National Parks / Natural World in Tempe

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Phoenix
Desert Botanical Garden is a living museum featuring more than 50,000 plants, including rare, threatened and endangered species. Enjoy specialized tours, workshops, seasonal exhibits, special events, concerts and the opportunity to shop for unique i...
Scottsdale
Amazing indoor rainforest environment with walk through enclosures, freshwater aquariums, terrific ant farm and Honey Bee Extravaganza.
Apache Junction
The park is located 5 mi. north of Apache Junction, off of AZ 88 (the old Apache Trail), at the base of the Superstition Mountains.
Superior
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is the place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Featured are plants from the world's deserts, towering trees, captivating cacti, sheer mountain cliffs,...
Payson
Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees, Tonto Natural Bridge has been in the making for thousands of years. It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400...
Biosphere 2
(87 Miles)
Tucson
This is Biosphere 2's most comprehensive tour and is available throughout the day. The admission desk will provide tour times and start locations. Because Biosphere 2 is a research facility, the interior portion of this tour is not wheelchair or stro...
Cottonwood
Despite its distinctive name, Dead Horse Ranch is situated amidst an abundance of life along the Verde River. A six-mile reach of the river is known as the Verde River Greenway. Its unique ecosystem, the Cottonwood / Willow riparian gallery forest, ...
Tucson
This scenic desert park offers camping, hiking, picnicking, bicycling, horseback riding, plant and wildlife viewing, and an archaeological site, all just a few minutes from Tucson. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things...
Sedona
The Red Rock State Park property was acquired by the Arizona State Parks Board in 1986 and the park was opened to the public in 1991. The park's 286 acres were originally part of the Smoke Trail Ranch, owned by Jack and Helen Frye. Arizona's famous O...
Sedona
Discover one of our planet's most awesome spectacles with our seasoned nature guides. Spot for wildlife such as: Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Desert Pronghorn, Bald Eagles and the rare and endangered California Condor. Travel in total comfort as you...
Sedona
Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historical apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Frank L. Pendley, having arrived in the canyon in 1907, formally acquired the land under the Homestead Act in 1910. Due to his pi...
Wenden
offers outdoor fun, premier bass fishing, rest and relaxation. For nature lovers, spring rains bring an abundance of wild flowers and the lake environment attracts a variety of wildlife year round, including bald and golden eagles, waterfowl, foxes, ...
Show Low
Year-round camping, fishing, picnicking, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities make Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area a very popular place. This 800-acre, cool, country recreation area with a 150-acre lake offers history, too.
Safford
After a long day of driving or hiking, the natural hot springs at Roper Lake are not only inviting, they're invigorating! Roper Lake State Park provides a great place to spend a few days or just a few hours. Desert vegetation, a peaceful lake and a v...
Parker
Buckskin Mountain State Park commands one of the finest views along the Parker strip, an 18-mile stretch between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam. Mountains line the river on both the Arizona and California sides, and the wildlife is as varied as the recr...
Patagonia
Established in 1994, Sonoita Creek State Natural Area's mission is to preserve this fragile riparian area and its surrounding environment. Encompassing a major portion of the Sonoita Creek and Coal Mine Spring watersheds, this is the State of Arizona...
Lake Havasu City
The beach, boat ramp, and 61 campsites at Cattail Cove State Park offer a broad spectrum of activities for all to enjoy. Whether you're interested in swimming, fishing or just lounging and relaxing, Cattail Cove State Park offers you and your family ...
Lake Havasu
The scenic shoreline of Lake Havasu State Park is an ideal place to enjoy beautiful beaches, nature trails, boat ramps, and convenient campsites. This spot is truly a watersport haven located near the famous London Bridge of Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu
(157 Miles)
Lake Havasu City
More than 400 miles of stunning coastline will refresh you with exceptional watersports, including fishing, skiing, kayaking and houseboating. Or, if you prefer, explore the lake from the beautiful beaches, campsites and hiking trails.
Holbrook
With one of the worlds largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, multi-hued badlands of the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of 225 million year old fossils, this is a surprising land of scenic ...
St Johns
Created as an irrigation reservoir by damming the Little Colorado River, this 1,200-acre park encompasses the shoreline of a 1,500-acre reservoir at an elevation of 6,000 feet. It is fed by snowmelt from the slopes of Mount Baldy and Escudilla Mounta...
Flagstaff
The Grand Canyon is more than a great chasm carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau. It is more than an awe-inspiring view. It is more than a pleasuring ground for those who explore the roads, hike the trails, or float the cur...
Grand Canyon
We offer fun and informative educational classes and tours for everyone, from thrill-seekers to chill-seekers. On day hikes, backpacks, and whitewater rafting trips, GCFI’s expert instructors share the must-see wonders of the Grand Canyon with park...
Laughlin
Big Bend State Recreation Area is located five miles south of Laughlin on the Needles Highway. The park is within the town limits of Laughlin, one mile south of Casino Drive on South Needles Hwy.
Las Vegas
Just like an eagle is able to fly across the grand canyon this tour allows you take the same view. This glass bridge suspends more than 4000ft above the Colorado River and stretches out 70ft from the edge.
