Arizona is in the American Southwest and is home to impressive deserts, rivers and rock formations, as well as ancient Native American settlements. Many of these sites are designated as national monuments, welcoming thousands of visitors each year. Visitors to Arizona's national monuments can enjoy learning about Arizona's rich archaeology, geology and history while exploring the outdoors.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Canyon de Chelly is located entirely on Navajo Tribal Trust Land. As home to a Navajo community, it is one of the longest continuously inhabited places in North America. The Navajo Nation and the National Parks Service collaborate to protect and conserve the landscape in and around Canyon de Chelly. The architecture, historical artifacts and beautiful rock formations display the area's historical and spiritual significance.
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Casa Grande is home to the ruins of the ancient farming community of Hohokem Indian Desert People. The village is built around the Great House, which is one of the oldest prehistoric structures in North America. Archaeologists estimate that the village was abandoned in approximately 1450. In 1892, the site became the nation's first archaeological reserve.
Chiricahua National Monument
Near the city of Willcox, Chiricahua is the site of a 27 million-year-old volcanic eruption that deposited layers of ash, creating a field of remarkable rock spires. The eight-mile scenic drive and 17 miles of hiking trails invite visitors to explore the area's natural beauty. Nearby Bonita Canyon Campground offers individual camping sites.
Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon is one of the world's most spectacular natural formations, carved by the Colorado River over millions of years. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide in some points, and more than a mile deep. Visitors can view the canyon from observation decks or can go hiking and ride donkeys down the canyon. Camping is available in designated areas.