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Last Updated on April 17, 2024

INSIDE: Inspired by Arizona’s majestic scenery, but at a loss for words? Me too! So I created this handy list of quotes about Arizona & Arizona captions, too!

“Arizona evokes a sense of timelessness, its landscapes whispering tales of centuries past.” – Barbara Kingsolver.

THIS!!! 👆👆👆 This is how I feel when I’m traveling through Arizona (only I’m not as good at clever with words as Barbara Kingsolver 🤷‍♀️).

It seems that no matter where I travel in the Grand Canyon State, I encounter views that are majestic, dramatic, or just darned pretty. (It doesn’t hurt that there’s almost always a clear blue sky!)

Yet those wide open spaces often leave me at a loss for words.

That’s why I’ve put together this post of quotes about Arizona. Now I’ve got a handy reference list of beautiful sayings and Arizona captions. They can express the mood of the moment when I just can’t manage to string together the words to do it justice.

You might even decide to use them as Arizona Instagram captions (Feel free! Just remember to credit the beautiful Arizona sunsets, or mountains, or canyons for your inspiration 🤩.)

We’ve even thrown in some funny sayings about Arizona and some Arizona puns for those who like their inspiration served with a side of humor.

So journey with us, as we explore Arizona through the eyes of some pretty impressive people-Amelia Earhart, Stephen King, Ansel Adams-who’ve succumbed to its mesmerizing charm.

You’re about to fall in love with Arizona, one quote at a time. 😍🌵

Quotes about Arizona that Evoke the State’s Spirit

Sometimes it’s that elusive quality, that je ne sais quoi (yep, I’m showing off with a fancy French term 👩‍🎨 🙃) that exemplifies a feeling about a place. That’s where my “me-not-poetry-good-with” comes into play. I just not-have-words . . .

So I’ve let these famous people take care of it for me.

Their quotes about Arizona might not describe anything specific, but they do make you feel like “I want to go to there 🤩.”

“The spirit of Arizona is not easily captured or tamed.” – Gary Johnson

“There’s something about Arizona that makes me stand up and cheer.” – Jack Kerouac

“Arizona is a state of extraordinary contrasts, where every turn of the road brings into view something grand, mysterious, or lovely.” – Zane Grey

Writer Zane Grey has plenty of quotes about Arizona (Getty Images)

“The Arizona desert takes hold of a man’s mind and shakes it.” – David Foster Wallace

“There’s a reason they call it the ‘Valley of the Sun.’ Arizona provides a sun-soaked sanctuary like no other.” – Helen George.

“Arizona is a combination of the wild, wild west meeting modern luxury. There’s something for everyone here.” – Bella Ross.

“The saguaro cactus: A prickly symbol of Arizona’s enduring spirit.” – Mark Twain.

“Arizona’s lure is not just in its deserts; it’s also in its mountains, rivers, and fascinating history.” – Amelia Earhart.

“Arizona is a testament to the resilience of nature, standing firm under the radiant sun.” – John Muir.

“The wildcats of Arizona embody the state’s fierce determination and free spirit.” – Jane Goodall. (Given that this Arizona quote comes from a famous naturalist, I’m assuming she means the animal in the desert 🐆, not the University of Arizona mascot ⛹️‍♀️!)

“Experience the intoxicating mix of heat and history that is Arizona.” – Debra White Smith.

“In Arizona, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good.” – Dan Shilling

“Arizona, with its dry desert climate, is a paradise for many.” – Anonymous

“The Grand Canyon State – Arizona is not just a place, it’s a state of mind.” – Timothy Egan.

“Life in Arizona is as much about the journey as it is about the destination.” – Robert Louis Stevenson.

“Phoenix, Arizona: Like no place else on Earth.” – Kendare Blake

“The heat of Arizona is not a barrier; it’s a challenge that demands respect.” – D.H. Lawrence.

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One of the more poignant quotes about Arizona (Getty Images)

“Arizona is the place where the wild west meets the comfort of modern living. It’s the best of both worlds.” – Paul Theroux.

