Arizona is a popular vacation destination, year after year. It’s for good reason, too. The state has 22 different national parks, among them the second most visited in all of America–Grand Canyon National Park. Arizona offers no shortage of beautiful scenery and memorable landscapes. In short, Arizona is the kind of place where memories are easily made. If you’re looking to make some serious family memories, here are 5 of the best family-oriented adventures in the Grand Canyon State.
Saguaro National Park
This national park is home to the Saguaro cactus, capable of growing to heights of nearly 50 feet. You’ll have the opportunity to visit multiple museums and view countless landscapes throughout the park. 165 miles of backpacking trails and one of the most amazing sunsets on the planet round out the opportunities.
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
All sorts of beautiful wildflowers and conifers grow around this national monument. That’s pretty impressive considering that just 1,000 years ago this was an active volcano, spewing lava and poisonous gases. Your family will have plenty of opportunities to explore this landscape, including bike and walking trails, stargazing trips and campfire conservations.
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
One of the most amazing geological sites in the country, this area of Arizona will give your family almost 300,000 acres of canyons and bluffs to explore, as well as countless other opportunities for viewing wildlife and outdoor activities.
Canyon De Chelly National Monument
What makes this national park unique is that it isn’t actually owned by the federal government. It sits on the grounds of the Navajo Nation in the northeastern corner of the state. Your family can visit Pueblo ruins, hike multiple trails or take a guided tour into the more restricted portions of the canyon.
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area
If your family is seeking riverfront exploration, this is the stop for you. You can hike several trails that border the Colorado River, canoe backwaters and eat at countless restaurants. Make sure to check out the Yuma Territorial Prison State Park for a unique look at the 1800s penal system.