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 Sat, 20 Apr 2019 23:41:41 -0500 10 Best Ski Destinations for Families in and Around Arizona Arizona isn’t the first place people think of when it comes to good skiing and snowboarding. But that doesn’t mean local desert dwellers can’t get their fix! There are plenty of ski destinations in and around the four corners that offer fresh powder, vast terrain, and exciting thrills. Are you ready to hit the slopes? Grab your skis and head to one of these awesome nearby resorts.

You don’t have to leave the state for access to great skiing. Take a trip to Arizona Snowbowl instead. This local favorite is situated just 14 miles outside of Flagstaff and only two hours from the Valley of the Sun. Arizona Snowbowl is set on Mount Humphrey’s, part of the San Francisco Peaks, with a base of 9,200 feet. It offers 777 skiable acres, eight chair lifts, and an average snowfall of 240 inches. With a mix of beginner through expert runs, Arizona Snowbowl is fun for the whole family.

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Snowbowl or Sunrise? Locals are used to hearing this question when talking about their skiing plans. The two parks are equally popular, with loyalists on both sides. It’s easy to see why Sunrise is so popular. Located in the White Mountains near Greer, Sunrise has no shortage of thrills. It has a 9,000-foot base elevation and 200 inches of snowfall per year. Found throughout the park is a healthy mix of green, blue, and black trails. Looking to mix it up? You can try cross-country skiing, sledding and tubing, or even take a sleigh ride at this resort.

Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley is actually the southernmost ski destination in the continental United States. Location in the Santa Catalina Mountains and part of the Coronado National Forest, this ski valley receives roughly 180 inches of snow annually. All-day lift tickets go at $45 for adults and children at $25. You’ll find rentals on site, as well as the Brian Ashby Ski School. Buy ski package lessons for your little one who is just learning how to ski! This is a wonderful place for families to ski and snowboard this winter.  

Described as a family-oriented ski park, Elk Ridge is a wonderful place to go for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Another cool thing about this area? It’s not far from the glorious Grand Canyon. Full-day lift prices for adults and children are reasonable at $40 and $25, respectively. You can also purchase complete ski packages which includes skis, boots, poles, lift tickets, and a one-hour group lesson. 

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Don’t be fooled by the name. Purgatory is an inviting place for Arizona locals. This Colorado resort is located about 25 miles north of Durango, a brief hour and a half flight from Phoenix. It’s set in the majestic San Juan Mountains and offers stunning views, perfect conditions, and thrilling runs. This family-friendly resort has 12 lifts, 88 trails, and five terrain parks. 

Arizonans are known to invade Southern California’s pristine beaches. You can find plenty of Arizona tourists from San Diego through Los Angeles. But in the winter, Arizonans are all about Big Bear. Big Bear Mountain Resort is located in the San Bernardino Mountains, which is less than an hour flight from Phoenix. This massive resort is also home to two properties—Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. Snow Summit is a family-friendly mountain with 14 lifts, 240 acres, and trails for skiers of all abilities. Thrill-seekers can head to the nearby Bear Mountain to get some air. Bear Mountain is an all-out terrain park where you can learn to do everything from hit the halfpipe to riding rails. Just don’t forget your helmet.

Telluride is one of those names that even casual skiers know. It regularly pops up on lists regarding the best ski resorts in the country (and the world). A flight from the Telluride area to Phoenix can be as short as an hour and a half. But this renowned resort is well worth the trek. It’s home to over 2,000 acres of skiable terrain, 18 lifts, and 127 runs. Don’t be intimidated by its size. There are plenty of ski schools and instructors that can your family hit the slopes.

How do you know Park City is a great resort? For one, it played host to many sporting events at the 2002 Winter Olympics in and around Salt Lake. This legendary resort has earned plenty of accolades. Fortunately, it lives up to the hype. It’s the largest ski area in the U.S. and boasts over 7,300 acres, 348 trails, 41 lifts, and even has eight terrain parks. It may be almost 700 miles from Phoenix, but Park City is only a 35-minute drive from the Salt Lake City Airport.

