Arizona is one of the top destinations for campers and outdoors enthusiasts. It's not all hot, sun baked desert. This article explores Monument Valley, the pine forests of Northern Arizona, ancient Indian ruins and the majestic Catalina Mountains. |
Let me tell you a few things about the Arizona sky. First off, in Arizona, the sky is bigger than the ground. You really get the feeling that the earth is just a tiny little ball under all that endless sky.
The other thing is that evening in Arizona is like a natural lightshow. The sky turns every color of the rainbow before it turns black and fills with more stars than you've ever seen in your life.
There is probably no better place in the world for camping and visiting in your motor home and RV than the state of Arizona. Those of us who live in the States are lucky that such a wonder is just a drive away.
The Great American West
Arizona is the Grand Canyon State. The Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring symbol of the American west. It always amazes me when I meet people who have never been there, even once. It's like a theme park for hikers and campers. There's so much to do you can spend weeks there.
Another symbol of the American west that fewer people have visited is Monument Valley. Once you see those big rock formations, you realize that you've seen them before in tons of western movies and photos. Every one of those John Wayne movies was filmed there. Monument Valley is unique; there's no place like it on earth.
Unlike Grand Canyon, Monument Valley is a little hard to get to. It's on the Navajo Reservation and there's no Interstate leading directly to it. Still, it's a state highway and even big rig RV's can make the trip.
Exploring Northern Arizona
When most people think of Arizona, they picture a desert full of cactus and sagebrush. If any mountains come to mind, they are probably big bare hunks of rock. If you've never been to Northern Arizona before, you'll be surprised to find yourself at 7,000 feet elevation, surrounded by mountains and pine trees.
Northern Arizona actually looks a lot like the Rockies in Colorado, just without the trickling mountain streams. It's hotter and drier, but the air is just as clear.
Around Flagstaff you'll find all kinds of great camping and sightseeing. You can see Indian ruins at Wupatki and Betatankin, or hike around on volcanic rocks at Sunset Crater. Flagstaff is a great place to set up camp or park your motor home because there are several great places just a short drive away.
Down In The Valley
For those who want to brave the heat, mid and southern Arizona has lots to offer. South of Phoenix you'll find some of the biggest Indian ruins in North America, Casa Grande. It's a fortress compared to places like Mesa Verde.
The great thing about the southern part of the state is that few people get down there. You'll mostly run into locals, and there are always plenty of places to set up camp.
Tucson is a great place to set up your base of operations for southern Arizona sightseeing. There are some great campgrounds on the outskirts of town where you can be right in the foothills of the beautiful Catalina mountains.
Arizona is a Mecca for campers and RV enthusiasts. Get yourself a guide today and get on the road!
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