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Arizona is the sixth largest state and includes approximately 73 million acres or roughly 113,909 square miles of diverse habitat.

  • Elevation ranges from about 70 feet above sea level (near Yuma and along the Colorado River) to 12,643 feet (San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff).
  • Precipitation ranges from less than 3 inches to more than 30 inches per year, depending on elevation and location.
  • Periodic drought is a normal component of Arizona’s climate. Dry conditions affect wildlife, habitat, and recreational opportunities.
  • Environments range from the hot, dry Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona; through grasslands and woodlands in mid-elevations; to cold, moist forests at higher elevations.
Arizona landscape with saguaro
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