In the high desert northeast of Flagstaff, the Grand Falls waterfall roars to life each spring during the annual snowmelt from the slopes of 10,064 foot Mt. Baldy and the White Mountains in Arizona and New Mexico. These falls are also known as the Chocolate Falls because of the brownish color of the cascading water. The turbulent rush of water falls downward some 185 feet — more than the drop of Niagara Falls.
People around the country were shocked and saddened in late June 2013, when a raging wildfire near Yarnell killed 19 Prescott-area firefighters. The state has memorialized the fallen with the 320-acre Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial State Park, which opened Nov. 30, 2016.
The Pioneer Living History Museum’s more than 30 buildings recreate the historical culture of a 19th Century Arizona frontier town, right here in North Phoenix. The buildings, both original and historically accurate reproductions, are scattered across the 90-acre site, inviting visitors of all ages to interact with and experience the daily challenges and joys of living on the desert more than a century ago.
The Pueblo Grande Museum site, originally built and occupied by the ancient Hohokam people between A.D.100 and 1450, and owned by the City of Phoenix since 1924, is the largest preserved archeological site in the Valley.