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Many symbols of Arizona can be found in our Arizona coloring pages section. This includes state map outlines, the flag, state flower, famous landmarks, state animals and other symbols of the region. These printables make a great resource for student reports.

Check out the Arizona Unit of Study for all coloring pages, information, interactive puzzles, word jumbles, word searches, worksheets, and thematic book reviews. We even included a state quarter observation sheet!

Arizona OutlineState Name: Arizona
State Nickname: The Grand Canyon State
Also known as:
  • The Copper State
  • The Valentine State
  • The Baby State
State Capital: Phoenix
State Governor: Doug Ducey
Area: 113,909 sq. miles
State Abbreviation: Ariz.
2 letter Postal Code: AZ
Area: 113,909 square miles
Date Entered the Union: February 14, 1912
State #: 48
Borders: Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Mexico, California
Arizona flagFlag Meaning: The five pointed copper star represents copper industry. The rays of the sun symbolize Arizona as a western state. There are 13 red and gold rays that represent the original 13 colonies. The red and gold colors represent the Spanish influence of Coronado. The state colors of red and blue are also included in the flag which was adopted in 1917.
Number of U.S. Representatives: 8
State Motto: Ditat Deus (God enriches)
State Flower: flower of saguaro cactus
State Bird: cactus wren
State Colors: blue and old gold
State Tree: paloverde
State Song: "Arizona"
State Mammal: ringtail (a fox-like nocturnal animal)
State Fish: Arizona trout (This kind of trout is only found in Arizona.)
State Reptile: Arizona ridgenose rattlesnake
State Butterfly: two-tailed swallowtail
State Amphibian: Arizona tree frog
State Fossil: petrified wood
State Gemstone: turquoise
10 Largest Cities (in order of size): Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Glendale, Chandler, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Tempe, Peoria, Yuma
Ghost Towns: Tombstone, Ruby, Gillette, Gunsight
Famous Residents:
- Ed Schieffelin, prospector
- Erma Bombeck, humorist and writer
- Glen Campbell, singer
- Lynda Carter, actress
- Alice Cooper, singer and songwriter
- Wyatt Earp, marshall
- Barry Goldwater, politician
- Stevie Nicks, singer
- William H. Pickering, astronomer
- Linda Ronstad, singer
- Jordan Sparks, American Idol winner
- Tanya Tucker, singer
- Frank Lloyd Wright, architect
Attractions: Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon Caves, Havasu Canyon, Universiy of Arizona, Sedona, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Hoover Dam, Meteor Crater, Apache Trail, Dinosaur Canyon, Hopi Villages, Montezuma Well, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Papago Park, San Xavier del Bac Mission, Southwestern Arboretum, Tombstone, White Mountains, Saguaro National Park, Meteor Crater, Lake Powell/Rainbow Bridge
Agriculture: melons, citrus, vegetables, cotton, lettuce, muskmelon, vegetable
Industries: Electronics, Airplane Plants, Tourism
Natural Resources: copper, lead, zinc, silver, gold, uranium
People: Arizona has the largest Native American population of any other state. There are 13 tribes, including Pima, Papago, Apache, Hopi, and Navajo. The Navajo's have the largest tribe in the nation. The Navajo Reservation capital is Window Rock. Oraibi, built by the Hopis, is the oldest Native American settlement in the U.S.
Trivia: The original London Bridge was reconstructed stone by stone in Lake Havasu City.

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