A Day Trip to the Arizona Meteor Crater National Landmark

Arizona Meteor Crater

I don’t know if you are aware, but there is a massive hole in the Northern Arizona earth. It is so cool that people from all over the world travel just to marvel at it! This hole is commonly referred to as the Arizona Meteor Crater, Barringer Space Museum, The Barringer Crater, and so on. […]

EVERYTHING to know about driving Cottonwood Canyon Road, Utah

Cottonwood Canyon Road

If you’re planning a Southern Utah road trip then you’ve hit the jackpot. But only if you enjoy remote dirt roads that allow you to avoid crowds and bring along your furry side-kick. Hopefully I caught your attention at “avoid crowds”. So let me introduce you to Cottonwood Canyon Road- a 46 mile long adventure […]

Hiking Cibecue Falls- Everything you need to know

Cibecue Falls

Are you ready for a taste of Arizona paradise? If so, let me introduce to you to Cibecue Falls. This picturesque waterfall is a must-do for your hiking bucket-list. You’ll drive deep into a beautiful canyon and hike 3 miles along a crystal clear creek. Once the creek dead ends you’ll be spoiled with one […]

Conquering Browns Peak in the Four Peak Wilderness, Arizona

Browns Peak

Welcome to one of the toughest scrambles to be conquered outside of Phoenix! Browns Peak is one of four peaks that make up the Four Peak Wilderness in the Tonto National Forest. Located 60 some miles from Phoenix, the peaks stand prominently in the eastern skyline on a clear day. Brown’s Peak is the tallest […]

Ultimate Picacho Peak Hike Guide via The Hunter Trail

Picacho Peak Hike

For years I drove from Phoenix to Tucson and back, gazing at this large mountain peak jutting out of the ground far higher than those around it, so distinct in shape, just taunting me to climb it. I finally did my research and learned of the Picacho Peak hike- a difficult hike with sheer drop […]

16 Expert Desert Hiking Tips you need to know

Desert Hiking Tips

When it comes to hiking in the outdoors there are several diverse landscapes you may come across. Each of these landscapes pose differences in the way you safely adventure. This is especially true when it comes to hiking in the desert. Desert landscapes may seem dismal at first sight but if you give them a […]

Visit the Old West Town of Tortilla Flat, Arizona

Arizona is full of small towns rich with history, but no place is quite like this little western town, Tortilla Flat. Tucked back in the mountains on the end of Canyon Lake, with a population of just 6 people, this town thrives on tourism. Yes you read that right- 6 people! Their population may be […]

Hiking Vultee Arch From Sterling Pass Trailhead

Vultee Arch

Everyone knows of the staple Sedona hike, Devil’s Bridge. But did you know that there is another large sandstone arch nearby you can walk out on? Vultee Arch is a lesser known version of the famous Devil’s Bridge! While it might not be as picturesque, it is a much more peaceful destination with no line […]

Finding the Kachina Tree Cave off Boynton Canyon Trail

Kachina Tree Cave

Commonly known as “The Lone Tree”, the Kachina Tree Cave is a hidden gem, making it one of the least known Sedona Caves. This means it is also the least popular for visitors. Good news is if you do find it, chances are you’ll have it to yourself. Tough news- reaching the Kachina Tree Cave […]

Hiking to Massacre Falls via Massacre Grounds Trail

Massacre Falls

The Superstition Mountains are an enchanting mountain range. They hold some of the toughest climbs in Phoenix and reward hikers with jaw dropping views. But what really makes them come alive is when it rains or snows, and waterfalls such as Massacre Falls appear. This seasonal waterfall is one of the most popular to visit, […]

EXACTLY how to find The Subway Cave off Boynton Canyon Trail

Boynton Canyon

Welcome to the Boynton Canyon Trail and it’s cave! Everyone will try to tell you this Sedona cave is a secret- but it isn’t. Surely there will be a line to enter the cave commonly known as “The Subway”, yet many hikers won’t end up finding it for they missed the unmarked spur trail leading […]

