By T. Csatlos
America’s fifth-largest city still has
real cowboys and rugged
mountains and the kind of cactus
most people see only in cartoons.
Phoenix is the gateway to the
• Population: 6,392,017
• Governor: Jan Brewer
• Entered into the Union: 1912 48th
• Nickname: Grand Canyon State
• State Flag:
• State Link:
Places to go
Arizona is blessed with many beautiful, unique,
scenic and historic spots. For more information
and pictures about these wonderful places in
Arizona, take a virtual tour of Arizona State
Parks and visit the Arizona Department of
• The Grand Canyon-One of the Seven
Wonders of the World, the Grand
Canyon is an unbelievable spectacle of
nature. It is a great, huge slash in the
surface of the earth - 217 miles long, 4 to
18 miles wide and a mile deep, with the
Colorado River flowing at the bottom.
• Arizona (Navajo: ; O'odham: Alĭ ṣonak); is a state located in the
southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the western
United States and the mountain west. The capital and largest city is
Phoenix. The second largest city is Tucson, followed in size by eight
Phoenix metropolitan area cities: Mesa, Glendale, Chandler, Scottsdale,
Gilbert, Tempe, Peoria, Surprise and then by Yuma in Yuma County.
• Arizona is the 48th state and last of the contiguous states admitted to the
Union, achieving statehood on February 14, 1912. Arizona is noted for its
desert climate, exceptionally hot summers, and mild winters, but it also
features pine forests and mountain ranges in the northern high country, with
much cooler weather than in the lower deserts.
• Arizona is one of the Four Corners states. It borders New Mexico, Utah,
Nevada, and California, touches Colorado, and has a 389-mile (626 km)
international border with the states of Sonora and Baja California in Mexico.
It is the largest landlocked U.S. state by population. In addition to the Grand
Canyon, many other national forests, parks, and monuments are located in
the state, while more than a quarter7 of its territory is Federal Trust Land
which serves as the home of the Navajo Nation, the Hopi tribe, the Tohono
O'odham, Apache and Yaqui people and various Yuman tribes, such as the
Yavapai, Quechan and Hualapai.
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