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Recreation & Cultural Sites Map

Design the Perfect Getaway Finding the location to your next Arizona adventure is a mouse click away using the interactive Recreation & Cultural Sites Map. How do I use the map? You can...

Arizona Adventures

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...

Arizona’s Monsoon Season

In late June, the mercury rises to uncomfortable levels. Dry grasses bake in relentless sun and parking is determined by shade, not distance. Then the wind picks up. Clouds start rolling in. Cumulus...

A History of Water Management in Arizona

This comprehensive water management timeline was created and is maintained by the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR). Click on a green dot to access a specific point on the timeline. In...

Arizona Treasure Hunts

Ge​ocaching Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunting game! Participants play hide and seek with trinkets of all shapes and sizes. These lodes are called geocaches, found using global...

Central Arizona Project

Arizona’s Water: Uses and Sources

A land’s carrying capacity has always been determined by its access to usable water. Humans use water primarily for irrigation, industry, drinking water, and sanitation. Millions of non-human...

Riparian Areas: Rivers and Wetlands

Riparian corridors are important routes for hundreds of species of migratory birds and home to many more, such as this Anna’s hummingbird along the San Pedro River Corridor. Identify birds you see...

Hohokam Canals: Prehistoric Engineering

Nobody in the New World moved water more efficiently than the Hohokam Indians. The canals they built to sustain their large and complex agricultural society are still considered an engineering...

Featured Artist: Frank Lloyd Wright—American Architect

Wright’s Architectural Vision Born in Wisconsin just two years after the end of the American Civil War, Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) witnessed the extraordinary changes that transformed the...

Solar in Action

Arizona is now home to the world’s largest solar plant, the U.S. military’s largest solar plant and the world’s premier photovoltaic testing laboratory—as well as more than 100 businesses in the...

Solar Research

Arizona enjoys more annual sunlight than any other state in the U.S. The 2011 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) names Arizona as the state with...

Theodore Roosevelt Dam: A Century of Power

Completed one year before Arizona’s statehood, the Theodore Roosevelt Dam helped grow the Phoenix area. Not only did it ensure a steady, manageable water supply for an emerging agricultural zone, it...

Wind Energy

Wind power has the potential to become a viable, cost-effective source of energy in Arizona. Consistent winds in Northern Arizona make the Colorado Plateau a candidate for development of this low-...

Exploring Energy

Put simply, energy is the ability to do work. Energy is needed to change or move matter, and fuel is needed to create energy. Our bodies use a lot of energy. It is created through chemical...

Fossil Fuels

Natural Gas Three quarters of Arizona’s natural gas supply is used to create electric power. Several natural gas pipelines import the resource from Texas and California. Although almost two-...

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