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Rhyolite Formations At Chiricahua National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument Hiking – On a Snowy Day

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…

Wide, Open Roads With Not Another Vehicle In Sight

Driving the Dempster Highway to the Tombstones, YK

The Dempster Highway is a 740 kilometre all weather dirt road that connects the Klondike Highway (the highway that connects Skagway, Alaska to Dawson City, Yukon Territory) to Inuvik, located in the Northwest Territories on the Mackenzie River delta. The highway takes you across the Arctic Circle. As of November 15, 2017 you could add another 147 kilometres and drive the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway. I had the pleasure of driving the Dempster Highway when John…

Views From The Hike In Ramsey Canyon Preserve

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. Ramsey Canyon 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…

The Back Side Of Pinnacle Peak

Hiking Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona

Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona is the focal point in Pinnacle Peak Park. From afar the summit of the peak looks far more challenging than it does up close but you do need to be a rock climber to get to the top of it. Hikers must be content with a 3.5 mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of approximately 1300 feet. Hiking Pinnacle Peak on the trail can be done in 75…

The Apache Trail Takes You Into A Fabulous Canyon Landscape

The Apache Trail: Arizona’s Most Scenic Drive

My little rental car took me on an extraordinary drive along the Apache Trail in Arizona. And it was only by luck that I was there in the first place. I had checked out a route the night before I drove the Apache Trail and hadn't planned to drive it - but sometimes, and this was one of those times, the unplanned and unexpected adventures turn out to be the best ones. Stunning Apache Lake This…

Beautiful Landscape Entering The Superstition Mountains

A Day Hike in Arizona’s Superstition Mountains

Hiking the Superstition Mountains in Arizona for a few hours, a day or via a multi-day backpacking trip is a great way to experience the beauty of the landscape for locals and visitors alike. The mountains are located less than an hour's drive away from both Phoenix and Scottsdale. Plan to start in Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction. Most of the trails in the park take you into the Superstition Wilderness and Tonto…

The View Of Scottsdale From Frank Lloyd Wright's Home

A Tour of Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona

How much do you know about Frank Lloyd Wright? I certainly knew of him but if my life depended on it I wouldn't have been able to provide more than a handful of facts - that is until I did a tour Taliesin West, his winter home in Scottsdale. It's a remarkable house and the tour - even if you're not that into architecture, is fascinating. Our guide - Skylar was truly outstanding - perhaps…

You Can Some Sense Of How Busy The Cholla Trail Can Get From This Photo

The Camelback Mountain Hike in Phoenix, Arizona

The Camelback Mountain hike in Phoenix, Arizona is one of the more popular hikes in the Scottsdale, Phoenix, Paradise Valley area. The hike is a great way to spend part of Christmas day as we recently found out. Normally I'm in the kitchen cooking on Christmas but the year we did this, things were different. We were meeting my father and step-mother at the atmospheric Lons in the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley for a…

5 Fun Things to do in Phoenix

Winter is prime time for trips to the Phoenix - Scottsdale area of Arizona. Families, couples, singles - everyone wants a dose of sunshine. And they all want to be doing interesting things. Fortunately there's no shortage of fun things to do in Phoenix or the surrounding area. My list of five fun things to do in Phoenix and the surrounding area should keep you busy for days. Of course there is also golf on…

The Textured Walls Of Lower Antelope Canyon In Page, Arizona

4 Off-the-Beaten-Path Arizona Adventures

Most first-time visitors to Arizona find adventure on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon or explore the red rock country of Sedona. Fans of urban activities spend their time gallery hopping, playing golf on desert courses or hiking the city park trails in Phoenix, Scottsdale or Tucson. But look what there is to experience in the Grand Canyon State if you’re willing to go off-the-beaten-path. Four Arizona adventures are described. Updated April 2020. This…

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