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10 Incredible Facts About Arizona That You Should Know

Everyone knows that Arizona is famous for record breaking temperatures and the gorgeous Grand Canyon, but did you know these ten interesting facts about Arizona?

#1 The official state flower of Arizona is actually the Saguaro Cactus bloom!

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Between May and June you can see the beautiful white flowers. Even cooler? The Saguaro is the largest cactus in America!

#2 The official state fossil of Arizona is petrified wood.

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If you’re interested in seeing a whole lot of this multi colored material, head on over to Petrified Forest National Park where they’ve got tons of it!

#3 Turquoise is the official state gemstone.

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People travel from all across the country to come buy jewelry that incorporates these blue-green stones.

#4 The copper roof of Arizona’s Capitol building honors its ongoing heritage as the nation’s top copper producer.

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How much copper was needed to cover the roof?  The equivalent of about 4,800,000 pennies!

#5 Arizona doesn’t participate in Daylight Savings Time.

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They use Mountain Standard Time all year long, with the exception of the Navajo Nation Community.

#6 It wasn’t until 1926 that the railroad connected Arizona to the east coast.

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Before the Southern Pacific Railroad, making the trek from the east coast to the west coast was an even more treacherous journey.

#7 The amount of precipitation an area receives ranges widely across the state.

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While Flagstaff might average eighteen inches a year, Yuma would consider themselves lucky to see four inches annually.

#8 Arizona tops the list as the state with the highest percentage of land set aside and designated as Indian lands.

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This makes sense, considering the world’s oldest Indian settlement, Oraibi, was founded here by the Hopi Indians.

#9 You’ll find the world’s largest solar telescope in Arizona!

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Head over to Kitts Peak National Observatory in Sells if you’re in the mood for some science.

#10 Camels were once widely used for transporting goods in Arizona.

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This interesting fact is probably the source of many camel-centered Arizonian legends! Unfortunately, you won’t find any camels in Arizona today — unless you’re in a zoo.

Cheyenne Reed

Cheyenne Reed was born and raised in Ohio. She recently relocated to rural Wyoming to try out working at an exclusive guest ranch. She graduated from Kent State University with an English degree, and most enjoys writing about travel. If she has free time, you may run into her anywhere, because she is always itching to explore new places. Her personal motto is, "Any day can be an adventure if you make it one!"

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