Shaka Cave, Superstition Mountains.

Shaka Cave: Superstition Mountains Hidden Cave

Commonly overshadowed by its insta-famous neighbor, the Shaka Cave is often overlooked. I’m a local and it even took me years to finally visit the cave myself! I had heard about it but never realized where it is actually located. Well, it is so close to the Wave Cave that if you’re planning on hiking […]

Superstition Mountain Caves- Broadway Cave.

5 Stunning Superstition Mountain Caves For Your Bucket-List

The Superstition Mountains are the leftover remnants of volcanic activity from millions of years ago. Between eruptions, fissures, and years of erosion, we are left with the rugged mountain range we know today. Including some impressive caves. I had no idea there were so many caves in the Superstition Mountains until I started exploring more […]

Herman's Cave | Superstition Mountains

Finding Herman’s Cave In The Superstition Mountains

Herman’s Cave just may be the most impressive cave in the Superstition Mountains! At least it is in my book. But, reaching this hidden cave tucked back in the Supes is not one for the occasional hiker. Navigational skills, long milage, and overgrown conditions make this hike difficult enough that the only other people you’ll […]

Hackberry Springs Loop, Superstition Mountains.

Hackberry Springs Loop: Easy Superstition Mountains Hike

I can’t believe it took me so long to finally hike the Hackberry Springs Loop, but I sure am glad that I finally did. This short and easy Superstition Mountain hike is jam packed with stunning views at every turn! From Saguaro, to layered mountains, to wildflowers, and even seasonal water flows, this little hike […]

Turnbuckle Loop, Skyline Regional Park.

Hike Turnbuckle Loop: A Great Sunset Hike In Buckeye

Turnbuckle Loop is a stunning hike that loops through a portion of the Skyline Regional Park in Buckeye. Most Phoenicians probably haven’t heard of this hike unless they live nearby, but I assure you it is worth the drive if you are looking for something different on the west side of the valley! Skyline Regional […]

Rim To River, Grand Canyon.

Rim To River Grand Canyon: 4 Stunning South Rim Routes

Hiking rim to river in the Grand Canyon is a bucket-list worthy challenge many hikers set for themselves. With the Grand Canyon being one of the seven wonders of the world, many want to be able to see as much as they can during their visit, and knocking out a rim to river hike is […]

Hermit Trail To Hermit Rapids.

Hiking Guide: The FULL Hermit Trail In Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the world and if you plan on visiting, a hike into the canyon will fill you with the utmost appreciation for it’s awe-inspiring beauty. Located on the Grand Canyon South Rim, the Hermit Trail is one of the lesser traveled trails that provides access to […]

Yellow Rock Off Cottonwood Canyon Road.

Yellow Rock: A Unique Hike In Grand Staircase-Escalante

Yellow Rock is one of those off-beaten places that will take you by complete surprise. The best part- you’ll most likely have it to yourself since it is not well known and requires an adventure in itself just to reach the trailhead. This little hike will be the perfect addition to your Southern Utah road […]

Cottonwood Narrows Off Cottonwood Canyon Road.

How To Hike Cottonwood Narrows Off Cottonwood Canyon Road

Congratulations, you just hit the jackpot! Cottonwood Narrows is one of my favorite hikes in Southern Utah due to the towering canyon walls, fact it is dog friendly, and because it is remotely located off one of my all-time favorite Utah backroads. This underrated Southern Utah hike is surely going to blow your mind as […]

Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle: Best Hike For Visitors

A moderate hike through varying terrain to a view of the famous Weaver’s Needle. If you’re looking for that hike to WOW your friends and family with when they visit, this just may be it.

Peak 5057 via Hieroglyphic Trail.

