Because of the warm and dry weather, horse properties, horse farms and equestrian estates in Arizona require special features not needed in other parts of the USA.
Mild winters, which are prevalent in Arizona's desert valleys, allow horse enthusiasts to enjoy their favorite pastime year round, while abundant wilderness and parklands ensure countless scenic riding opportunities. During the warm summer months, many riders take advantage of the cool mornings and spectacular sunsets to head out on the trails. Horse owners concerned with locating lush pasture land in the mostly arid climate can rest assured that Arizona produces some of the highest quality and most nutrient rich hay in the country.
Arizona covers 72.6 million acres; 74% of it is in Federal hand and 14% is governed by the State. Population density is still only 95 people per square mile.
Foreigners account for 7% of all Arizona home purchases, with Canadian vacation and retirement-home buyers leading the way. Buyers from Canada's western provinces flock to Arizona because the state has a mild climate, lower prices than the West Coast, and a location just 2.5 hours from Alberta by plane.
Though best known for its warm desert climate, the state of Arizona features a diversity of terrains -- from high plateaus, to rugged mountains and, of course, the Colorado River . This southwestern state greatly values its cowboy heritage and counts several herds of wild mustangs and burros among its population of nearly two million horses.