New Mexico is often forgotten in lists of great ski destinations. Arizonans typically head to busy mountains in Colorado or Utah. But New Mexico offers a high-quality (and affordable) skiing resort in Taos. Taos Ski Valley is located near and in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, about an hour and a half flight from Phoenix. The resort gets roughly 321 inches of snow per year to go with 285 day of sunshine. They also have 15 lifts and 110 trails, almost half of which are designed for beginners and intermediate skiers. 

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There are a lot of reasons to like Squaw Valley Ski Resort. For one, it was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. It is also located just minutes away from the legendary vacation destination, Lake Tahoe (an hour and a half flight from Phoenix). This resort boasts over 6,000 skiable acres, 450 inches of annual snowfall, and 300 sunny days per year. Nearly two-thirds of all runs are targeted towards beginners and intermediate skiers. You can also enjoy some down time at the more than 50 bars and restaurants near the resort.

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10 Best Winter Cabin Camping Spots in Arizona Arizona and winter are two words that don’t typically go together. Arizona is more revered for its desert climate and year-round sunshine than it is being a winter wonderland. But don’t be fooled. There are plenty of outdoor getaways where you can enjoy a snow-drenched Arizona winter. Here are some cabin camping spots you can book for a winter trip. 

Looking to experience a real winter? You don’t have to drive to some distant state to get a taste of a winter wonderland. Instead, head to Flagstaff. Flagstaff may only be a few hours removed from Phoenix, but it offers a brisk reprieve from the Valley of the Sun. The Flagstaff KOA is a beautiful northern Arizona campground that’s open year-round. It’s elevated at 7,000 feet, surrounded by ponderosa pines, and has epic views of the San Francisco Peaks. The snow-drenched site has plenty of camping cabins available for anyone looking for a winter adventure. 

Skiing has long been a popular activity in Flagstaff. Locals and tourists flock to Arizona Snowbowl to shred fresh powder every winter. You can set up camp for a skiing adventure at Nordic Village. This camp spot is located only 20 minutes from Arizona Snowbowl and only 15 miles from downtown Flagstaff. Previously known as the Flagstaff Nordic Center, Nordic Village has rentable yurts and cabins all winter long. They also have over 40 kilometers of surrounding cross-country ski trails near their grounds. 

Lo Lo Mai Springs welcomes all kinds of campers. Looking to relax? You can post up at their gorgeous grounds located right next to the flowing Oak Creek. Looking for more adventure? You can make a quick trip into Sedona for hiking, shopping, or an ATV ride. Lo Lo Mai Springs has been a popular camping spot since opening over 50 years ago. Today, it has a variety of cabin camping options available. You can book small log cabins, couple’s cabins, or large two-bedroom cabins with room for up to six-people. All cabins come with heating, basic kitchen supplies, and bedding.

The Mormon Lake Lodge has been a go-to spot for cabin camping since 1924. This long-standing lodge is located about 30 miles southeast of Flagstaff.  The lodge showcases some of Northern Arizona’s most beautiful features, including the thick Ponderosa Pines. You can choose from 10 different cabin camping options. Each option has its own distinct experience. Amenities include dining, kitchen, fireplaces, and private decks. What more could you want? 

Williams, Arizona, is a bit of an unknown town. It boasts a population of only a few thousand and is deep in the heart of the Coconino National Forest. Its remote location and thick pine forest make it a perfect stomping ground for campers. Visitors can set up camp at the Grand Canyon/Williams KOA. This Northern Arizona camping spot has a mix of both rustic and deluxe cabins. You can enjoy serene nights under the stars and huddle around the campfire on a trip. The best part? It’s only 40 miles away from the Grand Canyon.

Southeastern Arizona isn’t the first place that comes to mind for winter camping. There may not be snow, but there are plenty of great camping opportunities. Case in point: Roper Lake State Park. Located near Safford, it’s a perfect campground for people looking to avoid the cold. You can book one of eight cabins at Gila Campground. Each campsite includes bunk beds, air-conditioning, heating, and charcoal grills.  

Variety is the spice of life. At least, that’s the case at Arizona Mountain Inn. This sprawling camping spot is located on 13 secluded acres of the Coconino National Forest. It also includes the largest variety of cabins in the Flagstaff area. You can book one of 17 fully-furnished cabins each with a wood-burning stove, furnished kitchen, and outdoor barbecue grill. Rooms accommodate anywhere from two to 16 guests. You can’t beat the setting. Ponderosa pines and a quiet outdoor setting surround the Arizona Mountain Inn.

