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  • GCNP Announces Backcountry Camping Fee Increase

    GCNP|Nov 1, 2023

     Effective April 1, 2024, Grand Canyon National Park will increase the cost of overnight backcountry permits. Grand Canyon began charging for overnight backcountry permits in 1997 and last modified backcountry fees in 2022. The cost recovery charge for overnight backcountry permits will increase for all permits that begin on or after April 1, 2024. The charge of $10 per backcountry permit remains the same; the nightly per person fee will be increased from $12 per person to $15 per person or s... Full story

  • Mcdowell Mountain Regional Park To Host Public Meeting For Potential Bike Park

    WOT|Nov 1, 2023

    McDowell Mountain Regional Park invites the community to a public meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2023. The meeting will occur at the Fountain Hills Community Center at 13001 N. La Montana Drive in Fountain Hills, Arizona. "With mountain bikers from all over the nation flocking to the park to utilize the trails and participate in events, I'm happy to see that we're looking to enhance the services we're providing to the community," said Maricopa County Supervisor Thom... Full story

  • Margie Anderson's Favorite Indigenous People's Sites In Arizona

    Margie Anderson, Outdoors Editor|Oct 1, 2023

    These Are My Favorite Indigenous People's Sites In Arizona. Because my dad was a Chippewa Indian and I'm a registered member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewas, I've always had an interest in the sites around the state that were built by the peoples who lived here long ago. And in fact, many of their descendants live here in Arizona to this day! John and I have visited a lot of the more famous sites with the girls, so I'll start out telling you about those, but I thought I'd also add some... Full story

  • Behind Walnut Canyon

    Margie Anderson|Oct 1, 2023

    John and I and Mochi took a fun ride up in the cool pines the other day – it wasn't a ride packed with things to see, but it did take us past Marshall Lake, Upper and Lower Lake Mary, Mormon Lake, and Stoneman Lake – all of which are currently chock full of water! You will need a high-clearance vehicle for this drive, and I'm thinking it could get iffy after a big rain. I'm an Arizona native, but this is the first time I've ever seen water in Stoneman Lake, and the first time I remember see... Full story

  • Hike Your Arizona Park With A Ranger

    Margie Anderson, Outdoors Editor|Oct 1, 2023

    Petrified Forest, AZ- Tired of staying indoors from the summer heat? Need to get away from work and the city noise? Hike the beautiful Painted Desert with a Ranger! Enjoy peaceful spectacular fall views of the park while you get some steps in! Hikes are free with entrance fee. Reservations required and limited to 10 participants per hike. Hikers should come prepared with adequate food, water, clothing, footwear, hat, and sunscreen. There is little to no shade on the hikes. No pets (exception... Full story

  • Arizona State Parks And Trails Presents Its Fall Kickoff Issue

    Arizona State Parks|Sep 1, 2023

    Hopefully you had a chance to enjoy a high-country camping or lake trip this summer to escape the record-breaking heat we experienced across the state! School is back in session and families are getting back into their routines, and most Arizonans are looking forward to cooler temps and fall weather. Try not to let your adventurous spirit get lost in the fray of your busy life this year. Remember to get outside this fall to remain connected with nature and enjoy the array of physical and mental... Full story

  • Summer Fun In The Pinaleno Mountains

    Margie Anderson, Outdoors Editor|Aug 1, 2023

    If you're looking for a cool getaway in Arizona that is a bit off the beaten path (and therefore not quite so packed with human beings), you should give the Pinaleno Mountains a try. There are lots of excellent hiking trails, a lake to fish in, and plenty of good campgrounds whether you favor a tent or an RV. The tallest peak is over 10,000 feet, and you may be familiar with the name – Mt. Graham: the mountain with the famous protected red squirrels. The Pinalenos are one of the "sky islands i... Full story

  • Whoopsie and Henderson Again

    Margie Anderson|Jul 1, 2023

    We're "On The Road Again" The epic rains we had all winter were great for the wildflower bloom, but not so fantastic for off-roading! John and I avoid going on dirt roads when it's muddy – not because we think we'll get stuck, but because it trashes the roads. It seemed like every time we wanted to go out, it was either going to rain or had recently rained. Being an Arizona native, there is no way I'm going to complain that we had too much rain, but I have to confess that it did put a damper on... Full story

