Arizona Attractions

So Much To Do ~~~ So Much to See

Arizona has a wealth of attractions and a wide choice of things to do. For those lucky enough to live in Arizona, there are 27 state parks offering fishing, boating and camping, historical sights and natural phenomena to enjoy. Get out and enjoy these amazing sights, some of which will be local to where you live or are staying. Whatever your interest, there is something to enrich your recreation time, from the Grand Canyon to Slide Rock.

 
Grand Canyon
 
The Grand Canyon is America’s number one tourist attraction, and rightly so. This is a jaw dropping experience however you choose to visit this 277 mile long natural wonder of the world. Take a helicopter ride and fly over the beautiful red and orange rock formations, cliffs and buttes. Visit one of the Visitor Centers on the rim to see amazing views of this mammoth gorge. Step out on the glass-bottomed SkyWalk and experience the vastness of the Grand Canyon. Other activities for exploring the Grand Canyon include whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, mule riding and boating. However you visit the Grand Canyon it will be an unforgettable experience.
 
Write to:
Grand Canyon National Park 
P.O. Box 129 
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
Visitor Information
(928) 638-7888
Fax
(928) 638-7797
 
 
Kartchner Caverns State Park
 
Enter another world when you venture into these stunning limestone caverns in South East Arizona. The unique minerals in the dripping water have created amazing colorful formations over tens of thousands of years. Discovered in 1974, stalactites continue to form on the cave roof, with giant stalagmites beneath. Kartchner Caverns have one of the longest soda straw stalactites in the world at 21 feet 2 inches, which can be found in the aptly named Throne Room. After a guided tour, visit the Discovery Center and camp or picnic in the hummingbird garden.
 
Contact the Park:
(520) 586-2283
Reservation Line
(520) 586-4100
Information Line
Kartchner Caverns SP
P.O. Box 1849
Benson, AZ 85602
 
 
Meteor Crater
 
The Barringer Crater is the “first proven, best-preserved meteorite crater on earth”. Thought to have been created 50,000 years ago by a nickel-iron meteorite just 54 yards (50 meters) across, this massive 4000-foot (1200m) wide crater is a popular tourist attraction in Arizona. Still owned by the Barringer family, on whose land it sits, it is a national natural landmark. There is an Interactive Learning Center with films and exhibits. Guided tours allow visitors to walk along and view the crater from inside the rim, weather permitting.
 
Address:
Meteor Crater Enterprises, Inc.
Interstate 40, Exit 233
Winslow, AZ 86047 USA
(928) 289 2362
 
Monument Valley
 
One of the most impressive sights to visit on the Arizona/Utah border is Monument Valley. See the famous red sandstone buttes and mesas which have come to symbolize the American West. Explore the spectacular rock formations such as Merrick Butte and the Three Sisters then take a guided tour to see petroglyphs and ancient artwork dotted around the valley’s ancient ruins. Best views of the Valley are from John Ford’s Point where Navajo weavers and craftsmen demonstrate and sell their local handicrafts.
 
Contact the Visitor Center:
(435) 727-5870
PO Box 360289
Monument Valley
 
Montezuma Castle
 
The Montezuma Castle National Monument is in the center of Arizona. It is thought to date back to the 1100s and is one of the loveliest sites in the South West USA. These pueblo ruins were once a remarkable cliff dwelling set high in a towering limestone cliff face. Unfortunately the castle is not open for the public to explore, but it is an interesting sight to gaze up at. The Visitor Center includes exhibits and artifacts showing the lifestyle of the Sinaguan Indians who lived here. After your visit, journey to the Montezuma well 11 miles away to see the Sinaguan cliff dwellings, pueblo ruins and 1000 year old irrigation ditch still used by local residents today.
 

