Sunday, April 30, 2017

National Lands: Arizona (Part 1)

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Sometimes visitors have a hard time comprehending the immensity of Grand Canyon National Park. The view is overwhelming and breathtaking. The park is located in the northwest corner of Arizona to the northwest of Flagstaff. Interstate 40 runs to the south. A myriad of activities is available at the park. Visitors can hike the trails or ride a mule into the canyon. Whitewater rafting is available on the river. The Petrified Forest National Park is located on Interstate 40 in the northeast section of the state. The park also includes the Painted Desert. This is a park that can be easily seen from the car, but trails are available in addition to backcountry hiking opportunities. Saguaro National Park has two sections in Tucson. One is to the east of the city and one is to the west. The admission is good for both parks, but the travel time between them can vary from 30-45 minutes. The park is famous for the Saguaro Cactus.  The Coronado National Memorial is located southeast of Tucson on the Mexican border. Nogales and Interstate 19 are to the west. The Coronado Cave is available for exploring. Fort Bowie National Historic Site, which is located in the southeastern corner of the state, is to the east of Benson and Wilcox and south of Interstate 10 and Bowie near the New Mexico state line.

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona in Glen Canyon Nationa...
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area as seen from the lookout point (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is amazingly beautiful. After driving for hours and seeing red rocks and beige sand, travelers are jolted by the brilliant blue of the water. The area is 1.2 million acres that offer a variety of water activities and hiking trails. Most of the park is in Utah, but a small portion is in the upper center of Arizona north of Flagstaff. The Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site has the oldest operating trading post in the Navajo Nation. The post is located near the New Mexico state line and north of Interstate 40. It is north of the Petrified Forest. The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail runs from Nogales in southern Arizona to San Francisco. The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is in the Mojave Desert. The area is in the northwest corner of the state to the east of Las Vegas. Interstate 15 is to the north and northeast of the lake. Biking, boating, camping, hiking and fishing are some of the available activities.  Hoover Dam is by Willow City. The Old Spanish National Historic Trail travels through six states. In Arizona the trail runs along the northern border of the state. Tumac├ícori National Historical Park is located to the west of Interstate 19 just north of Nogales and the Mexican border. Visitors can tour the mission and on weekends during some times of the year crafts and food are available. Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is located in the very southwest corner of the state on Interstate 8. The park works to restore the wetlands in the area.

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