How To Hike Superstition Peak 5057 via Hieroglyphic Trail

Hiking to Superstition Peak 5057 via. Hieroglyphic Trail is a challenging yet thrilling adventure. If you’re an experienced hiker searching for your next peak to bag, I’d highly suggest this one! Peak 5057 is the tallest peak in the Superstition Mountains and provides outstanding 360 degree views from the top. Well, 99% of the time […]

Canyon Of The Waterfalls, Superstition Mountains.

Hike Canyon Of The Waterfalls After It Rains In Phoenix!

Phoenix may be known as the ‘valley of the sun’ but it does rain from time to time. And when it does, you’ll want to be ready to hit the trails at a day’s notice in order to witness the seasonal waterfalls! Canyon Of The Waterfalls in the Superstition Mountains is one of the best […]

Views From Black Cross Butte To Salt River Overlook.

How To Hike Black Cross Butte To Salt River Overlook

Black Cross Butte to Salt River Overlook is one of those hikes you want to attempt because of the challenge and potentially good views, but once you complete it you’re not in a rush to do it again, if ever. Don’t get me wrong- this hike is worth accomplishing at least once. The views overlooking […]

Easy Hikes In White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

3 Short And Easy Hikes In White Tank Mountain Regional Park

The White Tank Mountain Regional Park sure holds some neat little hikes and beautiful views. While most visitors stick around the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and Scottsdale McDowell Mountains, I think the White Tanks are worth the drive if this is your 2nd or 3rd visit to the valley and you’re looking for something different. This […]

Vietnam Memorial Trail In Surprise, AZ.

Hike Vietnam Memorial Trail In Surprise For Sunset

This may be the only official hiking trail in Surprise, Arizona that provides elevated views of the valley so if you’re a local you’ll probably frequent this one. While Vietnam Memorial Trail isn’t quite worth an hour drive from the east side of the valley it is worth the effort if you find yourself in […]

Black Rock Loop Trail.

Hiking Black Rock Loop Trail In The White Tanks

I’ve hiked a lot in the White Tank Mountains and I have to say Black Rock Loop Trail is one of my favorite short and easy trails within the park. If you’re looking for something easy yet scenic then you’ve found the one! Black Rock Loop is the trail I’d suggest to anyone limited on […]

White Tanks Waterfall Trail In Buckeye.

Hike The White Tanks Waterfall Trail- An Easy Hike

Nothing excites one more while hiking in the desert than access to water. Bonus points if a waterfall is included. That is why the Waterfall Trail in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park is a local favorite after a heavy rainstorm. The Waterfall Trail is short and easy enough for a quick outing which makes […]

Railroad Tunnel via Arizona Trail in Payson.

Visit Payson’s Railroad Tunnel Via Arizona Trail

Here is your chance to hike and witness a bit of forgotten Arizona history! Tucked away in the Mogollon Rim is Payson’s Railroad Tunnel- an incomplete project from the 1880’s spearheaded by a business man by the name of James W. Eddy. His vision was to connect Arizona’s north and south railroad networks to transport […]

See Spring Trail With Fall Colors.

See Spring Trail- A Fall Staple In Payson, Arizona

If you’re looking to cool off from the heat or catch some late fall colors then See Spring just may be the trail for you! It is a very picturesque hike in the Mogollon Rim country and the best part is it is short and sweet. This easy trail in Payson is perfect for families […]

Rim To Rim, Grand Canyon.

EXACTLY How To Plan & Hike Rim To Rim, Grand Canyon

Hiking from Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon National Park is a monumental endeavor thousands of people set out to accomplish each year. While it is an amazing experience it’s also the most difficult hikes you can add to your bucket-list. But, from experience, I can say every step is worth it. I’m talking […]

Thompson Trail 629 Near Pinetop.

Thompson Trail 629- A Beautiful Arizona Hidden Gem

One of the most serene hiking trails in all of Arizona is the Thompson Trail 629 in Apache Sitegreaves National Forest near Greer, Arizona. It sits at a higher elevation- around 8,600 feet- so it is lush with grassy meadows, tall Douglas Fir, fresh rivers, and vibrant wildflowers. It is the perfect trail choice if […]

Red Mountain Trail, Flagstaff.

