Arizona In All Its Colorful Glory

 


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Arizona is one of the most colorful places to vacation. Between enchanting sunrises and sunsets and the colorful fields, pine forests with the ever-changing climates and moutain ranges that seem to change colors by the minute, it is art for the eye.

There is much to do in this great state. Outdoor activities include golfing in world class courses, walking, canoeing, and trout fishing. There are even areas where the temperature is such that you can snow ski and water ski in the same day.

A popular spot to sight see is the Apache Trail, which was originally built in the 1930s to support the development of the dams built along the Salt River. The drive is a loop drive of 80 miles that is partly unpaved. This section provides the most amazing views of mountains with dense forestry. Along the way, you will pass Fish Creek Canyon. RV companies do not permit their vehicles to be taken on this drive due to the way the road hangs on the side of this steep canyon.

Other destinations on the Apache Trail are the Goldfield Mining Town, which is a re-creation of an old west ghost town that existed over a hundred years ago. The Mammoth Mine produced three million dollars of gold in the years it operated between 1892 - 1896.

Park lovers will love The Lost Dutchman State Park for exploring the mountains and hiking nature trails. There are a limited number of campsites and picnic facilities.

swimmers and boaters will enjoy Canyon Lake with its cool clear water and steep canyon walls. Camping and picnicking is ideal here also.

Roosevelt Dam was originally built between 1905 and 1911 and restricts the water of the Salt River forming Roosevelt Lake. This dam was considered the world's largest “cyclopean-masonry" dam, which means it was created in Greco-Roman style, using very large, irregularly shaped blocks. It is covered by concrete today.

There are other stops along the way, such as Tortilla Flat, another old-west style settlement and Apache Lake formed by the Horse Mesa Dam. And we must not forget Tonto National Monument. This 2 story ruin, known as Sinaqua Indian Cliff looks down on Lake Roosevelt and is breath-taking to view.

One of the better known places to visit is Sedona. Beyond the beauty of this land, you are apt to feel the beauty of the people. This city is known for its artistry as many artisans have moved their home here. Many of the Native Americans believe the Sedona area is a spiritual one as they believe there is a vortex of energy coming from the earth's electromagnetic fields.

Whether you believe there is anything to this belief of a heart being affected by this magnetic field or not, this enchanted area is sure to feed your soul with its atmosphere. whatever the time of the year, Arizona has something for everyone to enjoy.

Alicia Bankford is founder of All About Arizona an excellent resource site dedicated to information on Arizona

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