This striking waterfall stands nearly 100 feet high, cascading down from blood-red sandstone into a beautiful blue pool. People who come to visit Havasu can explore the site on their own or avail themselves of one of the many guided tours around the park. The nature of the sandstone means that the falls are subject to a greater degree of change when floods and rains occur. The park's website features a picture of the falls when it was known as Bridal Veil, and a picture of its current appearance. No matter how it changes in the future, it is always a beauty to behold.
Divided into two districts, this national park prominently features its namesake cactus, the saguaro, as well as many other species native to Arizona. A variety of other flora and fauna, including coniferous forests andendangered species of bat and owl, can also be found here. The Tucson Mountains and the Rincon Mountains both reside within the borders, which also features 150 miles of hiking trails. Backcountry campsites are available to hikers wanting to spend more time in the arid beauty of this gorgeous park.
This breathtaking canyon epitomizes the American West. Its sandstone walls contain evidence left by ancient indigenous people, making it a prized piece of history. The most striking feature here is known as Spider Rock, which figures into Navajo folklore as being the home of Spider Woman, the creator of the world. Whether or not you believe it, the area reverberates with energy. Take a tour deep into the park and explore Mummy Cave, featuring different types of structures built at various points throughout history.
This hands-on science center beckons visitors to get involved and get excited about science. Housing 350 permanent exhibits, there is no shortage of things to explore. Kids and adults can play with gravity, electricity, and magnetism in the Get Charged Up exhibit, or explore the human body in the All About Me section. Forces of Nature puts visitors in the middle of severe storms, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. There is no shortage of fun and excitement here.
Visitors to this part of the United States who are eager to learn more about the area's native wildlife would do well to visit this museum. Comprised of an aquarium, zoo, botanical garden, natural history museum, and art gallery, it is a comprehensive collection of the flora and fauna of the surrounding desert and its various climates, assembled for visitors to examine and understand more completely. Big cats, raptors, and reptiles are on display, and there is a cave in which to explore fossils and geological features. A trip to this museum is a fine complement to your visit to the desert.
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