When you think of exploring Arizona, maybe you’re still picturing vast sand deserts and saguaro cacti as far as the eye can see. While you'll definitely find all the desert hiking you can handle, there are plenty more ways to live big in the Grand Canyon State. Check out this ultimate adventure guide to inspire your next Arizona adventures – and make them awesome!
Pound the Trail
Gorgeous desert landscapes, stunning rock formations, panoramic views, and year-round sunshine make Arizona a hiker’s paradise. Start with a climb up Phoenix’s favorite hike at Camelback Mountain, where your efforts will be rewarded with amazing views over the Valley of the Sun. Hike, bike, and run your way through 58 miles of trails at South Mountain Park & Preserve, just south of downtown. For your destination hiking, take your time exploring the beautiful red rock cliffs in Sedona, and gear up to conquer Humphreys Peak outside of Flagstaff, the highest summit in Arizona at 12,637 feet.
Hit the Course
Arizona boasts more than 300 amazing golf courses, including some of the highest-rated desert courses in the country, so your adventures here will have to include some top-tier golf. At TPC Scottsdale, you can play the Stadium Course just like the professionals who compete in the Waste Management Phoenix Open every year. A trip to the historic Arizona Biltmore wouldn’t be complete without some time on their pristine greens, and then you can head to Troon North Golf Club to play their award-winning courses backing up to scenic Pinnacle Peak.
Dig Into History
In Phoenix, awesome natural history surrounds you in every direction, so you’ll have to decide what to explore first. Outside of Tucson to the south, the impressive limestone caves at Kartchner Caverns State Park feature stalactites, columns, and canopies formed over tens of thousands of years. At the Petrified Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona, you can see plant and animal fossils from the Triassic Period and amazingly colorful geologic formations. Of course, you won’t want to miss a trip to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon National Park, where you can stare into – or walk over – a canyon 1 mile deep and up to 18 miles wide.
Ride the Desert
When you’re ready for some active adventure, you’ll have plenty of options in every corner of the state. Break into sandboarding at the Imperial Sand Dunes near Yuma, where you’ll have more than 40 miles of undulating sand dunes to shred. In the winter months, break out your skis and snowboard for plenty of runs at Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff. And when the sun gets high and hot, head up to Lake Powell for some killer wakeboarding at this massive and beautiful water sports oasis.
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