Tucson is home to the Nation's largest cacti. The giant saguaro is the universal symbol of the American west. These majestic plants, found only in a small portion of the United States, are protected by Saguaro National Park, to the east and west of the modern city of Tucson. Here you have a chance to see these enormous cacti, silhouetted by the beauty of a magnificent desert sunset. Enjoy the beautiful Visitor's Center and hiking paths.
The Park is located just 10 miles north of Payson and boasts a land bridge that is 183 feet high and 400 feet long. This natural bridge was first documented by David Gowan, a Scotsman, in 1877 while hiding from hostile Apache tribe members. It was also visited by Zane Grey around 1920. The Goodfellow Lodge at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park was built in the 1920s and sits in a beautiful little valley above the bridge.
Young was the central location of the Pleasant Valley War. This was made famous by the many books on this event, one being Zane Grey's novel "To the Last Man". The Pleasant Valley War, sometimes called the Tonto Basin Feud, or Tonto Basin War, or Tewksbury-Graham Feud, was a range war fought in Pleasant Valley, Arizona in the years 1882-1892. The conflict involved two feuding families, the Grahams and the Tewksburys. Many ended up in the Young Cemetery.
Cameron is located about an hour NE of Flagstaff on the Navajo Reservation and is a wonderful location to visit and experience Navajo Arts and Crafts, not to mention the world famous Indian Fry Bread that is served in their beautiful Dining Room. There is also a fine assortment of Native American Rugs and an entire other building dedicated as an art gallery.
Located about 90 minutes north of Flagstaff, the Tuba Trading Post is a building complex which was started in 1891 by trader Charles H. Algert as a two-room shed built of native limestone. It was also run by the Babbitt family. It is a mostly stone building made up of segments of different styles. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
This unique twin towers of stone are just past the Red Lake Trading Post on the Navajo Reservation. This is about 20 miles NE of Tuba City. It is a very historic marker for past travelers and many stopped to get a picture taken in front of the rare site.
Marble Canyon had a first bridge built in 1927 and then in 1995 the replacement bridge was erected and the older bridge is now a walking bridge. This is also a home area to California Condors and they can be seen on many days from the bridge. The Marble Canyon Lodge is just walking distance from the bridges and the world famous Lee's Ferry is only a 12 minute drive down along the Colorado River. While there you can see the Lonely Dell Ranch which was home to the families that operated the old ferry across the river before the bridge was built. This includes the famous John D Lee and also Jim Emmett who Zane Grey called the "Man who influenced me the most".
This world famous location seems to be on everyone's bucket list of places to see. From the great Native American history to all the movies that have been filmed here, this is must see. It is 5 hours from Phoenix and there are 2 great places to stay, either Goulding's (where John Ford and John Wayne spent much of their off time) or the newer "View" Hotel that sits directly in front of the famous Mitten Buttes.