Arizona is one of America’s south-western states. It is one of only four states that have contiguous borders. The four corners region meets with Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah having that one common border point. Arizona shares its southern border with Mexico, which is a major cultural influence on many aspects of life in the state.
Arizona is blessed with several national parks and is the location of the Grand Canyon, one of the most visited natural attractions in all of the United States. The Colorado River is another important natural wonder that winds through much of the state. The giant Hoover dam is both important for the recreational, energy and tourism impacts it has on the state and the entire south-eastern region of the United States.
The capitol city of Arizona is Phoenix. Some other important cities are Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe. Many people do not realize that more than twenty-five percent of the state is United States federal property that houses the Indian reservations of several Native American tribes. The Apache, Navaho and Hopi Indians are the major tribes.
The major industries of Arizona are cattle and cotton. Tourism is very important to the state. The Grand Canyon area and the four corners area of the state hold the major tourist attractions. The state has significant mining operations for copper. Electronic and hi-tech industries are becoming of major importance to the state in the last ten years.
Arizona is not well known for winter sports but it does have five ski areas in the north eastern mountains of the state. These ski resorts are gradually gaining visitors from out of state. Recreational activities in Arizona are not lacking, with hot air ballooning, hiking, biking, fishing and hunting as some of the most popular recreational activities.