For locals and out-of-town visitors alike, Flagstaff is a hiking wonderland. A high altitude region dominated by pine, aspen, and mixed conifer forests, it's a beloved summertime stomping grounds among Arizona's adventurers. Desert dwellers escape the heat for the cool of Flagstaff's hiking trails, while the locals know the summer weather is the #1 reason to live in Flag.
Anyone who’s broken a mug while camping or hiking can appreciate the value of an enamel camp mug. If you treat it as an investment and buy the right one, a good enamel mug can serve your drinks by the campfire for decades.
Arizona's creeks, rivers and lakes offer thousands of miles of beautiful waterfront exploration and a nearly endless amount of camping opportunities. 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.
Of all of Grand Canyon’s waters, Mooney Falls is perhaps the most impressive. At a place where Havasu Creek cascades straight off a 196-foot cliff, Mooney is a perennially-flowing free-falling behemoth. At this convergence of earth, water, and gravity — grace meets power and danger meets beauty.
“People who live in Arizona have easy access to some of the most extraordinary landscapes on the entire planet,” says Rick Quinn, “and I’m continually amazed by how few Arizonans take advantage of more than a tiny fraction of their options.” Rick is the author of the new book Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, a guide to road trips that start and end at Interstate highways but take travelers into the heart of what makes the Southwest so captivating.
Driving westbound on highway 74 near Morristown, Arizona, the ominous hump of Vulture Peak dominates the horizon ahead. Glancing out the driver and passenger windows, many of the neighboring ranges are taller and ore massive, yet there’s something unique about how Vulture’s dome stands out from the surrounding desert. I relived this experience many times over the course of a few years and the mountain climber in me desired to set foot on Vulture’s summit.
Arizona has more than 100,000 miles of river, creek, and stream. Many of those are seasonal and intermittent, and countless others have been permanently changed or lost by manmade diversions and dams. What remains offers plenty of watercourses to explore, and when we’re lucky, waterfalls.
We’ve hiked through a variety of Arizona canyon country over the last few years. Some of it crowded, like our mob-infested mid-October foray through Havasu Canyon. Some of it desolate, like the rugged solitude of the Eastern Superstitions. But our recent trip through Aravaipa Canyon was in a league all its own. Of all the descriptors we uttered while navigating the canyon, I think my buddy Dustin came up with the best one: “Underrated.”
All the most important facts about Sunset Crater and it's surrounding National Monument gathered in one place!
Here’s a look at the short-list of Grand Canyon’s most special, but relatively unknown backcountry gems. Unless you are a Canyon-obsessed hiking beast or a sun-baked river runner, chances are you have never heard of any of these amazing places. Of course, reaching these destinations can be a dangerous proposition, and potentially deadly if pursued without care.