Hike Red Mountain Trail To Volcanic Hoodoos In Flagstaff

Many of the hills in and around Flagstaff- even reaching as far as the Grand Canyon- are considered part of the San Francisco Volcanic Field, a 1,800 square mile area that holds more than 600 volcanoes. Red Mountain Trail leads you to a cinder cone volcano which reaches 1,000 feet above the surrounding landscape and […]

Doe Mountain Trail, Sedona.

Hike Doe Mountain Trail For Best Sunrise In Sedona

Sedona is filled with a handful of beautiful trails and it can be overwhelming to choose one especially if you’re just passing through. Luckily the red rock country holds many small but mighty trails within, allowing you to complete several in one day. From a local’s perspective Doe Mountain Trail is an underrated yet outstanding […]

Lichen Peak.

Hike Lichen Peak For A View Of Golden, CO

North Table Mountain Park is a flat topped mountain, also referred to as a mesa, which was formed 60 some million years ago by lava flow from a nearby volcanic vent. The park hosts 17.2 miles of hiking trails, one of which includes Lichen Peak. Lichen Peak is the tallest peak in North Table Mountain […]

Aspen Nature Loop In Flagstaff.

Hiking The Aspen Nature Loop In Flagstaff

For a stunning hike in high altitude look no further than the Aspen Nature Loop. Located on the western slope of the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, Arizona this short trail leads hikers through open prairies and tall aspen groves. Aspen Nature Loop is a local favorite especially during fall for the leaves turn from […]

Alfa Fia Tank Loop In Flagstaff.

Alfa Fia Tank Loop- An Easy Hike In Flagstaff

Alfa Fia Tank Loop is a short and easy hike near the Kachina Peak Wilderness in Flagstaff. The small pool of water sits in an open meadow and attracts not only hikers but also various wildlife. Open water is not prevalent in Arizona so this tank is a rarity as it reflects the nearby San […]

18 Best Hikes In Phoenix And Beyond

Phoenix seems to have an endless amount of hiking opportunities and if you look beyond the valley even more amazing hikes pop up. Choosing your next adventure can be a challenge due to the countless hike options when realistically you most likely only have time for a few. In order to help you choose your […]

Desert View Drive.

Desert View Drive- 5 Scenic Stops On Grand Canyon South Rim

If you’re planning a trip to the Grand Canyon then Desert View Drive should be on your itinerary! It is a one of a kind experience within the park that most visitors miss the first time around. There’s so much hype surrounding the viewpoints near the visitor center that no one ever talks about this […]

Elden Pueblo Ruins In Flagstaff.

Is The Elden Pueblo Archeological Site Off Hwy 89 Worth It?

Most people (myself included) drive 89 north and south out of Flagstaff and have seen the sign for Elden Pueblo Archeological Site (formerly Elden Pueblo Ruins) along the side of the road. Maybe your curiosity was struck, maybe it wasn’t. Maybe you swear to yourself you’ll stop next time you pass by, but always forget […]

Easy Hikes In Flagstaff.

9 Short And Easy Hikes In Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff is a beautiful place to visit in Arizona especially if you are looking to escape 100 degree temperatures and enjoy some time in the outdoors. There are countless trails throughout this mountainous city, and even though Flagstaff is home to the tallest peak of all of Arizona, there are a handful of easy hikes […]

Grand Canyon Bike Rentals South Rim.

Grand Canyon Bike Rentals Are The Best Way To See South Rim

Hands down one of the most fun ways to experience the South Rim is to book Grand Canyon bike rentals and explore the paths. There are multiple view points to discover along the way and even mules to pet if they let you. Before you convince yourself this will be too difficult of a task, […]

Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon.

