10 Scenic Spots in Arizona!
From the lively Sonoran Desert landscape of southern Arizona, to the towering forests to the north – the Grand Canyon State is home to a collection of scenic destinations ripe for year round outdoor recreation and exploration.
Here are 10 destinations fit for year round adventure:
1. Explore the vast Superstition wilderness and Superstition Mountain range, as you traverse nearly seven miles of hiking trails just east of Apache Junction. The local-favorite Apache Trail combines the convenience of being minutes from the city, while housing some of the best central Arizonan wildlife and scenery in the region as well.
2. View the still standing, Sinagua people’s prehistoric cliff dwelling at Montezuma Castle Nation Monument in northern Arizona, just outside of Cottonwood. This short, walking trail is an absolute delight due to the beautiful scenery, year round comfortable temperatures, and of course, the always impressive "castle".
3. Escape the famous Arizona heat this summer with a trip to one of the local favorite boating and fishing destinations – Lake Powell, just east of Page, offers some of the Grand Canyon State’s best boating, swimming, fishing, and water sports with over 24 million acres of refreshing, cool waters.
4. Explore Sedona’s famous red-rock formations and beautiful forest with a one-of-a-kind Pink Jeep Tour. Local, expert tour guides take you off the beaten path with this thrilling, yet tranquil drive tour of some of the region’s most iconic scenery.
5. Bearizona, just outside of Williams, is truly a one-of-a-kind wildlife viewing experience, unique to the Copper State. Visitors of Bearizona view native species of black bears, wolves, bison, and much more, as they drive through the park’s towering forest on a paved road, a la your favorite dinosaur movie.
6. The Desert Botanical Garden, located in Phoenix, offers an oasis of natural beauty and native greenery to all comers. This 145-acre garden provides an informative and fun-filled walk through, featuring flowers, trees, cacti, and so much more, only found in the Grand Canyon State.
7. Want to experience a truly Arizonan outdoor experience? Visit Saquaro National Park in southern Arizona. Just outside of Tucson, these towering, native cacti are plentiful, where guests can take guided walks, or experience the region on their own with scenic hiking and bicycling trails covering over 91,000 acres.
8. Now, some of this attraction may not be completely native to Arizona, but who doesn’t love a trip to the zoo? The Phoenix Zoo, centrally located near Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, and of course, Phoenix, is a family-favorite for the exotic animals of display and outstanding exhibits, like camel rides, Safari Train, Monkey Village, and more.
9. For even more natural beauty and scenery only found in Arizona, visit the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, for a walk over the world’s largest natural travertine bridge. Summer, fall, winter, and spring all provide perfect hiking weather near the quaint city of Payson.
10. Pack your swim suit and towel – Slide Rock State Park, just outside of Sedona, is exactly what it sounds like. These natural rock formations have slowly been chiseled into Mother Nature’s own water slides by the cool rushing waters of Oak Creek. Visit this natural wonder today and experience a true local-favorite.