Step Outside - Arizona WELCOME TO STEP OUTSIDE! Find the best outdoor fun near you! en-us 30 http://stepoutside.org/ Step Outside - Arizona 144 144 http://stepoutside.org/ https://cdnstep-americantownscom.netdna-ssl.com/img/stepoutside_logo.gif Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:22:25 -0600 5 Cool Spots for ATV Off-Roading in Arizona Arizona can seem like one big playground. It’s the sixth largest state in total area and it’s made up of mostly public land. That leaves a lot of room for exploration. One of the best ways to take advantage of Arizona’s vast, sprawling land is by going ATV off-roading. There is diverse terrain and trails that can please all sorts of ATV riders. Here are five great off-roading spots that stand out from the rest.

Broken Arrow Trail has it all—beautiful views, daring turns, and rocky terrain. This four-mile trail gets heavy traffic because it’s part of Sedona’s Pink Jeep Tours. Experts can avoid those tourists by taking an ATV off-roading.  This difficult drive is comprised of slick sandstone and a few sharp, narrow turns. It’s a thrill ride with some of the best views in the state. Broken Arrow is a one-of-a-kind way to experience Sedona’s acclaimed natural beauty. You’ll be surrounded by its famed red rock formations and panoramic views.  Don’t forget your camera.

No, Four Peaks isn’t just a famous local brewery. It’s also a landmark on the Mazatzal Mountains in the Tonto National Forest. ATV riders can do their own exploration of the mountains by taking the 26-mile Four Peaks Mine Trail. This trail is accessible year-round and offers some of the most immaculate views of the Mazatzal Mountains. While not the most challenging trail, it offers a bevvy of options for a day of exploration. Four Peaks Road climbs over 5,000 feet up the Four Peaks Mountain Range and has many opportunities to stop and take in the beauty.

Sycamore Creek is a well-known off-roading spot among locals. Sycamore Creek offers over 100 miles of area to play around on your ATV. The trails include cuts through everything from creek banks to steep hill climbs. Sycamore Creek is located along the northern side of the Four Peaks Region near Fountain Hills. You’ll be greeted with epic desert views and wide-open roads. Sycamore Creek is also famous for the difficult Widowmaker hill climb. Don’t let the name scare you. It’s a large desert wall that makes for a heck of a thrill ride.

Take a loop through the mountains on Sunflower Mine trail. This 20-mile ride features a variety of scenery through the Tonto National Forest. This remote trail offers a more isolated ride and less traffic than some of the more popular off-roading options. That’s because it lacks an easy access point. However, it’s worth it for those up to the task. The trail weaves through the forest, crosses boulder fields, and along a creek bed. The trail eventually leads you to the main attraction—the Sunflower Mine. It’s a defunct mercury mine from the early 1900s and a crucial landmark on your journey.

ATV riders looking to escape the heat of the Valley can take the Backway to Crown King. Crown King is a small town elevated 4,000 feet above Phoenix. It offers cool weather and a reprieve from city life. Starting at Lake Pleasant, ATV riders take the steep ride up to Crown King. This trail has steep drops, incredible scenery, and even remnants of old mines. Erosion has made this a more difficult ATV ride, especially for the last couple miles. But it’s a great option for you to spend a day out in the open in the Prescott National Forest.

*Note: Age restrictions, special licenses, and other requirements for off highway vehicles vary from state to state. Before heading out on your OHV, please consult your local regulations.

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5 Best Foliage Hikes in Arizona Foliage isn’t a word that’s typically used in Arizona. The Grand Canyon State is known more for its dry deserts than lush forests. Still, there are more than a few opportunities to watch the seasons change in Arizona. Just a few hours from Phoenix, the following hikes are great options for locals looking for a taste of fall.

Kachina Trail is like something out of a painting. It’s a five-mile trek through the abundant Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff. This moderate hike is well worth the effort for the gorgeous fall colors and majestic scenery. The Kachina Trail takes you through the high forest and even crosses through cliffs, volcanic debris, and caves. The highlight of the trail is the expansive views of Flagstaff’s Douglas fir and Aspen trees. The cool mountain weather, fresh air, and gorgeous colors are enough to make this the top fall hike in Arizona. 

Inner Basin Trail is not for the faint of heart. Though only a 3.4-mile hike, it includes steep inclines and a steady 600-foot climb in elevation. It’s especially tough considering the elevation starts at over 8,000 feet. Still, it’s worth it for the fall foliage alone. The trail takes you through fall foliage and into an ancient volcano. Inner Basin Trail includes a treasure trove of beautiful fall colors, with plentiful yellow Aspens. For the best results, take a trip in early October. It’s your best chance to see fall foliage while avoiding Flagstaff’s bitter winter cold. 

West Fork is already a legendary trail. The fall foliage is just the icing on the cake. Any good Arizonan knows about the beauty hidden in Sedona. One of the best places to take in the gorgeous sights is West Fork Trail. It’s a five-mile trail that takes you through a series of streams and red sandstone cliffs. The trail takes you through Oak Creek Canyon and deep into its hidden meadows. Though it’s a great hike year-round, West Fork is at its most beautiful in the fall. That’s when many of its trees begin changing colors and shedding leaves. The fall foliage creates a surreal feeling to the already beautiful trail. 

The Mogollon Rim is home to over 200 miles of Arizona forest and stunning views. No place is this as apparent as the Rim Vista Trail. This easy 3.5-mile hike takes you on a tour of the Mogollon Rim with sprawling views of incredible mountain ranges. You’ll be greeted by awe-inspiring 100-mile views of the rim. This hike features countless Aspen trees with bright yellow foliage in the fall. Rim Vista is not only an easy hike, it’s also convenient. It’s located less than two hours from Phoenix. 

Boynton Canyon is one of the more popular hikes in Sedona—and rightly so. It’s a great way to experience the red sandstone for which Sedona is famous. It features a range of unique geological features, including a vortex that is believed to emit special energy. During the three-mile hike, you’ll encounter sprawling canyons, beautiful cliffs, and thick forests. In the fall, Boynton Canyon Trail showcases panoramic views of fall foliage. The changing colors of oak and ponderosa pine mixed with the red sandstone create a remarkable mix of colors. This trail is perhaps the greatest example of Sedona’s renowned natural beauty.