Hiking The FULL Bright Angel Trail To Phantom Ranch

One of the most iconic trails on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is the Bright Angel Trail. It made its’ way to the top of many visitor’s itineraries due to beautiful canyon views and lush gardens along the way. Bright Angel Trail isn’t only photogenic- it is also one of the park’s main […]

Corona Arch In Moab.

Why We Love To Hike Corona Arch (+Pinto & Bowtie)

Moab is a popular destination and luckily it is very dog friendly. But, it can quickly become congested in town with overcrowded trials. If you’re planning a visit and want to skip the crowds in Arches National Park then the next best thing is to hike Corona Arch! The most impressive arch outside of the […]

Longbow Arch, Moab UT.

Hike Longbow Arch- A Dog Friendly Arch In Moab

Are you looking for a dog friendly arch or maybe a less crowded hike in Moab? You’ll be happy to hear there are other amazing arches outside of Arches National Park. Longbow Arch is one of those located off the beaten path which allows you to feel a sense of remoteness in the midst of […]

Peralta Regional Park.

NEW Peralta Regional Park: Complete Hiking & Camping Guide

In January 2023 Peralta Regional Park welcomed visitors to hike, camp, and ride their horses along the trails for the first time. As soon as I learned about the opening of this new park I jumped at the opportunity to hike all of its trails and stay the night under the stars. This Arizona Regional […]

Piestewa Peak Summit.

How To Hike Piestewa Peak Summit Trail

Sitting at an elevation of 2,612 feet and hitting charts as Phoenix’s 2nd tallest peak, Piestewa Peak is a challenging hike with a highly rewarding view. While it isn’t one of the iconic landmarks that surround the Phoenix Valley, it is an extremely popular summit for visitors and locals due to its close proximity to […]

Sunrise Mountain Trail | Hiking Trails In Peoria, AZ.

Hiking Sunrise Mountain Trail in Peoria, AZ

The city of Peoria, Arizona has developed five mountain trail systems within their limits, and Sunrise Mountain Trail sits in one of them. This trail is located in the Sunrise Mountain Preserve which is next door to a school and nestled in-between neighborhoods. The preserve provides opportunities for hikers, bikers, and trail runners to get […]

Sunrise Bryce Canyon One Day Itinerary.

How To Spend One Day In Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is often overshadowed by the nearby Zion and Arches National Parks. But if you’re on a Utah road trip I highly encourage you not to overlook Bryce Canyon! It is my favorite Southwest National Park and spending one day in Bryce Canyon will add memorable experiences to your trip. The park […]

Black Top Mesa

Hiking Black Top Mesa In The Superstitions Is Worth It

Looking for a trail in the Superstition Mountains that is not as populated as the other well-known hikes? Black Top Mesa is a great alternative hike that will provide you with solitude and one of the best views of Weavers Needle. This moderate hike leads you along a relatively flat trail into the Superstition Wilderness, […]

Three Sisters

Conquering Three Sisters Summit In The Superstition Mountains

There are many challenging trails in the Superstition Mountains and if you’ve conquered the other popular hikes like Flatiron and Peak 5024, then Three Sisters Summit should be next on your list. While this hike doesn’t require as much scrambling as the trails mentioned above, it does have a very steep grade for about ninety […]

Calderwood Butte Trail in Peoria.

Calderwood Butte Trail- A Hidden Gem In Peoria

The Calderwood Butte Trail is a short hike with surprisingly good views that require little effort. The trail creates a loop through the Calderwood Butte Preserve and sits smackdab in the middle of Peoria neighborhoods. It is the perfect trail for families, dogs, and beginner hikers or Arizona visitors. You can hop on the trail […]

Gateway Loop Trail

The Gateway Loop Trail- A BEAUTIFUL Scottsdale Hike

Conveniently located in Scottsdale near all the city has to offer is the Gateway Loop Trail. This trail is a moderate hike in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve perfect for visitors and local hikers looking to get out and experience some mountain views. The Gateway Loop will lead you up a moderate climb, over to a […]

Mule Deer Trail, White Tank Mountains.

