# Sonoran desert
The mysteries of history: Exploring Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
(Coolidge, AZ) - There’s nothing quite like marveling at ancient history. Here in Arizona, you’re in the right place for mysterious relics and places for you to be in awe. This sunny state is full of prehistoric structures and artifacts, giving you a glimpse into early civilization. One such place is Casa Grande Ruins or “Great House,” which appeared around 1350 C.E. The story of its origin, however, is a mystery to discover.
St. Anthony’s Monastery is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the Sonoran Desert
St. Anthony’s MonasterySt. Anthony’s Monastery website. Travelers visit destinations for a variety of reasons. Some love to discover unique and interesting landmarks that are specific to the regions they explore. These sites create indelible memories.
5,000 desert plant species and more to explore at Catalina State Park
Serene landscape at Catalina State ParkCatalina State Park Facebook. (ORO VALLEY, AZ) - It’s easy to see that Arizona is a beautiful desert landscape to explore. This state in particular has unique plants, animals, insects, rock formations and ancient history you won’t find anywhere else in the world. If you are looking for more unique spaces to explore and discover this natural Sonoran Desert, add Catalina State Park on your list, located at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains just north of Tucson.
Explore a piece of desert paradise in San Tan Mountain Regional Park
The scenic San Tan Mountain Regional ParkMaricopa County Parks. (QUEEN CREEK, AZ) - Arizona always offers a new area to explore for those who are curiously seeking beauty and adventure. Here’s one option: consisting of over 10,000 acres, the San Tan Mountain Regional Park is a large rural park located in Pinal County, and administered by Maricopa County Parks. The park is just south of Queen Creek and preserves a portion of the San Tan Mountains, making it a beautiful southwest destination to admire the Sonoran Desert.
From the roots: Indigenous restaurants use native ingredients for delicious dishes
Fry bread with green chile and muttonEmerson Fry Bread Facebook. (PINAL COUNTY, AZ) Arizona attracts curious travelers far and wide for the magic of the desert, with its resilient nature and majestic terrain. What one can find, even today, is that the unique relationship to the land and the resilient spirit is still alive, especially among those native to the area.