Boulder City
Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers a wealth of things to do and places to go year-round. Its huge lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while its desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers, and roadside sightseers. It ...
Page
Rainbow Bridge is the world's largest known natural bridge. The span has undoubtedly inspired people throughout time--from the neighboring American Indian tribes who consider Rainbow Bridge sacred, to the 300,000 people from around the world who visi...
Lake Powell
(246 Miles)
Page
Explore the enchanting world of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell. This breathtaking landscape - extending into both Arizona and Utah - is like no other place on earth.
Overton
Valley of Fire State Park is located only six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75. Valley of Fire is Nevada's oldest and largest state park, dedicated 1935. The valley derives its name from the re...
Indian Wells
An enlightening tour, botanical gardens, wilderness park, nature preserve with more features and angle than one would expect.
Prewitt
Rolling hills studded with pinon and juniper trees encircle the lake, which is stocked with trout and catfish.Bluewater Lake State Park is popular for boating and year-round fishing.
Las Vegas
For more than 45 years, Pink Jeep Tours has been providing the most talked about off-road family adventures in the Southwest. Our award-winning excursions are known as the premier "must-do" tours in Sedona and Las Vegas. The spectacular Broken ...
Las Vegas
An impressive and visually stunning family ramble, past landscaping and water features to artful structures such as gazebos and bridges, significantly changed with every season. Live music every evening in gazebo.
Las Vegas
Old Vegas Mormon State Historic Park is located in downtown Las Vegas, at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue. The park and Visitor Center is open all year from 8:00 a.m-4:30 p.m. An entrance fee is charged to enter the f...
Springs Preserve
(264 Miles)
Las Vegas
Explore the Springs Preserve, once home to ancient tribes and the resting place for weary Spanish explorers. Learn about the history of the Las Vegas Valley as well as methods to maintain a sustainable lifestyle in the desert.
North Las Vegas
Take off from Las Vegas Airport on an exhilarating helicopter flight to one of Mother Nature's greatest achievements - The Grand Canyon. Discover the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon as your helicopter flies to the West Rim, passing over Lake La...
Blue Diamond
Spring Mountain Ranch is located within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, beneath the colorful cliffs of the magnificent Wilson Range. The many springs in these mountains provided water for Paiute Indians and later brought mountain men...
Las Vegas
is an 8 km park centred around a series of small lakes that formed an oasis in this part of the Mojave Desert. Enjoy fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and an education centre with an insight into early ranch life, plus local Pleistocene paleontologic...
Lake Powell
Natural Bridges preserves some of the finest examples of natural stone architecture in the southwest. On a tree-covered mesa next to deep sandstone canyons, three natural bridges formed when meandering streams slowly cut through the canyon walls. In ...
Bryce Canyon
(290 Miles)
Bryce
Famous for its unique geology of red rock spires and horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters, Bryce offers the visitor a Far View from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah.
Cedar City
Resting on top of the Colorado plateau, at over 10,000 feet in elevation, this breathtaking view awaits. Millions of years of sedimentation, uplift, and erosion are carving out this giant amphitheater, that spans some three miles, and is more than 20...
San Diego
Join San Diego Harbor Excursion and world famous Birch Aquarium at Scripps as we embark on a California Gray Whale watching adventure. Fully narrated, this three and one-half hour adventure allows close-up views of the mammoth California Gray Whale. ...
Barstow
Singing sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million acre park. A visit to its canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military...
Chaco Canyon
(308 Miles)
Nageezi
Chaco Canyon was a major center of Puebloan culture between AD 850 and 1250. The Chacoan sites are part of the homeland of Pueblo Indian peoples of New Mexico, the Hopi Indians of Arizona, and the Navajo Indians of the Southwest.
Encinitas
Enormous series of globally themed gardens, plus 2 specific children's gardens which include interactive displays, several varying play options and a miniature railway.
Fontana
Here you can enjoy a walk along the nature trail winding around the pond, spot what is currently blooming in our native gardens, or venture inside and discover exhibits of local plants, animals, geology and history.
NW Albuquerque
Petroglyph National Monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources including volcanos, archeological sites and an estimated 20,000 carved images. Many of the images are recognizable as animals, people, brands and crosses; others are mo...
Albuquerque
Albuquerques lush and peaceful Botanic Garden is an oasis in the desert. A fourteen-foot high dragon guards the entrance of the Fantasy Garden that gives children a mites eye perspective on the garden. Giant rakes, hoes and watering cans are tools us...
Caliente
Kershaw-Ryan State Park is located two miles south of Caliente via U.S. 93 and State Route 317. It is situated in a colorful, scenic canyon at the northern limit of Rainbow Canyon. Steep canyon walls tower over a long, narrow valley. Early settlers h...
Cortez
The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, located in southwestern Colorado, is dedicated to understanding, teaching, and preserving the rich history of the ancestral Pueblo Indians (also called the Anasazi) who inhabited the canyons and mesas of the Mes...

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