No list of Arizona winter spots is complete without a reference to the White Mountains. During the winter, the White Mountains turn into a beautiful snow-coated oasis for local skiers. Greer Lodge is the best spot to take advantage of the White Mountains. It’s located just a few minutes from Sunrise Ski Park and right next to streams, lakes, and forest. Cabins sleep anywhere from 4-26 people and include kitchens. Did we mention they’re dog friendly? 

Why should you visit Strawberry? For one, it’s in the heart of the Mogollon Rim. This beautiful city has an elevation of over 6,100 feet and is deep in the heart of the Tonto National Forest. There’s plenty of snow, mountains, and scenery in the winter. Strawberry is also home to the Cabins on Strawberry Hill. This cabin camping spot has one and two-bedroom cabins available for rent year-round. Each cabin comes with a woodstove fireplace, electric space heaters, and kitchenettes with all the essentials to make meals. 

There’s no shortage of activities at Antler Ridge. Located in Greer, it’s in close proximity to fishing, skiing, and exploring opportunities in the winter. You can drive to the nearby Sunrise Park Resort. You can strap on your cross-country skis and explore the outdoors. You can also fish in their fully-stocked private pond. Antler Ridge has two to five-bedroom cabins that are equipped with kitchens, fireplaces, and grills. 

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10 Best Ice Skating Rinks in Arizona While images of the desert frequently come to mind when you picture Arizona, there is an abundance of winter sport opportunities throughout the state. Locals and guests can find ice skating rinks from Phoenix to Flagstaff, perfect for making the most out of the season. Put on your coat, lace up your skates, and check out one of these excellent ice skating rinks in Arizona.  

You’ll find all kinds of skaters at the Ice Den Scottsdale. This large venue hosts’ hockey leagues, figure skating sessions, and a nationally-recognized Learn-To-Skate program. They also have over 800 pairs of ice hockey and figure skates available for rent. You can head to Ice Den to enjoy their two-hour public skate sessions throughout the weekend. Afterwards, you can warm up at the 18 Degrees Neighborhood Grill or go shopping at Coyotes Ice Sports, a full-service hockey and skating pro shop.

Hockey players know all about AZ Ice Arcadia. This Phoenix skating rink hosts hockey leagues, camps, and tournaments for children and adults. Figure skaters can get in on the fun with their own private ice times and freestyle sessions. AZ Ice Arcadia also hosts public skating sessions throughout the week. They host open skating events Monday through Sunday at various times of day.

Are you looking to enjoy a winter wonderland? Take a trip to the East Valley. It’s home to the Mesa Winter Wonderland, an outdoor holiday celebration that runs from late November until early January each year. The spectacle includes an amazing light display, Christmas concert series, and, of course, an ice rink. The 5,000-square-foot ice rink is open during evenings and costs $10 per person. It also has special holiday hours and figure skating shows leading up to Christmas.

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The Ice Den in Chandler is the sister rink to the Ice Den in Scottsdale. This local favorite is home to its own hockey leagues, figure skating sessions, and private lessons. This ice rink is also home to Coyotes Ice Sports, a full-scale skate repair and maintenance shop. Skaters can enjoy a number of public skating sessions held on the weekends. Ice Den also hosts special parties and events, including the annual holiday themed skating series.

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Phoenix may not have Rockefeller Center, but it does have CitySkate. This outdoor skating rink is located right in the heart of downtown at the popular CityScape entertainment center. CitySkate is open annually throughout the holiday season from late November until January. Skating sessions are held in the afternoon and evening and admittance is $15. You can also enjoy appearances by Santa and Christmas movies at this outdoor rink.

Flagstaff residents are no strangers to the cold. This Northern Arizona city is regularly snow drenched throughout the winter. But Flagstaff residents don’t have to wait until winter to enjoy winter sports. The Jay Lively Activity Center is a public municipal ice skating rink that is open year-round. It’s home to hockey games, adult only skating sessions, and a private party room. You can also attend open skating sessions held Tuesday-Saturday every week. 