“Arizona is the desert’s rose, sprawling amid the sand and stones.” – Anonymous

“The open expanses of Arizona offer not just a sense of freedom, but also a sense of connection with the land.” – Henry David Thoreau.

“The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in words or symbols; it must be seen to be appreciated.” – John Wesley Powell


Arizona Quotes about the Sun 🌞

The sun is A. BIG. DEAL. in Arizona. Much of the state enjoys 300 days of sunshine per year. And the city of Yuma has been documented as the sunniest city in the US!

As a result, there are lots and lots (and lots) of sunrises and sunsets to see . . . and to write inspiring words about. The following quotes about Arizona mention the sun in one way or another. It’s a major character in our state’s ongoing play. 😎

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Easy to find inspirational quotes about Arizona when looking at a sunset. (Getty Images)

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every day in Arizona, and you should see as many of them as you can.” – Jo Walton

“If you’ve never seen an Arizona sunrise, then you’ve never seen a sunrise.” – Anonymous

“Arizona: Where every day holds the promise of a spectacular sunset.” – Anonymous

“In Arizona, the sky takes on shades of orange during sunrise and sunset – the color that gives you hope that the sun will set only to rise again.” – Ram Charan

“Arizona is indeed the sunshine state with clear skies and bright stars at night.” – Bar Refaeli

“Arizona is a land of contradictions where desert blooms, snow falls on cacti, and the sunsets paint the sky in unabashed colors.” – Barbara Kingsolver.

“Few sights can compare to the sunrise over Arizona’s desert, where the hues of dawn bring the sand to life.” – John Muir.

“There’s something about an Arizona sunset that ignites the soul.” – Rupert Brooke.

“If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm. In Arizona, we get both in a single day.” – Frank Lane

“A sunset in Arizona is a moment painted in a palette of colors only nature could create.” – Mark Twain.

“Arizona’s sunsets are a fiery farewell to each day, a spectacle that never ceases to amaze.” – Bill Bryson.

“Arizona’s sunsets are but a daily reminder of nature’s ability to amaze and inspire.” – Carl Sagan.

“In Arizona, the sun doesn’t set, it simply lingers on the horizon, reluctant to say goodbye.” – John Keats.

“In Arizona, the sun is an ever-present companion, its warm rays a constant reminder of the richness of the desert.” – Mark Twain.

“Arizona’s sunsets are a symphony of colors, singing a song that only the heart can hear.” – Maya Angelou.


Sun-related Arizona Captions

Sometimes we don’t need deep and moving quotes about Arizona sunshine-a quick and snappy caption will do the trick.

Check out these Arizona captions inspired by the radiant, omnipresent sun. Perfect for Instagram . . . or just making a mental note to yourself ☀️ (Three cheers for self care! 🥰)

“Where every sunset is a masterpiece – Arizona.”

“Succulents, Sunsets and Arizona.”

“Thumbs up for the Arizona sunshine.”

“In Arizona, the sunsets kiss back.”

“Riding off into the Arizona sunset.”

“Soul full of sunshine and heart full of Arizona.”

“Living the sun-drenched life in Arizona.”

“Sipping sunrise, tasting sunset. Arizona love!”

“Where Mother Nature paints the best sunsets – Arizona.”

“Chasing the sun in the Grand Canyon State.”

“Sunset hunting in the heart of Arizona.”

“In Arizona, every hour is golden.”

“Arizona, where adventures begin and sunsets never end.”

“Arizona – where life is beautifully lit by the golden sun.”

“Never met a sunset I didn’t like in Arizona.”

“Chasing the Arizona sun.”

Arizona, where the sunsets are beautiful, and the puns are plentiful.

“Find me under the Arizona sun.”

“Riding with the sun, from dawn to dusk.”

“Where the sun spends the winter – Arizona.”


Quotes about Arizona Beauty

By now you’ve probably gotten the message that Arizona scenery inspires. There is beauty wherever you turn.

