Arizona is a fantastic state in America and home to some of the most remarkable landscapes, things to do and places to see.
It’s most famed for the incredible Grand Canyon, but Arizona also boasts a plethora of other well-known, as well as less-visited, landmarks throughout the entire state.
If you’re looking for activities that are less popular, here are five things to explore in Arizona off the beaten path.
The Grand Canyon North Rim
The Grand Canyon North Rim is a lesser known and more peaceful place to visit the world-famous Grand Canyon.
The reason that the North Rim segment of this national wonder resides on the “off the beaten path” list of things to do in Arizona is that it has all the same features and charm of its big sister, but with far fewer people. This means you’ll have a chance to see the spectacular landmark in peace, without worrying about other people being too close to the edge, or the fact that it’s so crowded you can’t properly see anything.
A top travel tip when in Arizona is to visit the Grand Canyon North Rim either at sunset or sunrise for the most spectacular views of nature’s finest show. You can also hire a bus or a trolley to take you there, saving yourself a hassle of going there by car; should you choose this option, the agency will take care of everything so that you can relax and enjoy the scenic drive until you arrive at the Grand Canyon North Rim.
Keepers of the Wild Nature Park
For the animal fanatics amongst you, the Keepers of the Wild Nature Park is one of the best destinations off the beaten path in Arizona.
Not only will you be getting the chance to see some of the most incredible and exotic species of wildlife, but you’ll also be supporting a non-profit organisation that helps to look after abandoned and abused animals. The Keepers of the Wild are all about educating people and helping them to understand the importance of indigenous wildlife.
Keep in mind that this destination can also be reached by bus, so you can just sit back and relax while others take care of organisation.
Navajo National Monument
Unless you’re specifically heading towards Monument Valley, your chances of seeing the Navajo National Monument will be pretty much non-existent.
However, if you do decide to make the 100 km detour from Flagstaff to the Monument, you’ll be greeted by a spectacle of stunning landscapes, sandstone walls and the most incredible views of the desert.
There are numerous hiking tours to enjoy near the Navajo National Monument so you can choose to spend a few hours around the area, or make the most of your experience and embark on an entire day tour.
Sandhill Crane Migration
If you’re travelling to Arizona between November and March, you need to ensure that you catch a glimpse of the remarkable migration of the Sandhill crane.
In a small town called Willcox, approximately 192km from Phoenix, is arguably the best place to see this natural occurrence live in action.
Even if you’re not a natural birdwatcher, you can’t help but be mightily impressed as the birds fill the air and move towards the plentiful fields of Arizona.
Sunset Crater National Monument
Residing approximately 165 km from Phoenix, Arizona, the Sunset Crater National Monument is the remnants of a volcano that erupted almost 1000 years ago.
While you can’t get incredibly up close and personal with the volcano, you can enjoy the divine walk through the volcanic field that will see you appreciate and enjoy natureat its most subtle form.
It’s a great place to admire views all the way to the Painted Desert and there are numerous hikes to enjoy around the area so that you can truly experience everything that Sunset Crater has to offer.
Conclusion – Five Things to Explore in Arizona off the Beaten Path
Arizona is one of the best states in America to visit if you’re looking for a place that’s home to a diverse expanse of landscapes.
Not only will you find sprawling stretches of desert, but Arizona is also home to some beautiful natural green landscapes where you can enjoy a variety of wildlife.
Hiring a bus to take you around all of these “off the beaten” destinations in Arizona is a great way to ensure that you see everything on your bucket list, without worrying about getting yourself to and from everywhere.
Whether you’re looking to take a walk on the wild side at Keepers of the Wild Nature Park or you’re desperate to see the Grand Canyon in a much less crowded area, Arizona has some excellent offerings of “off the beaten” path destinations.
Rebecca is a translator by day, and a traveler mostly at night. She is an expert on living with jet lag – and packing in tiny suitcases. You can read more of her exploits at RoughDraft.