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  • Gifts for Outdoor Folks

    Margie Anderson|Dec 1, 2021

    Christmas Gifts For Outdoorsy Types Need some stocking stuffer and gift ideas for your outdoorsy family and friends? Look no further – here are a bunch of great ones at all different price ranges. UNDER $25 STANSPORT knows it's never too early to start kids on a love for the outdoors, and they make it easy for you by providing fun stuff for your little explorers at great prices. For instance, you can get a Kids' Insect Catching Kit for $25.99 and a Kids' Magnifying Jar for 10.99. That will k... Full story

  • Tonto National Forest Office Closed Veterans Day

    Tonto National Forest

    PHOENIX – November 8, 2021 — The Tonto National Forest Supervisor's Office along with all ranger district offices will be closed Thursday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Ranger district offices will resume normal business hours on Friday, November 12. The Supervisor's Office remains temporarily closed to the public. People visiting the Tonto on November 11 also can enjoy many day-use recreation sites -- such as picnic grounds, shorelines, and boat launches operated by the Tonto --... Full story

  • Lake Pleasant Live Country Music


    With Live Country Music At Pleasant Harbor Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant and the City of Peoria will host the Peoria Country Fest on Saturday, Oct. 9, featuring live country music from three popular country artists. The event also features food trucks, a beer garden and live bull riding. The event runs from 2 p.m. –10 p.m. Headlining this year's country fest is David Nail, a country music artist whose multiple albums have produced seven chart entries on Hot Country Songs and Country A... Full story

  • Tonto National Forest Travel Management Plan

    Tonto National Forest|Oct 1, 2021

    PHOENIX, October 5, 2021 — Tonto National Forest officials signed the Final Record of Decision for the forest's Travel Management Plan today. Today's release of the Final Record of Decision is the culmination of a Forest-wide, multi-year planning effort that designates a more sustainable motorized transportation system for recreation, administrative and emergency response access. Following several years of public input and analyzing comments and objections, Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth is r... Full story

  • Danger Outdoors

    Margie Anderson|Sep 1, 2021

    When I was a kid, the only things I worried about when I was camping or hunting were bears and mountain lions. As it happens, I've only seen lions two or three times in my life, and each time the lion was hightailing it away from me. And sad to say, I've never seen a bear in the wild. However, I have had plenty of narrow escapes and a few times when I didn't escape some of the dangers that you might run into when you're enjoying Arizona's great outdoors. Most can be avoided if you simply pay... Full story

  • AZBW / WOT August 2021 Issue

    On The Cover August 2021

    Carol L Allen

    Water Is The Driving Force Of All Nature Leonardo da Vinci Although we fish in it, boat on it, swim in it, we sometimes take water for granted - not, of course, for our recreational needs but for its crucial role in life preservation for all flora and fauna. This need for our wildlife was recognized as early as 1945 when Arizona Game and Fish began its "Arizona Guzzler" program. This year, it is estimated that three million gallons will be used to fill water catchments throughout the state from... Full story

  • Camping

    Margie Anderson|Aug 1, 2021

    Camping is awesome, especially if you know some basics. Choosing a great spot and setting up a camp site is something I've been doing for decades. Of course, when I first started camping, my dad did most of the choosing, but we all helped set up the camp. Where and how we camp still depends a lot on the purpose of the trip. In other words, are we hunting, fishing, hiking, or just exploring and camping? How elaborate our camp becomes is largely dependent on the answer to that question, but the... Full story

  • Pleasant Harbor

    Lake Pleasant 2021 Celebrates America


    Celebrate America 2021 At Lake Pleasant Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant will host its annual Celebrate America fireworks show on Saturday, July 3. Located on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant, conveniently adjacent to the Phoenix Metro area, Pleasant Harbor hosts this annual firework show, as well as food trucks, free kids activities, including water slides, bounce houses and live music. Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. with fireworks at 9:00 p.m. and activities running through 10:30 p.m.... Full story

  • Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame

    Carol L Allen

    The Outdoor Hall of Fame annually recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions toward Arizona's wildlife, the welfare of its natural resources, and the state's outdoor heritage. The 2021 Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame Inductees are Becoming an Outdoors Woman, Bill Hardy, Margie Anderson, Charlie Kelly and Randy Babb. The Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation invites you to join us and the Arizona Game and Fish Department in honoring these deserving and...

