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The Grand Canyon and so much more

Arizona may be best known for the Grand Canyon, but those who know this magical state understand there’s so much more to its natural heritage. Home to numerous Native American cultural and historic sites, the state encompasses immense desert landscapes, sandstone canyonlands, saguaro forests and even snowy mountains—all combining to create an incredibly rich nature experience. Within each region you’ll find a great diversity of native plants and animals.

Widely varied ecosystems thrive in Arizona. The Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona is the most ecologically diverse national forest in the nation.

Despite their beauty, many of Arizona’s wild places are at risk to development and natural resource extraction. Right now, for example, uranium mining operations threaten the greater Grand Canyon region. And while some of Arizona’s wild public lands are protected, many more deserve that status.

24 national parks, monuments and recreation areas
The Grand Canyon is just the start of a long list of Arizona places that Americans love.
90 designated wilderness areas
With names like Superstition, Hellsgate and Fishhooks, Arizona's wilderness areas never fail to captivate the mind.
Home to the iconic saguaro cactus
The state is home to this symbol of the American Southwest.
Major issues in Arizona

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