100+ Arizona Trivia Questions and Answers

The state name Arizona is derived from the Aztec Indian word “arizuma,” which means silver-bearing. Arizona became the 48th state to join the USA. It joined the union on 14 February 1912, making it another great reason to commemorate Valentine’s Day!

It is the 6th largest state in the U.S., with a land area of 295,234 km², sitting between New Mexico and Nevada. Its size is similar to that of the Philippines or Ecuador.

Arizona Facts Trivia Questions and Answers

If you enjoy different movie genres, then you may be aware of Arizona’s contribution to the film industry. Many famous films were made here, these are; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: A New Hope, Raising Arizona, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Natural Born Killers, and Planet of the Apes e.t.c.

This one is for palmistry lovers. You are most likely to get a misdemeanor if you attempt palm-reading or fortune-telling in Arizona. Take the following quiz to learn more about Arizona!


1. What is the capital of Arizona?



2. At approximately 12,600 feet, Humphreys Peak is the highest natural point in Arizona. What county of Arizona is it located in?

Coconino County


3. The Census Bureau estimates population of Arizona on July 1, 2013, was how many people?



4. Which National Park has a north and south rim, with a big hole in between?

The Grand Canyon


5. Arizona is one of the what?

Four Corners states.


6. Phoenix is located in south-central Arizona in the western part of the United States. Which of the following would be Phoenix’s coordinates?

33.4484° N, 112.0740° W


7. Arizona shares borders with what other states?

New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, California, and Mexico


8. Like some other southwestern U.S. states, Arizona has an easily seen meteor crater. What is its simple-sounding official name?

Meteor Crater


9. How long in miles is Arizona’s border with Mexico?



10. In which Arizona city did the ‘Shootout at the OK Corral’ take place? Virgil Earp was murdered there, and it is home to the Bird Cage Theatre and an infamous cemetery named Boot Hill. Name it?



11. Arizona, the last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the Union, became a state on what date?

February 14, 1912.


12. In 1968, the Colorado River Basin Project Act authorized the construction of the Central Arizona Project. What structure was built?

A 336-mile-long canal


13. Where are there ski resorts in Arizona?

Flagstaff, Alpine, and Tucson.


14. You’ve checked into your room at the Copper Queen Hotel and decide to visit Brewery Gulch for some libations. What city are you visiting?



15. About a quarter of Arizona is Indian Reservation land, the home of a number of what?


16. Where does Arizona rank in inland areas compared to the other US states?

The sixth largest.


17. Get your kicks on Route 66. These three Arizona towns were located on the ‘Mother Road’, Route 66:

Kingman, Winslow, Flagstaff.


18. How many square miles of land does Arizona have?

113,998 square miles


19. Arizona is known for its desert landscape, rich in xerophyte plants such as the what?

Cactus plant


20. What movie actor was killed in a car accident in Florence, Arizona, in October 1940?

Tom Mix


21. Arizona has the world’s largest stand of what kind of trees?

Ponderosa pine trees


22. Which city was the Territorial capital until 1889?



23. In 1970 what was Arizona’s population?



24. Antelope Canyon is composed of two slot canyons that are on the land of the Native American Navajo nation. Which city of Arizona is nearby, to the east?



25. The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is a magnificent, steep-sided gorge, carved by what river?

The Colorado River


26. Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey wrote, “Take It Easy” about this town in Arizona, while the Eagles made it famous. What town am I referring to?



27. During the Great Depression what were two of Arizona’s most important statewide industries?

Cotton farming and copper mining


28. The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is largely contained in what park?


29. A phoenix is a legendary mythical bird that flew out of the ashes of a fire. How did Phoenix, Arizona get its name?

In the 1860s a new town emerged from the ruins of a former civilization


30. Which US President visited the Grand Canyon on numerous occasions to hunt mountain lion and enjoy the scenery?

President Theodore Roosevelt.


