The weather in the Grand Canyon State is not for the faint of heart. To say that it’s hot there is an understatement. The average high in August is 103 and the low is 79. Living here in Michigan even the low sounds good right about now. The northern part of Arizona, right around the Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, gets rain and is considerably cooler than the southern region of the state. On the west side of the state is the lower deserts and on the river, it’s warm. Yuma, Lake Havasu City, and Parker all are hotter than Phoenix and Tucson (found in the upper desert). So weather aside, when you think of Arizona you think of the classic west, deserts, Native American culture, museums and some of the greatest natural wonders in the world.
Whenever my calendar and budget says it’s OK, I’m looking forward to visiting Sedona. Is this really the energy capital of the world? Maybe so maybe not. But you’ve got to have a glide down the natural water chute at Slide Rock State Park. Then take a walk down the West Fork Trail. For the history and nature buffs take a tour of the prehistoric Sinaguan ruins, including Montezuma’s Castle and Toozigoot national monuments located in the Verde Valley. The Fort Verde State Historic Park honors history from the frontier days. Visitors have also been known to spot a bald eagle.
One of the most awesome springs in Arizona. They pump out thousands of gallons of crystal clear, 72-degree water every minute. The springs are secluded enough to keep the crowds to a minimum and still be accessible enough for day hikers. This may be an adventure best suited for adults and teenagers. Toddlers would be worn out and you’d be …