The detailed map shows the US state of Arizona with its boundaries, the location of the state capital Phoenix, the main cities and populated places, rivers and lakes,. Arizona is located in the desert region of the southwestern United States. It borders California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and the country of Mexico. But for those who aren't familiar with the United States, let's dig a little deeper to give you a better idea of where Arizona is.
Arizona shares the Four Corners region with Utah to the north, Colorado to the northeast, and New Mexico to the east; its other neighboring states are Nevada to the northwest, California to the west, and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest. Northern Arizona has pine, Douglas fir and fir forests; the Colorado Plateau; mountain ranges (such as the San Francisco Mountains); as well as large, deep canyons, with much more moderate summer temperatures and significant snowfall in winter. Arizona politics is dominated by a long-standing rivalry between its two largest counties, Maricopa and Pima, home to Phoenix and Tucson, respectively. Green Valley, south of Tucson, was another community of its kind, designed as a retirement subdivision for Arizona teachers.
The Sun Devils of the state of Arizona and the Arizona Wildcats belong to the Pac-12 Conference, while the lumberjacks from Northern Arizona compete in the Big Sky Conference and the Grand Canyon Antelopes compete in the Western Athletic Conference. Some of the television shows filmed or set in Arizona include The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Medium, Alice, The First 48, Insomniac with Dave Attell, Cops and America's Most Wanted. The Flagstaff metropolitan area is home to 134,421 residents and the main campus of Northern Arizona University. Brigham Young, patriarchal leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, sent Mormons to Arizona in the mid-to late 19th century.
In Tucson, the Sun Link streetcar system runs through the city center and connects the main campus of the University of Arizona to the San Agustin Market at the western end of downtown Tucson. Specifically, the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate came into contact and created the main tectonic forces that lifted, wrinkled and stretched the geological crust of Arizona, forming its mountain ranges, basins and high plateaus. Arizona is known for its waterless desert areas, but, thanks to many large artificial lakes, it has many more miles of coastline than its reputation suggests. Arizona is nicknamed the Grand Canyon State, since the Grand Canyon is completely contained within the state of Arizona.
Arizona sunsets are the best when the sun paints beautiful colors in the clouds and contrasts with the mountains. Since the 1950s, Arizona's population and economy have grown dramatically due to migration to the state, and the state is now an important center of the Solar Belt. The Gin Blossoms, Chronic Future, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Jimmy Eat World, Caroline's Spine and others began their careers in Arizona. In the 21st century, Arizona has frequently garnered national attention for its efforts to stifle illegal immigration to the state.