Arizona

Arizona is situated in southwestern USA. The State borders on
the west to
California on the north to Nevada and on the south
to Mexico. In the northeastern corner Arizona borders on
Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. This is the only place in USA

where four states meet  (The Four States Corner).
Arizona's Capital is Phoenix.

 

 

 

 

 

Approximately 5% of the population are Indian's (among others apache, hopi and navajo), most of them living in reservations. Indian civilizations have existed for a long time in this area. 1540 the Spanish conquered the area. They were followed by gold-diggers and missionaries. Arizona became a part of Mexico in 1821, but USA conquered in 1848 most of Arizona and bought the rest in 1854.

 

In the Swedish guidebooks the information about things worth seeing in Arizona is quite scanty. Mostly you can find information about Grand Canyon. You can however find lots of things worth seeing like the desert area's with cactus and chaparral. Other places worth seeing are the Meteor Crater, the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest.

 

 

On the map here next to the right
some of the places I have visit are
marked. If you click on a name,
you come
directly to pictures from
this place

 

 

 


 

 

  

 

 

 


Saguaro National Monument

You can find cactuses and chaparrals in most parts of Arizona, but mainly in the southern parts. Outside Tucson there is a national park, Saguaro National Monument, where you can find lots of different cactuses. The park is divided in two part's, one west of and one east of Tucson. The pictures of cactuses below are taken in the western part of the national park.

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Just outside Tucson there is a filmstudio, Old Tucson. During about 65 years they have made several western movies in this studio like   “Three Amigos!”,  “Young Guns II” and “The Little House On The Prairie"

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In Tombstone you can find the OK-corral where the Earp brothers och Doc Holliday duelled with the Clanton brothers, the McLaury brothers and Billy Claiborne. Today  there are life-size replicas of the nine  gunfighters poised on the very spot  where the 1881 shoot-out began.

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The mainstreet in Tombstone.

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I also found this deserted Prairie Schooner.

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If you travel northeast from Phoenix along the Apache Trail you get to a small abandoned town, Goldfield. They found gold ore here in 1892. 1893 the town Goldfield had grown up. In 1897 the gold ore was finished and Goldfield became a ghost town. Now, the town is a tourist objective at the foot of Superstion Mountain.

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In the background you can see Superstition Mountain. In the background you can see Superstition Mountain. The mountain has long been the subject of interesting stories, mystery, Indian lore and tales of lost treasures of gold

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Superstition Mountain

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The Apache Trail has turned to a gravel road with quite a view over one of the many canyon lakes

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Tuzigoot was a pueblo that was built by the Sinagua indians 1225-1400. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures. There was only a few doors. They got in and out via ladders through the ceiling. At the most 200 people were living here including farmers who had fled from the severe drought in the area.

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The path up to Tuzigoot. Take notice of the sign in the front:

“Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints"

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 You can find lots of ghost towns in Arizona. They were often towns where there once was

mining operations, but where the ore had finished. Jerome was a copper mining camp,
growing from a settlement of tents to a roaring mining community.
The building in the middle was a well attended hotel.

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Close to Sedona you can find the Red Rock State Park with those red rock formation's.

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Close to Sedona

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On the road to Montezuma Castle.

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Montezuma Castle was built by the Sinagua people in early 1100'th. It was a multi-storey indian village, which is well preserved. It is built-into the rock up to 30 meters above the ground. The Sinagua people deserted the valley in early 1300'th. Sinagua is spanish for "without water".

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Grand Canyon was really GRAND.

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A view of Grand Canyon between the trees on the south rim.

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Sometimes a tree doesn't need much to grow.

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Down there, 1200 meters below my feet you can get a glimpse of the Colorado river.

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On the way up to Page in northern Az you travel through the so called Painted Desert. s

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It is easy to understand why Painted Desert has got it's name. The Painted desert stretches southeast from the Grand Canyon to the Petrified Forest National Park.

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Close to Page you can find the Glen Canyon Dam. The dam has created a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River, Lake Powell.

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You can make boat excursions from Page. On this picture taken from a boat you can see rocks in the Painted Desert south of Lake Powell.

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The Navajo reservation is situated south of Lake Powell. Navajoreservatet. Here is the boat on it's way into a canyon leading to Rainbow Bridge National Monument

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Inside this canyon you can see the worlds largest natural stonebridge, the Rainbow Bridge. There are two ways to get to this bridge, one is with boat over Lake Powell and one is travelling several days on a horseback through the Navajoreservation.

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Rainbow Bridge is situated in Utah. It's height is 88 meters and it is 83 meters wide. This place is one of the cult centres of the Navajo people.