The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. However, Arizona’s iconic landscapes offer spectacular experiences in every corner of the state. Over 85% of Arizona’s area comprises federal, state, and Native American tribal lands. Much of this vast acreage offers open spaces and wild places for public exploration.
Arizona has 29 state parks and 47 national parks, monuments, and refuges that showcase mountains, buttes, pristine deserts and hidden lakes. Our 6 national forests promise adventures in every biotic community. In addition, 30 sites managed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, 50 controlled by the Bureau of Land Management, and 11 protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service create refuges for wildlife and offer rugged adventures off the beaten path.
Arizona offers a wealth of year-round outdoor adventures! Hike the state’s many trails or cover ground on horseback, mountain bike, or off-road vehicle. Discover Arizona’s lakes and streams on a fishing or boating trip.
Our unique geology provides ample opportunities for geological research and education, or search for gold as an amateur prospector. Explore our mix of cultures with a visit to ancient pueblos or heritage museums. In the winter, head north for skiing opportunities or hit the slopes on the southernmost ski area in the U.S. at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley in Tucson.