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The Hidden Side of Arizona

When people think of the desert southwest United States, they often think of Arizona. When they think of Arizona, people also usually think of hot, dry deserts with cactus and rattlesnakes. There is a hidden side of Arizona, though.

It is true that Arizona is desert country. The Sonoran Desert, Mohave Desert, Chihuahuan Desert, Tonopah Desert, and Yuma Desert can all be seen in Arizona. In fact, Phoenix, Arizona, is in the desert and in the summer, it routinely gets so hot there that a person can literally fry an egg on the sidewalk.

There are indeed many desert animals that live there, including rattlesnakes, roadrunners, and the like. However, there is a hidden side of Arizona that many people seem not to know about unless they’ve visited Arizona in the winter or have lived there.


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Written by Rex Trulove

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  1. I have been to Arizona a few times and I did not think of it just as desert country. I have heard people think that Israel is desert. We have many cities here and BeerSheva in the South was known for desert but it is really filled out into a beautiful city now.

    • In my youth, I wouldn’t have hesitated to ski there. I’m too old to ski now…I’d break every bone in my body. People in the Northeast often spend the winter in Florida. Quite a few people in Montana spend their winters in Arizona. It isn’t that there is no snow, but there is far less snow than in Montana. LOL

    • My grandparents lived there for 18 years because my grandmother had severe arthritis. The dryness of the air most of the year cured her of arthritis. When we’d visit, I was always astounded by the beauty, regardless of the season.

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