Description | Trails | Map | The Big Loop Coronado National Memorial (NPS)In the Coronado National Forest bordering Mexico, Coronado National Memorial celebrates the achievements of Francisco VĂ¡squez de Coronado, who led the first recorded European expedition to America, in 1540.The visitor center has many historical exhibits but the attraction for most visitors is the rugged and scenic terrain, which is crossed by several hiking trails, one leading right up to the international border.

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The main attraction is the deep canyon of the Agua Fria River, a year round drainage.

Description | Photographs Canyon de Chelly National Monument (NPS)In the Navajo Indian Reservation of northeast Arizona, sheer-walled Canyon de Chelly is one of the best places in the state to see ancient Anasazi ruins, even though most may only be visited in the company of a Navajo escort.

Description | Photographs Ironwood Forest National Monument (BLM)The desert ironwood tree and the saguaro cactus are the dominant plants of the Ironwood Forest National Monument, a 129,000 acre BLM-managed preserve covering a mostly roadless section of the Sonoran Desert east of Tucson.

The monument also contains a working copper mine and several ghost towns, though no visitor facilities; people come here for solitude, primitive camping, off-trail hiking and wildlife study.

Description | Map | Page | Hite | Halls Crossing | Bullfrog Marina Grand Canyon National Park (NPS)Perhaps the most famous national park in the world, Grand Canyon extends for over 200 miles along the Colorado River in north Arizona, though most visitors see only the short section viewable from the South Rim Drive.

A small part of the North Rim is also accessible by paved road (closed by snow in winter), while access to the remainder is limited to various dirt tracks and long trails.

Access is by an unpaved road followed by a 1.5 mile hike, along an easy trail that passes other historic relics including an old cemetery.

Description and Map | Photographs Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NPS)Although mostly in Utah, the southern end of Glen Canyon NRA is in Arizona, as is the main center for visitor activities, at Wahweap near Page.

Description Fort Bowie National Historic Site (NPS)In the Chiricahua Mountains of far southeast Arizona, Fort Bowie was the staging post for attacks in the late nineteenth century by the US military on the native Chiricahua Apache, a campaign completed in 1886 after surrender of the last Indian leader (Geronimo).