42 Awesome And Astonishing Arizona Fun Facts

Spending the holidays in Arizona this year was fun, and a little weird. Do you know all there is to know about Arizona? What about the fun stuff? Here are 42 fun facts about the state of Arizona.

  1. A person from Arizona is known as an Arizonan.
  2. The famous labor leader, Ceasar Estrada Chavez, was born in Yuma.
  3. At one time, camels were used to transport good across Arizona. You know, because it’s a desert.
  4. Arizona became the 48th state on February 14th, 1912.
  5. The world’s largest solar telescope is located in Arizona at Kitts Peak National Observatory in the city of Sells.
  6. The Hopis Indians founded the oldest Indian settlement in the United States, Oraibi.
  7. The Hopi Indians of Arizona are known for the multicolored corn that they grow.
  8. Mount Humphrey, located north of Flagstaff, is the state’s highest mountain.
  9. Arizona has the highest percentage of land set aside and designated as Indian lands of all the states in the US.
  10. The age of a saguaro cactus is determined by its height.
  11. Arizona is a part of the four corners, where you can stand in the same spot and be in four states at once.
  12. There is a fountain in the Fountain Hills that is believed to be the tallest fountain in the world.
  13. Blue and gold are the official state colors of Arizona.
  14. The capital of the Navajo Reservation is Window Rock.
  15. The once rowdy copper mining town of Jerome is no longer largely populated. In fact, the population fell to as few as 50 people after the mine closed in 1953.
  16. The official amphibian of the state is the Arizona tree frog. This frog ranges from ¾ to 2 inches long.
  17. The  Grand Canyon, Havasu Canyon, Grand Canyon Caves, Lake Powell/Rainbow Bridge, Petrified Forest/Painted Desert, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, Sedona Oak Creek Canyon, Salt River Canyon, Superstition Mountains, Picacho Peak State Park, Saguaro National Park, Chiricahua National Monument, and the Colorado River are all the state’s most popular natural wonders.
  18. The Arizona trout is only found in Arizona.
  19. The most abundant mineral in Arizona is copper.
  20. Arizona’s capitol building has the amount of copper equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies.
  21. Turquoise is the official state gemstone.
  22. The cactus wren is the official state bird.
  23. The ringtail is the official state mammal. This small and fox-like mammal is a shy, nocturnal creature that is about 2½ feet long.
  24. The bola tie is the official state neck wear. (Since when is this even a thing that’s specific to a state? Well at least you know what to wear if you want to fit in.)
  25. The Palo Verde is the official state tree. (‘Official’ fun facts are the most educational of the fun facts.
  26. Petrified wood is the official state fossil of Arizona and most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in northeastern Arizona.
  27. There is more than 1 billion years’ worth of rock exposed at the Grand Canyon.
  28. Women in Arizona were granted the right to vote eight years before national suffrage.
  29. There aren’t any dinosaur fossils at the Grand Canyon because the rocks are so much older than the dinosaurs. You will find fossils but they will be corals, sponges, or trilobites.
  30. The country’s first barrel of tequila came out of Nogales in 1936.
  31. In Arizona, it’s illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs…you know, just in case you have a donkey that likes to slumber in the tub.
  32. Roadrunners can run up to 17mph when they’re trying to flee their enemies in Arizona.
  33. The Jerome Grand Hotel was once a hospital for the town’s miners and is now considered one of the most haunted places in Arizona.
  34. Mine Inspector is an elected government position in the state of Arizona.
  35. The sun shines in Phoenix and Tucson 85% of the year. That’s more than Florida and Hawaii.
  36. Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that do not observe Daylight Savings time.
  37. Approximately 150 people are bitten by rattlesnakes ever year in Arizona.
  38. The sundial in Carefree, Arizona, is one of the largest in the world and measures 90 feet across.
  39. There are 22 national parks and monuments in Arizona and California is the only state with more.
  40. Arizona is home to more than 100 wineries and 75+ licensed craft breweries.
  41. The Arizona Trail is 800-miles long and dedicated to hiking mountain biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.
  42. The two top-rated waterfalls in the United States are located in Arizona. They’re the Grand Falls and Havasu Falls.

Arizona is a fun state with so much to do, see, and explore. If you have never been,  then these 40+ fun facts have surely inspired you to check it out.