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  • AZGFD Catutions OHV Riders

    AZGFD|Jul 1, 2022

    AZGFD Catutions OHV Riders, Boaters, Anglers, During Monsoon Monsoon weather is right around the corner, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) cautions boaters, anglers and off-highway vehicle (OHV) users that weather conditions can quickly change and become dangerous for those who aren't prepared. The severity of monsoon storms varies greatly from a minor dust storm to a violent thunderstorm capable of producing hail, deadly lightning and flash flooding. "Arizona is known for its...

  • Grand Canyon National Park Cultural Demonstrator Series

    GCNP|Jul 1, 2022

    The Cultural Demonstrator Series returned to Desert View within Grand Canyon National Park. After an absence of more than two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series returns in-person every Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The series will run for 14 weeks from June 2 through September 2. The Cultural Demonstrator Series provides park visitors and residents the opportunity to interact with members of Grand Canyon National Park's Traditionally Associated Tribes and for the artisans to... Full story

  • Scooters And Safety

    Tom Cole|Jun 1, 2022

    An Honored Marine And Rider - Tom “Renman” Cole I love riding motorcycles and have been doing so for just short of 60 years. I've been able to do this because I try to ride as safely as possible even with some of the crazy drivers out there. I do my TCLOCS checks at least monthly and before every long ride to ensure the bike is up to snuff. I carry tools and spare parts in order to try to fix anything that does break during a run. And, I work my "road plan" so as to stay out of bad sit... Full story

  • Mother's Day Gift Ideas

    Margie Anderson|May 1, 2022

    By John And Margie Anderson Mother's Day is for letting Mom know how much we love her -- and giving her the perfect gift is one of the ways we show love. It can be as simple as a hand-made card, a vase full of wildflowers, or a home-baked treat. If Mom is the outdoorsy type, We've got a lot of options for you to consider! Camping Mom BlendJet I love a good protein shake for breakfast, so I recently got a BlendJet so that I can make my daily shakes when I'm camping and hunting. Oh my! My only... Full story

  • GCNP Announces Tips

    GCNP|Mar 1, 2022

    Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) this spring break can expect long lines and full parking lots. As a result of increased visitation, traffic regularly backs up at all entrance stations, with the longest wait times between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Parking lots, especially near the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, start reaching capacity by 12 p.m. and shuttle bus lines will be long. Please follow these tips as you prepare to visit the South Rim: • Arrive early (before 9 a.m.) or later in the d... Full story

  • AZGFD Reminders To OHV Operators

    AZGFD|Mar 1, 2022

    Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) officers conducted off-highway vehicle (OHV) safety-enforcement patrols throughout the East Valley last month The focus was on ensuring public safety and deterring potentially hazardous or illegal operation of OHVs. Those using an OHV are reminded to use the following safety tips: • Never operate an OHV while impaired by alcohol or drugs. • Helmets are required by law for all riders under the age of 18 regardless of the off-highway vehicle type. They are... Full story

  • Belmont Mine

    Belmont Mountains

    Margie Anderson, Arizona Boating And Watersports Outdoor Editor|Mar 1, 2022

    The Belmont Mountains are full of history. The Belmont Mine is now abandoned, but back in the 1920s up until the' 30s, it was a busy copper mine that also produced gold and silver. Now the big adit and mine opening have metal grates over them – the main one is over 500 feet deep, and a couple of people fell to their deaths in the abandoned mine, which led to the grates being installed. There is lots to see around the Belmont Mountains, especially at the site of the old mine. You can drive up t... Full story

  • Arizona Expos

    Mormon Lake UTV Rally

    AZBW|Mar 1, 2022

    Register today for the 2022 UTV Rally at Mormon Lake. Due to a scheduling error, the dates for the UTV Rally, Mormon Lake, have been updated to May 6 and 7. We are enhancing our show by adding more vendors, activities, and more. This year we are also allowing people to purchase their camping space in the location they choose; if they and their friends want to camp together, we advise getting your spaces early. To Those Who Have Already Registered If you are unable to make the new dates for the... Full story

  • Arizona Game And Fish Department

    AZGFD Reminders To OHV Operators

    AZGFD|Mar 1, 2022

    Renew OHV decals, remember helmets for youths, stay on trails. Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) officers conducted off-highway vehicle (OHV) safety-enforcement patrols throughout the East Valley last month. The focus was on ensuring public safety and deterring potentially hazardous or illegal operation of OHVs. Those using an OHV are reminded to use the following safety tips: • Never operate an OHV while impaired by alcohol or drugs. • Helmets are required by law for all riders under the... Full story

  • Arizona Desert Drive by Margie Anderson

    Margie Anderson|Feb 1, 2022

    We save most of our desert drives for winter because although our Jeep would make it through snow and mud, many northern Arizona off-highway trails are closed in winter, and we also don't like to make deep ruts in muddy roads just from a conservation standpoint. It's too hot in summer to really enjoy a desert drive, because we like to get out of the Jeep and do a lot of walking and exploring. In the summer we have not only the excessive heat to contend with, but also my constant fretting that... Full story

