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National Parks

  • Grand Canyon National Park - Tuweep Area
    The Tuweep area is probably as remote as you can get in Grand Canyon National Park while still being close to a road (unpaved). The canyon is much narrower than in the more popular areas, but almost just as deep - the rim towers 3000 vertical feed over the Colorado River, and at places you could probably do one wrong step and not see ground again until you're in the river.
  • Grand Canyon National Park
    The Grand Canyon area was turned into a national monument in 1908, and became a national park in 1919. The main viewpoints are along the North Rim and South Rim. Elevation varies from around 9,000 feet (North Rim) to 2,000 feet (canyon floor). Both rims can be accessed via paved roads, with the North Rim being subject to winter closures due to snow. The canyon floor can be accessed by a number of trails, the most popular probably being "Bright Angel Trail" which descends from 6,860 feet down to 2,400 feet, thus losing 4,460 feet over the course of 7.7 miles.
  • Petrified Forest National Park
    This area protects a large petrified forest - fossil wood where all the organic materials have been replaced with minerals - and some of the most colourful badlands I've seen.
  • Saguaro National Park
    Saguaro National Park is located close to Tucson in Southern Arizona, and is named after the Saguaro cactus, which abounds in the area.

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[Top]National Forests

  • Coronado National Forest
  • Tonto National Forest
    Tonto National Forest, the fifth-largest national forest in the United States, is home to Apache Trail, a scenic road (partially unpaved) that travels through the Superstition Mountains and along Canyon and Apache Lakes. Due to its proximity to Phoenix, this area gets considerable visitation, and as such the roads can be busier than one would expect from the surrounding land that looks very much like wilderness.

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