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ATV Off-Roading Adventure at Broken Arrow Trail What does your perfect day of off-roading look like? You probably think all about your thrilling ATV ride through some of nature’s most daring playgrounds. But the key to a great off-roading experience isn’t just about finding the right trail. It’s also about making the most of your day of fun. You need a place to fuel up for your ride, soak your wounds, and enjoy the sights. Here’s your guide to the perfect day revolved around off-roading in Arizona.

No one should go off-roading on an empty stomach. Kick off your day of adventure with a hearty meal and some much-needed caffeine at Mesa Grill. This Sedona staple dishes up some of the best southwestern fare in Arizona. You can load up on a zesty breakfast taco, spicy omelet, or even go for a classic farm breakfast. Mesa Grill also has house-roasted coffee available with unlimited refills so you can get the extra kick you need to jump-start your day. The views aren’t half bad either. It’s located over a canyon and right next to Sedona’s airport.

They don’t call them the classics for nothing. Broken Arrow Trail has long been regarded as one of the best places for ATV off-roading in the state of Arizona. This four-mile trail may be relatively short, but it’s a jam-packed thrill ride through one of the most beautiful areas in the state. Broken Arrow Trail is located in the Coconino National Forest near Sedona. That means you’ll be greeted by plenty of exposure to Sedona’s famous red rocks and gorgeous canyon views. Though there’s no shortage of beautiful scenery, this trail is all about the action. It consists of sharp and narrow turns on slick rock. The most difficult obstacle, known as “The Steps,” is a downhill trek through steep rock ledges. It may only be four miles, but you’ll have plenty of room to explore Sedona’s backcountry afterwards. 

Tourists have many different methods of exploring Sedona: ATVs, helicopters, pink Jeeps. There’s no greater way to get the full Sedona experience than by taking a hike through red rock country. After Broken Arrow Trail, ditch your ATV and head to Devil’s Bridge for an up close and personal hike through Sedona. This two-mile round-trip trail is a perfect way to unwind after a challenging off-roading experience. You’ll encounter a moderate trek through the Coconino National Forest. The trail ends at Devil’s Bridge, a natural sandstone arch that’s surrounded by a panoramic view of sprawling canyons and thick forest. 

With pub grub and delicious brews, Oak Creek makes for an excellent spot to unwind and fill up your belly after a long day. Their dinner menu features an array of delicious options, including their “Street Skewers.” Try the grilled bourbon barbecue pork skewer made with rosemary marinated pork loin drizzled with bourbon barbecue sauce reduction. House specials include full or half racks of deliciously savory barbecue baby back pork ribs and a slow oven-roasted half chicken. Is your mouth watering? For brews, try the Oak Creek Amber Ale, a North American Brewers’ Association silver medal winner. This is a medium-bodied ale with mild hop bitterness—pairs well with steaks, chops, and other roasted meats! 

All good things must come to an end. But your day of outdoor fun doesn’t have to stop just because it’s dark outside. Book a room at Los Abrigados Resort to extend your time in Sedona. Los Abrigados is a 22-acre resort located along the banks of Oak Creek in central Sedona. It’s known for it upscale amenities and gorgeous grounds that are fitting in a place as beautiful as Sedona. Nearby Tlaquepaque is home to a number of restaurants, shops, and activities that will keep you entertained well into the night. You can then rest up for a second go at Broken Arrow Trail in the morning.

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5 Best Fishing Spots in Arizona Arizona may not be the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but that doesn’t mean it’s without great fishing spots. There are some truly unique fishing locales in landlocked Arizona. From bass-filled lakes to trout-filled rivers, these spots are brimming with large fish populations. Grab your pole, grab your bait, and head to one of these local fishing spots to snag your catch of the day. 

There’s no shortage of fish species in Alamo Lake. Alamo is a 3,500-acre lake that formed by the Alamo Dam and includes runoff from the Colorado River and Bill Williams River. It’s also one of the best places to fish for bass in the state. Alamo is stocked with all sorts of fish including crappie, sunfish, catfish, and tilapia. It’s located in Alamo State Park in western Arizona and is a secluded spot filled with wildlife and mountain views. Alamo is a good spot for fishing year-round, especially for largemouth bass. It’s home to numerous fishing competitions and was the site of an Arizona fishing record. The largest largemouth bass in Arizona was caught there and weighed in at over 23 pounds. A valid Arizona fishing license is required for anglers 10 years and older.

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Parker Canyon Lake may be a lesser-known area, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great fishing spot. This 130-acre lake is located about five miles north of the Mexican border in Southeastern Arizona. It’s an isolated spot, but well worth the drive. It’s home to warm and cold water fish species and is stocked with rainbow trout, catfish, bass, and sunfish. It’s also been the site of three state fishing records. Fishing in Parker Canyon Lake is made easier by the on-site amenities. They have a fishing pier and country store with fishing essentials and even boat rentals. There are also some stellar shoreline areas where you can reel in catfish. Anglers 14 and older are required to have a valid fishing license and trout stamp.

On the opposite side of the state lies Lee’s Ferry. This 120-acre spot is a truly unique area to go fishing. It’s the only place within hundreds of miles where you can drive up to the Colorado River. Located near Page and the Utah-Arizona border, this spot is home to some of the best upstream trout fishing in the state. It’s a hot spot for fly fishers and is managed as a trophy trout fishing hole. You’ll typically find rainbow trout between one to two feet in size. It’s also a diverse spot that has areas ranging from very shallow to very deep. Lee’s Ferry is also renowned for its surrounding beauty. It’s home to towering red sandstone cliffs and beautiful desert scenery. A valid Arizona fishing license is required for anglers 10 years and older.

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You don’t have to leave the state for a wilderness retreat. Just go to Big Lake. Big Lake is located in northern Arizona’s White Mountains. The lake is elevated at over 9,000 feet and has the look and feel of a northern United States forest. The 680-acre lake regularly draws fishers from all over the state. It has renowned trout fishing with rainbow, brook, cutthroat, and apache trout filling the waters. It’s regarded as a top fishing lake for its size, fish populations, and amenities. You can grab row and motor boats and all of your bait and tackle needs at their nearby shop. Big Lake is open from mid April to Mid November, depending on the weather. Anglers over 13 need a state fishing license and trout stamp and are limited to six trout for daily bags.