Mule Deer Trail- An Easy Hike In The White Tanks

If you’re looking for an easy trail to get out and enjoy the fresh air then the Mule Deer Trail in White Tank Mountain Regional Park is a great option. This trail is great for hiking, mountain biking, or trail running. If you’re a beginner hiker you’ll find this one very easy and pleasant! Most […]

Canyon Overlook, Zion National Park

The Canyon Overlook Trail- One Of Zion’s BEST Hikes

If you only had time to do one hike in Zion National Park and you missed the Angel’s Landing permit, I highly suggest putting the Canyon Overlook Trail on your itinerary! It is a short and fun hike that brings you to a point with views deep into Pine Creek and Lower Zion canyons. This […]

Bristlecone Loop Trail

Hiking Bristlecone Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon

Located at the very end of the national park, at the highest elevation of all of Bryce Canyon, you’re able to hike the Bristlecone Loop Trail through an ancient forest. This forest contains one of the oldest and most resilient trees- the Bristlecone Pine. These trees are 1,800+ years old which is actually middle-aged for […]

South Kaibab Trail at sunrise in the Grand Canyon.

How To Hike South Kaibab, Phantom Ranch, & Bright Angel In One Day

This Grand Canyon bucket-list hike is one you’ll remember for years afterwards. The South Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails are the best kept, well known hiking trails on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Combining these two for an all day hike is a challenge many people dream of accomplishing. While it may be […]

Walnut Canyon

Exploring Walnut Canyon National Monument In Flagstaff

Home to a dense population of ancient cliff dwellings, Walnut Canyon National Monument offers an experience unlike any other. The canyon was carved by Walnut Creek over 60 million years ago and hosts curved limestone cliffs, diverse vegetation and wildlife, as well as some of the best preserved dwellings in the state. But the most […]

Bearizona Wildlife Park

5 Reasons You’ll Love Bearizona Wildlife Park In Williams

Wolves, bears, and bison oh-my! Brace yourself for the thrilling ride you’re about to take through Bearizona Wildlife Park located in Williams, Arizona. The park allows you to drive through the habitats of several different North American species as they sleep, play, and even approach your car. For the longest time I thought Bearizona was […]

Grand Falls, Arizona

Arizona’s Grand Falls (Chocolate Falls) CLOSED

It used to be that visitors were able to reach Grand Falls on the Navajo Nation, but due to constant disrespect for the area, its residents, and their livestock, the tribe has decided to indefinitely close off access to tourists. In respect of the tribe’s wishes to keep this area sacred, I’ve decided to remove […]

Mossy Cave Waterfall

6 Reasons Mossy Cave Waterfall Is Worth The Stop

Did you know that Bryce Canyon National Park has a waterfall? While the park has several awe-inspiring trails there is only one that leads you to a waterfall, and most visitors miss it! The Mossy Cave Trail leads you to a small cave, or grotto, but the highlight is the nearby seasonal waterfall. Most visitors […]

Swift Trail Arizona

What It’s Like Driving the Swift Trail in Arizona

Arizona has a ton of beautiful routes spanning across its lands but only a handful lead visitors up to one of the Sky Islands and out of the 100 degree heat. The Swift Trail is one Scenic Byway that does just that! Located in the South Eastern part of Arizona, the Swift Trail climbs 6000 […]

Arizona Meteor Crater

A Day Trip to the Arizona Meteor Crater National Landmark

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. […]

Cibecue Falls

Hiking Cibecue Falls- Everything You Need To Know

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 […]

Browns Peak

Conquering Browns Peak In The Four Peak Wilderness, Arizona

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 […]

Picacho Peak Hike

Ultimate Picacho Peak Hike Guide via The Hunter Trail

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 […]

Desert Hiking Tips

16 Expert Desert Hiking Tips You NEED To Know

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 […]

