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Guide to the Best Camping in Arizona Near Water

Guide to the Best Camping in Arizona Near Water

Arizona's creeks, rivers and lakes offer thousands of miles of beautiful waterfront exploration and a nearly endless amount of camping opportunities.

The only problem, then, is deciding which areas to explore. We've put together a list of some of the best places to camp in Arizona near water, from winding desert rivers to pristine, high-elevation lakes that manage to fly under-the-radar.

Whether you're looking for a prime fishing spot, a place to let the kids swim or just need to reset to the sound of babbling water, we've got you covered.

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Gear Review: Topo Designs Rover Pack

Gear Review: Topo Designs Rover Pack

Topo Designs comes through with another practical, vintage rucksack with their Rover Pack. Similar in style to their popular Klettersack but in a more compact package, the Rover is a dependable and durable partner for both outdoor adventures and daily commutes.

What we dig: The Rover Pack’s lightweight design and ample storage compartments make it a great go-to for day hikes, jaunts to the office and back, and other light-duty excursions. Think: Cycling, kayaking and more. It’s also sleek, comfortable and durable. For some, the boxy construction won’t be appealing, but for people who travel on the regular, its compactness is a bonus. What’s more, it comes in nine color combinations, so no matter your style, you’ll find a bag that suits you.

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Gear Review: Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles

Gear Review: Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles

The Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles are making quite a stir in the world of hiking stability. Hailed by many as a premium-quality pole at a bargain price, sites like the Wirecutter tout them as “the best for nearly everyone.”

What we dig: The EVA foam grips are supremely comfortable in hand. Featuring sturdy build quality and easy-to-use functionality, the Montems are a workhorse trekking pole that won't break the bank.

What we'd change: The tension-knobs on the flick-locks don't come pre-tightened from the factory and can't be hand tightened, requiring pliers. The hype's surrounding these poles has gone a little too far too — they're solid, but not necessarily premium.

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