When we think about a vacation in Arizona, we usually head to the Grand Canyon. However, Arizona has other scenic natural splendors, which although not as famous as the Grand Canyon, are wonders worth admiring.
Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park is a land of the giant Saguaro cacti. The giant cacti, some of which are about 50 feet tall, look like impressive natural sculptures. The City of Tucson segregates the Saguaro National Park into two districts – Tucson Mountain District and the Rincon Mountain District. The Tucson Mountain District is framed by the Avra Valley and mountain ranges. Hundreds of ancient petroglyphs are scattered allover the Signal Hill Picnic Area of the Tucson Mountain District. To observe the picturesque beauty of the wilderness of the Rincon Mountains, you should go on a car ride along the Cactus Forest Loop Drive. Another exciting area to explore in the Rincon Mountain District is the Freeman Homestead Trail. You can venture far into the wilderness of the Saguaro National Park and visit the Manning Cabin. To escape the intense heat of the desert, most visitors usually come here between September and April.
Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest is a large natural museum, with thousands of fossils scattered allover the park area. This lovely region, in the middle of the desert land, has a colorful collection of petrified woods. It is not unusual for visitors to tumble upon the ancient fossils of dinosaurs and other ancient creatures. The Painted Desert is a noted attraction of the park. To observe the stunning ageless beauty of the barren desert you can walk along the trails of the park. You can walk along the Puerco Pueblo, Giant Logs, Crystal Forest, Painted Desert Rim, Blue Mesa, Agate House or the Long Logs trail. It is advisable to visit the park in the early morning or in the late afternoon.
Chiricahua National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument is a forest of volcanic rock sculptures. This is one of the lesser-known treasures of Arizona. You can go on a scenic drive through the park. From the Massai Point, you can enjoy the view of the surrounding rocky landscape. To explore the stunning natural beauty of the park, you can follow one of the walking trails of the park.