Northern Arizona is a land of magnificent landscapes, American icons including the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Monument Valley, and Route 66.
The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River cuts across the state, isolating what is known as the "Arizona Strip", an empty area noted for Mormon polygamists on the Utah border. It wasn't until 1929 that the Navajo Bridge provided a road connection to the rest of the state.
Grand Canyon National Park protects both sides of the river, high rims and endless cliffed canyons within the main canyon. The North Rim is higher, with mountain forests and meadows, closed by snow in winter. The South Rim is easily reached by major roads, and mobbed by tourists from around the world. The Hualapai and Havasupai Indian tribes own much of the western part of the south rim, including the amazing oasis village of Supai with it's blue-green pools and waterfalls.
South of the canyon the landscape is mostly flat, a natural transportation corridor traversed by Interstate 40 and historic Route 66. The university town of Flagstaff sits up high on the plateau at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. Petrified Forest National Park, the adjacent colorful badlands of the Painted Desert, and the astounding Meteor Crater are on the flat plateau to the east.
The entire northeast corner of the state is Indian Country, the vast Navajo Reservation that extends into adjacent states, with the Hopi ancestral lands uneasily cut out of the middle. Canyon de Chelly National Monument is on Navajo land, along with Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. Monument Valley however, its dramatic buttes and towers made famous by Western movies, is a Navajo Tribal Park.