31. The Grand Canyon was carved by the Colorado River over millions of years, and is about how long?

277 miles


32. Many U.S. states have a state fossil. If you’re a bit familiar with some of the national parks in Arizona you will know Arizona’s state fossil?

Petrified wood


33. The canyon ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles and reaches how deep?

More than a mile


34. Everyone knows of the Grand Canyon, but do you know the name of the small ‘village’ – comprised of stone cabins, bunkhouses and a food hall – located at the canyon’s bottom?

Phantom Ranch


35. How many years of the Earth’s history have been exposed by the Grand Canyons layers of sediment?

Almost 2 billion


36. The San Francisco Peaks, the White Mountains, Mount Lemmon and Bill Williams Mountain all have features not usually associated with Arizona. What can be found at these places?

Ski areas


37. In 1887, what city was rocked by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake with an epicenter 40 miles away in the Mexican state of Sonora?

Douglas Arizona


38. Sandy Denny and Johnny Silvo were taking a train called the 3:10 to Yuma. What two rivers would that train cross near Yuma?

Colorado and Gila


39. What is the average annual rainfall for Arizona?

12.7 inches


40. You are going south on State Highway 90, on your way to historic Fort Huachuca when you see a sign advertising Arizona’s newest State Park. What park should you stop and visit?

Kartchner Caverns


41. Phoenix Arizona is the metropolitan area with the most days over what temperature?



42. The highest elevation in Arizona is located in the San Francisco Mountains north of Flagstaff. That highest point is:

Humphrey’s Peak


43. President Jefferson Davis, on February 14, 1862, recognized Arizona as a Confederate Territory by what?

Presidential proclamation


44. Who is credited with naming both Phoenix and Tempe?

Daryll Dupa


45. What battle is considered the farthest Western engagement of the war?

The Battle of Picacho Pass Arizona.


46. Arizona’s State Motto?

God Enriches


47. The Morenci Mine is a large open-pit mine in Greenlee County, Arizona. What is mined there?



48. This city is famous for its old territorial prison. A major motion picture, released in 2007 and starring Russell Crowe, had this city’s name in its title. Situated on Interstate Highway 8, it is approximately 170 miles from San Diego, California. Name the city.



49. What religious group founded Mesa, Snowflake, Heber, Safford, and other towns?

The Mormons

50. What claim to fame does Lake Mead on the Nevada/Arizona border have?

Largest reservoir in the U.S.


51. Arizona’s population grew tremendously after World War II, at least in part because of the development of what?

Air conditioning


52. Arizona’s population in 1910 was how many people?



53. What is the state flower?


54. What is the third largest city in Arizona?



55. The small community of Colorado City, Arizona is renown for its:



56. Which city is the state’s second largest city, and home to the University of Arizona?



57. Which President signed the documents that made Arizona into a state?

William Howard Taft


58. What is the elevation of Flagstaff, the largest city in northern Arizona?

Nearly 7,000


59. What year did Arizona achieve statehood?



60. What city is home to the main campus of Northern Arizona University?



61. What is Arizona’s largest employer?

The state government


62. The London Bridge which was located across the River Thames was bought, deconstructed, and rebuilt in what city of Arizona?

Lake Havasu City


63. Who is Arizona’s largest private employer?



64. How did the United States acquire the land that would become Arizona?

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo


65. What percentage of the land in Arizona is owned by the U.S. government?

Nearly 70 percent


66. Arizona’s first state park was established in 1958 at a location that 150 years earlier was the site of the first European settlement in Arizona. Which location is it?



67. What percentage of the state is forest land?



68. What is the state amphibian?

Arizona Tree Frog


69. Tucson, the premier city of southern Arizona, is known by what nickname:

The Old Pueblo


70. This man is reputed to be the founder of Phoenix. Who is he?

Jack Swilling


71. Who sent Mormons to Arizona in the mid-to-late 19th century where they founded Mesa, Snowflake, Heber, Safford, and other towns?

