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North-Central Arizona Travel Guide

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Plan Your North-Central Arizona Vacation

Red-rock buttes ablaze in the slanting light of late afternoon, majestic mountains tipped white from a fresh snowfall, pine forests clad in dark green needles—north-central Arizona is rich in natural beauty, a landscape of vast plateaus punctuated by steep ridges and canyons. North-central Arizona is also rich in artifacts from its earliest inhabitants—well-preserved cliff dwellings

and petroglyphs provide glimpses into Native American cultures dating back over a thousand years. Geological wonders, like huge craters formed by meteorites and volcanoes, add yet another layer to exploring in the region.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Mother Nature Stunning red rocks, snowcapped mountains, and crisp country air rejuvenate the most cynical city dwellers. Nature lovers should visit either the Coconino or Prescott national forest.
  2. Father Time Ancient Native American sites, such as Walnut Canyon and Montezuma's Castle, show life before Columbus "discovered" America. You can learn their history in the excellent national monument visitor centers.
  3. Main Street charm Jerome and Prescott exude small-town hospitality with turn-of-the-20th-century architecture and charming bed-and-breakfasts.
  4. Cool escapes Beat the heat in the high desert; temperatures throughout north-central Arizona are typically 20°F cooler than in the Phoenix area.
  5. Free spirits The energy of Sedona is delightfully infectious; even skeptics might be tempted to get their aura read.

When To Go

When to Go

Autumn, when the wet season ends, the stifling desert temperatures moderate (it's 20°F cooler than Phoenix), and the mountain aspens reach their f...

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