Arizona should be on every travel nurse’s list when it comes to potential travel nursing assignments. Arizona is one of the most visually stunning areas of the country and presents a unique opportunity for travel nurses to visit beautiful natural and man-made southwestern icons. For nurses that are interested in Arizona assignments, Go Healthcare Staffing has compiled a list of what we feel are 5 things every travel nurse must see in Arizona:
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park straddles the border between Arizona and Utah. The dramatic, iconic landscape includes jagged rock formations, spectacular buttes, and majestic sand dunes. Many visitors do a self-drive tour through the valley or take a guided tour or photography tour that inspires awe in just about everyone who sees it.
The Grand Canyon is one of the most well-known natural wonders in the world, with its spectacular landscape carved out over thousands of years by the Colorado River. The canyon walls can go as deep as one mile down and glows with a wide variety of beautiful colors at various points in the afternoon sun. Most visitors view the canyon from the North or South rim, while others can take guided tours down pathways. For a unique view, some visitors will take helicopter tours that provide an incredible perspective on this majestic site.
The Hoover Dam, at 726 feet high and 1,244 feet long, is one of the world’s great engineering feats. Completed in 1935, this massive man-made structure spans the Colorado River, linking Arizona and Nevada. Lake Mead, formed by the Hoover Dam, is the largest artificial lake in the United States, at 110 miles long. Incredibly, the lake holds the equivalent of two years of flow of the Colorado River.
The Canyon de Chelly National Monument is home to ancient cliff dwellings found on and at the base of 1000 foot-deep canyons. In the main canyon are Spider Rock, a spectacular rock formation, and the White House, constructed in 1050 but not discovered until 1849. This is the best known of over a hundred cliff dwellings, mostly in inaccessible locations, that were occupied from approximately AD 350 to 1300. Other cliff dwellings are the Antelope House and Mummy Cave (in which its namesake mummies were found) in the Canyon del Muerto. There is an archeological museum in the Visitor Center, and there are various guided tours and walks available.
Petrified National Forest, located in the Painted Desert, contains eerie pieces and stumps of petrified wood, along with fossilized plants, fish, and reptiles that have been revealed in great numbers over the years. The park access road allows visitors to drive past many of the highlights and short interpretive trails allow for close up looks at a variety of incredible sights. The Visitors Center is a good place to start before heading out on a drive through the park as it provides insight into the ecology and geology of the area.
If you’re considering your next travel nursing job, then we encourage you to check out Arizona. Go Healthcare Staffing can get you there as we have a large number of assignments for those that qualify in this spectacular state. Visit our travel nurse job board for our current available assignments in Arizona, or call us at 844-966-8773 and speak to one of our experienced recruiters for more information.