of rustling cattle from Stinson’s ranch. Eventually, the families turned on each other in a prolonged, bloody feud — known today as the Pleasant Valley War — that left both families decimated. 

    James Scott, Jamie Stott and Billy Wilson fell victim to corruption in Pleasant Valley in 1888. Stott was arrested on suspicion of horse theft by Deputy Sheriff J.D. Houck, who allegedly arrived without a warrant. Scott and Wilson had spent the night at Stott’s ranch and were also captured before the three were hanged on a large ponderosa pine. Their gravestones can be found along the Hangman Trail north of Forest Road 300. 

  • Counties of Arizona

    There's something beautiful and fascinating in each of Arizona's 15 counties. Read on to learn more about all the wonderful parts of our state.

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  • Rocky Mountain Elk

    Parts of Rim Country are habitats for elk — but these elk aren’t native to the area. Between 1913 and 1928, about 250 Rocky Mountain elk were transplanted here from Yellowstone National Park. The relocation came after the Merriam’s elk, Arizona’s native elk species, disappeared as humans occupied the area during frontier times. Those transplants are the ancestors of today’s elk population, which has grown to nearly 35,000 in Arizona.

  • Arizona's Historic Places

    Trading posts, iconic hotels and much more.

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