Check out the eloquent way these great writers and travelers say it in their quotes about Arizona beauty. I couldn’t have said it better myself! (No really, I couldn’t 🥹)

“To live in Arizona is to one day find your heart broken by the beauty around you.” – Michael Finkel

“Arizona is the wild west, still untamed in its beauty and possibilities.” – A. Igoni Barrett

“In Arizona, every day is a masterpiece of vivid colors and rugged beauty.” – Jerry Spinelli

“Arizona has the kind of beauty that latches onto the soul and refuses to let go.” – Stephen King

“An Arizona road trip is an adventure through time, culture, and untamed beauty.” – Rick Steves.

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You just knew I had to do this one in black & white, right? (Getty Images)

“Arizona is an oasis of beauty and adventure, hidden behind a façade of desert and heat.” – Ed Abbey.

“Arizona’s silent deserts are a testament to nature’s resilience and beauty.” – Rachel Carson.

“The beauty of Arizona lies in its extremes: burning days, chilly nights, silent deserts, bustling cities.” – Willa Cather.

“Arizona’s beauty lies not just in its landscapes, but in its spirit, resonating in its desert, its people, its history.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

“The Arizona desert is an ethereal beauty draped in warm colors and shrouded in a hushed tranquility.” – Jon Krakauer.

“Arizona is a place where beauty and resilience coexist, proving that even in harsh conditions, life endures.” – Sally Ride.

“The desert landscape of Arizona, while seeming harsh and inhospitable, is filled with life and beauty.” – Rachel Carson.

“The awe-inspiring landscapes of Arizona are a testament to the enduring power and beauty of nature.” – Ansel Adams.


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Quotes about Arizona that mention the Sky

You can’t have all that Arizona sunshine without a whole lotta sky. (And it is really, really blue! 💙)

See what these writers have to say in their quotes about Arizona skies . . .

“You’ll never find a place quite like Arizona, where the deserts are as vast as the sky above.” – Bill Bryson.

“Arizona’s unending plains meet the unending sky, a spectacle of infinity.” – Christopher Buckley.

“The sky in Arizona is the daily bread of the eyes.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Arizona’ skies are something to behold; they truly make you realize the grandeur of Nature.” – J.A. Devereux.


Finding the Sky in Arizona Captions

Looking for something a bit more brief to describe the Arizona skies? Try one of these Arizona sayings. They might be short, but the sky’s still huge and blue!

“Desert vibes and Arizonan skies.”

“Painted skies and desert roads in Arizona.”

“Swapping skyscrapers for Arizona’s mountains.” (okay, this one’s a bit of a stretch . . . maybe it should be under the “buildings” heading? 🤔)

“Blowing kisses under the Phoenix sky.”

“Arizona, pulsing under an electrifying sky.”

“Under the Arizona sky, dreaming by the desert fireside.”

“In Arizona, the sky is our canvas and the sun paints it every day.”


Funny Arizona Sayings

With all this sunshine and endless skies, there’s bound to be someone who sees the humor in things. (With sun comes heat 🥵, and there’s not a whole lot of water 💦 in the desert.)

Here are some quotes about Arizona that poke a little fun.

“There are only two seasons in Arizona: hot and hotter.” – Fran Lebowitz.

“Arizona looks like a battle on Mars.” – Albert Einstein

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This is one of the funny quotes about Arizona, but maybe Einstein wasn’t kidding . . . (Getty Images)

“In Arizona, shade trees are your best friends and occasionally the postman.” – Terri Guillemets

“In Arizona, we salt margaritas, not sidewalks.” – Unknown

“You know you’re an Arizona native when you take rain dances seriously.” – Skip Boyer

“In Arizona, even the plants have enough sense to point to where the water is.” – David Lee Roth

“Arizona is the worst place to spend the summer – unless you’re a lizard!” – Al Yankovic

“You know you’re from Arizona when you feed your chickens ice cubes to keep them from laying boiled eggs.” – Unknown


Quotes about Arizona Desert Life

“Even the cacti in Arizona seem to stand taller, more defiant, basking in the heat of the desert.” – Paul Sullivan.

“Wherever you go in Arizona, one thing is for certain: the desert will always be close by.” – Laura Schaefer.

“Arizona is where the desert unfolds its secrets, one grain of sand at a time.” – Mary Cummings.