The 200-mile Salt River is a popular spot among Phoenix locals. It has close proximity to the city and is frequently used as a tubing destination. However, it’s oft overlooked as a great fishing hole. In fact, it’s the only cold-water trout fishery in the U.S. that’s located in a desert, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The Lower Salt River is the stretch of the river located below Saguaro Lake. It’s home to rainbow trout, largemouth bass, sunfish, and catfish and is fishable year-round. It’s especially popular in the summertime, when Valley temperatures exceed 100 degrees and the water remains cool and refreshing. A Tonto Pass is required for all fishers.

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5 Awesome RV Campsites in Arizona Glamping, or glamorous camping, is supremely underrated. It’s a way to enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing the convenience of modern amenities. There’s no greater way to go glamping than with an RV. Planning on taking your RV for a spin? Then head to Arizona where you can enjoy beautiful scenery year-round. Here are five of the best RV campsites where you can camp in style! 

Imagine spelunking deep in a cave with hidden mysteries, one of the world’s longest stalactite formations, and buried treasure. That’s just another walk in the park at Kartchner Caverns State Park. Originally discovered in 1974, the caverns are home to ancient stalactites and stalagmites including the record breaking 58-foot Kubla Khan. Kartchner Caverns has plenty of RV accessible campsites bursting with amenities. All of the campsites include electric hook-ups, water, and access to dump station facilities. Each back-in site comes with a 110-volt AC with a 30-amp RV connection.

Picture perfect sunsets, panoramic views, and ancient history. Yes, the Meteor Crater RV Park has it all. This northern Arizona park is located near the picturesque San Francisco Peaks. The Meteor Crater RV Park is a favorite among Valley residents looking to escape the heat and enjoy the fresh northern air. It is also located minutes away from one of the world’s best-preserved meteorite impact sites—Meteor Crater. Meteor Crater is a sight to behold. It’s one mile long, 2.4 miles in circumference, over 500 feet deep and roughly 50,000 years-old. You can also experience a different kind of history by hiking the nearby Old Route 66. 

Looking to experience Arizona to the fullest? Look no further than the Mogollon Rim. It spans 200 miles and showcases Arizona’s diverse natural landscape. You’ll encounter rocky cliffs, lush forests, and even lakes deep in the wilderness. One great launching point for a Mogollon Rim adventure is the Mogollon RV Park. Located in the thick of the rim, it’s close to fishing, boating, and hiking opportunities. You can enjoy a range of amenities when you’re not sightseeing. The park has full hook-ups, RV storage, on-site laundry, and even a recreation hall.

The best adventures can often be right in your backyard. Lost Dutchman State Park is a perfect example. It’s located in Apache Junction just 45 minutes away from central Phoenix. This campground is a hidden treasure for Valley residents. That can be taken literally, as Lost Dutchman is named after a famous gold mine. This campground showcases the best Arizona has to offer—sprawling desert, endless hiking opportunities, and southwestern wildlife. The campground is equally impressive. It hosts 134 sites, 68 with electricity and water, and paved roads for RVs. Want to know the best part? There are no size restrictions on RVs.

Rose Canyon Lake checks all the boxes of a great camping site. It boasts endless opportunities for adventure. You can spend your days biking, hiking or searching for wildlife. It’s also the only lake in the Santa Catalina District that is managed for recreational fishing. Rose Canyon is just 30 miles northeast of Tucson. But don’t let that fool you—it can get pretty cool at the campgrounds. That’s because it’s elevated at 7,000 feet. The campgrounds are surrounded by gorgeous ponderosa pines and only one mile removed from the lake. Rose Canyon has no hook-ups and RV camping is limited to 22 feet or less.

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5 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in Arizona Fall just might be the perfect season. It’s that magical time of year when the fresh air arrives, the foliage starts to show, and the weather starts to cool down. Yes, even in Arizona. While Arizona is known for its hot and dry climate, it’s also filled with spots that feature an authentic fall experience. There’s no better way to experience the fall than by camping out in the wilderness. So, grab your tent, sleeping bag, and marshmallows, and head to one of these beautiful local fall camping spots.

You may have heard the stories about Havasupai: its famous flowing waterfalls, blue-green waters, and spectacular views. But nothing quite compares to a fall camping trip at Havasupai. Located deep in the heart of the Grand Canyon, it’s a true hidden gem in one of the most magnificent natural wonders in the world. You’ll camp out near Havasu Creek and its flowing fresh spring water. During the day, you can hike through towering cliffs and into the legendary Havasu and Mooney Falls. The fall is marked by cooler temperatures and refreshing water, making it a highly-coveted time for campers. Spots fill up fast and a permit is required to hike to the campground. Make sure you call and book a spot well in advance! 

Looking for the true fall experience? You don’t have to leave the state. Instead, head to Lynx Campground near Prescott. This campground is surrounded by the thick Prescott National Forest and the massive 55-acre Lynx Lake. Lynx Campground has all the makings of a great camping spot—especially in the fall. The high elevation gives off cool temperatures while the ponderosa pines give off a feeling of isolation. You can fill your days with fishing the lake, hiking the surrounding mountains, or watching the many types of wildlife that call Lynx Lake home. It’s another popular spot so be sure to book your spot while you still can.

There’s something for everyone at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Do you want to spend your days on the water? Rent a boat or kayak and take it for a spin on the water. Looking for some solitude? Get lost in the 1.5 million acres of surrounding mountains. How about some relaxation? You can spend your afternoon sunbathing by the water and watching the stunning sunset in the evening. Lake Mead is nature’s playground and it’s just begging you to enjoy it. Any of its seven developed campgrounds make for an unforgettable camping experience. Located on the Arizona-Nevada border, it’s a prime spot for travelers looking to escape the bustling cities of Las Vegas and Phoenix. Though it’s open year-round, the best time to camp is in the fall. 

If you haven’t experienced the Mogollon Rim, it’s time to take a trip. The Mogollon Rim is home to hundreds of miles of sprawling Arizona forest. It’s filled with beautiful foliage and surrounded by towering mountains. One of the best ways to experience the Mogollon Rim is at the Mogollon Rim Campground. It’s deep in the rim and is surrounded by ponderosa pines. It’s also only two miles removed from Woods Canyon Lake, which offers plenty of activities during the day. It’s a favorite fall camping spot for its cool weather, beautiful views, and amenities. 