Arizona’s ultimate holiday celebration is held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. This award-winning hotel turns into a winter wonderland each holiday season. It’s home to a number of attractions including a Ferris wheel, light show, carousel, and campfires. Chief among them is the Desert Ice Skating Rink. This outdoor rink is illuminated and open for skating each night. You can also rent rink side fire pit tables with s’mores and blankets. Walk in admittance to the rink is $20 per person.

Sports fans know all about Westgate. This entertainment district is home to the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, and myriad restaurants and bars. During the holidays, it’s also home to an outdoor ice skating rink. The rink opens with an annual tree lighting ceremony in November and runs through the New Year. Skating sessions are held as early as 11 a.m. and as late as 10:45 p.m. Admission is $15 and includes skate rental.

Oceanside is the official home of the ASU hockey program. You can skate and play on the same rink as collegiate athletes at this Tempe rink. Oceanside hosts private group skating and adult hockey leagues throughout the year. Think you have what it takes? Sign up for a league today.

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Schnepf Farms is no stranger to holiday traditions. This locally-run farm hosts large holiday themed festivals throughout the year. Winter Wonderland is one of its more famous events. Every year, the farm transforms into an epic holiday display complete with bonfires, train rides, and a Christmas tree lot. Schnepf Farms also has an outdoor ice rink with skating sessions seven days per week. The cost of admittance is $12 and includes skates. They also host date night events that come with hot chocolate and marshmallow roasting. 

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10 Best Ski and Snowboard Stores in Arizona Are you tired of the Arizona heat? You can make a dash for Snowbowl or Sunrise. These local ski hills offer fresh air, cool weather, and white powder.  Before hitting the slopes, however, you’ll need to gear up for your day of skiing or snowboarding. The following stores are equipped to handle all of your needs for a carefree day on the mountain. Here are the best ski and snowboard shops in Arizona. 

There’s no better place to gear up for Snowbowl than Ski Haus. This stellar ski and snowboard shop offers rentals, retail equipment, and tune-ups seven days a week. Located in Flagstaff, this large shop is located only minutes away from the mountain. You’ll find huge selections of skis, boards, goggles, apparel, boots, and more. Ski Haus also has budget-friendly rental options to help you save money on your ski trip.

Making a trip to Sunrise? Make a pit stop at Snowriders on the way. This ski and snowboard rental shop is located a little over half an hour away from Sunrise Ski Resort. It’s a go-to spot for people looking to make daily or weekly rentals on equipment. They carry skis, snowboards, helmets, goggles and even apparel for your day on the mountain. Going for a long trip? Snowriders offers free gear on the seventh day of your rental.

Valley residents don’t need to travel up north to find a good ski shop. They can make a trip to one of Ski Pros two Valley locations instead. Ski Pro is a specialty sports shop that caters to skiers, snowboarders, and outdoorsmen. This long-running store has been a go-to spot for gear, repairs, and rentals since 1980. They carry items from top brands like Burton, Columbia , North Face, and Salomon

Skier’s Edge Ski Shop has everything you need from a ski and snowboard shop. Custom boot fitting? Check. Ski and snowboard tune-ups? Check. Affordable rentals? You bet. Skier’s Edge even offers rental reservations and group rates. Their mix of affordability and service make this a can’t miss shop. They also offer tons of gear and apparel to prep for your trip to Sunrise.

Humphrey’s just a legendary trail in Flagstaff. It’s also a popular ski and snowboard shop minutes away from Snowbowl Ski Resort. Humphrey’s has been a go to spot for skiers since opening in 1978. They offer ski and snowboard rentals, boot fitting, and tune-ups seven days per week. They also offer season long leases on both kids and adult equipment. You can pick up your equipment after the first snowfall and return it within two weeks of Snowbowl’s closure.

Are you making your first trip to the mountains? You don’t have to worry about finding all the right equipment. You can make a visit to Krissie’s Ski and Board Shop. They have everything you need to gear up for your day on the slopes. You’ll find new and used equipment, ski and snowboard rentals, accessories, clothing, and even sleds. This Pinetop shop also has a full-service department for waxing, tune-ups, and repairs.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to use the best and latest ski and snowboard gear. First Chair provides local skiers with only new inventory bought directly from the manufacturer. This locally-owned ski and snowboard rental shop has new skis and snowboards, demos, and gear and accessories fit for all ages. It’s also located on the way from Flagstaff to Arizona Snowbowl.