“Somewhere on a desert highway, she rides a Harley-Davidson.” – Neil Young

“Every cactus in Arizona tells a story of survival and resilience. The desert is unforgiving, but life prevails.” – D.H. Lawrence.

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Quotes about Arizona make you look at things differently (Getty Images)

“Living in Arizona means embracing the paradox of thriving in an eternal summer.” – Rick Riordan.

“Arizona, with its dry desert climate, is a paradise for many.” – Anonymous

“In Arizona, the desert is not a desolate wasteland, but a thriving ecosystem teeming with life.” – Edward Abbey.

“The soul of Arizona resides in its desert, where time writes no wrinkles on its azure brow.” – Henry Miller

“In the heart of the desert, Arizona is a state of mind.” – Mark Rothko

Arizona captions about the Desert & Cacti

“Life’s a desert, make sure to sway like a cactus.”

“Desert dreams and Arizona schemes.”

“Blazing trails through the Sonoran desert.”

“Home is where the cactus grows.”

“Succulent dreams in the land of cacti.”

“Welcome to the land where cacti grow taller than men.”

“Breathe in the desert air. This is Arizona.”

“Canyon whispers and desert dreams in Arizona.”

“Leaving tracks in the copper red sands.”

“Desert child at heart – Arizona.”

“Just going where the cacti grow.”

“The desert is calling, and I must go.”

“Where every cactus has a story – Arizona.”

“Painted skies and desert roads in Arizona.”

“Where you find a field of cacti instead of roses – Arizona.”

“Desert rose blooming heart in Arizona.”

“Life’s a desert, thrive like a cactus.”

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Short & to the point (pun intended): an Arizona caption

“Find your peace in the Arizona desert.”

“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the desert. Drink the wild Arizona air.”

“Life is sweet in the prime heart of the desert.”

“Desert life is the sweet life.”

“Lost in the desert and found in Arizona.”

History and Landscape Quotes about Arizona

Certainly the cacti, the sunshine and the big blue skies are what come to mind when thinking of Arizona landscapes. But give it a minute, and other treasures begin to emerge.

The state is rich with history-much of it predating America’s founding fathers. These quotes about Arizona delve a bit deeper into some of these more ancient treasures.

“Each layer of the Grand Canyon is a chapter in Arizona’s rich history.” – David Attenborough.

“Arizona is a state where cowboys and Native American history meets the 21st century.” – Ann Patchett.

“Arizona evokes a sense of timelessness, its landscapes whispering tales of centuries past.” – Barbara Kingsolver.

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One of my favorite quotes about Arizona! (Getty Images)

“Arizona’s vistas are like a postcard from the edge of the world.” – Diane Ackerman.

“Arizona’s sprawling landscapes are beautiful in their solitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Arizona’s culture is a rich tapestry woven from a thousand threads of history and tradition.” – Doris Kearns Goodwin.

“Arizona is a place of extremes, where the heat of the day gives way to cool, starlit nights.” – Isabella Bird.

“Arizona’s history is as layered as its landscapes, every road a path to a piece of the past.” – David McCullough.

“The magic of Arizona lies in its diverse landscapes – from towering saguaros to the depths of the Grand Canyon.” – Bill Bryson.


Arizona Captions about History & Landscape

“Gettin’ dusty in the Grand Canyon state.”

“Embracing the Arizona heat with open arms.”

“Where life’s a journey through the canyons.”

“Sweat more in peace, bleed less in Arizona heat.”

“Uncover the untamed beauty of Arizona.”

“Feelin’ the heat in the Copper State.”

“Feel the heat. Feel Arizona.”

“Painting my dreams with the colors of Arizona.”

“Take the scenic route, it’s the Arizona way.”


Arizona Instagram Captions

Get ready to paint your Instagram with the colors of the desert 🎨, accompanied by enchanting captions.

These quotes about Arizona fall into a general “Arizona vibe” category that’s just perfect for your Insta feed. (Full disclosure: I think some of these might be para-phrased, but I promise I’m not the one who made them up! 😉)

“Migration mode on – Arizona, here I come.”

