3,928 mountain peaks & summits
more mountains than any one of the other mountain states (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming)

26 peaks that are more than
10,000 feet in elevation

Mount Lemmon
in the Santa Catalina Mountains is the southernmost ski resort in the United States

Near Yuma
the Colorado River’s elevation dips to 70 feet above sea level, making it the lowest point in the state.

Disparate climate
can yield both the highest and lowest temperatures across the nation in the same day.

Largest contiguous stand of ponderosa pines
in the world stretching from near Flagstaff along the Mogollon Rim to the White Mountains region

6th largest state in the nation
covering 113,909 square miles

Arizona has 90 wilderness areas
while the Midwest as a whole has 50.

Nearly 5 million people visit Grand Canyon National Park each year.
In 2016, the park has already attracted 6 million visitors.

Four 1,300-foot skyscrapers
piled on top of each other would not reach the rim of the Grand Canyon.

48th state, becoming the last of the
contiguous states on Feb. 14, 1912

Smart. Artsy. Alive. The hallmarks of college towns—thriving downtowns, enviable cultural scenes, and the energy that comes with intellectual curiosity—make for some pretty livable places. Add mountain majesty to the mix and you’ve got some compelling destinations for meetings and events. The following trio of Western college towns fi ts the bill exactly along with several other communities worthy of consideration.

Fairbanks, Alaska

 

One highway exit away from Minnesota's largest city, there’s an oasis of free parking, great shopping and a bustling social scene. “We like to say that we’re so close to Minneapolis, we share a ZIP code,” says Becky Bakken, president and CEO of Discover St. Louis Park. “We’re convenient and near all the experiences and activities that meeting and event participants want.” 

 

Set against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins is conveniently located 65 miles north of Denver and 45 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and clearly has its own style and niche. Downto-earth and energetic, the town has a vibe that seems to thread through towns with universities, continues to expand its capacity to host groups and knows all about beer, bikes and bands.