Hiking the Hieroglyphic Trail in the Superstition Mountains

Hieroglyphic Trail

A great introductory hike to the Superstition Mountains is the historical Hieroglyphic Trail. Easy for some, and moderate for others, this short hike is perfect for families and dogs looking to get a taste of wilderness and see some ancient petroglyphs. The Hieroglyphic Trail leads you through a field of cactus and up into the […]

Hiking and Camping at Lower Calf Creek Falls, Utah

Tucked away in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument you can find a little desert oasis- Lower Calf Creek Falls. This moderate hike embarks from a campground and leads you to a 126 foot waterfall which pours into a deep swimming pool below. This oasis lies within the most beautiful part of Southern Utah between the […]

BEST things to do when visiting Winslow, Arizona

Winslow Arizona

You’re sure to have heard of Winslow, Arizona before if you’ve listened to the song Take it Easy by The Eagles. The famous song gave this little city a shoutout and allowed it to capitalize on the popularity for tourism. But before that, Winslow was, and still is, known for offering a unique Route 66 […]

How to kayak Clear Creek Reservoir in Winslow, AZ

Kayak West Clear Creek

The Eagles song “Take it Easy” made Winslow a famous little tourist city, located right off the original Route 66. But there is more to Winslow than standin’ on the corner. Most visitors overlook the Clear Creek Reservoir which is in fact located right in Winslow! It provides great fishing, boating, swimming, and kayaking opportunities. […]

Visit these 4 Sedona Wineries all in one day

Sedona Wineries

When Sedona is mentioned typically hiking trails and vortexes are what come to mind first. I’ll admit, every time I visit it is to hike, so it took me a while to discover that Sedona has a strong presence in the wine industry with a plethora of tasting experiences. Since my discovery I couldn’t wait […]

Complete Hole in the Rock Road Hiking and Camping Guide

If you’re planning a Utah Road trip, then let me introduce you to Hole in the Rock Road- the dirt road that holds some of the best FREE hiking and camping in Southern Utah. Hole in the Rock Road is full of epic areas to explore that allow you to bring your dog, get away […]

5 Reasons to stop at Toadstool Hoodoos near Kanab

Toadstool Hoodoos

Located off highway 89 between Kanab, UT and Page, AZ are the Toadstool Hoodoos, a fun little hike worth stopping for if you’re passing through. Hoodoos are commonly referred to as “goblins” or described as “mushrooms” and create some of the most interesting rock formations in the Southwest. It took millions of years of erosion […]

Big Horn Canyon in Escalante- a must see dog friendly slot canyon

Big Horn Canyon

If your fur baby is your adventure side-kick too, then you’ll most likely be scoping out dog-friendly hikes for your Southern Utah road trip. It isn’t common that you’ll come across a slot canyon suitable for dogs due to narrow passageways and crowds. But luckily for the both of you, the Big Horn Canyon is […]

9 Amazing Superstition Mountains Hikes for your Bucket List

Located just 40 minutes East of Phoenix lie the majestic Superstition Mountains, an adventurers dream desert mountain range. Hosting magical waterfalls, deep canyons, steep cliff edges, and unique rock formations, this wilderness is the perfect choice for hiking, backpacking, and even rock climbing. The trail systems are vast and you can create many different routes […]

Keyhole Cave in Sedona and EXACTLY how to get there

Keyhole Cave Sedona

If you’re fascinated by caves and the windows they create, you’ll love Keyhole Cave. This cave has a grand entrance that can be spotted miles away but is still tucked back off the beaten path so not many people visit it. Getting to this Sedona cave isn’t for beginner hikers or those afraid of the […]

5 of the best Sedona Caves and how to find them

Sedona Caves

I hope you’re ready for an adventure because reaching each one of these Sedona caves requires a bit of path finding, steep inclines, and scrambling! Nonetheless, it will all be worth it. Sedona is full of beauty and unique rock formations, so each of these 5 caves will give you a completely different experience than […]

