What at first glance may look like a wall of decrepit limestone actually contains the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America, where people lived over 600 years ago.Not only are these ruins nestled into Arizona’s beautiful landscape, they’re an eye-opening window into the past.Located at nearly the most Southern reaches of Arizona are the Kartchner Caverns, home of the world’s longest stalactite formation.
While Mooney Falls are technically in the Grand Canyon, they’re a wonder all their own, and also undoubtedly one of the most beautiful spots in the state, maybe the country.
Plus, the falls are perfect for swimming, which will be refreshing after the journey you have to take to get there.
Hiking to the falls is slightly dangerous, and should be done with caution, but what kind of adventure would it be without a bit of risk?
The Petrified Forest is the best place in the nation to see petrified wood, and if you’re still wondering what that is -- it’s fragments of fossilized trees from millions of years ago, and who doesn’t want to say they saw wood that was around during the time of the dinosaurs?
To a lot of people, the word "Arizona" is synonymous with the word "desert," which is kind of accurate so long as they consider the word "desert" to also be synonymous with "place littered with gorgeous, secret spots worthy of a road trip, hike, and a little light Instagramming." And just to prove it, here are those spots...
Covered in white patterned boulders, this remote locale skirts the edge of the Painted Desert.
Although it looks painted, this is an entirely natural sandstone formation.
Head over here and you’ll also find hoodoos, balanced rocks, thin spires, and tiny arches.
While these caverns aren’t beautiful in the dictionary-definition sense, they’re certainly awe-inspiring.
For some reason, there’s something fascinating and beautiful about a giant hole in what would otherwise look like an impenetrable mountain, especially when it’s surrounded by lush greenery in the middle of Arizona.
For a relatively short and easy hike, a scenic view of the desert, and, of course, ancient petroglyphs, check out Hieroglyphic Trail.