7 Fast and Fun Facts About Arizona

Horseshoe Bend in Arizona

Whether you’re an Arizona native or planning to visit the state for the first time as a student at Grand Canyon University, there are probably some unique pieces of information that you’ve yet to learn about the state. Keep reading for some fast and fun facts about Arizona.

Arizona Has an Abundance of National Monuments

Arizona is home to 18 national monuments – that’s more than any other U.S. state!

Arizona is Full of Peaks and Summits

The state’s mountainous terrain leaves it with more peaks and summits than any other state, adding up to a whopping 3,928.

Arizona is a Big State with a Big City

Arizona is the nation’s sixth largest state, beat out by only Alaska, Texas, California, Montana and New Mexico. Interestingly, Arizona’s capital city of Phoenix happens to be the sixth largest city in the U.S., coming in after New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia.

Arizona is a Young State

Arizona was established in 1912 as the 48th state, followed only by Alaska and Hawaii.

Arizona’s Deserts Have More Than Sand and Dust

Did you know that Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is the most biologically diverse desert in North America?

Arizona’s State Flower Blooms in May and June

The Saguaro cactus flower is Arizona’s state flower, and the cactus that it grows on takes more than 100 years to become tall enough to grow any arms.

Arizona is Known for Its 5 Cs

You can probably guess at least a couple of the five pillars of Arizona’s original economy: copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate.

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