  • Hunting Skills

    Doug Burt|Jun 1, 2021

    Compiled By Doug Burt AZGFD Hunting/Shooting Sports Manager Are you interested in going hunting, but not sure where to start? Look no further. The Arizona Game and Fish Department along with an extensive network of partnering organizations host dozens of learn how to hunt, fish, shoot, trap and other outdoor skill development events throughout the year. Most of these events offer mentoring (not guides), hands-on activities, seminars, a hot meal and campfires for sharing your story. Event types... Full story

  • Flagstaff Has Some Great Ideas

    Jun 1, 2021

    Flagstaff Has Some Great Ideas For June 20 And, by the third week in June, you and your dad might want to head for the cooler high country to celebrate. From Discover Flagstaff Flagstaff, with its wide-ranging choice of manly activities, is the ideal place to celebrate Father's Day. It's easy to make the day extra special for Dad when you plan a mountain town get-together to show him how much you care. Whether you make it an extended family activity, a gathering of the nearest and dearest or an... Full story

  • Tonto to waive day-use fees for upcoming National Get Outdoors Day

    Tonto National Forest|Jun 1, 2021

    Forest Service News Release Public Affairs Contact: John Scaggs (602) 702-0597 john.scaggs@usda.gov www.fs.usda.gov/tonto Tonto to waive day-use fees for upcoming National Get Outdoors Day PHOENIX, June 10, 2021 – Visitors to the Tonto National Forest (Tonto) will be able to enjoy many day-use recreation sites – such as picnic grounds, shorelines, and boat launches operated by the Tonto – without having to purchase a pass on June 12 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. Fees charg... Full story

  • Father's Day Gifts For Outdoor Dads

    Margie Anderson, AZGFD 2021 Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame Recipient|Jun 1, 2021

    And the best gift of all is your love and your time. If you're like me, your dad probably had a lot to do with your love of the outdoors. A dad who hikes, fishes, hunts, camps, or goes off-road is so easy to buy for! Basically, when I bought stuff for my dad I just bought stuff I'd like to have myself. If that doesn't work for you, I've got some ideas for you. Here's a bunch of stuff I bet your outdoor dad will love. Ideas For The Off-Road Dad John and I go exploring a lot, so I know there are... Full story

  • Gifts For The Mom Who Shoots

    John Anderson|May 1, 2021

    If your mom likes to shoot and/or hunt, think outside the box when it comes to great gifts for Mother's Day that she will love. For example, a mom who hunts may be out in the boonies for a week or more. Make it easy for her to keep her phone charged so she can access those maps she has downloaded. You're probably familiar with Zagg because of their fantastic screen protectors, but they also have portable chargers. Morphie Powerstation The MorphiePowerstation with PD in pink or black is just... Full story

  • Mother's Day Gifts

    Margie Anderson|May 1, 2021

    Mother's Day is almost here and if you need ideas for gifts for your adventurous mom, look no further – we've got gifts and adventures here starting at under $20 and something on the list is sure to make your mom smile. Under $20 www.MyTopo.com is the place where you can make Mom a personalized map of her favorite place – that summer cabin, that lake where she and dad honeymooned, the rapids she ran, her favorite camping area, her home neighborhood, her favorite hunting area, or even her fav... Full story

  • Pleasant Harbor

    AZBW|May 1, 2021

    It's more fun at the lake! forty five minutes from downtown Phoenix, Pleasant Harbor, located on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant, serves as a one-stop recreation spot for lakeside fun and a safe outing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Activities Abound Pleasant Harbor is open to the public 365 days a year, and features Dillon's Bayou restaurant, sailing, boat and Jet Ski rentals, kayaks, and paddle boards, fly boarding, slip rentals and storage, as well as a full-service RV resort with... Full story