  • 'Gumby's' Skull

    NPS|Feb 1, 2022

    After years of study and preparation the skull of Gumby the Phytosaur will be on display in the Rainbow Forest Museum at Petrified Forest National Park. Gumby is a specimen of phytosaur called Smilosuchus adamanensis (the name means 'chisel crocodile' of Adamana). Phytosaurs are a group of extinct crocodile-like reptiles that lived in Arizona during the Late Triassic. Fossils of at least 9 different types of Phytosaurs have been found within the park and they were likely a dominant predator... Full story

  • Grand Canyon Adventure

    Jim Allen|Feb 1, 2022

    Conrad was in the left seat of the vintage Twin Bonanza pointed West on the Deer Valley, Arizona runway. Sitting in the right seat was his date Virginia. In the spacious cabin behind were Jack, Lynn, Jim and his date. Virginia had not been in the airplane before. Jack and Lynn had taken numerous trips with Conrad and Jim. Jim had flown hundreds of hours with Conrad to all sorts of destinations. This trip began the night before when Jack had called Conrad and Jim and suggested they make a trip to... Full story

  • Icy Cold Was The Summer

    Carol L Allen|Feb 1, 2022

    Icy Cold Was the Summer is Carol Lemon Allen's first mystery novella; it was recognized at the 35th annual Local Authors Exhibit of the San Diego Public Library. Just before Jim and I left Phoenix, Arizona, for our month-long trip to the United Kingdom, I received a letter from some old Canadian friends--the Cramptons. The Cramptons had been a young, childless couple we had known in Calgary before they were moved by a communications system to London, England. They had been there for several... Full story

  • Buckeye, AZ Winter Drives

    Margie Anderson|Jan 1, 2022

    When I saw the Whoopsie Trail on www.trailsoffroad.com, I knew I had to go there. Who can resist a name like that? It's called the Whoopsie because of all the twists and turns and ups and downs it has. This is a high-clearance vehicle road. It can get rough out there, especially after a rain. This is a great winter off-road adventure because it is west of Buckeye. Gillespie Dam As a matter of fact, I talked John into swinging by to look at Gillespie dam again because I just love the way it... Full story

  • 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

  • Margie Anderson|Nov 1, 2021

    You'll Want To Get Out Of The Car And Explore I'm always on the lookout for a day trip with something to do or see – I love riding around in the Jeep, but it's always better if you see something amazing or fun along the way. Fun stuff can include old cabins, ruins, old wells, springs, waterfalls, lakes, cliffs – pretty much anything that makes you want to get out of the car and explore. However, some of the roads we've been on aren't much along the way, but the view you get at the end is wha...  Website

  • Fuel Available

    NPS|Nov 1, 2021

    FUEL AVAILABLE AGAIN -- Travelers on Highway 95 in rural Utah are advised that fuel services at Hite, Utah have resumed. The 24-hour, pay-at-the-pump service is now available for regular unleaded and diesel fuel. Premium unleaded fuel remains temporarily unavailable. More information is available on each park's website: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area or Rainbow Bridge National Monument. (This NPS photo is one from the collection of photos of the Scenic Hite District in Glen Canyon... Full story

  • Horseshoe Bend

    AZBW|Oct 1, 2021

    From Visit Arizona.com Horseshoe Bend attracts 2 million visitors every year and is one of the most photographed sites in northern Arizona. Here, we walk you through need-to-know details for how to travel to this spectacular place as well as tips on how to engage more meaningfully with the destination. Formed when the Colorado River looped around an impassable sandstone escarpment, Horseshoe Bend is one of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's more famous highlights. Not an easy feat,... 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

  • Arizona Fall Colors

    Margie Anderson|Oct 1, 2021

    Visit To View Fantastic Fall Color In Arizona We ran up to NAU last October to visit our granddaughter for her 20th birthday. She's been hiking with us since she was three years old, so naturally we all wanted to go do some hiking in the forest, preferably with lots of fall color. A couple of years ago, her older sister had shown us a fantastic place only about 15 miles north of Flagstaff off Highway 180, so we decided to go there. Colorful Reward To get there, you just take Highway 180 about fi... Full story

  • Extinct Reptile Fossils

    NPS|Oct 1, 2021

    Extinct Reptile Fossils Find Their Way Back To Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park In a lab at the University of Washington's Burke Museum in Seattle, Wash., a large block of fossils, on loan from the Petrified Forest National Park (PEFO), was carefully cleaned. Their work revealed a complete skeleton, and bones from several other individuals, of the extinct reptile Revueltosaurus callenderi. A Crocodilian Relative Revueltosaurus callenderi is a crocodilian relative known only from the... 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

  • Grand Canyon Lightning Strike

    GCNP|Aug 1, 2021

    GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - On July 20 at approximately 2:50 p.m., the Grand Canyon Communications Center received a report of multiple individuals struck by lightning at the Bright Angel Trailhead during a monsoonal thunderstorm. A 30-year-old male and 28-year-old female victim were initially found unresponsive; the male regained consciousness without intervention. CPR and advanced life-saving interventions were initiated on the female, and she regained a pulse. Due to significant storm activity,... Full story

  • Tragedies

    GCNP|Aug 1, 2021

    Excerpts From NPR Articles Flash Flood Proves Deadly In mid-July, the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center received a report of two individuals missing and multiple parties injured after flash flood activity impacted Tatahatso Camp near River Mile 38 on the Colorado River. ... one patient who was in critical condition was flown out via Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter ... four additional patients were evacuated by air to the Flagstaff Medical Center. At approximately... 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

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