Even with its hot days and scarce rain, Arizona is a state teeming with life, from towering saguaro cactuses to small and friendly geckos. The warm embrace of Arizona's heat also invites visitors who thirst for the beauty of an endless desert view. From the major urban centers to the small rural towns, tourists and residents can find plenty of outdoor and cultural attractions and events in Arizona.
- Sedona Red Rock High School 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road Sedona, AZ 86336 in Sedona, AZ
Held annually in October at the Sedona Red Rock High School, the festival provides a chance to support fine arts within the community. Over 150 local and nationally recognized artists display creations with an array of spectacular fall colors and the red rocks offering a picturesque backdrop.
Outdoor and fitness enthusiasts regularly participate in this fall event that provides the opportunity to enjoy the picturesque hills and surrounding community while conquering 1,000 steps situated in nine different scenic areas. Walk, run and set your own pace.
This three-day event takes place during the first week of every November and continues in the tradition of Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration. Nearly 30,000 spectators observe as over 10,000 participants trek the two-mile procession complete with altars, costumes and floats in commemoration of deceased loved ones.
- Lake Havasu City, Ariz. in LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ
You don't have to wait for the 4th of July to enjoy fireworks when this extravagant pyrotechnic display takes place every February and spans five nights at the rodeo grounds. Come rain or shine, the show goes on and provides visitors with the rare chance to witness some of the most amazing displays ever seen.
For over five decades, Arabian breeders, owners and trainers from around the world, along with horse lovers in general, arrive at WestWorld for this 10-day February event that showcases 2,000 of the most beautiful Arabian and Half-Arabian horses on the planet in a variety of shows.
- Scottsdale, Arizona in Scottsdale, AZ
Held every February at the WestWorld equine complex, the weekend event offers 4-H/FFA amateurs to professional cowboys the chance to exhibit their skills in the arena. Witness an American Quarter Horse show, a Saddlebred Show and a PRCA rodeo along with live country western music, dancing and children's activities.