Arizona is spectacular.
No other state offers such diverse landscape and vacation versatility. Marcos de Niza, a Spanish Franciscan friar, was the first
European to explore Arizona. He entered the area in 1539 in search of the
mythical Seven Cities of Gold. Although he was followed a year later by another
gold seeker, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, most of the early settlement was
for missionary purposes. In 1775 the Spanish established Fort Tucson. In 1848,
after the Mexican War, most of the Arizona territory became part of the U.S.,
and the southern portion of the territory was added by the Gadsden Purchase in
1853. Arizona history is rich in legends of America's Old West. It was here that
the great Indian chiefs Geronimo and Cochise led their people against the
frontiersmen. Tombstone, Ariz., was the site of the West's most famous shoot-out
- the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Today, Arizona has one of the largest U.S.
Indian populations; more than 14 tribes are represented on 20 reservations.
The state of Arizona is a land of living contradictions, with the
landscape revealing vast differences from region to region. One of the most
impressive natural features in Arizona is the Grand Canyon, acknowledged as one
of the seven natural wonders of the world. Welcoming over 5 million visitors a
year, the Grand Canyon area is bordered on the east by the Navajo Indian
Reservation. Both the Navajo and the Hopi reside in Northeast Arizona on lands
that have a strong American Indian heritage, and visitors to the part of the
state will appreciate the historical attractions available.Majestic mountain ranges, cool pine forests with changing seasons, swift rivers,
calm mountain streams, colorful meadows and massive canyon lakes. Few know that
Arizona has the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine in the world and temperature
ranges that actually accommodate water skiing and snow skiing in the same day.
Kickback and explore Arizona vacation highlights at your pleasure and