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Who are the Experience Arizona Adventurers?

Matt Marine

Matt Marine is an Arizona resident who loves exploring Arizona's wonderful outdoor adventures. To find out more about Matt, click the link below.

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Cat-Dog

Cat-Dog is my faithful trail companion. Her real name is Cammie. Why do I call her Cat-Dog?

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Interns

Elisabeth Morales

Although I’ve lived in Arizona my whole life, the cacti and mountains that surround me never gets old.  The desert and all of its unique beauty fascinates me and I can’t wait to tap into some of Arizona’s hidden gems and share my experiences!

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It's a Jeep Thing
Jeep people are awesome, but we do have our idiosyncrasies. Join me as we look at the humorous side of owning and loving Jeeps.

Feature Adventures
Want to try something different? These stories showcase a wide varitey of unique adventures that allow you to experience them first hand!



Portrait Photography
A collection of photo galleries showcasing my portrait photography - typically portraits with a slight twist.

My first book. It's a mystery called Devil's Moon and has already received outstanding reviews. Set in Sedona, Devil's Moon offers anyone who enjoys a good mystery (or who just loves Arizona) a great read.

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Outdoor Adventures based on Offroad Exploration!

Arizona N2O - The Lighter Side of Experience Arizona

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Read the Experience Arizona Disclaimer before attempting any of our adventures. Check with local authorities (FS, BLM, etc.) before heading out on any adventures for updates road conditions, closures, etc.

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Road Closures

Trails and roads listed within this site may be closed at any time by the Forest Service, private property owners or other governmental agencies. It is your responsibility to verify state of trail prior to attempting to run it.

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American Flag

I took out my new camera and platform (DJI Phantom 4 Pro) yesterday to American Flag. This was only my second time flying a drone and I am still learning how to fly it. The fact that I didn't crash it yet is a testament to the DJI platform and how easy it is to fly, not my flying capabilities. Still a lot of learning to do, especially the camera settings, but I really like what it's offered so far.


July 2012 Update: The Forest Service has constructed a bypass along the Control Road away from American Flag (see Control Road Adventure). You can still access the American Flag site and Arizona Trail, though you must take the short road off the Control Road now.

An interesting short stop for ghost town buffs (those there's not much to see due to private property limitations) is the small ghost town of American Flag near Oracle, Arizona. Located at coordinates N 32 34.805 W 110 43.238.

Here's some history I gleaned regarding American Flag: The town of American Flag was founded by prospector Isaac Lorrainein in the late 1870s where he was operating the American Flag mine. As more mining and ranching camps popped up in the area, the need for a post office grew.

The mining town eventually had a population of about forty. The American Flag Post Office was established on December 28, 1880. In 1881, Lorrainein sold the town to the Richardson Mining Company of New York. But by 1884, the population dwindled to only fifteen so and the post office closed on July 16, 1890.

The old post office still stands today (now on the site of the American Flag Ranch where it was moved sometime after it was built), and is believed to be the oldest surviving territorial post office building in Arizona. The building is now on the National Register of Historic Places, and is preserved by the Oracle Historical Society.









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