How to Kayak Antelope Canyon from Lake Powell

Kayak Antelope Canyon

There are plenty of slot canyons scattered across the Southwest, but Antelope Canyon is arguably one of the most popular to visit. Its’ tall walls, narrow passages, and vibrant colors make it one of the most sought after for photographers and travelers from all over the world. If you’re looking to miss the crowds and […]

Take a cruise with Lake Pleasant Cruises- One of the best Phoenix attractions

Lake Pleasant Cruises

Lake Pleasant is the second largest body of water in Arizona and happens to be my favorite lake in the Phoenix area to run off to. Located just under an hour Northwest of downtown Phoenix, Lake Pleasant holds many outdoor recreation activities to choose from. One of my favorite things to do with friends and […]

Hiking Black Mountain Trail in Cave Creek- What to expect

Black Mountain, Cave Creek

Located just an hour northeast of Phoenix, the Black Mountain Trail is a great option to get out of the big city for a challenging little hike. Pair it with a day of touring the western town of Cave Creek and it’ll be well worth the drive. This trail is nestled within a beautiful neighborhood […]

The Crack at Wet Beaver Creek- Arizona Swimming Hole

The Crack at Wet Beaver Creek

A common misconception about the desert is that there is no water to play in. Surprise! There is water, you just have to work a little harder to get to it is all. So what do you do in the summer when the Arizona temperatures rise dreadfully high? Hunt for swimming holes! One of the […]

Dolly Steamboat Cruise- the best way to experience Canyon Lake

Dolly Steamboat Tour

Canyon Lake is one of the few lakes located just outside of the metro Phoenix area perfect for day adventures. Just over an hour drive from the city and you’ll find yourself presented with many opportunities- one of my favorite being The Dolly Steamboat Cruise! A fun and hassle-free way to get out on the […]

Hike Pinnacle Peak Trail in Pinnacle Peak Park, Scottsdale

Pinnacle Peak Scottsdale

When you hear of Pinnacle Peak Trail you probably think you’re going to hike up to the rocky peak and have these amazing views of the valley. That isn’t the case, though. The name is a bit misleading since the trail actually leads you to the base of Pinnacle Peak and then skirts around it. […]

Hiking South Kaibab Trail in the Grand Canyon- Complete Guide

South Kaibab Trail

If you’re on the hunt for the best day hike in the Grand Canyon National Park, you may have just found it. Located on the South Rim of the canyon, the South Kaibab and Bright Angel trails are the most scenic and popular to explore. I like to think that the South Kaibab Trail makes […]

Weavers Needle Loop Trail in the Superstition Mountains

Weavers Needle Loop

If you don’t know what Weavers Needle is you’ll be well acquainted with it after this hike! It is a tall, isolated rock that has become an iconic formation in the Superstition Mountains due to its uniqueness in appearance. The rock is so large that you can see it from miles and miles away while […]

6 Best Bryce Canyon Winter Hikes And Things To Do

Bryce Canyon Winter

I’ve always said Bryce Canyon National Park is like a giant playground for adults. The arches, rock formations, and vibrant colors make it so magical…but even more so when it is dusted with snow! If you’re looking to visit Bryce Canyon in winter, you’re in luck. It is one of the U.S. National Parks that […]

Tom’s Thumb Trail in Scottsdale, AZ- all you need to know

Tom's Thumb

Named after a local rock climber, Tom Kreuser, Tom’s Thumb has become one of the most popular rock formations to visit in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The smooth, bare, rock resembles a thumb sticking out of the ground, and has become an iconic destination for both hikers and climbers. If you’re looking for a […]

2021 Christmas in Arizona- BEST Phoenix Holiday events to attend

Phoenix Holiday events

Every November lights are strung, music is ringing, ice rinks freeze, and Arizona is instantly transformed into Christmas cheer. If you’re filled with holiday spirit there will be no shortage of ways for you to spend Christmas in Arizona this year. This post covers the major Phoenix holiday events that are open for the 2021-2022 […]

