Arizona Local Customs

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Arizona Local Customs

  • Vortexes & Spirituality

    Sedona Local Customs

    Sedona is believed by many to possess almost supernatural powers in the form of the vortexes in the area. A vortex is an energy field which is supposed to enhance psychic ability and promote self-awareness. There are four vortex areas in Sedona- Boynton Canyon, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Airport Mesa. Boynton Canyon is believed to be the...

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  • General city Information

    Tucson Local Customs

    The combination of college students, a somewhat cowboy mentality and large liberal population give Tucson a great bar scene. A few of things to know about Arizona law: 1. Bars can open at 6am every day, and some actually do. 2. Last call is at 2am. 3. Opening and closing of the bars is also tied to the general alcohol sales. Meaning that you can...

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  • No Litter

    Grand Canyon Local Customs

    Please don't litter. The National Parks are one of the last sacred areas for everyone to enjoy! Find the correct area the deposit what you want to get rid of. Most visitors do a nice job of keeping the Parks free of trash. Thank you!

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  • Drop Off

    Grand Canyon National Park Local Customs

    We went out before the sunrise to take pictures. It is really dark out in the desert - no street lights. When you are driving, you have the headlights of course. Buses on the Hermit Rest Route run one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset, but after you get off the bus (or park) and walk to the overlook, it's dark. But it is definitely worth...

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  • Culture

    Sedona Local Customs

    Sedona, AZ is surrounded by beautiful views and mountains. The people living there respect the environment, and have strong opinions about what should and shouldn't be allowed in the area. Sedona time is very slow and easy. The place is cordial, spiritual and healthy. Many of the residents have come from other parts of the USA or world to live near...

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  • Tucson's Cultural Influences

    Tucson Local Customs

    In this area there are at least two cultures mixed: Hispanic (Mexican) and Native Americans. Haha, I tried to speak with these two young smiling people on my picture in ITL Coffee Shop. I must admit that I coudn't understand them although they were talking in English. They could understand me but I coudn't them :-(((. Did they use youth or Tucson...

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  • Information

    Grand Canyon Local Customs

    A visit to any national park, including the Grand Canyon in the section controlled by the national parks authority is free of charge for the week of the national park. In 2011, it coincided with Easter weekend. Probably, this is a fixed date unlike the Easter celebration with its mobile dates. The saving might not be much but considering that other...

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  • No Litter

    Grand Canyon National Park Local Customs

    This makes me crazy. Have trash? 1. Find a bin: they’re all over the park 2. Open bin 3. Throw trash in It’s not hard. When hiking the trails, carry a bag to collect your garbage until you can access a receptacle. Bring your own reusable bottle instead of throwaway plastic. Water at the park is perfectly safe to drink, and there are many...

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  • Photography

    Sedona Local Customs

    This is one of many favorite places for photographers to come. I think it is all the very natural beauty and the fact that most residence here take so much pride where they live. So many beautiful contrast in colors and formation photographers are able to catch all types of natural beauty. Also because this area is very accessible most times of the...

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  • Cars in Tucson

    Tucson Local Customs

    Most drivers drive alone in their cars. Does it mean that each person has/use its own car? Hmmm... they support driving with at least 2 persons (including a driver) inside a car - as I remeber they built special lane on I-10 (only in greater urban areas like in Phoenix) called "carpool" on a freeway just for such cars. But sometimes my car was the...

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  • Information

    Grand Canyon National Park Local Customs

    I'll mention this again in case you didn't read my "Where it belongs" review about trash. The park does not sell individual bottles of water. Not any. Or not under a one-gallon size, anyway. Disposable plastic water bottles create a big litter problem for more than just our parks, and create tons of unnecessary trash besides. Fresh, perfectly...

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  • What time is it?

    Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time and instead stays on Mountain Standard Time year-round. The exception to this is the Navajo Reservation, in the northeast corner of the state. The Reservation observes Daylight Saving Time and changes its time for six months of the year.Because of this we spent the holiday continually double-checking...

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  • All about the Cactus: Saguaro...

    Saguaro is pronounced “suh-war-o”, although I say “SAHG-WA-RO” which is wrong…but then who cares... this Cacti could probably be the official state cactus of Arizona – I am not sure if it has this title already. It is a great plant and really adds to the image of our state.But definitely, it is a criminal offense to harm these plants. And if you...

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  • Bikers do not wear helmets in Arizona!...

    I think it’s dangerous that there is NO bicycle helmet law in Arizona for minors or for adults. You'd be shocked to see these motorcyclists on the freeway, and even kids in parks riding their bicycles without helmets! But apparently, eye protection is required though! However, there may be local statutes (county or city) on helmets and you may...

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  • You might see cowboy with GUNS in...

    You might see a cowboy with a gun in his holster in Arizona and this is perfectly legal in this state, as long as he is not a “Prohibited Possessor”. Arizona has had a long history of guns and cowboys, and so there is No state permit required to possess a shotgun, rifle or handgun. But it is unlawful for a "prohibited possessor" to possess a...

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  • Missing Sign

    There was no sign coming from the east towards Fort Apache, so we got lost, and had to stop at the Chevron Station (about the only thing in the town of Day Canyon). Got good directions and met this cute White Mountain Apache girl.

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  • My Nana Tortilla Chips-the best!

    If you are in AZ try the "My Nana" brand Tortilla chips (sold at all the valley grocery stores-many times they are on display near the fruits and veggies, or they should be in the snack isle)These are the best tortilla chips and used in many of the mexican restaurants here. Hand-stretched tortillas chips made from stone ground corn-very good with...

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  • Native American Customs

    If you plan to travel to any Native American ceremonies and events, please ask a Native person what are some customs.For Example: If you're going to go to a Kachina dance on Hopi lands, remember, NO PHOTOGRAPHY! Also during certain feast outsiders are welcomed into various homes to eat.Another Example: Sunrise Dance on Apache lands, don't walk in...