  • Arizona's Back country Hidden Hikes

    AZBW|May 1, 2021

    The state's backcountry is the perfect place for experienced hikers to expand their trail horizons. Excerpts From Visit Arizona [admin@visitarizona.com] The following adventures and lesser-known hiking gems range from moderate to difficult, but they share several qualities in common: getting away from the crowds and immersing yourself in the most diverse ecosystems, wildlife and scenic beauty that Arizona has to offer. Note: Backcountry trails are, by definition, remote and isolated, often... Full story

  • Camping Tips

    Margie Anderson|Mar 1, 2021

    Camping is a blast – there's nothing quite as nice as sleeping outdoors, watching the fire, roasting marshmallows, and cooking out in the open. Everything seems to taste better outdoors. As I've said before, people who say they don't like camping probably mean that they don't like being uncomfortable all night. Where and how you set up your campsite has a lot to do with how comfortable you're going to be. As a kid, I camped countless times with my dad and siblings, and now John and I camp f... Full story

  • Wildfires

    AZBW|Mar 1, 2021

    Winds, prolonged drought, and high temperatures have combined to make Arizona's forests and desert areas extremely dry. Long-term drought, changing fuel conditions and the resulting unpredictable fire behavior, combined with increased human activity suggest that this has the potential to be a busy fire year. Conditions change; for your safety, stay informed on current and predicted conditions in your community, and when you are enjoying the outdoors. Think Before You Act! It only takes one... Full story

  • Arizona's Wildflowers


    From Arizona State Parks Check out our extensive Arizona wildflower list at the bottom of the page, complete with vibrant photos and bloom information! How many will you see in 2021? February showers make March wildflowers in the desert parks and create yet another reason to explore this beautiful state! During years of average and above average precipitation, it seems every direction you look there are beautiful yellow, red, white, orange, blue, or purple flowers blanketing the landscape. Try... Full story

  • Happy New Year!

    Margie Anderson|Jan 1, 2021

    The year 2020 saw a lot of people venturing into the outdoors for the first time. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, this past year 6.2 million new shooters took up the sport. There was also a spike in camping and other outdoor activities. Some people were afraid to gather together inside, but outside is a different matter. If you are one of the newbies, I hope you continue to enjoy the outdoors this year and for many years to come. Many Good Reasons There are a lot of good... Full story

  • Camping Tips, Gifts

    Margie Anderson|Dec 1, 2020

    I've been camping for a very long time. When I was a kid, camping was usually in conjunction with hunting or scouting, and my dad had so much camping gear the truck was really loaded down. The only part I didn't like about camping back then was putting things away. Nowadays, since there are so many great light-weight options for camping gear, we camp even more often. Here are some tips and gear that will make your next camping trip easier. These also make great gifts for the campers on your... Full story

  • Havasu Havik Grand Prix


    Havasu Havik Grand Prix An epic two-days, beginning Saturday, Nov. 7, of off-road racing UTVs-Quads-Trikes-Bikes is hitting the Island track with the debut of the Havasu Havik Grand Prix! The gate is open Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; registration is Friday, Nov. 6 6 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Daily gate fees are adults: $10, youth (6 years-12 years), and free for children (five years and younger). The camping fee is $20 per vehicle for the weekend (fires must... Full story

  • The Haunted Harbor Trunk-N-Treat 2020


    Peoria, AZ (October 9, 2020) – The Annual Haunted Harbor Trunk-N-Treat at Lake Pleasant will occur on Saturday, October 24 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The event includes a safe and fun environment to trick or treat, Halloween costume contest, a live Rockabilly band and food trucks. Although there is a $7.00 entry gate fee per carload, this charge is waived if children are dressed in Halloween costumes. All attendees must wear a mask and follow posted social distancing guidelines. Pleasant Har... Full story

  • Arizona Lakes With Margie Anderson

    'On The Road Again'

    Margie Anderson|Aug 1, 2020

    There Are Beautiful Drives Near Alpine And Springerville If you're looking to get out of the heat and see some gorgeous country where it's cool and green, I've got the perfect road trip for you. If you've ever been to Alpine or Springerville, you already know how pretty the Apache-Sitgreaves Forest is, and I've got a couple of back-road drives for you that don't require 4WD. In fact, we saw a lot of RV's on the second part of our road trip. The First Leg The first leg of our trip starts just... Full story

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