National Park Service Sites in Arizona


  • A view of the White house Ruins in Canyon de Chelly National Monument
  • A view at Casa Grande National Monument
  • Rafting down the Colorado River through Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • A foggy day at the Grand Canyon
  • A view of the Bates Mountains in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  • In the Big Logs area at Petrified Forest National Park
  • A view looking west in Saguaro National Park
  • A view of one of the ancient pueblos in Wupatki National Monument
Tumacacori National Historical Park

While many of the National Park Service sites in Arizona are centered around some incredible land form or vegetation, others are centered around "objects of antiquity."

A thousand years ago, Arizona was a happening place and the natives were busy building multi-storied living complexes beside irrigated croplands at a time when most Europeans were still living in thatched huts and using their sources of drinking water for toilets.

There's a dividing line in time, right around 1250 CE, when the climate changed and that advanced civilization went into decline. So there's a time gap between the last of the ancient occupied pueblos (now in ruins) and the beginning of the Spanish and American settlement that the newer "historical" sites are about ...and then there's Glen Canyon and Lake Mead.

On the Blue Mesa Trail at Petrified Forest National Park
On the Blue Mesa Trail at Petrified Forest National Park
Along the Loop Trail at Walnut Canyon National Monument
Along the Loop Trail at Walnut Canyon National Monument

National Park Service Sites in Arizona

Map showing locations of the National Park Service sites in Arizona