Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!


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  • Visit Cooler Prescott

    AZBW|Jul 1, 2024

    Prescott's trails systems continue to expand: next up - Gateway Park. The City of Prescott continues to add new trails to its ever expanding system, many of which connect to one another. The overall design Is intended to give users as many options as possible. Although the more remote trails have access by connecting to other trail systems, such as Peavine National Recreation Trail, it often requires a trek of a couple of miles to arrive at these more remote trailheads. The City intends to... Full story

  • On The Road Again With The Anderson's

    Margie Anderson, Outdoors Editor|Jul 1, 2024

    Mochi loves off-roading! Note - all photos were by John and Margie Anderson. When I was a kid, my dad always took us kids hunting off Dugas Road. There used to be a dirt road and a gate right on the side of I-17 and that road led to Hooker Tank, and from there over the hill to road 68D which goes from Dugas Road north to Squaw Peak Road. We loved it there and since we went there so often we all knew that area very well. There's a lot to be said about knowing all the best and prettiest places in... Full story

  • No Roof Rack?

    AZBW|Jul 1, 2024

    Many camper vans, overlanders and tow vehicles either aren't equipped with roof racks, or their design isn't conducive to adding them. That's where SeaSucker comes in. Its SEMA award-winning Ridge Ready Monkey Bars make it simple to mount a pair of sturdy crossbars to a vehicle with grooved channels, vents or A/C units on their roofs. Made in the USA, Ridge Ready Monkey Bars use SeaSucker's innovative Vacuum Mount technology. The four front and two rear 3.25" oval mounts have a combined holding... Full story

  • Off-Road Sites Near Apache Maid

    Margie Anderson|Jun 1, 2024

    During the Covid lockdowns John and I weren't really too bothered because everything we like to do is outdoors. Our son David and his wife Elizabeth were getting cabin fever, so we decided to take them on a little off-highway adventure one day in June 2020. They have a Four Runner and David and I both had our ham radio licenses by then, so we decided to head for the hills. Choosing A Destination My favorite way to choose a destination for John and me is to go immediately to Trailsoffroad.com... Full story

  • Painted Desert Inn

    AZBW|Jun 1, 2024

    PETRIFIED FOREST, Ariz. – Join the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Painted Desert Inn! In 1924, Herbert Lore registered his newly constructed business with the Land Office, fulfilling his duties under the Homesteading Act of 1862. Today this charming building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. On June 21, 22, and 23, there will be treats and activities offered at the inn: • Meet the Harvey Girls on June 22! • Join a ranger guided tour... Full story

  • 62 To Hillside

    Margie Anderson, Outdoor Editor|May 1, 2024

    John and I love Arizona because you can cruise the deserts in winter and the mountains in summer. That's why we decided to visit the ruins of Swansea, an old mining town in February. It never occurred to me that I would need to check for any major events on Swansea Road, so off we went, taking 60 through Wickenburg, Aguila, Vicksburg, and Bouse. Bouse We planned to fill the Jeep in Bouse then head north on Swansea Road to the remains of the town. I was stoked because the map showed a natural arc... Full story

  • Grand Canyon Trails And Campground Re-Open

    GCNP|May 1, 2024

    GRAND CANYON, Ariz. –The National Park Service is announcing Havasupai Gardens Campground and the Bright Angel and Tonto Trails have re-opened for public use. The areas were closed Dec. 1, 2023, for Transcanyon Waterline project construction activities. Plateau Point Trail, from Havasupai Gardens to Plateau Point remains closed until June 20, 2024. During this time, Tonto Trail hikers will be able to use a trail detour to connect to and from the Bright Angel Trail. The water-filling station w... Full story

  • Grand Canyon Kolb Studio

    Apr 1, 2024

    A Family Home and Photography Studio Kolb Studio appears to be just an old house perched on the rim of the canyon. However, if you step inside, or see it from Bright Angel Trail on your hike out of the canyon, you get the sense it is much more than that. This is the Victorian-era home of the Kolb Brothers, who created a lasting legacy of adventure, exploration, family love, and amazing Grand Canyon photography that will last as long as the canyon itself. The Family • Emery (a young photographer)... Full story

