Trees in the Arizona Desert

Most people don't think of pine forests when they visit the Grand Canyon. However, the world's largest Ponderosa pine forest is in Arizona.
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Most people don't think of pine forests when they think of the Grand Canyon or the state of Arizona. However, the world's largest Ponderosa pine forest is in Arizona.

Arizona's Ponderosa Pine Forest

A road through Arizona's ponderosa pine forest beckons travelers up toward the aspen covered slopes of the San Francisco Peaks.

A road through Arizona's ponderosa pine forest beckons travelers up toward the aspen covered slopes of the San Francisco Peaks.

Although it's not the predominant form of pine in the state, a Ponderosa pine forest stretches from near Flagstaff along the rim to the White Mountains to form the largest stand on the continent.

The three-needled Rocky Mountain ponderosa pine is the most common pine tree found in Arizona.

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Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

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Saguaro National Park in Arizona

Saguaro National Park in Arizona

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