Northern Arizona is underrated when it comes to great camping. Case in point—Ashurst Lake Campground. This campground provides the quintessential fall camping experience. Its gorgeous views of the San Francisco Peaks look like something out of a painting. Its sprawling lake is freshly stocked with healthy populations of rainbow trout. That’s not to mention the myriad activities you can do during the day—canoeing, hiking, biking, and fishing top the list. Located about 20 minutes from Flagstaff, it’s a great getaway spot for Valley residents looking to enjoy the fall weather. You won’t want to leave the fresh air and gorgeous pine trees.

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5 Great Hiking Trails in Arizona Arizona is a hiker’s paradise. It’s filled with diverse mountain ranges offering beautiful views and breathtaking scenery. Experience Arizona’s magic to its fullest by taking to the most wonderful trails in the state. These five trails should be at the top of your list whether you’re an avid hiker or new beginner. 

Hiking the Grand Canyon is a bucket list item for many. However, hiking one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World isn’t easy. There are many trails ill suited for visitors who aren’t in peak physical condition. Bright Angel Trail offers hikers the best chance to complete a Grand Canyon hike. This eight-mile trek has a nearly 4,400-foot elevation change and ends with a spectacular view of the Colorado River. Hiking the trail is no easy feat. However, there is plenty of shade, several restrooms, and a well-developed trail that makes life easier for hikers. The trail consists of a gradual descent into the canyon that’s surrounded by beautiful scenery. You eventually pass through the lush, green Indian Gardens before reaching a gorgeous plateau. The views are so breathtaking that it’s totally worth the uphill climb back up the canyon. The Bright Angel Trail is perfect for a full day of adventuring filled with one-of-a-kind views.

Lava River Cave is a perfect alternative for hikers looking to avoid the sun-filled trails of Arizona. That’s because this lava tube cave is dark without the aid of a flashlight. Lava River Cave is located in the beautiful ponderosa pine forest near Flagstaff. This ancient geological formation formed through volcanic lava flow that hardened into its current tube like state. As you enter the cave, you’ll encounter a quick descent before leveling off for the rest of the trail.  The .75-mile trail is filled with unique geological properties that you have to see to believe. The trail itself can be a bit hazardous. It’s recommended you bring at least three sources of light and some warm clothes, as it can be sub-40 degrees in the middle of the summer. This northern Arizona gem is an adventurous way to take a tour of natural history.

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Sedona is an Arizona treasure. It’s located smack dab in the middle of the Coconino National Forest and is surrounded by scenic red rocks and picturesque canyon views. There’s no better way to enjoy Sedona’s natural beauty than by hiking Devil’s Bridge. Don’t let the name scare you. This moderate hike is roughly two miles and is perfect for hikers of all skill levels. The iconic hike involves a 400-foot climb up a busy trailhead. The trail culminates with a view of Devil’s Bridge, the largest natural sandstone arch in Sedona. Many hikers take their pictures atop the bridge to celebrate the occasion. This hike does get major foot traffic and usually involves extra hiking due to limited parking. However, it’s all worth it for the unparalleled views of Sedona.

Valley residents are all familiar with Papago Park. For one, it’s located centrally near busy areas of Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale. It also includes an iconic, hole filled geological structure. Papago’s famous red butte was created millions of years ago and due to erosion now includes openings, or holes, throughout its structure. One benefit to the erosion is the Hole in the Rock trail. This easy, half-mile hike requires a light ascent into a large chamber at the butte’s peak. Once there, you’ll be greeted by epic views of the sprawling Phoenix desert. Though not as popular as the crowded Camelback Mountain, the Hole in the Rock is a much easier way to see equally stunning views of the Valley. It’s also best enjoyed during sunrise and sunset for optimal scenery.

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Tucson is celebrated for its iconic hiking trails and beautiful views of the Sonoran Desert. Bridal Wreath Falls Trail is no exception. This moderate six-mile trail leads to a beautiful, 25-foot waterfall. Located in the Saguaro National Park, this trail offers close encounters with Tucson’s flora and fauna. The popular hike includes mostly gradual climbs but does have a few steeper climbs. This hike is worth the effort, however, once you reach the waterfall.  The last quarter mile involves a climb to a hidden oasis in the middle of the dry desert. Bridal Wreath is an easier alternative to some of the grueling Tucson hikes. It may be a longer hike, but a dip in the waterfall will refresh you for the second half of your trip.

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Start Your Trek: 7 Best Hiking Retailers in Arizona Are you looking to go hiking? You’re in luck. There’s no shortage of epic hiking opportunities around Arizona. The southern part of the state offers challenging desert hikes from Tucson to Phoenix. The north is home to some high-elevation climbs near Sedona, Flagstaff, and Prescott. That’s not to mention the limitless opportunities available in the Grand Canyon. But in order to hike the best, you need to gear up with the best. These local hiking retailers have everything you need to conquer your next big hike.

It doesn’t get much better than Arizona Hiking Shack. It’s the quintessential shop for local outdoor adventurers. This locally-run shop has been a go-to spot for hikers since 1972. Armed with a knowledgeable staff and today’s top brands, Arizona Hiking Shack is a must-see shop for every type of hiker. They sell and rent high-quality gear from CamelBak, Osprey, Arc'teryx, and more. Arizona Hiking Shack also offers hiking-based education classes, including a two-hour adventure hike course and a two-day course entitled “Hiking 101.” 

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Sedona is nicknamed the Day Hike Capital of America. It’s home to over 100 hiking trails that each showcase Sedona’s gorgeous red rocks. Hikers looking for the ultimate Sedona experience can take a trip to the Hike House. They carry all of the essentials for a day hike: footwear, apparel, books and maps, trekking poles, backpacks and more.  Their top-level brands include the North Face, Mountain Hardwear, and Columbia. The Hike House is also the creator of the Sedona Trail Finder, an interactive hiking database that helps hikers find the perfect local trail.

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Any true outdoor enthusiast knows about REI. This outdoor megastore carries the best gear, footwear and apparel for adventurers. Arizonan’s can see what the hype is all about by taking a trip to their Chandler retail store. They carry hundreds of hiking footwear options for men and women. They’re also home to top-selling brands like The North Face and Yeti. REI has you covered no matter the type of hiking gear. They also host weekly classes on everything from map and compass navigation to local trail preparation. 

