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Arizona: Snowbird's Paradise

Arizona Snowbird
Greater Phoenix
A large concentration of snowbirds is found in the Phoenix area, often referred to as the Valley of the Sun. Phoenix and surrounding Maricopa County contains 80 percent of Arizona's population. This is where Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Sun City, Carefree, Glendale, Tempe, Paradise Valley, Queen Creek, Peoria and Apache Junction are located. The major concentration of snowbirds is found in the East Valley cities of Mesa and Apache Junction. From the number of RV dealers and snowbird resorts that line the avenues of Mesa, it is easy to see that winter residents are an important part of the economy. This area is a top golfing destination with more than 190 golf courses open to the public.
South-Central Arizona
Tucson is situated in the biologically diverse Sonoran Desert. Drawn by the mild climate, snowbirds find Tucson to be a vibrant and welcoming city, permeated with old-fashioned western hospitality and numerous activities and interesting places to explore such as the old historic area, two units of Saguaro National Park, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Pima Air and Space Museum, Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Sabino Canyon, Catalina State Park, Tohono Chul Park, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Arizona State Museum, Mission San Xavier del Bac ("The White Dove of the Desert"), Titan Missile Museum, Old Tucson Studios, Biosphere 2, Kitt Peak National Observatory, De Grazia Gallery in the Sun Historic District and Gem Show. It's a snowbird smorgasbord.
Western Arizona
An increasingly popular snowbird roost is Yuma. Nestled in the Yuma and Gila River valleys of southwestern Arizona, Yuma's climate blends desert sunshine with the cool waters of the Colorado River. Thousands of snowbirds cross on foot to Algodones, a small Mexican border town. Lake Havasu City is located on the Arizona shoreline of Lake Havasu, where the world-famous London Bridge crosses over to a small island. Here, water enthusiasts of all kinds bask in the area’s more than 300 days of sunshine each year. Every winter hundreds of thousands of snowbirds in RVs descend upon Quartzsite. The main attraction for most is the annual rock and gem shows, the flea markets, and the RV show under the big tent.