Top Adventures in Arizona
Arizona is home to the most thrilling landscapes in the US with more than 20 national parks and monuments. The historical offerings of the place attract visitors from around the globe in huge flocks every year. The red rock mountains, majestic canyons, mountains, and terrains make it a quintessential adventure spot. When we talk about adventure activities in Arizona, there is no end to it.
Listed below are some of the top adventures in Arizona that one should never miss:
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon adventure begins where other adventures end. The 24-mile Rim-to-Rim Hike is a challenge that is not suited for the faint-hearted. The trail starts at the North Kaibab and extends all the way to the bottom of the Canyon. At the end of the trail, the mesmerizing Colorado River awaits to greet you with its majestic beauty. The whole trail measures around 6000 feet, covers the rich and divine ecosystem existing between Canada and Mexico along with beautiful sites having great historical significance
Rafting in the white water of the Colorado River through the Canyon is something one should never miss. The nights call for a campsite with friends and family on the sandy beaches surrounded by the canyon.
Mt Lemmon is the second highest peak in the Santa Catalina Range rising 9000 feet, which is also popularly termed as Tucson’s Summer Treat. It is surrounded by the Coronado National Forest and is home to numerous trails for various adventure activities. One can involve in hiking, cycling, longboard rides, and even camping during summers on the smooth highways while enjoying the.
Known for its marvelous red rock mountains and buttes, Sedona is tourists’ favorite destination for a road trip with friends and family. The 1.5-hours-long journey to Sedona is filled with jaw-dropping natural sceneries.
What to explore in Sedona?
It’s the perfect destination for hiking and mountain biking. Popular day trip destinations within easy reach of Sedona are Flagstaff and Jerome. Flagstaff hosts a downhill skiing spot for ski lovers at Arizona Snowbowl. Horseback rides are also available.
One can also visit the interesting tourist shops, art galleries, and explore the delicious local cuisines in the beautiful cafes and restaurants.
The place is also considered a highly spiritual place known for its energy vortexes.
Prescott is a historic city known for its adventure and unique culture. Located at 5,300, the place offers incredible opportunities for different adventure sports like hiking, kayaking, camping, and more. The occasional snowfall in winters makes it all the dreamier for tourists.
Other attractions include numerous historic sites like Elks Theatre, museums, Pioneer Home Cemetry, old courthouse, and more.
A stunning 100-foot tall waterfall on the Havasupai Indian Reservation, situated within the Grand Canyon National Park. The turquoise water flowing against the backdrop of the red rock mountains is a sight to behold.
The visit to the fall requires a 3-day permit. The hike to the fall is around 10 km. the campsite starts at the base and stretches all the way to the top of Mooney Falls. Other sites within easy reach of the Havasu include the Beaver Falls and Colorado River.
Deriving its name from the Native American Tribe “Hopi”, the place is blessed with an abundance of scenic hills and terrains. The Hopi tribe is believed to have inhabited this place continuously for centuries, which is undoubtedly longer than most other settlements in the US. The visitors are welcomed with open arms and great hospitality. You would get to learn about the Hopi beliefs, culture besides enjoying the stunning natural views and mouth-watering local cuisines.
Summit Weavers Needle
Known to be highly superstitious, this rugged mountain range is situated to the east of Phoenix with breathtaking landscapes all around. In the middle of the mountain’s wilderness is a huge rock monolith rising up out of the desert, which is known as the Weavers Needle. It is a popular climbing adventure for adventure junkies. There are two routes for hiking to the Weavers Needle.
Humphrey’s Peak Summit
The highest national peak in Arizona offers a thrilling trail for hiking. The 12637 high peak of the Summit is typically the remaining of an extinct volcano. The trail commences at the Lockett Meadow on the Inner Basin Trail with spectacular views all around.
Bisbee used to be a popular mining site in Arizona, named after a little community that goes by the same name. After the closure of the mines, it became a ghost town. Today it is known as the funkiest town in the world. It does not have any well-known tourist attractions, yet has to offer so much to its visitors. This hippie mountain town has become a haven for the artists and hippo community.
One can simply stroll around the streets of the Bisbee downtown and explore the street arts, unique galleries, bookstores, and antique shops.
The trip is incomplete without having a look at one of the mining sites. The Queen Mine Tour allows visitors to visit the 1500 feet underground mining site to experience the dark and dangerous mining environment.
Other important destinations include Bisbee Mining and historic Museum, the lost city of Lowell, and more.
We all seek little adventures in our mundane day-to-day lives. The definition of adventure differs from person to person. But the ecstasy and thrill it feeds our soul is the same. Besides, being in contact with nature from time to time rejuvenates our physical and emotional well-being. Hence, we should all make traveling and exploring new places an inevitable part of our life.