Why do hikers love Summit Hut? For one, they’re a one-stop shop carrying everything a hiker needs for an epic outdoor adventure. You can grab footwear, apparel, trekking poles, first aid kits, water bottles, filters, packs, and more from top brands like Columbia and Patagonia. Summit Hut started as a small outdoor store in 1967. Today, they encompass a mail order business, ecommerce shop and two retail stores.  They were also the recipient of the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance “Retailer of the Year” award for their long-standing commitment to outdoor enthusiasts. 

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As a great hiking location, Prescott is often overlooked. But this northern Arizona town is home to the Mile-High Trail System, which contains roughly 70 miles of beautiful trails. You can prep for a Prescott adventure with a trip to the Hike Shack. It’s Prescott’s go-to hiking retailer. They carry gear for short day hikes, backpacking adventures, and difficult multi-day climbs. You’ll find plenty of hiking boots, trail maps, and packs at their storefront. Some of the Hike Shack’s biggest brands include Smartwool, Mountain Hardwear, and Five Ten

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Are you looking for an epic outdoor adventure? Look no further than Just Roughin’ It Adventure Company. This Scottsdale-based outdoor shop offers guided trips through some of Arizona’s most amazing natural wonders. You can plan a day trip through the Superstition Wilderness or a hiking tour through the Grand Canyon. Just Roughin’ It has no shortage of equipment to prepare for your trip. They have plenty of clothing, footwear, trekking poles, maps, water bottles and filters, and more. You can also grab your next pair of hiking boots from reliable brands like Salomon and Vasque.  

Don’t be fooled by the name. iRun might sound like a store for runners, but it’s so much more. They also cater to hikers by carrying some of the best trail gear on the market.  This Arcadia store has one of the largest selections of hiking shoes and boots in the Valley. They carry plenty of athletic apparel from brands like Adidas and Drymax. Their staff of dedicated athletes also host myriad outdoor events.

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10 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in Arizona Arizona might not be the land of 10,000 lakes, but there’s no shortage of high-quality fishing spots spread across the state. In order to catch the best, you need to gear up with the best. The following local shops have all your bait and tackle needs to catch your next trophy fish. Let’s go fishing!  

Phoenix Fishing Supply is the go-to spot for Valley residents looking for bait and tackle. This locally-run spot has a wide-range of supplies for anglers of all ages and experience. You can find almost any rod, reel, or tackle item you desire at their Phoenix storefront. Phoenix Fishing Supply caters to both local and out-of-state fishers. They carry all the necessities to gear up for a freshwater or saltwater fishing trip.

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Liar’s Korner has just about everything you want from a bait and tackle shop. This small, locally-run shop has a staff of knowledgeable fishing experts. They carry enough brand-name fishing equipment to compete with big corporate stores. They’re also a one-stop shop for outdoor gear. You can buy live bait, tackle, hunting gear, and snacks and drinks at this East Valley shop. Liar’s Korner also provides hunting and fishing licenses to locals.

Looking for an epic fishing adventure? Look no further than the Hook Up Outfitters. This bait and tackle shop also provides guided fishing and fly-fishing excursions around Arizona. Locals can visit their shops located throughout the state from the Valley through Northern Arizona and the White Mountains. Their Peoria location sits on the shores of Lake Pleasant. You can grab rods, reels, flies, and bait from top fishing companies at their shop. 

There’s no shortage of fishing holes in Arizona. But none quite stack up to the Colorado River. This 1,450-mile river flows freely through a large part of the state. You can gear up for your next Colorado River fishing adventure at Hillbilly’s Bait & Tackle. Located in Bullhead City, it’s just minutes away from a wealth of fishing opportunities. This shop carries rods, reels, flat weights, spinning reels, and more. They also carry a variety of options for live bait. You can buy live minnows, anchovies, squid, night crawlers, sardines, and more. 

Do you like fly fishing? Then you won’t want to miss Desert Sportsman. This Scottsdale retail pro shop carries some of the biggest names in fly fishing equipment. They have been catering exclusively to the fly fishing community since opening in 2006. You can find all of your equipment needs in addition to apparel and information on fly fishing events. This stellar shop lives up to its name as Arizona’s Fly Fishing Outfitter.  

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Alpine is located in the eastern part of Arizona, near the New Mexico border. The town may be on the small side, but there’s no denying its allure to fishermen. Nearby fishing at Luna Lake offers a quiet reprieve from city life. You can gear up for your fishing trip at the Tackle Shop. This small shop has hunting and fishing supplies, gas, and drinks and snacks. 

Dry Creek Outfitters is a staple in the Tucson fishing community. This locally owned and operated shop is a large purveyor of fly-fishing gear. They have some of the best fly fishing products in the industry. A team of fishing experts also runs Dry Creek. You can get advice on techniques, products, and fishing holes at this great shop.

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Fishing and archery go hand in hand. At least, that’s the case at TGS Outdoors. This Tucson shop specializes in fishing and archery gear. They carry top bait and tackle equipment in addition to a range of bows, arrows, and accessories. You’ll find a huge selection of rods, bait, reels, fishing line, hooks, and weights at their storefront. You can also find bow-fishing equipment to up your game on your next trip.

Why do fishermen love Lees Ferry? It’s the only place in Glen Canyon where visitors can drive to the Colorado River. This renowned fishing hole is a popular spot among locals and tourists. You can get all the essentials for a fishing trip at Lees Ferry Anglers Fly Shop and Guide. They’ve been providing flies, hooks, and gear to fishermen since 1989.  You can also book a fishing guide to make the most of your Colorado River adventure.

Bass Tackle Master has been “kickin’ bass since 1999.” It’s the go-to bait and tackle shop in Lake Havasu City. You can find a variety of lures, terminal tackle, and marine accessories before heading out for a day on the lake. This popular shop carries over 50,000 items in stock at a time. 

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10 Best Archery Outfitters in Arizona In order to become the masterful archer, you strive to be, you’re going to need the proper gear and the right guidance. Arizona’s excellent archery outfitters will help you practice your skills, master the sport, and get ready for a whole new hunting and shooting experience. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned archer, these 10 excellent shops will help you out. 

It’s a bold move to name your store Archery Headquarters. But this local archery store lives up to the name. Archery Headquarters has been a go-to spot for archers of all skills and ages since opening in 1990. They claim to carry the widest selections of bows and accessories in the state. In addition to their inventory, Archery Headquarters has a top-of-the-line indoor archery range. The 30-yard, air-conditioned range is a great place to fine-tune your skills. They also provide archery lessons for anyone ages eight and up.

