Arizona, found towards the southwest of the US, is home to some of the most popular mountain trails in the country. For one, it is home to the Grand Canyon and Sonoran Desert. It’s a popular hotspot for anyone travelling to and across the US – but how much do we all really know about this state? Here are a few interesting facts about Arizona to help increase the old knowledge bank.
Arizona is one of the youngest US states, at least based on when it was admitted into the union. It was branded the 48th
This occurred in 1912, after the USA took control of the land from Mexico.
The Grand Canyon, which is likely to be one of the most popular attractions in the state, is around 227 miles long! It’s also a big drop down, with a mile leading to the bottom of the chasm.
The Arizona State Flag
In fact, the Grand Canyon National Park is regarded as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It has a unique claim to this, as there are no other wonders based in the USA.
Famous people to come from Arizona include Chief Geronimo, late US Senator John McCain, Hollywood star Emma Stone and the singer Linda Ronstadt.
Arizona’s official reptile – yes, it has one – is the rattlesnake. This may be as a result of there being around 13 different species across the state! There are more different kinds of rattlesnake in Arizona than you will find in any other region.
Believe it or not, the man who discovered Pluto was doing so while observing the stars in Arizona. Not by eye, of course, but up at the famous Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.
In fact, many people are able to view stars in great detail across the state. It suffers from very little light pollution, which means that people are able to see the night skies clearer here than they might across neighbouring states.
Arizona is also home to the discovery of copper, back in the mid-1800s.
Oljato-Monument Valley, United States
The Sonoran desert is one of the most fascinating stretches of its kind. It stretches to over 260,000km, and likely sees 10 inches of rainfall each year. For a desert of any size, this is particularly wet. You will also find unique cacti and flowers than bloom here throughout the summer.
Very little of Arizona is private land. Despite being one of the biggest states in terms of size, less than a fifth of its landscape is owned by any given party or operator. That’s because the vast majority of the state is wide open land or national parkland.
The World Health Organisation has recognised Arizona as being remarkably pure in air quality. The city of Wenden is one of only a handful of cities worldwide that restricts pollution to a specific level.
There are still a number of native American tribes who live in Arizona, with more than 20 recognised by federal government. One of them still resides within the Grand Canyon itself!
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