Arizona is one of the most popular states to visit. Its warm weather, desert scenery, and red rock mountains draw visitors from across the U.S., including some who spend their winters living in Arizona. The state is also home to the Grand Canyon which typically draws nearly 6 million visitors per year.
While the Grand Canyon is the first thing people think of in association with Arizona, there is a lot more to do in the state. There are many attractions, including state parks, hiking trails, lakes, horseback riding, sports events, and others. The springtime is one of the best times to visit Arizona because the temperatures are still mild enough to enjoy outdoor activities. Whether you are a resident of Arizona or a visitor, you can really explore the state with these fun spring activities.
Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon is the most popular attraction in Arizona. Formed by the Colorado River over several million years, the Grand Canyon is 227 miles long, 18 miles wide, and one mile deep. The spring is a great time to visit the Grand Canyon because the weather is mild, and the sunrise and sunset really bring out the colors of the canyon walls.
Visitors to the Grand Canyon can hike around the canyon to take in the views or choose to ride mules to the bottom of the canyon.
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Bearizona Wildlife Park is a safari park in Williams, AZ located in the middle of northern Arizona. Visitors have the option of driving through parts of the park where they can see an array of animals in their natural habitats or walk the trails where they can encounter animals in a setting similar to that of a zoo. During the spring, you may encounter wild bears including bear cubs, sheep, wolves, mountain goats, bison, and burros.
Sedona Day Trip
Sedona, AZ is a mountain town that is about a 2-hour drive north of Phoenix. This small town is situated within red rock mountains lined with green trees and there are several hiking trails where you can take in the scenery. Downtown Sedona is also filled with many shops and restaurants you can visit after spending some time hiking.
Arizona is one of two states that hosts spring training baseball as half of the teams in the MLB have facilities throughout the Phoenix area. Baseball fans can take in a spring training game for an intimate experience and those in the Phoenix area in the late spring can catch an Arizona Diamondbacks regular season game at Chase Field. Chase Field is located in downtown Phoenix and it has a retractable roof so the games will go on no matter the weather or temperature.
Desert Botanical Gardens
The Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix provide a unique experience with approximately 17,000 species of desert plants. The gardens are divided into 5 themed trails where visitors can check out many different species of cacti, wildflowers, agave, and more. The spring is a great time to visit the botanical gardens because many of the flowers are in bloom.
The Phoenix Zoo is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the U.S. and is home to over 1,400 animals. Visitors can see the exhibits walking along 2.5 miles of themed walking trails, including a children’s petting zoo. The Phoenix Zoo is located near the Desert Botanical Gardens and Papago Park.
Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park is located in Tucson, AZ. This park has a giant saguaro cactus forest with gold Mexican poppies, red penstemons, desert marigolds, and creosote bushes that add color between the cacti. Visitors may also see wildlife such as coyotes, javelinas, black bears, desert tortoises, and deer. The most interesting feature of this park is the prehistoric petroglyphs that can be found on rocks throughout the park.
Havasu Falls is a picturesque waterfall in a remote area near the Grand Canyon. Many people who visit the Grand Canyon will backpack the 10 miles it takes to get there.
Havasu Falls is a high waterfall that falls off a red rock canyon wall covered with green moss. The water is clear and turquoise as high levels of magnesium, calcium, and carbonate give the water its unique color. The pristine turquoise water, red rocks, and surrounding trees and other greenery make Havasu Falls quite a site. The spring months of April and May are ideal for visiting Havasu Falls as the temperature isn’t too high, but the water is warm enough for swimming.
Lake Powell is a man-made reservoir on the border of Arizona and Utah. This is the second largest man-made reservoir in the U.S., and it sits within desert bluffs along the Colorado River. The clean lake and pristine beaches are visited by around 2 million people per year.
Many people visit Lake Powell for outdoor activities like camping, swimming, and fishing. It is also popular to take kayaks, boats, and water skis into the lake. Visitors can rent fishing boats, rowboats, kayaks, and houseboats at the lake.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Arizona was a haven for minors looking for gold, silver, and copper. Several of the towns they built during this time period still stand and are visited by those interested in what life was like in the wild west.
The most popular Arizona ghost towns include Vulture City, Jerome, Tombstone, Fairbank, Seneca Lake, Two Guns, and Swansea. Each ghost town is unique with its own history and many of these ghost towns are located near campgrounds. Tombstone, AZ hit its peak in the early 20th century with one of the largest silver mines in Arizona and it has been turned into a tourist spot with reenactments and period style saloons and shops.
Spring Cleaning and Home Repairs
Whether you are a visitor to Arizona or a resident, these fun activities can keep you busy this spring before the temperatures get too hot. You can enjoy the outdoors and natural beauty of Arizona at many of the destinations described above, whether you are looking for camping, hiking, fishing, or wildlife.
Arizona residents should also spend this spring cleaning their homes and looking for damage from mold, water, and other sources. If you find mold issues or damage caused by water, you need to have these problems addressed immediately or the damage could get worse. Our professionals at ServiceMaster All Care Restoration provide water damage restoration and mold remediation to help homes and businesses that have been affected. You can expect our professionals to address the source of the damage and restore your property to its previous condition.
You can reach the technicians of ServiceMaster All Care Restoration by calling (623) 486-0700.