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Arizona Archery Club has seen meteoric growth since opening in 2012. Their growth can be attributed to good service, good products, and one really good archery range. Their Phoenix shop includes a 45-yard, indoor, air-conditioned archery range with 28 lanes. It’s home to myriad tournaments and lessons throughout the week. In addition to selling products from top brands, Arizona Archery Club has rental equipment available. You can get bows, arrows, quivers and more at this stellar shop.

Get ready to eat, sleep, and breath archery. That’s the philosophy at Timber Mesa Outdoors, one of the top sellers of compound bows in the state. Timber Mesa has locations in both Mesa and Show Low. They’ve been providing Arizona residents with some of the best brands in archery for over 20 years. You can find popular bows like the Diamond Infinite Edge Pro and the Bear Wild at their storefront. Timber Mesa also offers private and group lessons at their indoor shooting lanes.

Corner Archery is more than just a retail archery shop. It’s also home to a pro shop, archery lessons, and a 20-yard shooting range. This shop is known for hosting many leagues, tournaments, and classes throughout the year. Looking for your next bow? Their storefront carries top brands like Hoyt, Mathews, PSE, and Bowtech. Corner Archery also provides customers with tuning and repair services. 

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Are you a hunter? Then make a trip to Bull Basin Archery in Flagstaff. This locally-run shop is located just minutes from some of the best big game hunting in the state. You can gear up for your bow hunt with premium bows from brands like Mathews, Diamond, and Elite. They also have a full-service pro shop with multiple full-time bow technicians on hand. 

If you’re looking for expertise, look no further than Desert Archery. Desert Archery is the brainchild of Stewart Bowman. He’s an expert archer with decades of experience in professional tournaments and has even won 19 Canadian Nationals. This Kingman shop carries a huge collection of Hoyts award-winning bows. They also have a full-service repair shop for compound, recurve, and longbow bows.  You can test out your new bow at their indoor range. 

Why do people love PSE Pro Shop? Two words: Archery Tag. This live-action bow and arrow game is a full-on combat sport. You’ll fly through an obstacle course while trying to avoid being struck by foam tipped arrows. Archery Tag may be the main attraction, but there are plenty more reasons to visit this Tucson shop. PSE Pro Shop also provides archery lessons, target tournaments, and bow repair work and maintenance.

Robinson Archery is no stranger to equipment repairs. This Tucson archery shop has a pro shop that handles installation, adjustments, and tuning services for all sorts of bows. They also provide service and repair for any archer, no matter where they bought their equipment. Robinson Archery carries some of the best bows from Mission, PSE, and more. They also have a 20-yard indoor archery range and offer private lessons to newcomers.

Local hunters know all about Bear Mountain. This Mesa shop claims to have a warehouse inventory of hunting gear from some of the largest distributors in the country. Archers can take a visit to their store to check out their unrivaled selection of Mathews bows. This full-service shop also has a large selection of arrows and archery accessories available.

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TGS Outdoors caters to two types of customers: fishers and archers. It’s a one-stop shop to gear up for your next outdoor adventure. TGS carries a range of PSE products, including their pro series and main line now. Their staff also helps with tuning and cutting to make sure your bow is in top shape. Want to know the best part? All bows come with a full factory warranty.

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Best Places to Fish in the Rocky Mountains This Fall Any time is a good time to be outdoors in the Rockies, but considering the fall scenery as the big visual attraction, autumn might be the best time of all for trout anglers. The biggest brown trout of the season start getting frisky and aggressive as their spawning run in regional rivers approaches.

Hot Spots To Fish: Rock Creek, which empties into the Clark Fork River southeast of Missoula, Mt., has become a prime destination for brown trout in recent years. The creek has tons of 16- or 18-inch fish and is known more for numbers than size. Contact John Herzer at Blackfoot River Outfitters (406-542-7411, blackfootriver.com), or Blue Damsel Lodge, (406-825-3077, bluedamsel.com), for information about guide services or information regarding accommodations.

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If you’re more interested in going after a behemoth of a brown trout, contact Joe Gilsnyder at Trout Stalkers on the Madison in Ennis, Mt.. Joe and his crew of guides know of some fishing holes off the beaten path that harbor bigger fish (406-682-5150).

Tackle You’ll Need: Wherever you wind up fishing, tackle Rocky Mountain browns with a 9 1/2-foot, 6-weight rod such as an Orvis Helios 3. A 5-weight will work if you’re an experienced caster, but a 6-weight handles big streamers better.

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Quick Tip: If you make a quartering cast upstream with a Wooly Bugger or similar pattern, let it dead-drift downstream until the current catches it and sweeps it up in the water column. Sometimes the darting motion, as the fly is caught in the current, will trigger a reaction strike from a following brownie.

 

Best Patterns: Fall browns will take nymphs and small dries such as the Blue-Winged Olive, but more likely the bigger fish will go after Size 2 Sparkle Minnows, Wooly Buggers, Clouser Minnows, Zonkers and Bighorn Specials fished on short leaders with no tippets.

If you’re fishing from a drift boat with a guide, regular weight-forward floating line will suffice. If you’re wading, a sinking-tip line probably is a better choice, depending on depth.

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Photograph Courtesy of Montana Office of Tourism Is it the brown trout fishing, or the scenery, that draws anglers to the Rocky Mountain states in autumn? Either answer fits. http://stepoutside.org/article/best-places-to-fish-in-the-rocky-mountains-this-fall http://stepoutside.org/article/best-places-to-fish-in-the-rocky-mountains-this-fall Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0500
10 Best Outdoor Fall Activities in Arizona Arizona is a diverse state abundant with natural beauty and a wide array of engaging cultural attractions. But when is the best time of year to visit? Well, we’d have to say during the fall season, of course! From hot air balloon festivals to gorgeous hikes, scenic tours, and more, there’s fun for the whole family during fall in Arizona. Here are the top 10 outdoor activities in the Grand Canyon State.

Riders ride an “awesome single track” among “a pine forest backdrop” while enjoying the beauty of the fall season. Finishers are welcome to an after party with barbecue, live music, and refreshing frosty beverages from Four Peaks. And if you’re not riding? You can still enjoy a campfire, games, live music, and more.

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The annual Balloon Spooktacular returns to Scottsdale in late October. Attendees can take hot air balloon rides by Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride Co., trick-or-treat, check out the vendor market, enjoy delicious food and beverages, view fireworks, and so much more. There’s fun for all ages at the Salt River Fields this October!