  • Vinyl and Leather Cleaner & Conditioner

    Martin Flory Group|Apr 1, 2024

    RV owners know that sun, ozone, embedded dirt, sweat and temperature extremes are hard on flexible outdoor materials like vinyl, rubber, leather and isinglass. They become dry and prone to cracking, as well as old-looking due to color fading. Vinyl and Leather Cleaner & Conditioner from Iosso Products helps prevent recreational equipment from aging prematurely. As it cleans, it restores the original suppleness and shine, and provides long-lasting protection in one simple-to-use product. Contact... Full story

  • Arizona State Parks Presents

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2024

    Tours of Goodfellow Lodge at Tonto Natural Bridge Tonto Natural Bridge State Park Sundays and Wednesdays 11 a.m. (Wed. & Sundays) | 2 p.m. (Sundays) Join us for a ranger or volunteer led walk through the Goodfellow Lodge, with a history of the property, the Lodge, and the people that called Tonto Natural Bridge home. The history, former use, and present use of these buildings will be included. Tour is approximately 45 minutes and is available at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays, as well as at... Full story

  • Cruising 17 Mile And Signal Roads

    Margie Anderson, Outdoors Editor|Mar 1, 2024

    Photos Courtesy of John and Margie Anderson John and I had been wanting to explore the area southwest of Wikieup for a long time, and we finally got there last month. We honestly didn't even know if there was anything worth seeing back there, but the fact that you would be able to check out the Big Sandy River decided me! Click here for more on Arizona Rivers and Streams. We did this whole trip in one day from Phoenix, so it's doable, but it makes for a very long day. Starting on Highway 93, go... Full story

  • Ren Faire 2024

    Carol L Allen, Editor|Mar 1, 2024

    Huzzah: New In 2024! We are thrilled to announce the following new and exciting additions for the upcoming 2024 Arizona Renaissance Festival season. Whether you are a seasoned festival-goer or a first-time visitor, prepare to be captivated by the exquisite new additions awaiting your arrival. The Hops!! - New Pub Crawl Introducing "The Hops!!" - a brand new pub crawl at the Arizona Renaissance Festival! Whether you're a seasoned pub crawler or new to the experience this limited capacity, tickete... Full story

  • Easy Hikes To Start Your Arizona Outdoors Journey

    AZBW|Feb 1, 2024

    Venturing into the great outdoors can seem a bit daunting at first. Here are some beginner-friendly suggestions to get you started and have you feeling like an Arizona outdoors pro in no time. Double Butte Loop Trail https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/papago-park/trail-map Papago Park Phoenix/Tempe Over the course of 2.2 miles, the Double Butte Loop Trail circumnavigates the large red sandstone Papago Buttes that are visible from vantage points throughout much of metro Phoenix. The... Full story

  • Go Lake Havasu

    Go Lake Havasu|Feb 1, 2024

    Go Lake Havasu presents ideas to do just that. The 2007 movie The Bucket List made the term "bucket list" a cultural phenomenon. According to the Internet Movie Database, it's the comedy-drama where Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman play two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. Along Arizona's West Coast, home of the historic London Bridge and 60 miles of Colorado River shoreline, tourism officials like to think... Full story

  • Seven Great Places To Take Winter Guests

    Margie Anderson, Outdoors Editor|Feb 1, 2024

    This is the perfect time of year to take your winter guests or your family to some of the wonderful places in Arizona that get a bit warm in the summertime. We've taken the granddaughters to all of these places, and believe it or not, Trinity tells us that the Hassayampa Preserve was her favorite hike ever! Some of these places are free to visit, and others are not, so I'm including current prices as well as how to get there and what not to miss! Enjoy! Boyce Thompson Arboretum The girls have... Full story

  • AZGFD Offers Ideas For A Better 2024

    AZGFD|Feb 1, 2024

    We've said goodbye to 2023 and now is a good time to reflect on the changes that we want - or need - to make in 2024; how about adding an outdoors resolution to your list? The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) offers some simple resolutions, any one of which should be easy for an outdoors enthusiast to stick to - • Fish local. Make it a point to wet a line this year at one (or more) of the state's 50-plus waters in the Community Fishing Program that are seasonally stocked with channel c... Full story

  • Day Trip To Childs And The Verde River

    Margie Anderson, Outdoors Editor|Jan 1, 2024

    John and I have been wanting to visit Childs for several years now, but the road was closed for a long time. Now that it's open again, we took a day and drove out there. It was a fun ride with a lot of cool stuff to see, and it's one you can do in a passenger car – but let me tell you, it's seriously washboard-y all the way to the split where one road goes to Fossil Creek access and one goes to Childs. Getting There Starting at Camp Verde, take the 260 east to the Fossil Springs road, which i... Full story

