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Mark Friedrich, Apache Junction AZ: Lost Dutchman State Park
Mark Friedrich, Apache Junction AZ: Lost Dutchman State Park
Cliff Pearlburg, Phoenix AZ: Red Mountain, Flagstaff
Cliff Pearlburg, Phoenix AZ: Red Mountain, Flagstaff
Ellen Northrop, Desert Hills AZ: Watson Lake, Prescott
Ellen Northrop, Desert Hills AZ: Watson Lake, Prescott
Berlin Adkins, Florence AZ: Picacho Peak
Berlin Adkins, Florence AZ: Picacho Peak
Michael Santeusanio, Phoenix AZ: Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park
Michael Santeusanio, Phoenix AZ: Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park
Lorena Lewis, El Mirage AZ: Thunderbird Conservation Park, Glendale
Lorena Lewis, El Mirage AZ: Thunderbird Conservation Park, Glendale
Hike of the Week: Glassford Hill Summit Trail in Prescott Valley

Hike of the Week: Glassford Hill Summit Trail in Prescott Valley

May 15, 2022
There's a little volcano in Prescott Valley with a big enough impression on the landscape to warrant a hiking trail to its summit.
Trail Troopers

Trail Troopers

May 16, 2022
Today, we’re fixing a rut in some ‘liquid earth’ on the Tom’s Thumb trail,” says Leona Weinstein, master steward for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, on a crisp February morning. “The high-maintenance, decomposed granite substrate found in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is very vulnerable to erosion, especially after winter storms and monsoon rains.” As one of the leading volunteer organizations in the nation, the conservancy seeks to preserve and advance natural open space through science, education...
Watson Woods Riparian Preserve Hike in Prescott

Watson Woods Riparian Preserve Hike in Prescott

May 9, 2022
Today, the preserve is a 126-acre bird and wildlife haven.
Hike the Balanced Rock Trail in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Hike the Balanced Rock Trail in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

May 2, 2022
Even in a terrain replete with natural sandblasted granite sculptures, Balanced Rock stands out.
Hiking Guide: Top 10 Picks By Locals

Hiking Guide: Top 10 Picks By Locals

April 29, 2022
Which Valley hikes do Phoenicians favor most?
City Guide: Our Favorite Hiking Spots in the Valley

City Guide: Our Favorite Hiking Spots in the Valley

April 29, 2022
Spend a morning or afternoon getting to know these popular hikes.
Hike to Blue Wash-Camp Creek Falls near Carefree

Hike to Blue Wash-Camp Creek Falls near Carefree

April 25, 2022
The sandy, canyon-bound courses of Blue Wash and Camp Creek provide an interesting twist on desert hiking.
Hike the Lime Kiln Trail to Red Rock State Park

Hike the Lime Kiln Trail to Red Rock State Park

April 18, 2022
For most of its 15-mile course, the Lime Kiln Trail winds through a dusty corridor of crumbling sediments and sparse vegetation.
Hike the Red Creek in the Tonto National Forest

Hike the Red Creek in the Tonto National Forest

April 10, 2022
Crystal clear gurgling waters, red rock cliffs, shady mesquite forests and towering canyon walls make hiking Red Creek an especially relaxing experience.
Ranch Rescue

Ranch Rescue

April 5, 2022
Hikers trekking along the banks of Oak Creek in the Crescent Moon Ranch and picnic site about 7 miles south of Sedona are treated to some of the most photographed scenes in the Southwest. The Coconino National Forest property is located near iconic Cathedral Rock and encompasses the historical ranch site with its famous water wheel. First established in the late 1800s, the ranch went through several owners and iterations before being purchased by the...
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