The Most Epic Utah Road Trip Itinerary for 7-10 Days

Utah Road Trip Itinerary

Utah is home to 5 of the most thrilling and iconic U.S. National Parks known as The Mighty 5. People from all over the world travel here to experience a Utah road trip and explore these beautiful lands. While the National Parks are great destinations, I’ve found that Utah is also home to some of […]

How to find Broadway Cave in the Superstition Mountains, AZ

There is something about a cave that fascinates adventurers like me. It may be the uncharted mystery of what is inside or thrill of danger that draws us in…or it could just be because the window makes the best frame for silhouette photos! Either way, the Broadway Cave is one of those gems hidden right […]

Camping at Lockett Meadow Campground in Flagstaff, AZ

Lockett Meadow Campground

For a real mountain camping experience, look no further. Lockett Meadow offers great views of the San Francisco Peaks while dry camping in the Aspens. You’ll have your option of hiking trails to explore with the chance to even hike into the San Francisco Peaks themselves. Truly one of the most surprising landscapes in Arizona […]

Hiking Cathedral Rock: All you need to know

One of the most iconic landmarks to photograph in Sedona, Arizona is Cathedral Rock. It sits just less that 5000 feet in elevation and although the climb to the top is short, the red rocks will make you work for it. Nonetheless, you’ll be rewarded with some of the best views for sunset or sunrise […]

Hike to Devil’s Bridge in Sedona, Arizona

If natural rock formations are your thing, you’ll love this one. Devil’s Bridge is Sedona’s largest natural sandstone arch and you can walk out onto it! It sits at 4,600 feet in elevation and you’ll have to climb roughly 420 feet to reach it. This gem is a must-see for travelers, photographers, and the like. […]

Hike to Kendrick Peak Lookout in Flagstaff, AZ

Kendrick Peak

Sitting at 10,423 feet is Kendrick Peak, an underrated trail located in Flagstaff, Arizona. It sits- yes you’re reading this correctly- in part of the San Francisco volcanic field. The volcanic field spans for 1,800 square miles between the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests in Arizona. Kendrick Peak has a long history, dating back to […]

Hike the Lockett Meadow Inner Basin Trail in Flagstaff, AZ

Lockett Meadow Inner Basin

When you think of Arizona landscapes, this is definitely not what comes to mind. That is what makes the Inner Basin Trail so unique- it is a pleasant surprise hidden in the San Francisco Peaks of Flagstaff. The San Francisco Peaks are the remains of a stratovolcano and cover 1,800 sqaure miles within the Kaibab […]

Best Things to do on Tybee Island, GA

Located just 20 minutes from Historic Savannah is Tybee Island, a popular beach destination for visitors and locals alike. This barrier island boasts 5 miles of sandy beach and is rich in history! If you love laying on the beach, fresh seafood, and historical sights then you’ll easily fall in love with Tybee Island like […]

How to find Soldier Pass Cave- Sedona, AZ

Soldier Pass Cave

Sedona is full of beautiful backdrops and interesting rock formations, and Solider Pass Cave happens to be one that continues to amaze hikers and photographers. It’s unique shape and windows of light draw in visitors from all over the world. But it can be an easy one to miss. Unless you know where to go, […]

Charlie’s Bunion- Smoky Mountain National Park

Charles Bunion View

This hike has probably received it’s name in the most interesting or gross way… I’ll leave you to decide which. It wasn’t until during the hike my curiosity hit me- why is it called Charlie’s Bunion? Long story short- back in the day some man named Charlie actually hiked to the craggy peak. As the […]

Touring Cities on a Budget | 10 Ways to Save

One of the questions I always get asked is “how do you afford to travel all the time?!” And it is pretty simple. I travel strategically. Most importantly, I travel within my budget. Meaning I’m not living beyond my means and putting myself more in debt just because society says it is cool to travel […]

Preparing for a road trip | 9 tips for a safer trip

Where has the New Year gone?! I can’t believe it is March already and spring is just about to start. Hopefully for many of you that means it is time to start planning for upcoming road trips! If you’ve been following me for a while now, I’m sure you’ve noticed I road trip…A LOT. Partly […]

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