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Tourism in Arizona

Touristic attractions are what make a state unique and different than others. Arizona is one of the states that can proudly offer beautiful scenic views and a rich historical background to everyday visitors. This state abounds in beautiful scenery, national parks, amazing mountains, incredible waterfalls, American Indian museums and winter sports. Arizona is a state that can offer a variety of touristic attractions, both in the summer and in the winter. Some of the most prominent tourist attractions and historical events are the Grand Canyon, the Havasupai Waterfalls, American Indian Reservations, ski resorts and many more. Continue reading the sections below if you want to find out more information about the most attractive places in Arizona, such as:

  • The Grand Canyon
  • Havasupai Waterfalls
  • American Indian reservations
  • Weather and winter sports

The Grand Canyon

The number one tourist attraction in Arizona, and probably in all of the United States, is the incredible Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is a natural formation made out of layered red rocks. It is 277 river miles long, 18 miles wide and one mile deep. Many tourists are drawn to this scenic landscape in order to witness the variety of colors that the late afternoon sun leaves on the huge canyon walls. The Grand Canyon can be seen from two sides: from the North Rim and from the South Rim. Most of the tourists go to the South Rim because the view is better and there are many lookout areas from where they can take pictures. The North Rim, on the other hand, offers a different view of the Grand Canyon, but it is closed during winter time because of the bad weather conditions. Arizona also has other smaller canyons and red rock mountains which are open to visitors, such as: the Glen Canyon, the Sedona town surrounded by red rock mountains, Canyon De Chelly, and the Antelope Canyon at Page.

Havasupai Waterfalls

Arizona does not have only canyons and red rock mountains to offer tourists. This state has the most beautiful and dramatic waterfalls situated in the Grand Canyon — the Havasupai Waterfalls. The Havasu Creek comes out from a spring and flows from the top of the canyon descending to the bottom. Near the village Supai the water begins to fall down the Red Wall, which is the tallest layer of red rocks in the Grand Canyon. The water creates other waterfalls on the way down and all of them form the Havasupai Waterfalls, which name means “the people of the blue-green waters”, referring to the clear turquoise color of the water. Havasu Creek got the color of water as a result of the underground minerals that saturated the water during a period of approximately 30,000 years. There are several waterfalls in this area, which are known by these names: Fifty Foot Falls, Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls. In this order, the Havasupai Waterfalls are queued one after the other on the well-known trail to visitors. Beaver Falls is the farthest waterfall on this trail, which means that you will have to hike for three miles in order to see it. However, the hiking is worthwhile when knowing that you will see the most amazing cascading waterfall in Arizona.

American Indian Reservations

Arizona was discovered by the American Indians about 12,000 years ago. Today, Arizona is the homeland to 22 distinct American Indian tribes. This contributes to enlarging the number of visitors each year. However, before visiting the tribal lands, you must know that some of them may not be welcoming to visitors. Therefore, be sure to find out which tribal reservation is open to visitors. Remember that some areas such as graveyards are closed to the public and alcohol is prohibited, except in designated areas. The largest American Indian areas in Arizona are the Navajo Nation Reservation, Tohono O’odham Nation Reservation, Fort Apache Reservation, San Carlos Reservation, Hualapai Indian Reservation and the Gila River Indian Reservation.

Weather and Winter Sports

Arizona offers hot and dry weather in summer as well as snowy days in winter. While people in Central Arizona enjoy warmer weather, the Northern part of the state offers marvelous mountain landscapes covered with snow and great terrains for skiing. Arizona has developed various ski resorts for tourists who love downhill skiing and snowboarding, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The three most popular ski destinations in Arizona are the following: Sunrise Ski Resort, Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley, and Flagstaff Nordic Center for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.