  • Pleasant Harbor

    Jun 1, 2023

    Pleasant Harbor Is Just Minutes Away Just 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. Pleasant Harbor, open 365 days a year and operating 24 hours a day, is the place to cool down as summer temperature rise. Do you want to rent a boat, show-off on water skis, wake board or lake surf? Jet Ski,kayak, paddle board or sail? Did we mention, Pleasant Harbor is home to the World's... Full story

  • Whoopsie Trail And Henderson Road

    Margie Anderson|Jun 1, 2023

    The epic rains we had all winter were great for the wildflower bloom, but not so fantastic for off-roading! John and I avoid going on dirt roads when it's muddy – not because we think we'll get stuck, but because it trashes the roads. It seemed like every time we wanted to go out, it was either going to rain or had recently rained. 'Rain, Rain, Go Away' Being an Arizona native, there is no way I'm going to complain that we had too much rain, but I have to confess that it did put a damper on our... Full story

  • Grand Canyon Star Party

    GCNP|Jun 1, 2023

    The thirty-third annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held Saturday, June 10 through Saturday, June 17, on both the South and North rims of Grand Canyon National Park. National parks such as Grand Canyon are protective havens for some of the last remaining dark skies in the United States. The event is sponsored by the National Park Service, Grand Canyon Conservancy, the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association, and the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix. Numerous telescopes will offer views of... Full story

  • National Great Outdoors Month

    AZBW|Jun 1, 2023

    Great Outdoors Month helps remind us all of the physical and mental benefits of outdoor recreation and to inspire your interactions with Mother Nature. Seek adventure and you'll be rewarded with the positive effects of a connection with the natural world. Don't put adventure on hold as summer settles in! You'll find plenty of unforgettable outdoor experiences available throughout Arizona in spite of increasing temps. Cool off in the water at any of our lake or river parks, tour an... Full story

  • Maricopa County Parks Fire Ban

    AZBW|May 1, 2023

    Maricopa County's regional parks set May 1 as the start date for the annual fire ban (Maricopa County) – The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department initiated its annual fire ban on Monday, May 1, 2023. The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department's annual fire ban went into effect the same day. The department's annual fire ban dates align with the county's Air Quality Department burn activity regulations. Under these regulations, outdoor recreational fires are prohibited w... Full story

  • AZGFD Driver Training

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2023

    AZGFD offers ROV side-by-side driver training course on April 22 Includes closed and open trail experiences PHOENIX - If you enjoy riding recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) side-by-sides, you shouldn't pass up this unique opportunity to enhance your skills and learn from an expert. AZGFD Offers Unique Training The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is offering a unique side-by-side training class on Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the department's OHV Education Range... Full story

  • Lake Havasu Attractions

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2023

    Cool And Unusual Attractions In The Lake Havasu City Area In the first half of the 20th Century, one of the most famous people alive was Robert Ripley: creator of the Ripley's Believe It or Not! newspaper panel series, radio show and television series. Starting in 1919, he made his fortune highlighting odd facts from around the world. Were he still alive today, we think he'd be fascinated about strange sights and oddities in the Lake Havasu City area. Visitors to the area can explore this... Full story

  • Perfect Gifts For Outdoors Lovers

    Margie Anderson|Dec 1, 2022

    Wondering what to get that hiker, climber, nomad, off-roader, camper, or just plain day dreamer for the holidays? I've got you covered! I've been saving great ideas all year long so I could share them with you this month. I'll give you ideas from stocking stuffers to splurges, so you're sure to find something fun and fitting in this list. Aspen Water Bottle Hey, even if you're not an outdoorsman, carrying a refillable water bottle is a great way to save a lot of money – bottled water prices a... Full story

  • Arizona Renaissance Festival

    Arizona Renaissance Festival

    AZBW|Nov 1, 2022

    Here are answers to frequent questions to help you plan your "Trip Back in Time". Open Rain Or Shine The Festival is open Saturdays and Sundays including Presidents' Day Monday 10 a.m-6 p.m. every event day, rain or shine. Mark your calendars for February 4-5, 11-12, 18-19-20, 25-26; March 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, and April 1-2. What is the Renaissance Festival? The Renaissance Festival is a medieval outdoor amusement park, a 16-stage theatre, a 50-acre circus, an arts and crafts fair, a Jousti... Full story