Residents from all over the state love to gather at the Arizona State Fair each October, and have been doing so since 1905! Whether you enjoy it for the nostalgia or love to view the new additions and activities each passing year, the month-long state fair is one of the best outdoor fall activities in the state. Ride the rides, enjoy all of the food on a stick your heart desires, and make memories to last a lifetime.

There’s no shortage of Grand Canyon tours available for Arizona visitors and residents alike. The national park is great itself on foot, of course, but taking a guided tour will allow you to see it in a whole new light. Papillon offers several different options for helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon, for a start. If you prefer to be closer to the ground, Buck Wild offers hummer tours of the canyon, too! You’re in for a grand time—no matter which adventure you choose.

Silver Spur’s awesome, private tour of Sedona captures the beauty of some of America’s “most scenic destinations.” The eight-hour journey includes Oak Creek Canyon, Red Rock State Park, the Tlaquepaque arts and crafts village, and so much more. While you’re at the village, be sure to check out its exceptional eateries—and don’t leave with a cup of spicy chai from the Chai Spot

The Petrified Forest National Park draws countless visitors all year long, and has done so for a century! Now, though, the park is “more spectacular than ever” and features a variety of exhibits, new adventures, and discoveries for the whole family. Enjoy the park, amenities at the nearby Painted Desert Oasis, and, of course, the Petrified Forest Museum Association bookstore

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Nightfall is the “only real haunted town” in Tucson. Experience haunted attractions, live shows, scary stunts, and so much more. Have a frightful night at nightfall in this terrifically terrifying town. Then, sleep it off and wake up refreshed to a free hot breakfast at the Hampton Inn-Tucson Airport.

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Each fall, the Grand Canyon Railway’s Pumpkin Patch Train arrives without fail. Pack the kids up, don your favorite costume, and take a ride through the countryside to a “secret pumpkin patch!” Pick out your perfect pumpkin, hop back on the train, and then decorate it back at the depot! And there’s more: take a walk through a haunted train car, try the challenging maze, and enjoy other pumpkin arts and crafts, too.

Mount Lemmon’s scenic byway offers spectacular views over its 27-mile ascent to the heights of Mount Lemmon itself. Make an adventure out of it and go camping at one of the nearby campsites, like General Hitchcock Campground, which is just off of the highway. Worked up an appetite? Head to Sawmill Run Restaurant  for a rotating, seasonal menu, and grab dessert from the famous Cookie Cabin! (You can thank us later for that suggestion.)

While there are many natural attractions to enjoy all year long around Flagstaff, one of the best outdoor fall activities in the city is the annual Cornucopia Fall Festival. The festival features carnival rides, a hay maze, pumpkin patch, pie-eating contest, petting zoo, carnival games, food, vendors, entertainment, and a whole lot more! Don’t miss this fun festival this fall.

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5 Amazing Dirt Motorcycle Trails in Arizona You’ve been warned. Dirt biking in Arizona is highly addictive. Experts and rookies alike can enjoy Arizona’s vast terrain and diverse trails. The top trails feature everything from steep mountain runs to low-level sand dunes. Next time you gear up, check out one of these five awesome local trails.

Alto Pit is a huge playground for dirt bike enthusiasts. This recreation area features over 400 acres and 20 miles of motorized trails. It’s located west of Prescott in the ponderosa pine forest. The set trails feature sharp turns, tree filled runs, and rock and granite surfaces. This area is ideal for a full-day ride where you can take advantage of the forest’s many hidden runs. Less experienced riders can still get in on the fun. Alto Pit has a beginner and children’s area perfect for novice riders. It’s also known for having picture perfect views of Northern Arizona. The trails start at an elevation of over 6,000 feet near the base of Granite Mountain. A day at Alto Pit is sure to bring good views, adventurous runs, and a wide-range of difficulty.

You don’t have to travel far from the city to enjoy the great outdoors. Case in point—Bulldog Canyon. Bulldog Canyon is located in the Tonto National Forest near Mesa. It’s part of the “Great Western Trail” and offers scenic views of the Superstition and Goldfield Mountains. Once there, you’ll have steep climbs on rocky terrain. Trails pass through dirt, washes, and gorgeous desert scenery. The trail offers a relatively easy, smooth ride around one of Arizona’s most renowned mountain ranges. The trail does require a free permit, which can be obtained easily online.

Arizona is full of vast desert land just begging to be explored. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the Arizona Strip. The Arizona Strip is actually a series of trails in Northeastern Arizona, near the border of Utah. The large, untouched swaths of land are a treasure trove of remote trails. The area includes around 5,000 miles of dirt trails through Arizona’s backcountry. It also showcases Arizona’s diverse landscape. The dirt terrain can turn into a forest trail at a moment’s notice. The Arizona Strip is easily accessible near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Bikers are encouraged to take special preparation before embarking on a trip here. The area is service free so be sure to bring plenty of fuel and fluids.

The Boulders OHV Area is one of the more popular areas for dirt bikers near Phoenix. That’s because of its impressive size and pristine dirt trails. Boulders is located north east of Phoenix near Lake Pleasant. The area includes roughly 200 miles of trails for beginners, intermediate, and advanced riders. The trails include scenic views of the Hieroglyphics Mountain Range. Beginners can enjoy the four-mile loop near the south side, while experts will want to venture off to the north half’s 13-mile loop. Both areas include rolling hills. However, the north side has more steep climbs and narrow turns. It also includes a challenging wash for thrill-seekers.

You don’t have to go to California to enjoy a day at the beach. Instead, head to Hot Well Dunes in Safford. This 2,000-acre area includes sand dunes and natural hot springs. Its name derives from an artesian well that produces hundreds of gallons of hot water per minute. Many bikers like to enjoy a post-ride dip in the refreshing hot springs. Hot Well Dunes includes five miles of trails comprised of sandy washes and small dirt dunes. The highlight of this trail is one large sand dune where riders can get some serious air. This is a popular spot in a remote area of Southeastern Arizona. 

*Note: Age restrictions, special licenses, and other requirements for off highway vehicles vary from state to state. Before heading out on your OHV, please consult your local regulations.

