The Top 5 Arizona Parks & Monuments — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Montezuma Castle National Monument

P.O. Box 219,
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
(928) 567-3322
An enduring legacy of the prehistoric Sinagua. The 20-room stone, timber and adobe dwelling is 80 percent intact, making it one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the United States.

Petrified Forest National Park

1 Park Rd.,
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028
(928) 524-6228
History speaks volumes as you take in the spectacular scenery in the land where the surroundings have aged for 225 million years, turning wood into stone. The park is located in northeast Arizona, and features one of the world’s largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

10 Organ Pipe Dr.,
Ajo, AZ 85321
(520) 387-6849
The monument exhibits an extraordinary collection of plants of the Sonoran Desert, including the organ pipe cactus, a large cactus rarely found in the U.S.

Saguaro National Park East

3693 S. Old Spanish Tr.,
Tucson, AZ 85743
(520) 733-5158
With districts skirting the east and west boundaries of Tucson, this national park is home to the most recognizable cactus in the world — the saguaro.

Monument Valley

Bldg. 36A E. Hwy. 264 at Rt. 12,
Window Rock, AZ 86515
This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet, framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. The angle of the sun accents these
graceful formations, providing scenery that is simply spellbinding.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012