Millions of people travel to Arizona every year to stand on the edge of the Grand Canyon, play a round of winter golf or attended an Arizona Cardinals football game. However, some believe the real attractions in Arizona are less well known and millions of years old. The ancient ruins of Arizona’s original citizens are found throughout the state. Petroglyphs and pictographs tell the tale of early Arizona life; a few are even believed to be astrological observations used to mark the calendar year. Artifacts and dwellings can be seen in popular locations such as Canyon De Chelly, near Chinle, Arizona; Walnut Canyon in the Sedona, Arizona, area and a group of ruins can even be found along the east rim of the Grand Canyon. Those looking for a more remote, less traveled view of Arizona history should plan a trip to the Verde Valley Ruins featuring Montezuma’s Castle or the Casa Malpais Archaeological Park.
Located near the town of Springerville Arizona, the Casa Malpais Archaeological Park offers visitors a unique perspective into the study of archaeology. Activities at the park include participation in a site dig, work in the lab, a field lab tour, a lecture series and guided tours given by archaeologists.
Other historic attractions found in Arizona include the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest and the largest ghost town in the United States. At the Gold Mine and Ghost Town in Jerome, Arizona, travelers can pan for gold, wander through the town or visit the petting zoo.
Found along the Arizona section of the world famous Route 66 is the Grand Canyon Caverns. Located just 22-miles west of Seligman, Arizona this magnificent cavern dives more than 200-feet below the Earth’s surface and provides an up close look at fossils and bones of animals that have been extinct for millions of years.
Another site that shouldn’t be missed when visiting the state of Arizona is the Meteor Crater. This site is also found along Route 66, near Flagstaff, Arizona. The crater was made more than 50,000 years ago when a giant meteor came crashing into the Earth leaving a hole 700 feet deep and 4000 feet across. The site resembles the earth’s moon and had been used by NASA as a training site for U.S. Astronauts.
No matter what brings you to the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, we hope you will take time to see the less known treasuries found here.