Brigham Young


72. Arizona’s state tree?



73. What are the Arizona state colors?

Blue and gold


74. The Kitts Peak National Observatory is an astronomical observatory located in Arizona. What mountain range is it located in?

Quinlan Mountains


75. What is the Arizona state neckwear:

Bolo tie


76. What is Arizona’s largest airport?

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport


77. I love Arizona, but my favorite part of Arizona is the northernmost point by Utah. I love driving along route 389. There’s a little National Monument just along the road, in Fredonia. What is the name of this National Monument?

Pipe Spring NM


78. What is the Arizona state gun?

Colt Single Action Army revolver


79. On the south side of Tucson you come upon a beautiful cathedral on the west side of Interstate 10. It is referred to as the “White Dove of the Desert” and is over 200 years old. What historic site will you visit now?

Mission San Xavier


80. How many US states joined the Union before Arizona?



81. This city’s name means garlic in Spanish and is roughly halfway between Tucson and Yuma. What city is this?



82. What is the all-time record low temperature for Arizona?



83. What is the state fish?

Apache Trout


84. Nearly 25% of present Arizona was acquired from Mexico in 1854. This acquisition is referred to as:

The Gadsden Purchase


85. What hotel, an Arizona landmark, is nicknamed the ‘Jewel of the Desert’?

Arizona Biltmore


86. Lake Mohave is on the border between Arizona and what other US state?



87. Once notorious as a ‘wild west’ town and a hotbed of prostitution, gambling and vice, this former mining town eventually went bust and was almost deserted. It has become a popular artist and tourist destination, with a large mining museum, many bed and breakfasts and over 25 art galleries and studios. Which town is it?



88. What would you find at The Boneyard in Tucson, Arizona?

Thousands of planes


89. North of Tucson you go up State Highway 77 and visit Biosphere Two. You travel a few more miles northeast on the road to a small town at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. What town is this?



90. In 1863, Arizona was made a territory in its own right. Prior to the formation of Arizona Territory, what political subdivision did it belong to:

New Mexico Territory


91. Arizona borders two states of Mexico. They are Baja California, and…?



92. What item was purchased from England and rebuilt at Lake Havasu City in 1971?

London Bridge


93. What is the state mammal?



94. The average annual precipitation in Yuma, AZ is _______ inches?



95. Monument Valley is a cluster of sandstone buttes (a lone hill, with steep sides and a flat top) on the Colorado Plateau. It is located on Arizona’s border with which other US state?



96. Phoenix International Airport, situated less than five miles from downtown, has a unique name. What is it?

Sky Harbor


97. Famous for its resorts, golf courses and being the home of the Tournament Players Club Champions course, what town is also known for its nightlife, art galleries and expensive homes?



98. What distinction is held by South Mountain Park in Phoenix?

It’s one of the world’s largest municipal parks


99. You stop at the Turf Paradise and bet on the ponies. Then you play 18 holes of golf at the Thunderbird Country Club before catching your flight at Sky Harbor. Where are you now?



100. What is Arizona’s state reptile?

Ridge-Nosed Rattlesnake


101. Arizona has three geographic zones, the northern one being part of the Colorado Plateau. This is separated from the Transition Zone by a distinct feature known as what?

Mogollon Rim


102. World Series Champion Arizona Diamondbacks play their home games at which venue:

Chase Field Ballpark


103. What is the fastest posted speed limit within Phoenix city limits?

75 mph


104. If you are looking to find the Airplane Boneyard in Arizona, which Air Force base would you go to?

Davis-Monthan AFB


105. Arizona has diverse industries but one might seem out of character for the region. Which is actually a major contributor to Arizona’s economy?



106. You visit the Casa Grande National Monument, an eleven room dwelling built by the Hohokam Indians around 1300 A.D.. The surrounding area is irrigated land, mostly planted with cotton. What town are you visiting?



107. The oldest continuously inhabited community in North America is:



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