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Eastern Arizona Travel Guide

Plan Your Eastern Arizona Vacation

As a state of dramatic natural wonders, Eastern Arizona is often overlooked. This is unfortunate, as it’s one of Arizona’s great outdoor playgrounds. In the White Mountains, northeast of Phoenix, you can hike, fish, swim, and at night gaze upward at millions of twinkling stars. The region’s winter sports are just as varied: you can ski downhill or cross-country, snowboard, snowshoe,

and snowmobile. Any time of year, you can glimpse age-old fossils and brilliant colors on a drive through the Petrified Forest, where the Painted Desert showcases hues of red and orange you never thought existed in nature.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Get outside No place for couch potatoes, Eastern Arizona is home to some of the state’s best recreation areas for skiing, fishing, camping, and exploring. If you love the outdoor life, you might fall in love with this place.
  2. Be petrified Marvel at huge fossilized logs and the dazzling colors of nature at Petrified Forest National Park.
  3. View nature’s handiwork at Salt River Canyon Watch the desert cacti disappear as the country’s pines delight your senses. U.S. 60 dramatically switchbacks down—and back up—2,000 feet of eroded canyon.
  4. Hit the road Whether you’re traveling the Coronado Trail National Scenic Byway or getting your kicks on Route 66, these roads were made for travelers.
  5. Discover native traditions The rich culture and heritage of Native American tribes permeates this area.

When To Go

When to Go

If you’re not a winter-sports enthusiast, it’s best to plan your trip to Eastern Arizona for the high season (May through October). You’ll...

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