“Finding my solace, in the heart of Arizona.”

“Arizona, where the wild, west never died.”

“Setting my soul on fire – Arizona style.”

“Trading the city noise for Arizona’s peaceful whisper.”

“Sometimes, all you need is a bit of Arizona.”

“Channeling my inner cowboy in Arizona.”

“Keep calm and go to Arizona.” (See what I mean by paraphrased? 🙃)

“Sweat more in peace, bleed less in Arizona heat.”

“Refreshing my soul in Sedona’s red rocks.”

“Caught in the magic of an Arizona twilight.”

“Wandering through wonders in Arizona.”

“Arizona – a love story penned by Nature.”

“Get your kicks on Route 66.”

“Arizonan and proud.”

“Arizona – the place of awe and wonder.”

“Life’s better in Arizona.”

“Meet me in Arizona.”

“Arizona dreaming on such a winter’s day.” (This one juuuust miiight be paraphrased as well . . . 🤔)

“Feeling grand at the Grand Canyon.”

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of Arizona.” (Paraphrased? Nope-this one’s totally original 😂)

“Born to explore – Arizona.”

“Life’s milestones are better celebrated in Arizona.”

“Arizona is always a good idea.”

“Feeling the spirit of the wild, wild, west in Arizona.”

“Keep your spirit wild, your soul free, and your heart in Arizona.”

“Living on Arizona time.”

“Feeling on top of the world, or at least Arizona.”

“Arizona is a state of mind.”

“Keep it wild, keep it Arizona.”

“At home among the red rocks of Sedona.”

“All I need is a dollop of Arizona.”

“Where the road ends, Arizona begins.”

“Keep the wild in you, let loose in Arizona.”

“Have love, will travel. Destination? Arizona.”

“Arizona – where you find yourself in the wild.”

“Escape the ordinary, embrace Arizona.”

“Lost in Arizona, but don’t bother to find me.”

“Chasing red in Sedona.”

“Arizona – where the wild things roam.”


A Heaping Helping of Arizona Puns 🤣

Sometimes we all need a day with a little bit of a nudge & a wink 😉. These quotes about Arizona might take a second or two to figure out , but they’re all clever in their own way.

Arizona? You bet I canyon do it!

I’m Sedona with this pun.

Scottsdale in a daze.

Mesa love the desert.

A pun that’s a Grand, just like the Canyon.

Don’t dilly-dally, get to the Valley.

Phoenix? You mean, Fun-nix!

Not to mesa round, but I love Arizona.

Fully in-Tucson with these puns.

Apache way to humor.

No more Horsing around, this is Scottsdale.

A Chandler to light up the puns.

Don’t just Flag-staff it, feel it.

Staying in Gilbert is no Gilbert and Sullivan.

Glendale is just my kindler of humor.

The Peoria-fect pun!

Tempe-rature is on the rise with these puns.

Yuma-st be kidding me!

Prescott a button for more puns.

Stay on the Sun City side.

Kingman of the puns.

This list is no Bullhead City.

Sierra Vista-ically speaking, these puns are cool!

Feel the Gila Bend of humor.

A Camp Verde-an effort was put into this!

Dry humor? It’s just the Arizona heat.

Arizona is just Tomb-stone cold funny.

Bisbee-lieve me, it’s hilarious.

Reading this list is no Lake Havasu City.

Chino Valley-d a lot of puns here.

Douglas you enjoy these puns?

Flowing with laughter at Flowing Wells.

Payson attention, more puns are coming!

Get your Fill-more of puns.

Coolidge down, it’s just a joke.

Show Low, laugh high.

Wall? I’m all for Winslow.

Looking for some Cottonwood-y humor?

Verde is the color of laughter in Spanish.

Let’s head to the Fountain Hills for a chuckle.

Somerton to talk about with these puns.

Paradise Valley? More like Puns Paradise!

There’s Snow-flake chance I’m not laughing.

Arizona is pun-derful, no Bull!

Guess I’m Globe-trotting with laughter.

Cave Creek without a paddle, but with humor.

Ajo-ke a day keeps the blues away.


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