Welcome To Arizona
Arizona is a state with diverse cultures. This diversity was created by the history of the towns that sprang up all over Arizona many years ago. Towns were influenced by different cultural backgrounds including the Spaniards, Indians, miners. All of these individuals to the development of the settlements that you can visit today.
While traveling in Arizona, you will run across some towns that will cause you to make a change in plans. There will be towns with wonderful names like Ash Fork, Strawberry or Surprise. These towns might spark your interest. On the other hand, you might be curious about towns like Williams, Tubac or Bisbee. They hold pieces of the Old West that you can see and touch.
You simply can’t judge a town by looking at a map. There are many Arizonan towns that may look like a pinhole dot on the map. But, when if you venture into them, you will find something special. In Southern Arizona, you will see high desert valleys and pine topped forest mountain areas. This part of Arizona includes such cities and towns like Tucson, Oracle, Ajo, Nogales, Douglas and Wilcox. Southern Arizona has old western towns, mining camps, missions and a flavor of Mexico with its proximity to the border.
Western Arizona is edged with the Colorado River’s long stretch of sandy beach and beautiful desert land. You will find cities and towns like Parker, Lake Havasu City, Kingman, Yuma, Quartzsite and Bullhead City. This part of Arizona has lots of ghost towns, boating on Lake Mead, walks across London Bridge and the only stand of native palms in the state.
Central Arizona lies in the basin of the Salt River Valley with flat desert land sprinkled with mountains. Here you will find the towns and cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gila Bend, Wickenburg and Glendale. In this part of Arizona, you will discover the capital of the State with museums, shopping, golfing and hiking. Eastern Arizona is filled with contrasts ranging from lakes and green forests to rock mesas and flat desert terrain. You will find the cities and towns of Holbrook, Payson, Duncan, Globe, St. John’s and Kayenta. Eastern Arizona has many spots where you can take in pristine lakes, camp, travel through Indian Lands and learn about the history of mining. part of Arizona includes the cities and towns of Flagstaff, Williams, Prescott, Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Jerome. Here you will see the Grand Canyon, take a trip to Montezuma’s Castle Indian ruins, walk though ghost towns, hike and camp.
By dividing Arizona into these five areas, you will find it easier to explore all parts of the state. In every region of Arizona, you will discover spectacular outdoor sites, unique towns and exciting attractions. During your travels, you will encounter varying climates. Arizona is special. It is a state that includes a variety of climatic zones. Many people believe Arizona is just a hot dry desert, but this just isn’t true. Arizona has many climatic zones, due to the varying ranges in elevations throughout the State. Some are surprised to learn that Arizona is not a flat state. It is a state with many mountains. These mountainous areas give visitors a spectacular view and great weather to boot.
In all five of the zones, you will encounter different towns and cities, from small ones with populations under 100 to ones in the millions. Depending on what type of place you would like to spend your time, every zone has something unique for you to see.
There is so much to discover about Arizona and its zones. Arizonan.com is the perfect place to start planning your journey.
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Western Arizona reaches south to the border of Mexico (by Yuma), north to the border of Nevada, west to the edge of the State skirting California by the Colorado River and east to near the middle of the state (including towns of Peach Springs, Wenden, Wikieup and Dateland).
This zone includes a long stretch of sandy beaches edging the State by the Colorado River and beautiful desert land. You will find the temperatures in this zone to be on the high side, especially in the summer. This makes the Colorado River a popular spot. Yet, in the winter the temperatures are mild.
You will find cities and towns like Parker, Lake Havasu City, Kingman, Yuma, Quartzsite and Bullhead City. You will discover many spots to visit in this zone. Parker and Lake Havasu City both are terrific spots to enjoy the Colorado River. You can boat, tube water ski or jet ski in the River.
Kingman is located in a prefect spot for many reasons. One is its short drive to Las Vegas or Laughlin for gambling or even Lake Mead for a day of water fun. Visitors can get to any of these attractions easily from Kingman. The Colorado River is a high point in Yuma. Yuma is also close to the Mexico border and is a perfect place to cross into Mexico.
Quartzsite is a rockhound delight. This town hosts a huge rock show every year. People come from all over to look and purchase specimens. Bullhead City is unique in that it is minutes from Laughlin and the Colorado River. Bullhead City is also close to a small town called Oatman. This is a great ghost town to visit. You can sit in the local bar and watch the burros walk the streets.