Address:
527 S. Main St
Camp Verde, AZ 86322 

By Phone
Visitor Information 
928-567-3322 
Headquarters 
928-567-5276 

By Fax
928-567-3597
 
Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park
 
Imagine the bustling US army life which once filled this area. These depot buildings distributed supplies to the military posts in the surrounding states on river steamers and mule drawn freight wagons during the early 1900s. Military buffs will be fascinated by the military history exhibits on display in these original buildings. Supplies were brought to the Yuma Quartermaster Depot by river steamer up the Colorado River then hauled up the tracks to the storehouses. The Quartermaster Depot was used until the Southern Pacific Railroad reached Yuma in 1877.
Contact the Park:
(928) 329-0471
Yuma Quartermaster Depot SHP
201 N. 4th Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364
 
Red Rock State Park, Sedona
 
Red Rock State Park encapsulates all the natural beauty for which Arizona is so well known. This nature reserve has miles of trails through its 286 beautiful acres with views of many natural rock formations. These dramatic red rock hills are framed with the natural unspoilt vegetation. The Visitor Center organizes many events in the Park including geology walks, moonlit hikes and talks about the Native American Rock Art which is evident in this region.
 
Contact the Park:
(928) 282-6907
Red Rock SP
4050 Red Rock Loop
Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336
 
Slide Rock State Park
 
Slide Rock is one of the most popular State Parks in Arizona and it is a great place to visit on a hot day. Set on a 43 acre site, the park is an interesting historic apple farm complete with the original homestead. However the real draw to the State Park is the natural water chute which transports visitors along an amazing natural water chute ride. There is a deeper area in the river for swimming and visitors can paddle in the creek too.
 
Contact the Park:
(928) 282-3034
Slide Rock SP
6871 N. Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
 
Boyce Thompson Botanical Garden
 
Gardeners will enjoy the beauty and color of Arizona’s oldest Botanical Garden and Arboretum. It was founded in 1920 by Col. William Boyce Thompson to demonstrate the importance of plants. The 323 acres are a pleasure to walk around and they feature not only desert plants and cacti but also mountain cliffs and a forest of towering trees with a stream running through it. Discover the desert lake, a hidden canyon and get plenty of ideas and tips for your own Arizona garden too.
 
Contact the Park:
(520) 689-2811
Boyce Thompson Arboretum SP
37615 U.S. Hwy 60
Superior, AZ 85273
 
Tonto Natural Bridge
 
Nothing is stranger than nature, and the Tonto Natural Bridge is a 183-foot high bridge over a 400-foot long tunnel. This spectacular natural phenomena is the largest natural travertine bridge in the world and took thousands of years to form. Within the tunnel there are several caves which the discoverer, David Gowan, used to hide in from the Apaches. Stand on top of the bridge for some amazing views of the beautiful valley or walk beneath the huge arch and discover its secrets. The bridge is only open on selected dates so check the website before traveling.
 
Contact the Park:
(928) 476-4202
Tonto Natural Bridge
P.O. Box 1245
Payson, AZ 85547
 
Tombstone Courthouse
 
Experience a taste of the past at the old frontier silver town of Tombstone. Founded in 1877 by Ed Schieffelin who prospected for silver, friends told him he would only find his own tombstone, hence the rather chilling name of the town. The town boomed for eight years, despite being razed to the ground by a fire and rebuilt. Eventually the mines flooded, but in that short time $37 million silver had been mined. The grand Courthouse remains standing and museum exhibits recapture the lives of miners, cattlemen and pioneers who made their fortunes here.
 
Contact the Park:
(520) 457-3311
Tombstone Courthouse
P.O. Pox 216
Tombstone, AZ 85638
 
Navajo Nation Museum at Window Rock
 
Window Rock marks the capital of the Navajo Nation, the largest native American reservation in the Southwest USA. Window Rock is a huge, round hole eroded through the sandstone rock. After exploring the interesting rock formation, spend time in the museum which has many exhibits telling the history of the Puebloans and the Navajo Indians.
 
Contact the Museum:
(928) 871-7941/6647
Navajo Nation Museum
PO Box 2520
Hwy 264 and Post Office Loop Road
Window Rock, AZ 86515
 
 
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
 
A visit to the Canyon de Chelly explores the history of human habitation in the area as long ago as AD300 by the basket maker people, followed by the Hopi and the Navajo farmers. Thousand foot high sandstone cliffs make an awesome sight with cliff dwellings carved in the rock face. A traditional Hogan home is reconstructed here complete with dirt floor and smoke hole. Pictographs on the canyon wall tell the somber tale of invading Spanish soldiers. Hike the area with a Navajo guide and prepare to be awed by this magnificent canyon.
 
Canyon de Chelly National Monument HQ:
(928) 674-5500
PO Box 588
Chinle
AZ 86503
 
Fax (928) 674-5507