  • Hiking In Arizona's Playground

    AZBW|Oct 1, 2022

    From late fall through early spring, hikers at all levels enjoy hiking the vast network of scenic hiking trails in the Lake Havasu City area. "The biggest mistake that visitors to Lake Havasu City make is packing swimming trunks and fishing poles but leaving the hiking boots at home."~Roger Naylor, travel writer for The Arizona Republic, avid Arizona hiker and member of the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame. Learn More Lake Havasu City's hiking trails feature a wide range of terrain, natural... Full story

  • Sierra Vista Fun

    Margie Anderson|Sep 1, 2022

    Check out the river that runs "backwards" on this trip. We have a tendency to head north most of the time when we leave town, but we have learned the error of our ways. There are a lot of great places to visit in the southern part of the state, and the area around Sierra Vista is no exception. From a river that runs "backward" to creek preserves and mountaintop campsites, there are tons of things to see and do around there. Sierra Vista, Canelo, Elgin Loop Drive This one will take you most of... Full story

  • Maricopa County Parks

    AZBW|Sep 1, 2022

    Who's ready to enjoy a free night's stay in one of Maricopa County's regional parks? Starting October 1, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is bringing back its popular Buy One, Get One camping promotion! The promotion allows park visitors who pay the camping fee for one night, or more, at a participating desert mountain county park to receive one night of equal or lesser value for free during that same stay. "This Buy One, Get One camping promotion allows our residents to... Full story

  • Glidecoat Restores and Protects RV Front Caps

    AZBW|Aug 1, 2022

    No matter if traveling an interstate or a lonely backroad, the front of an RV takes a lot of abuse. Windblown dirt, bugs, road tar and other debris all combine with continual UV ray exposure to slowly degrade the finish. Plus, because of the height and stubbornness of the stains, they're difficult to remove. The solution is to use RV Cap Kit from Glidecoat. A collection of easy-to-use products, it restores and protects the leading surfaces on all types of RVs. Traditional RV protection methods... Full story

  • Kartchner Caverns State Park

    AZGFD|Aug 1, 2022

    The new system will support millions of park visitors with updated features to easily manage campground, cabin, tour and event reservations. Arizona State Parks and Trails had updated its reservation system to support the needs of nearly three million visitors annually. The new system was in place at the end of July, and all existing reservations will be automatically transferred. Updated features will include the ability to modify or cancel existing reservations online as well as select... Full story

  • Rained Out

    Margie Anderson|Aug 1, 2022

    This is the time of year when the monsoons hit with a vengeance, and I can't tell you how many times we've been rained out when we are vacationing in Flagstaff. Since we took the granddaughters there almost every year for a week or so of hiking, there were inevitably days when we had to retreat indoors. Storms Brewing? Usually, we were able to get at least one hike in up on the mountain before the storm hit, but not always! Once a huge thunderstorm blew in right while we were riding the ski... Full story

  • AZBW|Jul 1, 2022

    Come to the fun side of Lake Pleasant. Pleasant Harbor is located on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant and is the lake closest entrance from Phoenix. For those wanting a weekend camping experience, both full hook-up campsites (electric, water, sewer and internet access), as well as dry camping spaces are available. Pleasant Harbor also features a full-service marina, including several boats ramps. The marina and campground are open 24/7, 365 days a year. Even on busy summer holiday...  Website

  • Williams - Great Family Getaway

    Margie Anderson|Jul 1, 2022

    John and I and Mochi went to Williams again this past week and I've got to tell you, it's one of our favorite places to get away in the summer. It can be a bit warm during the day, but since we spend most of our time in the woods, it's shady, breezy, and wonderful! Camping was amazing. There are plenty of places for dispersed camping along the main roads, so you don't need a 4x4 – although I would recommend high clearance. We have the Jeep, so we took some true 4x4 trails, and that's always a... Full story

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