Western Arizona has several outdoor spots you must visit. There are some State Parks such as: Yuma Territorial Prison State Historical Park, Alamo Lake State Park, Cattail Cove State Park and the Lake Havasu State Park. As you can see, the most popular parks are along the Colorado River. There are some spots where you can see wildlife such as: Cibola National Wildlife Refuge and the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge.
Southern Arizona stretches south to the Mexican border, north to Picacho Peak (just north of Tucson, west to Ajo (near the Organ Pipe Wilderness) and east to the New Mexico border. You will find high desert valleys and evergreen forest areas. The climate is somewhat mild in the summer due to its southern location and has moderate winters.
This zone includes such cities and towns as Tucson, Nogales, Bisbee and Tombstone. You will find many attractions in this zone. The Sonoran Desert Museum near Tucson is a great spot to see both wildlife and plants in a well-maintained environment.
The Mexican border has terrific shopping and delicious food. Nogales is the place to go when crossing the border. Heading down a mine dressed in miner’s gear can be lots of fun. Bisbee is the place to go to try this adventure. Tombstone is the place to go to see the old west. The O.K. Corral, graveyard with famous gunfighters and a old time saloon are some of the attractions you will find in this town.
Southwestern Arizona some great outdoors spots. This zone host several state parks such as: Picacho Peak State Park, Roper Lake State Park, Kartchner Caverns State Park, Tubac Presidio State Park and Patagonia Lake State Park. . If bird watching is your interest, you need to go to Patagonia. Here you will see some of the best humming bird watching in the United States.
There are some National sites such as: Saguaro National Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the Chiricahua National Monument. In these spots, you will discover great hikes, wildlife, and camping and beautiful landscapes.
Eastern Arizona is located on the border on New Mexico. It stretches south to Winkelman and Safford, north to Holbrook and Winslow, west to Globe, Heber, and east along the edge of the New Mexico border.
This zone is filled with lakes, meadows and beautiful, green forests. Its summer temperatures are cool and winter temperatures are some of the coldest in the State. In this zone, you will find the cities and towns of Safford, Alpine, Clifton and Globe. Safford, Clifton and Globe were and some still are mining towns. Here you will discover the history of Arizona through a miner’s eyes. Alpine is a small town that is nestled in the pine trees near the New Mexico border. This town has hiking, camping and wildlife. Visitors will relax in this gorgeous, Arizona spot. This Eastern Arizona zone has numerous outdoor places to go visit. Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area is a popular fishing and camping spot. Near Fool Hollow Lake is Sunrise Ski and Lake where you can participate in the outdoors all year long. Lyman Lake is a special place to relax and take in nature.
At Lyman Lake, you will soon discover there is a small herd of buffalo roaming the area. There are several wilderness areas you will enjoy such as: Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness and Gila Box National Conservation Area.
Another spectacular outdoor spot is the Petrified Forest. This is a must see if you are traveling in Eastern Arizona. This destination boasts one of the few areas where you can see and touch petrified wood. It is an amazing sight. You will also see the Painted Desert that has been a popular area for artists. At times you will not believe what you are seeing is real. Eastern Arizona is a perfect destination to see and be a part of nature.
Central Arizona is a small section in the center of the State. This zone reaches south to Casa Grande, north to just past Wickenburg and Black Canyon City, west to just beyond Buckeye and Gila Bend and east to Superior.
Central Arizona lies in the basin of the Salt River Valley with flat desert land sprinkled with mountains. The climate of the Central Arizona varies depending on how far north or east you head the cooler the temperatures will get in both the summer and the winter.
Here you will find the towns and cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Wickenburg and Carefree. Phoenix is the capitol of the State and has a multitude of attractions. You can participate in anything ranging from watching professional sports to going to an Indian museum.
There is a lot going on in the Capitol. Scottsdale is a town that touches Phoenix. It hosts many terrific restaurants, shopping spots, along with a recreated old west town. There is another town that skirts the edge of Phoenix and that is the town of Tempe. Here you will find Arizona State University and a great shopping and eating area located on Mill Avenue.
If you would like to see the old West, as it once was then a trip to Wickenburg is for you. Wickenburg has a great western museum and many dude ranches for you to try your hand at a roundup. Carefree is a small town with great food and beautiful views of the Phoenix valley.
There are outdoor spots for you to see in Central Arizona. Lake Pleasant, Saguaro Lake, and Canyon Lake are great areas for water fun. These lakes are great for a fast paced day of jet skiing and water skiing. They also boast terrific views of rock canyons and desert land.
There is a good hiking spot near Phoenix. The Lost Dutchman’s State Park is a place where you can get in a hike and search for gold at the same time. Legend has it that gold is hidden in the mountains