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Why You’ll Want to do the Hike to Havasu Falls

If you've ever seen the photos of world-famous Havasu Falls, the images of the turquoise-blue water contrasted with the earthy tones of the Grand Canyon will forever be etched in your mind. A hike to Havasu Falls is the best way (and apart from helicoptering in, the only way) to appreciate the beauty of not just these falls, but the four other equally stunning waterfalls in the Havasupai area. They include Upper and Lower Navajo Falls,…

Why Mesa, Arizona is an Awesome City for Outdoor Lovers

Call me clueless but I didn't appreciate that Mesa, Arizona is the third largest city in the state or even a city in its own right despite more than a dozen trips to the Phoenix - Scottsdale area over the years. Mesa has in fact been named the best city for Outdoor Lovers by Money Magazine! What makes Mesa an awesome city for outdoors lovers like me? Lots as I discovered over a couple of…

A Trip to see Sandhill Cranes in southern Arizona

My husband John is a very good sport about joining me on adventures, whether they interest him or not. Fortunately most do. But like any marriage there needs to be give and take so since he is an avid birder I agreed to several hours of birding - mostly to see sandhill cranes in Arizona. Specifically we visited Whitewater Draw, a globally important bird area in the southern part of the state. Don't get me wrong.…

Standin’ on the Corner on a Visit to Winslow, Arizona

"Well, I'm a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona and such a fine sight to see. It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin' down to take a look at me."  You've all heard and sung Taking it Easy, written by Jackson Brown and Glenn Frey and recorded by the Eagles. For the rest of the day you may be hard-pressed to get the song out of your head. In October last year John…

10 of My All Time Favourite Arizona Hikes

I usually travel to Arizona once a year to visit my father and step-mother. But I like to add anywhere from three to five days to the trip to hike and explore a different part of Arizona. I've covered most of the state now though there will always be places I want to visit. These top 10 Arizona hikes showcase a huge swath of the state but they don't cover everything. What's missing are the…

Courthouse Butte – The Best Hike in Sedona

Sedona, famous for its gorgeous red rock buttes and pine forest, was our destination for part of a day on a recent Arizona trip. We'd driven down the narrow, winding Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive (one of the top scenic drives in the United States) from Flagstaff and had a half day on our hands to hike. Traffic is bad in Sedona so John and I were both trying to avoid retracing our steps - and…

Discover the Beauty of Petrified Forest National Park in 17 Photos

To reach Petrified Forest National Park located in northeastern Arizona, drive east from Flagstaff through the city of Winslow, made famous by the song Take It Easy by the Eagles. After an hour of humming and singing you'll reach the park where the beauty of the multi-hued yet desolate landscape will fill your senses.  Give yourself a solid day to hike and explore a landscape of colourful badlands filled with buttes, mesas and the remains of fossilized trees that were alive 200 million…

A Stellar Hike in the Dragoon Mountains of Southeast Arizona

I hadn't even heard of the Dragoon Mountains until I arrived at Cochise Stronghold Retreat. We drove up at night and couldn't see a thing. It wasn't until I looked out the first morning that I realized what a beautiful area we had happened upon. We had booked the B&B as it was reasonably close to Chiricahua National Monument and figured it would make a great base for several days. But we didn't appreciate that right out…

A Snowy Hike in Beautiful Chiricahua National Monument

In southeastern Arizona, about a two hour drive away from Tucson you'll find the beautiful and somewhat isolated Chiricahua National Monument. Called a sky island - with mountains that rise to a height of 9,763 feet (2,978 m) above the surrounding plains, the area makes a great destination for hikers and birders. We were there in mid-December during a snow storm. So much for getting away from the cold of Calgary! However, it turned out…

An Easy Hike in Ramsey Canyon in Southern Arizona

Ramsey Canyon Preserve was our hiking destination one day while we were staying in Cochise County down in southern Arizona. Ramsey Canyon abuts the Huachuca Mountains, just south of the town of Sierra Vista - way down near the Mexican border. It has attracted people for centuries because it's beautiful - boasting high canyon walls, monster sized sycamore trees, diverse plant and animal life, including 12 types of hummingbirds, plus it's moister and cooler than…

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