  • AZGFD Article 10 Rules Off-Highway Vehicles

    AZGFD|Jan 1, 2024

    Public comment accepted through Jan. 11, 2024. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is beginning review of its Article 10 rules (pertaining to off-highway vehicles). Under A.R.S. § 41-1056, every state agency shall review its rules at least once every five years to determine whether any rule should be amended or repealed. Each agency shall prepare a report summarizing its findings, its supporting reasons, and any proposed course of action, and obtain approval of the report from the Governor's... Full story

  • Opt Outside Photo Contest

    Arizona State Parks|Jan 1, 2024

    Instead of spending the winter months camped inside, explore some of Arizona's most beautiful spaces by visiting a state park and enjoying all the amazing wintertime activities available. Make memories and take pictures, and share your photos for a chance to win major prizes! Arizona State Parks and Trails encourages you to Opt Outside and submit photos between November 24, 2023, and January 15, 2024 at midnight. Each contestant may submit up to five entries and may be entered in multiple... Full story

  • Petrified Forest National Park And Talampaya National Park

    NPS|Jan 1, 2024

    PETRIFIED FOREST, Ariz. - Petrified Forest National Park and Talampaya National Park, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site in Argentina, recently became sister parks. The parks have similar geological, paleontological, biological, and archaeological resources. "These arrangements will continue to strengthen the preservation, protection, and scientific research of the parks as well as bringing public attention to the importance of these... Full story

  • Take A Hike

    AZBW|Dec 1, 2023

    Local birders and fitness fans love Tempe's "A" Mountain for its scenic trail past wildflowers and desert shrubs, plus the sweeping vistas from the summit. Experiencing it yourself is incredibly easy; you can access its trailhead at the northern end of downtown Tempe. The steep out-and-back trail is under a mile, with a big payoff at the top: panoramic views of the city, including Papago Park, Arizona State University, Tempe Town Lake and other landmarks. Time your short trek for sunset to... Full story

  • How To 'Bee' A Friend To Pollinators

    Margie Anderson, Outdoors Editor|Dec 1, 2023

    You most likely already know that bees around the world are in trouble, but they aren't the only pollinators – butterflies, bats, ants, hoverflies, wasps, mosquitos (yes!), beetles, hummingbirds, and even slugs are pollinators, and almost all of them have had their numbers decrease over the last few decades. In fact, they are down to 20% of what they used to be. Think about it. If you've been an Arizonan for long, you probably remember driving down the highway through desert and getting the wind... Full story

  • Have A Havasu Holiday

    Go Lake Havasu|Dec 1, 2023

    As thousands of visitors and locals plan their holiday getaways, Go Lake Havasu, the tourism board for Lake Havasu City, turned to the Director of Fun at London Bridge Resort for her favorite holiday traditions. That's the actual title of Joelle Dickinson – as her business card can attest – an Illinois native who has lived in the city for ten years, working for the past seven at the resort. Dickinson previously ran the Toy Story ride and birthday parties at Walt Disney World in Orlando, so thi... Full story

  • Two Wheels Can Take You 217 Miles

    AZBW, Tempe Tourism Office|Dec 1, 2023

    Here's an indication of how big biking is in Tempe: The city measures only 40 square miles, but is home to 217 miles of bike paths-ranging from Sonoran Desert trails to bike lanes on city streets. This connectivity earned Tempe a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists, and it also makes sightseeing on two wheels both easy and safe. There are trails through the red butte formations in Papago Park, near Tempe Town Lake and throughout the city's... Full story

  • Six Reasons To Explore Tempe By Bike

    WOT|Nov 1, 2023

    From Tempe Tourism Tempe is known for many things: Mill Avenue, Arizona State University and more than a few lively festivals and events. But did you know that Tempe is also widely known as a bike-friendly city? In 2019, the League of American Bicyclists designated Tempe a Gold-Level Bicycle-Friendly Community Award winner. Tempe was recognized for safe bike paths and for promoting biking to work and for recreation. For a 40-square-mile city, it's amazing that there are 217 miles of Tempe bike... Full story

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