Some major landforms in Arizona are the Colorado Plateau, Black Mesa, Grand Canyon, Sonoran Desert, Colorado River and San Francisco Peaks. Additional landforms in the state include the Mogollon Rim, Meteor Crater, Horseshoe Bend, Hurricane Cliffs, Lee's Ferry, Montezuma Well, Willcox Playa and Vermilion Cliffs.Continue Reading
There are 194 named mountain in Arizona. The San Francisco Peaks are home to the tallest mountain, Humphreys Peak, which has an elevation of 12,633 feet above sea level. Other tall mountains in the San Francisco Peaks include Agassiz Peak at 12,356 feet, Freemont Peak at 11,946 feet, Aubineau Peak at 11,818 feet, Ree's Peak at 11,444 feet and Doyle Peak at 11,440 feet. Mount Baldy, Mount Ord and Paradise Butte are located in the White Mountains and have elevations of 11,391, 11,348 and 11,148 feet, respectively. Mount Thomas in Apache County has an elevation of 11,121 feet.
The southwest part of Arizona is covered by the Sonoran Desert, while the northwest is home to the Mojave Desert. The Painted Desert, also in the north, is located on the Colorado Plateau, and it is famous for its Petrified Forest. The Grand Canyon was created by the Colorado River, which is fed by the 650-mile-long Gila River tributary. The transition zone is an area of Arizona where the Colorado Plateau meets the Basin and Range Province.Learn more about The West
The Painted Desert is a desert of badlands in Arizona that stretches from the Grand Canyon into the Petrified Forest National Park. Much of the Painted Desert is part of the Navajo Nation. Its name describes the brilliant blue, lavender, red, white and yellow colors of its rock layers. The colors are created by deposits of iron and manganese, which combine with layers of mudstone, shale and siltstone.Full Answer >
The Grand Canyon, one of the most iconic and distinguished natural features in the American landscape, is found in Arizona. The Grand Canyon gained recognition as a national landmark and therefore acquired permanent protection in 1919. The canyon covers over one million acres of land and draws millions of visitors every year.Full Answer >
Arizona became a U.S. state on Feb. 14th, 1912, and was the last of the 48 contiguous states to be admitted to the union. Arizona was part of New Mexico until it became a separate territory in 1863. In 2010, the population of Arizona was 6,392,017.Full Answer >
Some different common types of insects found in Arizona are bees, beetles, flies, roaches, dragonflies, butterflies, earwigs, aphids, grasshoppers, cicadas and ants. However, there are many different species in each of these insect types that are in this state. For example, some different beetle species are the Asian multi-colored lady beetle, blister beetle, burying beetle and the American carrion beetle.Full Answer >