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Arizona Parks

Arizona's Indian Past
Visit the homes of Arizona's Pre-European inhabitants.

Arizona's Red Rock Country
Enjoy the colorful canyons and sculpted spires of the Western Coconino National Forest.

Grand Canyon National Park
See the Grand Canyon, one of the Natural Wonders of the World.

Petrified Forest National Park
Set among the multicolored hues of the painted desert and the relics of a lush rainforest that flourished 225 million years ago.

Route 66
Crossing Arizona on Route 66 takes you past some fascinating State Parks and geological wonders.

The Mogollon Rim
Stretching for hundreds of miles across the center of Arizona, the rugged Mogollon Rim is a natural divide in the life zones of Arizona.

The San Francisco Volcano Field
See the volcanoes surrounded by lava flows and forests of conifers and aspens are the features of the Northern Coconino National Forest. These are the highest mountains in the state. 

The Navajo Nation
This vast Indian reservation holds historical and geological treasures to suit a range of interests.

Arizona Facts

  • Statehood: Feb. 14, 1912; the 48th state.
  • Nickname: Grand Canyon State.
  • Bird: Cactus wren.
  • Flower: Saguaro cactus flower.
  • Tree: Palo verde.
  • Motto: Ditat Deus ("God Enriches").
  • Songs: "Arizona March Song" and "Arizona."
  • Area: 295,275 Square km (114,006 Square miles); rank: 6th.
  • Capital and largest city: Phoenix.
  • Counties: 15. 
  • Elevations: highest--3,851 m (12,633 ft), at Humphreys Peak; lowest--21 m (70 ft), at the Colorado River.

Government

  • Electoral college votes: 8.
  • State legislature: 30 senators, 60 representatives.

Famous Arizonians

Barry Goldwater, a classic conservative, and John McCain, an ultra-liberal, are two of the most famous Arizona citizens. Here are some others.

Actors:

  • Steve Allen (1921–2000), comedian, actor, composer, author, "The Father of TV Talk Shows."
  • Sandra Bernhard (born 1955), actress, comedian.
  • Lynda Carter (born 1951), Miss World U.S.A. 1972, actress, "Wonder Woman"
  • Ted Danson (born 1947), actor, known mostly for his role in Cheers but also as the bartender in a movie that launched Tom Cruise's career.
  • Barbara Eden (born 1934), actress, starred in "I Dream of Jeannie" opposite Larry Hagman.
  • Valerie Perrine (born 1943), actress.
  • Garry Shandling (born 1949), actor, alleged comedian (some people find him funny, many do not).

Musicians:

  • Glen Campbell; country singer; inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Alice Cooper (born 1948), rock and roll singer.
  • Waylon Jennings – singer; inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Mister Mister; 1980s pop rock band.
  • Wayne Newton (born 1942), singer.
  • Stevie Nicks (born 1948), Grammy winning singer-songwriter, lead singer with Fleetwood Mac, outstanding soloist.
  • Buck Owens; Hee Haw star and country singer; inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Richard Page and Steve George of the group Mr. Mister.
  • Linda Ronstadt (born 1946), singer-songwriter across multiple genres.

War Icons:

  • Ira Hayes (1923–1955), USMC, In the photo of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima.
  • Pat Tillman (1976–2004), US Army, Afghanistan Silver Star Recipient. Former NFL player.
 
 

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