Camping Gems - Arizona Tips
Native Arizonans may try to convince you that the summers aren't "really" hot because they are dry. But if you visit in the summer, always play it safe by carrying water with you and, if possible, restricting your activities to the cooler early morning and late evening hours. Because heat builds up so quickly, even during the winter months, don't leave food, VCR tapes, cameras, or pets in autos even for a short amount of time.
While traveling here you need to be aware that thunderstorms can come at any time of the year. And even those that appear to be taking place far away from your location can cause flash flooding nearby you. While driving, if you come to a low dip in the road with water in it don't try to drive through it even if someone ahead of you chooses to be stupid and does. Without being able to see the road, you have no idea how good the road is under the water, or if there is even any pavement left. Also once you head across, a higher wave of fast moving water can hit and cause you to be swept away. Its just not worth the risk!
Exploring Arizona's beauty can put you in dangerous situations if you are unprepared. If your plans include traveling back roads, always make sure your auto is in excellent shape, never travel alone, and let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Don't be shy about asking Native Arizonans for other safety suggestions and again remember to always carry water with you.
Camping Gems - Things to Do in Arizona
Hike, bike, raft, or tour the Grand Canyon
Photograph Window Rock
Golf in Flagstaff (Arizona has more than 300 golf courses)
Fish for massive largemouth bass on the Imperial Reservoir and at the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge
Ice fish in the on White Mountains (in Eastern Arizona)
Ski the Arizona Snowbowl (in Northern Arizona)
View the stars from Northern Arizona’s Lowell Observatory (where Pluto was discovered)
Go caving at Colossal Cave, near Tucson (see 11 different species of bats)
Discover the Old West in Tombstone
Go boating on Lake Powell, on the Northern border of Arizona, or Western Arizona's Lake Havasu, the “Personal Watercraft Capital of the World.”
Camping Gems - Arizona
Considered by many to be the most beautiful of all of Sedona's canyons, Boynton Canyon has lush green vegetation, towering sandstone walls, hoodoo spires, and ancient petroglyphs. Take the 6 mile hike through this amazing canyonland and fill your camera with incredible pictures.
Verde Hot Spring
Once a lavish hot-spring resort, Verde Springs is now a wild and natural hiking area. The trail winds past the remains of the hot spring pools and hotel, taking you to the cliff-side overlooking the Verde River.
Havasu Canyon Trail
If you never expected to see waterfalls in the desert, then head to the Havasu Canyon Trail! Whether you go by horseback or on foot, you'll love this beautiful canyon. Explore the three waterfalls, Navajo, Havasu, and Mooney, on this 8-mile trek.
Four Peaks Mine
Head into the mountains on one of the Four Peaks Mine hiking trails. This is a popular ATV and dirt biking area.
Bright Angel Trail
Ready to set foot at the bottom of the Grand Canyon? Take the Bright Angel Trail, one of the most popular hiking routes in the park.
Camelback Mountain Summit Trail
Get a bird's-eye view of Phoenix and Scottsdale from majestic Camelback Mountain. This well-known landmark soars 2,704 feet above the land below, making it the highest point in the Phoenix Mountains.
Backway to Crown King
Calling all 4-wheelers - take the historic route from Backway to Crown Kind and enjoy ATVing to your heart's content. This is a challenging route that carries you through outstanding scenery.
With amazing golf courses, shopping centers, and ideal weather, Phoenix has some surprising gems to offer. Check out these free (or nearly free) attractions: Old Town Scottsdale, "The West's Most Western Town", the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden, the Phoenix Museum of History, Taliesin West - the winter residence of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Camping Gems - Places to Go in ArizonaNorthern Arizona
Dominated by the enormous size and power of the Grand Canyon, Northern Arizona is filled with natural wonders. View the orange plinths of Monument Valley, see the blue sky through Window Rock, or enjoy the historic charm of Flagstaff. And don't forget to spend some time hiking the Grand Canyon Rim Trail.
The beautiful Valley of the Sun is home to far more than the big-city lights of Phoenix. From here, you can set out to explore the Sonoran Desert, Gulley's arch, and the resort town of Scottsdale.
North Central Arizona
Home to the stunning red rock country around Sedona, North Central Arizona is full of surprises. Head to this region for amazing restaurants and outdoor sports like fishing, hiking, biking, ATV riding, and horseback riding. This is Arizona at its best!
From the Old West history of Tombstone to the rolling Colorado River in the west, this region has plenty of watersports, gorgeous views, and attractions for any visitor. Keep your eyes pen for shaded canyon streams, bright-winged hummingbirds, and rolling farm lands.