Vultee Arch

Hiking Vultee Arch From Sterling Pass Trailhead

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 […]

Kachina Tree Cave

Finding the Kachina Tree Cave off Boynton Canyon Trail

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 […]

Massacre Falls

Hiking to Massacre Falls via Massacre Grounds Trail

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, […]

Flatiron Superstitions

Ultimate Guide to Hiking Flatiron via Siphon Draw Trail

Take an easy hike to a basin within the Superstition Mountains in Arizona with the option to continue to Flat Iron. If you trek beyond the basin be prepared to do some free-hand rock climbing and boulder climbing to the top of the mountain for spectacular views.

Boynton Canyon

EXACTLY How To Find The Subway Cave Off Boynton Canyon Trail

Boynton Canyon’s Subway Cave has grown in popularity the past several years, and understandably so. It is one of the best Sedona Hikes to visit and photograph due to the unique curvature and nerve-wrecking opening down the middle. Visitors from all over the world travel to hike to this cave, and yet many end up […]

Hieroglyphic Trail Waterfall.

Hiking The Hieroglyphic Trail In The Superstition Mountains

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

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 […]

Winslow Arizona

BEST things to do when visiting 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 […]

Kayak West Clear Creek

How to kayak Clear Creek Reservoir in Winslow, AZ

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. […]

Sedona Wineries

Visit these 4 Sedona Wineries all in one day

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 […]

Toadstool Hoodoos

5 Reasons to stop at Toadstool Hoodoos near Kanab

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

Big Horn Canyon in Escalante- a must see dog friendly slot 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 […]

Best Superstition Mountain Hikes.

15 BEST Superstition Mountain Hikes: Complete Guide

Allow me to introduce you to the 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 destination for hiking, backpacking, and even rock climbing. The trail systems throughout the Superstition Wilderness are vast and allow you to create many […]

Birthing Cave

The Birthing Cave in Sedona- EVERYTHING you need to know

The Birthing Cave in Sedona is one cave that is easy to access, making it a great addition to your Sedona itinerary. You most likely won’t be the only one soaking in the views here, but this hike still is one of the less popular ones in the area. Tucked back into the canyon wall […]

Keyhole Cave Sedona

Keyhole Cave, Sedona And EXACTLY How To Find It (2024)

If you’re fascinated by caves and the windows they create then you’ll love Keyhole Cave. This Sedona 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 off-trail location will require some light route finding skills […]

Sedona Caves

5 Of The Best Sedona Caves + How To Find Them (2024)

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 […]

Kayak Antelope Canyon

How to Kayak Antelope Canyon from Lake Powell

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 […]

Lake Pleasant Cruises

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

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 […]

Black Mountain, Cave Creek

Hiking Black Mountain Trail in Cave Creek- What to expect

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 […]

Dolly Steamboat Tour

Dolly Steamboat Cruise- The Best Way To Experience Canyon Lake

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 […]

Pinnacle Peak Scottsdale

Hike Pinnacle Peak Trail in Pinnacle Peak Park, 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. […]

South Kaibab Trail

Best Guide To Hiking The Full South Kaibab Trail In One Day

If you’re planning a trip to the Grand Canyon South Rim and are on the hunt for the most scenic hike, you just found it. The South Kaibab Trail provides expansive views into the canyon and is one of the most well groomed trails on the south rim- an absolute must-see during your visit. What […]

Weavers Needle Loop

Weavers Needle Loop Trail in the Superstition Mountains

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 […]

Bryce Canyon Winter.

