{phx} some arizona adventures are on the horizon

July 18, 2009

Since I’m “stuck” or more nicely put, “on layover,” here in Arizona, it would be a waste to not take the opportunity to take in all that the state has to offer. It seems a good way of doing this is by visiting all 26 of Arizona’s national parks and monuments.

National parks
Grand Canyon: Speaks for itself
Petrified Forest: Brightly colored petrified logs
Saguaro: Largest, one of slowest growing cacti in the world

National monuments
Agua Fria: High elevation desert, whatever that means
Canyon de Chelly: Navajo settlements, ancient ruins
Casa Grande: Four-story late-Hohokam-period ruin
Chiricahua: Volcanic rocks eroded into pinnacles and spires
Grand Canyon-Parashant: Expansive solitude
Ironwood: Trees and a silver mine
Montezuma Castle: Limestone Aztec ruins
Navajo: Three cliff dwellings of Ancestral Puebloan people
Organ Pipe Cactus: Cacti living in the hottest, driest U.S. desert
Pipe Spring: Antelope Valley dwellings
Sonoran: True to desert form
Sunset Crater: Lava and ash from now extinct volcanoes
Tonto: Salado Native American dwellings
Tuzigoot: Cluster of Sinagua Indian buildings
Vermilion Cliffs: Cliffs and colorful foothills
Walnut Canyon: Sinagua Indian cave dwellings
Wupatki: Pueblos from ancient peoples

National historic sites
Hubbell Trading Post: Navajo’s oldest continuously operated post
Fort Bowie: Commemorates Chiricahua Apache and U.S. military conflict

National historical parks
Tumacacori: Huge adobe church remains

National memorials
Coronado: U.S.-Mexico border view

National recreation areas
Glen Canyon: All about the water, even in the desert
Lake Mead: Hoover Dam and so much more

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3 Responses to “{phx} some arizona adventures are on the horizon”

  1. Jacob said

    Wow, that’s a lot of parks! Are you gonna see them all?!?

  2. still sad said

    ………..i dont think i could survive one

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