Arizona Field Trip Ideas

Arizona Field Trip Ideas
Arizona is home to many exciting destinations and attractions, from Native American sites to the Grand Canyon. This state's deserts and rocky mountains are home to many locations that make for excellent educational field trips.

Navajo National Monument

Navajo National Monument comprises three preserved ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, as well as a museum and a visitors center. There are several self-guided trails and two campgrounds available, as well. This important historical site displays a lost way of life for a Native American people and it offers guided ranger tours to the Betatakin site and day hikes or overnight trips to the Keet Seel site. Tours are available year round, staff and weather permitting.

Navajo National Monument
HC 71 Box 3
Tonalea, AZ 86044
(928) 672-2700
www.nps.gov/nava/index.htm

Fort Apache

Fort Apache was built as a location for the American armed forces to assist the White Mountain Apaches in protecting their lands when the local Apache reservation was formed. It was an isolated outpost and is most recognized today as the base from where renegade rebel Apaches like Cochise and Geronimo were pursued. Guided and self-guided tours are available of the fort and the surrounding buildings, which were built from the 1870s to the 1930s, a recreated Apache Village, prehistoric ruins and an Apache Cultural Center. The Fort and the surrounding park and facilities is maintained by the White Mountain Apache Tribe as a historical and cultural center and is a national historical landmark. The park is open during the summer 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The park is open 8 a.m to 5 p.m. in the winter only on weekdays.

Fort Apache Historic Park
P.O. Box 628
Fort Apache, Arizona 85926
(928) 338-1392
www.wmonline.com/attract/ftapache.htm

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Discovered in 1974 but not opened to the public as a state park until 1999, Kartchner Caverns represents some of the most impressive cave formations in the world. These limestone caverns are home to the widest formation of brushite moonmilk, as well as many other stunning shapes formed by water eroding and reforming the local limestone. The cave's natural setting has been meticulously preserved so that visitors who enter the Big Room and witness the towering rock formations, are seeing them as nature intended. Tours are available year round.

Kartchner Caverns State Park
179 W Flint St
Benson, AZ‎
(520) 586-2283
www.azparks.gov/Parks/KACA/index.html

Article Written By Beau Prichard

Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.

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