8 Best Bryce Canyon Winter Hikes And Things To Do

Bryce Canyon National Park is like a giant playground for adults. The arches, rock formations, and vibrant colors make it extremely magical but even more so when it is dusted with snow. If you’re looking to visit Bryce Canyon in winter then you’re in luck…and if you weren’t considering it yet then I hope this […]

Tom's Thumb

Tom’s Thumb Trail In Scottsdale- All You Need To Know

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 […]

Humphrey's Peak

How to Hike to Humphrey’s Peak- Arizona’s Tallest Peak

Humphrey’s Peak is Arizona’s highest peak and I’ve finally conquered it! This hike is a challenge for most, climbing 3,200+ feet in elevation within 5.5 miles. It is a great challenging all day hike if that is what you’re after!

Phoenix Holiday events

15 BEST Phoenix Holiday Events In 2023

Every November lights are shining, 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 2023-2024 […]

Utah Road Trip Itinerary

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

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 in the Superstition Mountains is one of […]

A.B. Young Trail

Hiking A.B. Young Trail to East Pocket (Edge of the World)

While camping at East Pocket, or Edge of the World, I had a hunch there had to be a trail that led up to the area rather than driving 26 miles down a long dirt road. After my camping trip I took a look at a map and noticed a dotted line with several switchbacks […]

Lockett Meadow Campground

Camping at Lockett Meadow Campground in Flagstaff, AZ

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 […]

Cathedral Rock Trail In Sedona, AZ.

(2024) Cathedral Rock Trail Guide: All You Need To Know

One of the most iconic landmarks to visit in Sedona, Arizona is Cathedral Rock. The summit sits just less that 5000 feet high and requires a short yet steep hike to take in the views. The Cathedral Rock Trail is popular for engagement photos and elopements during sunset and sunrise when the sun casts a […]

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. […]

Kendrick Peak

Hike to Kendrick Peak Lookout in Flagstaff, AZ

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 […]

Lockett Meadow Inner Basin

Hike the Lockett Meadow Inner Basin Trail in Flagstaff, AZ

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 […]

Soldier Pass Cave In Sedona.

Exactly How To Find Soldier Pass Cave In Sedona

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, […]

Charles Bunion View

Charlie’s Bunion- Smoky Mountain National Park

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 […]

Edge Of The World Sunset.

Guide to Edge of the World (East Pocket) Camping

Large mountain drop offs with views into Sedona and beyond, a hidden wooden pallet built on the mountain edge for picnics, a 1943 wooden lookout tower, endless trails to explore…are you excited yet?! If you haven’t heard, East Pocket (commonly known as Edge of the World, End of the World, or the camping spot at […]

Battleship Mountain

How To Hike Battleship Mountain via. First Water Trailhead

Challenging yet rewarding hike in the Superstition Mountains that provides epic 360 degree views from the top. You’ll be boulder climbing along the entire spine of the mountain! Keep reading if you’re up for the challenge.

Free camping spots in the US

How To Find FREE Camping While Traveling The USA

Free camping within the US does exist! It may come with less amenities but often times it is much more scenic. Plus you can’t beat free, am I right? There are many areas and resources you can use to prepare for your road trip or next destination, and I am here to share them with you!

Wave Cave

Local Guide To Wave Cave: Superstition Mountains Hidden Gem

I always suggest this hike to new visitors who are looking for an introduction into the Superstition Wilderness. Easy to find, easy to follow, a little bit of challenge, but a big reward! Such a unique little spot I will always love.

Visit Water Wheel Falls Hiking Trail In Payson, AZ

If you live in the Phoenix valley then you know how brutal the summers can get. When it is 100+ degrees many are looking for an escape from the heat. Luckily Water Wheel Falls is a beautiful desert oasis only 1.5 hours away and happens to be a very family friendly hike! I know I’m […]

Superstition Ridgeline Trail.

Superstition Ridgeline Trail: Best Hike In Superstition Mountains

The Superstition Mountains are full of jaw dropping views but no trail provides an all around bang-for-your-buck experience, including those craggy peak views, quite like the Superstition Ridgeline Trail. This strenuous trail leads hikers on a thrilling route atop the main ridgeline of the Superstition Mountains. Along the way you can expect class 4 scrambles, […]

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