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Arizona National Parks

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

The ruins of Indian villages built between A.D. 350 and 1300 are located at the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Nation's first archeological preserve features Casa Grande, one of the largest and most mysterious prehistoric structures ever built in North America.

Chiricahua National Monument

Lying at the intersection of two deserts and two mountain ranges, Chiricahua represents one of the premier areas for biological diversity in the northern hemisphere.

Coronado National Memorial

Commemorates first European exploration of the SW, by Francisco Vasquez de Coronado (1540-42), near the point where his expedition entered what is now the US.

Fort Bowie National Historic Site

Established in 1862, this fort was the focal point of the military operations against Geronimo and his band of Apaches.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Lake Powell stretches for 186 miles along the old Colorado River channel, offering opportunities for water-based and backcountry recreation.

Grand Canyon National Park

Focusing on the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, park illustrates one of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world.

Hohokam Pina National Monument

The 1,690-acre site preserves the archeological remains of the Hohokam culture. Not open to the public.

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site

The oldest continuously operating trading post on the Navajo Reservation was established in 1878 by John Lorenzo Hubbell. The trading post is still active today.

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

In 1776, as Americans fought for their independence in the East, Anza led almost 300 people over 1200 miles to settle Alta California. It was the first overland route established to connect New Spain with San Francisco.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Three of America's four desert ecosystems—the Mojave, the Great Basin, and the Sonoran Deserts—meet in this first national recreation area established by an act of Congress.

Montezuma Castle National Monument

This 5-story, 20-room cliff dwelling is one of the best preserved and easily accessible cliff ruins in North America.

Navajo National Monument

Features well preserved ruins of villages left behind by Ancestral Puebloan Peoplearound AD 1300.

Old Spanish National Historic Trail

Take a journey across the Southwest on the Old Spanish National Historic Trail between Santa Fe and Los Angeles for history, culture, and scenic beauty.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Protects a collection of plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert, including the organ pipe cactus, a large cactus rarely found in the United States.

Parashant National Monument

Grand Canyon Parashant's natural splendor provides a sense of solitude to those who venture into its isolated domain. Located on the edge of one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Grand Canyon, the Monument's expansive landscape encompasses a chronicle of natural and cultural history.

Petrified Forest National Park

Features one of the world's largest concentrations of petrified wood, Indian ruins and petroglyphs, and portions of the colorful Painted Desert.

Pipe Spring National Monument

Historic fort and other structures, built here by Mormon pioneers, memorialize the exploration and settlement of the Southwest.

Saguaro National Park

Features the giant saguaro cactus, which may reach a height of 50 feet and is unique to the Sonoran Desert.

Sunset Crater National Monument

This volcanic cinder cone with summit crater was formed just before AD 1100; it's upper part is colored as if by sunset.

Tonto National Monument

Features well-preserved cliff dwellings occupied during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries by the Salado culture, who farmed in the Salt River Valley.

Tumacacori National Historical Park

Includes the mission sites of Tumacacori, Guevavi and Calabazas, established by Jesuit Father Kino in the late 1690s in the northern frontier of New Spain.

Tuzigoot National Monument

Features remnants of one of the largest Sinagua pueblos — a two-storied, 110 room structure — built between AD 1100 and 1450 AD.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Cliff dwellings were built in shallow caves under ledges of limestone by Pueblo Indians about 800 years ago.

Wupatki National Monument

Ruins of red sandstone pueblos built by American Indians about AD 1065 are preserved here.

Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area

Located in the southwestern corner of Arizona, Yuma served as a vital crossing of the Lower Colorado River in the 19th Century and an innovator of water management and desert agriculture in the 20th Century.

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