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Geographic Areas of Arizona

Northern Arizona Region North-Central Region
Arizona's West Coast Phoenix & Central Arizona
Tucson & Southern Arizona

Northern Arizona - Natural Wonders to Historic Highways

Northern Arizona has much to offer from the Grand Canyon with its inspiring vistas to the Monument Valley and the forested White Mountains.

The Grand Canyon is one of the nation's first National Parks. The canyon is over a mile deep and 277 miles long. It's beauty is hard to describe, especially when seeing it for the first time. Williams is known as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon and is the end of the Grand Canyon Railway line.

Lake Powell is shared with the state of Utah and Page is the portal to this area. It overlooks the lake from a mesa. The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has over 1.2 million acres for a playground.

The old "Mother Road," Route 66 runs through the width of Arizona goes through Flagstaff, the county seat of Coconino County. It has been said of Flagstaff that if you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes...

The Monument Valley is on the Arizona-Utah border with arches, mesas and sandstone pinnacles, some of which rise up 1,000 feet. The prevalent red coloring is enhanced by the sun and shadows of the area causing dramatic light shows at different times of the day. Many old westerns have been filmed in the Monument Valley. The Valley is part of the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American reservation in the country.

Cities and communities of Northern Arizona
Alpine, Ash Fork, Cameron, Chinle, Cibecue, Clay Springs, Colorado City, Concho, Eagar, First Mesa, Flagstaff, Fort Defiance, Fredonia, Ganado, Grand Canyon Village, Greer, Heber-Overgaard, Holbrook, Hopi Village of Moenkopi, Hotevilla-Bacavi, Joseph City, Kachina Village, Kaibito, Kayenta, Keams Canyon, Kykotsmovi, Leupp Corner, Lupton, Many Farms, McNary, Page, Pinedale, Pinetop-Lakeside, Polacca, Second Mesa, Seligman, Show Low, Snowflake, Springerville, Supai, Taylor, Tsaile, Tuba City, Valentina, Valle, Williams, Window Rock, Winslow


Arizona's West Coast - Wild Water Sports & Rugged Rivers

The Colorado River is central to the region of Arizona as well as many other lakes and reservoirs. Of course, Lake Havasu has the famous London Bridge brought from England. Parker, on the Colorado River Indian Tribes reservation is part of the 16 miles that make up the Parker Strip where you'll find so many things to do you'll have to return again and again to do them all.

The wild, wild west is alive again in Oatman, a former gold mining town, along old Route 66 with restored buildings and a population less than the once high of 10,000. Of course, not to be forgotten, the famous wild burros who love to be fed carrots by the visitors AND have their pictures taken.

Yuma, down south is near both the Colorado and the Gila rivers and is a popular golfing spot. The historic Yuma Territorial State Prison State Park is located here. With all the water, it is a nice change from the dry surrounding desert.

Cities and communities of Arizona's West Coast

Bouse, Bullhead City, Chloride, Dolan Springs, Ehrenberg, El Mirage, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Meadview, Oatman, Parker, Peach Springs, Quartzsite, Salome, San Luis, Somerton, Wellton, Wenden and Yuma


North-Central Arizona - Red Rocks, Ghost Towns & Pioneer Charm

This region is awash in unique places to explore. Sedona is well-known for its red rocks but there is more to the region than just that. You can find forest, lakes, winter sports and outdoor recreation.

The historic silver mining towns of Globe and Miami offer many bed and breakfasts and cottages to stay in while you explore these communities in the foothills of the Pinal Mountains. Globe was named for a big nugget of silver that looked like a globe!

Jerome was once known as the Wickedest City in the West during the gold and silver mining days. Once the mines quit producing, the population plummeted and Jerome became a ghost town. Now it has emerged as a haven for artists and culture. However, you can still find a few "haunted places" in town.

Prescott is a respite for the dwellers of the hot desert further south. Four seasons and beautiful scenery in the Prescott National Forest make this a favored destination. There are lots of Victorian homes and western history here.

Cities and Communities:
Bagdad, Brick Canyon City, Bumble Bee, Camp Verde, Cherry, Chino Valley, Christopher Creek, Clarkdale, Congress, Cordes, Cordes Junction, Cottonwood, Crown King, Dewey-Humboldt, Duncan, Globe, Hannagan Meadow, Hon-Dah, Jerome, Mayer, Miami, Payson, Pima, Pine, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Rock Springs, Safford, San Carlos, Sedona, St. Johns, Strawberry, Thatcher, Whiteriver, Wikieup, Yarnell, Young


Phoenix and Central Arizona

Here is the heart of Arizona with its capital city and a busy metropolitan area sprawling across the desert. But more than a big city, central Arizona offers much to do and see with shopping, resorts, golf, nightlife and much, much more.

Phoenix has the state government plus higher educaiton, major league sports and a skyline of both high-rise buildings as well as beautiful vistas such as Camelback Mountain nearby. Scottsdale is the prime vacation spot for Central Arizona with many resorts and spas tochoose from. Tempe has Arizona State University but more than that it has Temple Town Lake, the Gammage Auditorium and a bustling college nightlife. Glendale, Mesa and Apache Junction are all part of the metropolitan area that Phoenix offers.

Do you want a taste of western life out on the ranch? Try Wickenbury with many working ranches where you can get your hands dirty and work alongside the real ranch hands.

Cities and Communities of Central Arizona
Ahwatukee Foothills, Anthem, Apache Junction, Avondale, Buckeye, Canyon Lake, Carefree, Casa Grande, Cave Creek, Chandler, Coolidge, Eloy, Florence, Fort McDowell, Fountain Hills, Gila Bend, Glendale, Gold Canyon, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Kearny, Litchfield Park, Mammoth, Maricopa, Mesa, Morristown, Oracle, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Picacho Peak, Queen Creek, Red Rock, Sacaton, Scottsdale, Stanfield, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson, Tonopah, Waddell, Wickenburg, Youngtown


Tucson & Southern Arizona

Southern Arizona has it all - wineries, mining, caves, missions, old western towns, mountains, military bases and lots of history.

Tombstone is still famous over a hundred years after the OK Corral, after all, it is still known as the "Town Too Tough to Die." The nearby mining town of Bisbee is home to the Copper Queen Mine and the old Lavender Pit. The town has more of an artistic flavor now rather than mining.

Fort Huachuca, butting up to Sierra Vista and Huachuca City, is an active Army base with hundreds of soldiers and their families living there. The area is well-known for its bir-watching, especially for the many types of hummingbirds. There are lots of trails and beautiful vistas here.

Tucson is a city now rivaling Phoenix for its shopping, culture, sports and education. There are many resorts in town as well as in surrounding desert and mountain areas. The University of Arizona is located here and is home to many fairs and festivals throughout the year.

Cities and Communities of Southern Arizona
Ajo, Amado, Aravaipa, Arizona City, Benson, Bisbee, Bowie, Catalina, Clifton, Douglas, Dragoon, Elgin, Fort Huachuca, Goldfield, Green Valley, Hayden, Hereford, Huachuca City, Kitt Peak, Klondyke, Lukeville, Marana, Morenci, Nogales, Oro Valley, Patagonia, Pearce-Sunsites, Portal, Rio Rico, Sahuarita, San Manuel, Sells, Sierra Vista, Sonoita, South Tucson, St. David, Superior, Tombstone, Topawa, Tubac, Tucson, Tumacacori, Vail, Why, Willcox, Winkelman

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