My Arizona Travels

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The state of Arizona is the premier “Snowbird” destination for wintertime RV boondocking. The area between Yuma and Parker has an abundance of BLM land for free off grid camping during the winter months.

Arizona is the sixth largest, and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. The city of Phoenix is the state capital, a sprawling, smoggy city of 1.5 million, with numerous surrounding towns and suburbs. The next largest city is Tucson, with a little less than one million in population. Southern Arizona is famous for its exotic desert landscape and hot climate; the summers are very hot, with temperatures often reaching 115 or more, and mild winters, generally with day time temperatures in the 70s to 80s. Northern Arizona is much cooler, with Ponderosa pine forests, and snowy winters. There are ski resorts in the areas of Flagstaff, Alpine, and north of Tucson, near Mount Lemmon. In addition to the Grand Canyon National Park in the northwest corner, there are several national forests, national parks, and national monuments throughout the state.

About 25% of the state is Indian reservations, that serve as the home of 27 Native American tribes, including the Navajo Nation, the largest tribe in the United States, with more than 300,000 tribe members. Like other states in the Southwest, Arizona has a vast landscape of mountains and plateaus. Despite the state’s aridity, 27% of Arizona is forest, in fact, the largest Ponderosa pine forest, and a percentage comparable to modern day Germany or France.

Located in northwestern Arizona, the Grand Canyon is a colorful, mile deep, steep canyon, carved by the Colorado River. The canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is about 277 miles long, ranging in width from 4 to 18 miles, and a depth of more than 1 mile. Arizona is also home to one of the best preserved meteor impact sites in the world. The Barringer Meteorite Crater (better known simply as “Meteor Crater”) is a giant hole in the middle of the high plains, about 25 miles west of the town of Winslow. The crater itself is a mile wide, and 570 feet deep.

For thousands of years before the modern era, Arizona was home to many Native American Tribes. The Hohokam, Mogollon and Ancestral Puebloan cultures were among the many that thrived throughout the state. Many of their pueblos and cliff dwellings, rock paintings and other prehistoric treasures have survived, attracting thousands of tourists every year.