7 Off-the-Beaten-Path Places to Visit in Arizona This Winter

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Winter is probably one of the best times to visit the beautiful and diverse desert state of Arizona. Areas such as Tuscon and Phoenix will offer mild weather and sunny days, while spots in northern Arizona are only hours away and are perfect for traditional winter activities such as snowboarding. Here are the 7 best off the beaten track places in Arizona to visit this winter.

7 Off-the-Beaten-Path Places to Visit in Arizona

1.Sedona, Arizona

This charming little town is known for its high quality day spas as well as the beautiful red rock formations that surround it. In the winter, temperatures get chilly here, so if you’re looking to escape the snow in the desert heat, this might not be the option for you.

However, Sedona is a beautiful city that is home to countless boutiques in addition to day spas. And for those who don’t mind snuggling up in a sweater, if you’re lucky enough to visit the area after a snowfall, the red rocks surrounding the town are especially stunning when covered in fresh snow.

Sedona, AZ

2. Flagstaff, Arizona

Snow and Arizona may seem like polar opposites to those unfamiliar with the state, but higher elevations, as well as northern regions, receive plenty of snowfall. And if you like winter sports like snowboarding and skiing, Flagstaff is a great place to visit! Head to Arizona Snowbowl to hit the slopes, then warm up with a delicious meal from Tinder Box Kitchen or browse local shops such as Old Town Shops.

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Flagstaff, Arizona

3. Montezuma Castle National Monument

If you’re looking for a unique way to spend the afternoon, consider heading to the Montezuma Castle National Monument. Located about an hour and a half from Phoenix, Arizona, Montezuma Castle National Monument features a well-preserved set of cliff dwellings. The park is open daily, although the visitor center closes early on public holidays.

Montezuma Castle National Monument

4.Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona is a great choice for those looking to enjoy generally warmer weather without all the hustle and bustle that a big city like Phoenix can bring. You can expect winter temperatures in the low 70s during the day, perfect for getting out and enjoying the beautiful surrounding desert.

Tucson, Arizona

5. Arcosanti

Located about an hour from Phoenix, Arcosanti is a truly unique place to visit. Beginning as an experimental city, Arcosanti aims to explore arcology (the intersection between ecology and architecture). This goal has resulted in a community that is unique in both look and feel. Arcosanti is currently home to around 70 full-time residents. Howeveryou can visit – or even stay a few nights!

Arcosanti

6. Tombstone, Arizona

Tombstone, Arizona is a small town which brought its historic roots into the future with a variety of Old West themed rides and styles. This includes storefronts that would look like home in an episode of Lone Ranger, shootout re-enactments, and stagecoach rides. It is a great option for children and adults. Tombstone is located approximately one hour and twenty minutes from Tucson.

Tombstone, Arizona

7. Kartchner Caves State Park

Another fairly unique place to visit in Arizona is Kartchner Caverns State Park. The park is home to a vast limestone cave, which visitors have the opportunity to visit. Tour information is available online.

Kartchner Caves State Park

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