FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Northern Arizona got bombarded with snow storms this week but the animals at Bearizona Wildlife Park don't seem too bothered by the cold weather.
Several inches of snow fell across Coconino County on Wednesday, resulting in extended road closures and power outages.
But the inhabitants at the Williams wildlife park appear to be adjusting well to the snowy conditions. Pictures published by the park's staff show wolves, otters, and bighorn sheep mozying around the grounds as snowflakes fall around them.
Park staff said the high winds and piles of snow hadn't detoured the animals from enjoying themselves.
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What is the Valley?
“The Valley” is what locals call the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is considered the largest metropolitan area in the Southwest.
The Valley is made up of various major cities other than Phoenix, including:
- El Mirage
- Litchfield Park
Whether a city is in the “East Valley” or “West Valley” depends on where it is in relation to Phoenix.
The cities of the Valley have a combined population of 4,845,832 people, according to the 2020 United States Census. This makes it the 11th largest metropolitan area in the country right behind the Boston and Atlanta areas.
How big is Maricopa County?:
Maricopa County is the United States’ 4th largest county in terms of population with 4,485,414 people, according to the 2020 Census.
The county contains around 63% of Arizona’s population and is 9,224 square miles. That makes the county larger than seven U.S. states (Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New Hampshire).
One of the largest park systems in the nation is also located in Maricopa County. The county has an estimated 120,000 acres of open space parks that includes hundreds of miles of trails, nature centers and campgrounds.
The county’s seat is located in Phoenix, which is also the state capital and the census-designated 5th most populous city in the United States.