Pinetop is the go-to spot for travelers heading to the White Mountains. It’s filled with hotels, cabins, and plenty of local eateries. You can load up on gear in Pinetop at Elevate Ride Shop. This mom and pop shop is centrally located in town and less than an hour away from Sunrise Park Resort. They carry skis, snowboards and boots in addition to ski and snowboarding accessories. 

Extreme sports enthusiasts know all about Action Rideshop. This ski rental spot has been serving the valley since 1984. Though it started as a ski shop, it’s expanded to serve a variety of action sports like snowboarding, mountain biking, and BMX riding. Action Rideshop carries gear from top brands like Burton, Salomon, and Union. They also offer boots, clothing, accessories, and even season long rentals.

Peace Surplus isn’t just any outdoors shop. It’s a one-stop shop for all sorts of outdoor activities including hiking, rock climbing, camping, and biking. During the winter, however, Peace Surplus is all about skiing. This Flagstaff shop turns into a full-scale ski and snowboard shop during the winter. They offer repairs, rentals, sleds, accessories, and more.

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Best Winter Weekend Getaway at Grand Canyon National Park The geologic wonders of the Grand Canyon attract visitors year-round, but the wintertime offers a truly magical experience. Crowds are at the all-time low, temperatures are mild, rain is minimal, and you get to enjoy almost everything the park has to offer. Here’s how you can start planning your getaway and make the most of your trip. 

Regardless of what kind of camping experience you prefer, you’ll want to check out the Mather Campground. This area is located on the south rim within the Grand Canyon village, offering access to shuttle buses, a visitor’s center, and the Trailer Village for RVs. This campground is open year-round, however, it is first-come first-served for the months December through February.

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Don’t be fooled by this desert locale—many of the trails experience icy conditions in the winter time. The Hermit Trail tends to see the least amount of winter conditions in the South Rim, making it one of the safer trails to hike. Keep in mind that no trail into the canyon is considered easy. When you descend into the canyon, remember you’ll also have to hike up to get out.

Bike rentals are available on the South Rim when weather permits (or you can bring your own). You can bike on any of the paved or unpaved roads within the park, in addition to the Hermit Road Greenway Trail. Bright Angel Bicycles offers bike rentals, shuttles, bike tours, and also a coffee shop to suffice your needs. Ditch the struggle and book a tour with them, you’ll be in your prime taking in the sites of the beautiful thoughtfully selected paths.

Speaking of tours, there are many tours and classes offered throughout the year at the Grand Canyon, giving you a closer look at the park and all its wonders. From photography to natural history to groups hikes and more, you can plan your visit around their schedule to make the most of your time at the park. Check out what there is to offer, however keep in mind that some are not offered during the winter months.

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The South Rim offers mule trips year-round and take you to all the best scenes of the canyon. These trips book up fast, so you’ll want to try to plan in advance.  

Located inside the Bright Angel Lodge, this coffee house will warm your body and spirits. Focused on organic ingredients, you can grab a hot drink and a pastry or other treat to keep you fueled for your weekend. 

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This little market square offers everything for the traveler: clothing, grocery essentials, deli, and even a bank and post office. If you forgot some essential camping or hiking gear, they’ve got you covered. They also have a huge selection of fresh eats to take back to your campsite for a gourmet meal.

Tucked between the Grand Canyon Village and Grand Canyon Visitor Center, you’ll find a charming little museum full of history and knowledge. The building itself is one of the most unique in the area, steeped in history and looks as though it were carved directly into the cliffside. Step inside to learn more about the geology of the area, pick up a few souvenirs, and soak in the sweeping views of the canyon. 

Located on the North Rim of the park, the museum centers around the remains of an ancient Puebloan village dating back over 800 years prior. Visitors can learn more about the ruins and the people that once inhabited them, view artifacts from the time period, and roam the museum’s gift shop.

You’ll step back in time with this real western saloon in the North Rim. People say Rough Riders is a hidden gem, that the staff fills the place with character, the food and drinks are top notch, and the views are spectacular. Come for breakfast and stay for the refreshing drinks. Try a prickly pear margarita; they’ll certainly leave you raving about them.

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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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