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What is Arizona often referred to as?

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Arizona is often referred to as "The Copper State" and "The Grand Canyon State." Arizona is home to one of the seven Natural World Wonders, The Grand Canyon.

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How big is Arizona?

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Arizona was the 48th state to join the United States of America on February 14, 1912. It is the 6th largest of the states in land mass. At 400 miles long and about 310 miles wide, Arizona is almost as wide as it is long.

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What does Arizona produce a lot of?

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Arizona is the number #1 state in copper production in the United States. The Arizona State Capitol building's roof has the equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies worth of copper on top of it.

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What time zone does Arizona observe?

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Arizona has it own Time Zone, well sort of, Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis, so in Arizona time doesn't change. The one exception is the Navajo Nation, located in the northeast corner of the state, which observes the daylight savings time change.

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What are some interesting facts about Arizona?

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The original London Bridge was shipped stone-by-stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City. If you are ever on the far western side of the state, this is a pretty cool sight. Four Corners is the spot in the United States where a person can stand in four states (Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico) at the same time.

 The saguaro is the largest American cactus and the age of a saguaro cactus is determined by its height. It can only be found in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, California and Mexico. The blooms last a short time, they open at night and will be closed by mid day the following day. Once the flower is pollinated it will become a red-fleshed fruit later that summer. A really impressive spot is the Saguaro National Forest in Tucson, where you can see Saguaros as far as the eye can see.

The Arizona State Flag has 13 rays of red and gold on the top half of the flag represent both the 13 original colonies of the Union, and the rays of the Western setting sun. The bottom half of the flag has the same Liberty blue as the United States flag. A copper star is placed in the flag's center, to symbolize the states most important mineral.

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What is the highest mountain in Arizona?

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At 12,643 feet, Mount Humphreys just north of Flagstaff is Arizona's highest mountain. The lowest point at 70 feet above sea level is the Colorado River.

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What is the Arizona state tree, bird, fossil, etc?

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Official State Fossil: Petrified wood is the official state fossil and can be found at the Petrified Forest in northeastern Arizona. It is illegal to remove petrified wood from the Petrified Forest,but it can be purchased in local gift shops.

Official State Tree: The palo verde,which means green stick, is the official Arizona state tree. The tree is thorny with striking green bark and it blooms a brilliant yellow-gold in April or May. Visit the Heard Museum to see some of these beautiful trees.

Official State Bird: The Cactus Wren became the official state bird in 1973. This tiny brown bird makes his home in the Saguaro and other thorny cacti. Sneaky little bird calls one nest home, but makes several decoy homes as well. You can often spot them at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.

Official State Flower: The white flower that blooms on the top of saguaro cactus is the official state flower. You can see the Saguaro's in all their glory studded across the sonoran desert with gorgeous white blooms each May & June.

Official State Gem: Turquoise is the official state gemstone. This blue-green stone is very popular in Southwestern jewelry. To learn more about turquoise and other gems visit the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum in downtown Phoenix.