Beautiful and Fun places to see in Arizona

Casa Grande Ruins – Coolidge 520.723.3172 Submerge yourself into the history of the Hohokam settlers.

Jerome State Historic Park – Jerome 928.634.5381 A 100-year-old copper mining town – fun for people of all ages to explore.

Kit Peak National Observatory –Tucson 520.318.8726 Located about 50 miles southwest of Tucson, an 18-story observatory and the world’s largest solar telescope are featured.

Lake Powell – Page 928.608.6404 A picture perfect paradise for boating, fishing, camping, geology and archaeology.

Organ Pipe National Monument – Ajo 520.387.6849 The Sonoran Desert’s plants and wildlife create a fascinating ecosystem.

Petrified Forest National Park – Petrified Forest 928.524.6228 Explore the Puerco Indian ruins amid a forest of petrified wood.

Red Rock State Park – Sedona 928.282.6907 Unbelievably beautiful red rocks surround this 100-year-old town. Twenty minutes away is Slide Rock State Park, home of nature’s own made smooth sandstone water slides.

Route 66 – One of the original U.S. highways also known as the Will Rogers Highway is a fun trip down memory lane with attractions to stop and explore along the way.

Saguaro National Park – Tucson 520.733.5153 See the World’s most iconic cacti in this protected 143 square mile park.

Sunset Crater National Monument – Flagstaff 928.526.0502 Nearly 1,000-years-old, these cinder cones, among the highest mountains in Arizona, are breathtaking.

Hikes & Bikes

Metropolitan Phoenix

Dreamy Draw Recreation Area – 421 E. Northern Avenue 602.262.7901

Echo Canyon Recreation Area – McDonald Drive & Tatum 602.256.3220. Camelback Mountain and miles of hiking trails are located there.

Papago Park – Van Buren & Galvin Parkway 602.261.8318 – 1,200 acres of hills, mountain hiking, museums and golf.

Phoenix Zoo – 455 N. Galvin Parkway 602.273.1341. Named “One of the Top 5 Best Zoos for Families and Kids” by Child Magazine.

South Mountain Park & Preserve – 10919 S. Central Avenue 602.495.0222 – American’s largest municipal park.

Arizona Desert Botanical Gardens – 1201 N. Galvin Parkway 480.941.1225. Sits next to the Phoenix Zoo. “The Garden” features one of the largest desert plant collections in the world.

Encanto Park – 1202 W. Encanto Boulevard 602.254.1200 www.enchantedisland.com Forbes names “Encanto Park” in Top 12 Best City Parks in America!

Northeast Valley

Cave Creek Recreation Area – 7019 N. Lava Lane 623.465.0431

McDowell Mountain Park – 15612 E. Palisades Drive, Fountain Hills 480.471.0173

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park – 7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale 480.312.2312 www.therailroadpark.com

East Valley

Mesa Community College Rose Garden – 1833 W. Southern Avenue 480.461.7000

Usery Mountain Regional Park – 3939 N. Usery Pass Road 480.084.0032

Freestone Park and Recreation Center – 1141 E. Guadelupe Road, Gilbert 480.503.6202

Kiwanis Park and Recreation Center – All American Way and Baseline, Tempe 602.350.5200

West Valley

Boyce Thompson Arboretum – 37615 U.S. Hwy. 60, Superior 520.689.2811 – Arizona’s largest and oldest botanical garden.

Estrella Mountain Regional Park – 14805 W. Vineyard Avenue, Goodyear. 623.932.3811

White Tank Regional Park – 13025 N. White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell. 623.935.2505 Maricopa County’s largest regional park.