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  • Native Americans

    1864-1886 marked a period of Indian wars and "relocation". In 1864, the Navajos were forced to march from their land to New Mexico, in the "long walk", during which countless Navajo died. The Apache continued to fight with U.S. settlers and soldiers for the next 20 years, until Geronimo's surrender in 1886, marking the end of the indian wars.Today...

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  • Indian Influences

    Native American Indians still have a major influence on the state of Arizona. Reminders of their history can be seen in national monuments, tribal parks, and historic sites that preserve their ancient dwellings, crafts, and customs. Through out the state you will find Native Americans items still being made and sold; along road ways as well as in...

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  • Fat Tire is good beer

    Fat Tire is not widely available, I believe it is only a few western states that carry this Colorado made beer. Luckily Arizona is one of them. It's one our favorites.

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  • Petrified wood

    Petrified wood is the official state fossil. Most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in northeastern Arizona. .

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  • The saguaro cactus blossom

    The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. The white flower blooms on the tips of the saguaro cactus during May and June. The saguaro is the largest American cactus. I must go back then! .

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  • Hopi and Navajo etiquette

    When in Navajo or Hopi lands, remember thatyou are a guest, and rules differ from the ones at home: first of all you're not allowed to go everywhere you want - so stick to the roads. Most likely to walk anywhere you'll need a special permit. A second rule apply to things you may see and want to touch or bring with you - things even as simple as a...

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  • Indians

    Explore the Native American Indians culture and customs, one of the most fascinating paoples in the world, full of mysteries and legendary tales, living in sync with nature and listening to the Earth's pulse... It's a shame what happened to them after European invasion. Long live Indians!

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  • SNOW ON MOUNT LEMON

    HEY!! Snow in Arizzona on Mount Lemon. They rent skies in winter.If you speak Spanish you can use it here however nearly everyone speaks English

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  • Navajo land

    During a tour of Monument Valley which is located on Navajo land, remember to respect the privacy and customs of the Navajo people by entering a home only upon invitation, no alcoholic beverages are allowed, rock-climbing and off-trail hiking is prohibited, do not photograph any of the Navajo residents or their property without permission, keep...

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  • I was surprised to discover...

    I was surprised to discover that I was culture shocked, in the real sense of the term, something I really didn't expect coming from Australia. I think perhaps it may be the almost parrallel planes, not quite matching up, like being out of focus perhaps! Small things that are so 'same but so very different'? Having nightmarish experiences in...

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  • Whether a voyeur or...

    Whether a voyeur or exhibitionist, Lake Havasu is a Hedonist paradise. You can choose to be an active participant, or a quiet observer. Whatever your level of participation, be prepared to see things that might shock the faint of heart. Sex, drugs, and rock n' roll all in one place!

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  • When driving, many of the...

    When driving, many of the stops will have Navajo Indians selling some of their jewelry and clothing they just made. Some beautiful things to look at. Be careful in touristy outlooks not to pay too much.

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  • When crossing from California...

    When crossing from California into Arizona we were stopped at the border and checked for certain plants that we may be transporting into Arizona.I think they were checking for diseased plants and pests. People with respiratory problems would go to Arizona for the clean air and dry climate.Now industry has moved in and the air is becoming polluted...

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  • There are inspection stations...

    There are inspection stations as you enter Arizona from the highways. They are looking for fruits and vegetables and plants. They will confiscate these. They are trying to keep some bugs and stuff out of the crops here. They make everyone pull over. Now they also stop you on the way north out of Nogales Mexico to ask your country of origin.They...

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  • If you visit Tucson during...

    If you visit Tucson during easter there is a tribe here called the Yaqui Indians that allow the public to come and watch their dances at their reservation right in town. Some of these dances go for days. They ask that you don't take any pictures though please. They do not charge. They dress in traditional outfits and there is a Deer Dance.

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  • I didn't get much time to...

    I didn't get much time to spend getting into the local culture, but the people I did meet were very nice! In Scottsdale it seems as though everyone had a shiny new car

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  • Saguaro Cacti

    It was just very 'western' as one would expect. The area is in the middle of a severe drought so things were quite dry. Nevertheless, it was interesting to drive around and enjoy the different views that a desert has to offer. Had to get this shot of one of the Saguaro cacti in the Tonto National Forest!

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  • Its nice being in a place...

    Its nice being in a place where I can use the word 'y'all' again. Short for 'you all' and pronounced yawl; the word can be used as a greeting in most of the south- 'How y'all doin'?', or 'What's up y'all'.

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  • The cactus wren

    The cactus wren is the official state bird. It grows seven to eight inches long and likes to build nests in the protection of thorny desert plants like the arms of the giant saguaro cactus. These birds were in the top of this unusually shaped saguaro cactus.

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  • We have a large number of...

    We have a large number of Indian reservations here in Arizona...The culture is very wonderful if you get a chance to go to a pow wow..Do it..Dont forget your camara!

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    CAPITAL-Phoenix.POPULATION-4.428.068.NICKNAME-Grand Canyon state.MOTTO-'God Enriches'.SONG-Arizona March Song.BIRD-Cactus Wren.ANIMAL-Ring Tail.FLOWER-Blossom of the Seguaro Cactus.GEM-STONE-Turqoise.LARGEST CITIES-Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale FLAG-As seen here!The 13 rays of red and gold on the top half of the flag represent both...

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  • Be respectful of the natural...

    Be respectful of the natural surroundings. Posted fines are everywhere for littering and it is enforced. Don't be Dork when it comes to your own waste. If you take it in, you take it all back out with you. The Anesters are watching & there are stories of what happeneds to the tourists who do not respect the land........

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