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Camping Done Right: 7 Essential Outdoor Stores in Arizona Going camping? You’re in luck. Arizona is filled with some fantastic campgrounds where you can get closer to nature. But before you set out for a weekend in the woods, you need to grab some gear. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of camping equipment at Arizona’s top outdoor stores. These stores have you covered whether you’re looking to hunt, hike, fish, or just enjoy a night under the stars. Here are seven essential outdoor stores in Arizona.

Campers around the country are familiar with REI. There’s a reason that REI has over 150 locations nationwide. It caters exclusively to outdoor enthusiasts and carries some of the leading brands in camping. Arizonan’s can gear up at their Paradise Valley location. They have all of the essentials for your ultimate camping trip: pads and hammocks, lighting, kitchen equipment, hiking clothing, tents, backpacks and more. REI also has big brand items from top-sellers like the North Face and Yeti. Are you a beginner? You can attend REI’s classes and adventure trips focused on outdoor education. 

Peace Surplus is a Flagstaff favorite. This outdoor shop turns into a full-service ski shop during the winter months. You can get ready to hit the slopes with ski and snowboard rentals for the nearby Arizona Snowbowl. Though it might be known as a ski shop, it has an equally impressive supply of camping equipment. They carry everything you need to explore Northern Arizona’s forests—from first aid equipment to camp kitchen supplies and synthetic sleeping bags. Not looking to buy? You can reserve camping equipment rentals on their website. 

Tucson is one of the best places in the country for hiking, so it makes sense that a place like Summit Hut is successful. This long-standing outdoor store has been a favorite since 1967. They offer some of the finest selection of gear for hiking, climbing, camping, and backpacking in Arizona. Campers can load up on all of their essentials at their storefront, which includes wide-selection of tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, kitchen gear, lighting, and more. Summit Hut also has carries some of the finest hiking apparel brands like Columbia and Patagonia

Cabela’s is like a theme park for outdoor enthusiasts. Their stores are filled with massive animal displays, trophy animals, shooting galleries, and recreations of outdoor habitats. These are on full display at the 160,000-square-foot Cabela’s in Glendale. As Arizona’s only Cabela’s location, it’s one of the most popular stores for camping equipment in the state. Cabela’s has you covered whether you want something small like a water purifier or fire starter or large item like a camper or RV. One thing is for sure: Cabela’s definitely lives up to its hype. 

No outdoor store has a greater presence in Arizona than Sportsman’s Warehouse. They have nine Arizona locations and cater to all big pockets of the state including Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott, Flagstaff, Show Low, and Yuma. Hunters, fishermen, archers, and boaters can all get their supplies at any of their local shops. They also carry big-name camping brands like Zippo, Kelty, and 5.11. Sportsman’s also holds classes, events, and puts up a “bragging board” for local fishers and hunters to show off their trophy animals. 

Sedona is one of Arizona’s most popular camping spots. It’s filled with epic hiking trails, gorgeous scenery, and some of the best adventures in the state. Canyon Outfitters has been supplying Sedona campers with all of their essential gear for over 20 years. Though it’s primarily known for having hiking gear, Canyon Outfitters has a number of high-quality camping items at their store. It’s a one-stop shop for any local adventurer from kayakers to rock climbers, river rafters, and more. 

LowerGear Outdoors has experienced big time growth. This outdoor retailer started as an e-commerce site in 2002. They later opened a retail store and expanded to a larger location in 2016. This meteoric rise can be attributed to their unique business model. They offer backpacking and camping rentals for customers not looking to buy equipment. Their storefront is packed with camping essentials in addition to equipment for kayaking and fishing. Renters can also still take advantage of their e-commerce site. Beginners might want to take a trip to the storefront to get access to expert advice and camping information. 

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5 Gorgeous Beach Campsites in Arizona Sit back and relax because it’s camping season. Arizona is home to some spectacular camping opportunities from the thick northern forests to the sprawling southern desert. Those camping sites are great, but they lack one crucial element of the camping experience –water. Fortunately, the following beach campsites offer both beautiful scenery and refreshing lakes and rivers. Here are some of the most beautiful beach camping areas in Arizona. 

Willow Beach has a little something for everyone. This northern Arizona campground is located on the Colorado River. It’s part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and is home to over 200 miles of pristine shoreline. During the day, it’s filled with endless opportunities for fun in the water. There are many boats, canoes, and kayaks at your disposal through the Willow Beach Marina. You can also take a visit to the Trout Hatchery for a relaxing day of fishing. At night, you can enjoy the RV and tent campgrounds located lakeside. Looking to extend your trip? You’re in luck. Willow Beach is located only one hour south of Las Vegas.

You won’t have to worry about finding a spot at Cattail Cove Campground. This state park is home to over 60 campsites and 2,000 acres of land. That’s not to say you’ll feel lonely during your trip. Cattail Cove is a consistently popular getaway spot for Valley residents. It’s located on the legendary Lake Havasu, a notorious party spot for Arizona locals. You can fill your day with boating, jet skiing, or exploring this reservoir of the Colorado River. In addition to their traditional campsites, Cattail Cove has 32 boat-in campsites located along the shoreline of Lake Havasu.

Cattail Cove’s not the only good camping spot in Lake Havasu. Lake Havasu State Park is home to plenty of quality campgrounds right next door to Cattail Cove. The best campground is located near the popular London Bridge, which famously includes parts of a 19th century bridge from the River Thames. The campgrounds include docking stations for boats in addition to boat and jet ski rental opportunities. You can also enjoy many desert wildlife-watching opportunities, as the area is home to quail, red tail hawks, and even coyotes.

If you’re looking for a classic camping experience, look no further than Fool Hollow. This northern Arizona State Park is home to gorgeous mountain views, thick forests, and a sprawling 150-acre lake. The lake is also home to several fishing platforms, which are home to a healthy amount of rainbow trout as well as wildlife. Campers can also enjoy the many boating, kayaking, and canoeing opportunities at the lake during the summer months. Fool Hollow has over 130 campsites, including 92 RV sites and 31 non-hookup spots.

Nogales isn’t typically known for camping. It’s regarded as a border town and many people’s last stops before entering Mexico. But Nogales is also home to Patagonia Lake State Park. It’s a hidden gem deep in southern Arizona that’s home to a 250-acre lake. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the wide-open land, endless wildlife viewing opportunities, and surrounding hiking trails. The lake is also home to some of the only boating, fishing, and watersport activities in southeastern Arizona. Patagonia has over 100 campsites and 12 boat-in campsites each with picnic tables and fire-rings.

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