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

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Sara Harelson

I’m Sara! I’m 21, a senior in college, and a journalism major.  I love to read, write, travel, and listen to music.  I’m always on to my next adventure.


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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!

Outdoor Adventures based on Offroad Exploration!

Arizona N2O - The Lighter Side of Experience Arizona

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What's New for 2017

Here's where you can quickly find out what's new to the website. Whether there's a new trail or QTR added, or a update to a review. It will be listed here so you're always up-to-date on what's happening with Experience Arizona.

What's New: On the (Rail) Road Again

December 2, 2017

All aboard! Punch your ticket and climb on board with intern Sara Harelson along the Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarkdale, Arizona. Enjoy the scenic views and maybe if you’re lucky, spot a bald eagle or two.


What's New: The Best Musical Festival You’ve Never Heard Of

November 6, 2017

The Valley of the Sun turns into the Valley of Music when Lost Lake Music Festival comes to town. This first time festival draws a crowd and brings famous musical acts for festivalgoers. Join intern Sara Harelson as she attends the music festival, but you may want to cover your eyes because her dance moves are tough to watch.


What's New: Make America Skate Again

October 27, 2017

Hurry up and see Lake Powell while it’s still there! Pretty soon tourists will be skateboarding instead of wakeboarding when the lake is drained to create the world’s largest skate park. Read intern Sara Harelson’s new satire story before the water’s all gone!


What's New: Free Fallin'

October 15, 2017

Get strapped in and get ready to jump! Intern Sara Harelson is Free Fallin’ at Skydive Arizona. Do you have the courage to join her on her jump?


What's New: Striking Gold in Bisbee

September 26, 2017

Spend a weekend with intern Sara Harelson in the historic mining town of Bisbee. Grab a beer, bring some old vinyl records, and pack your ghost hunting gear for an exciting trip!


What's New: My lone float on Watson Lake

September 14, 2017

Sweaty palms, a flight suit and a wind tunnel mean only one thing: Indoor Skydiving. But was intern Amanda blown away? Find out in her final story with Experience Arizona!


What's New: Falling for an Adrenaline Rush: Indoor Skydiving

August 30, 2017

Follow along with intern Sara Harelson as she spends a beautiful morning at Watson Lake.  Read about her lone hike and float on this beautiful lake in Prescott, AZ.  It’s just her, the birds, and the dragon flies.


What's New:The Bisbee Fly Swatting Contest of 1912

August 10, 2017

In August of 1912, Bisbee, Arizona fought the spread of disease with the Bisbee Fly Swatting Contest. Now, 105 years later, the flies still remain. Join intern Amanda Oien as she explores this little known piece of Arizona history in her latest story.


What's New: Slide Rock: Arizona’s Natural Waterslide

July 22, 2017

Follow along with intern Amanda Oien as she ditches the plastic slides and burning concrete of the water parks this summer and hits Arizona's natural waterslide, Slide Rock State Park in Sedona.


What's New:Mysterious 100-year-old Death Leaves one Family Member Looking for Answers

July 12, 2017

Was it murder? Was it suicide? KK Proctor researches her great-grandfather's death within her family's rich Arizona history.


What's New:Conquering the Depths of the Salt River

July 7, 2017

The lower Salt River attracts thousands of people to go tubing down the river. But will the Arizona heat and the sometimes-unforgiving rapids play nice? Intern Amanda Oien finds out.


What's New: 23 Miles of Mexican Food

June 19, 2017

Tucson is making its mark north of the border with the best "23 Miles of Mexican Food" in the nation. But is it worth the hype?

Join Amanda Oien on this tough assignment as she discovers the history (and a few of the tastes) behind the 23 Miles of Mexican Food.


What's New: Margarita Tank 4WD Adventure

May 31, 2017

If you're in the California Gulch area, the Margarita Tank trail is another 4WD trail that's easy, fun to take and has some interesting things to see.


What's New: Generations of Flight; Tucson Paragliding Instructor Teaches Others to Reach for the Sky

May 9, 2017

If you’ve ever dreamed of flying, then you won’t want to miss out on Nick Smallwood’s final article of the semester. For his last project, Nick had the opportunity accompany local paragliding instructor, Aaron Cromer, and a few of his students, to Sonoita, Arizona, for a paragliding training session.  Join Nick as he takes you into the blue, to discover how one man’s passion for flight is inspiring a new generation of pilots.


What's New: Glamping with Cat-dog Part 2

April 24, 2017

In Cat-dog's second blog post, she describes what it was like to weather out an "Arizona Hurricane" while in the Airstream. I'm not sure how she survived!  


What's New: Glamping with Cat-dog Part 1

April 16, 2017

Cat-dog writes her first post describing her adventures out glamping in our latest edition to the family - a 2003 Airstream trailer. She's not a big camping fan, can staying in the comfort of an airstream trailer change her mind about camping?  


What's New: Journey To Bonita Creek

March 27, 2017

Located in one of only two Riparian Natural Conservation Areas in the United States, Bonita Creek is truly a desert oasis. Over spring-break, Nick Smallwood had the opportunity to visit this amazing place and capture its beauty through the lens of his camera. Here are a few of his best photos, as well as a short story about his trip.   


What's New: Bell Rock Bliss

March 12, 2017

Sedona is one of those places that’s hard to describe with words alone. It’s a place where all the elements – beautiful scenery, unique shops, and a large amount of outdoor activities – come crashing together to create a travel destination that is unlike any other. A few weeks ago, Nick Smallwood spent a weekend in Sedona to experience some of the great hiking there. Join Nick as he takes you on a blissful journey up Bell Rock, one of the town’s most prominent rock features.   


What's New: Finding Arizona's Lost Highways photo Gallery

March 4, 2017

I've uploaded the full gallery (with new photos) from Nick Smallwood's awesome article about finding Arizona's Lost Highways. Take a look and see more stuff you can find along these old roads that are slowly being reclaimed by the desert.


What's New: Finding Arizona's Lost Highways

February 24, 2017

Think you’ve discovered all there is to find in Arizona? Think again! Hidden in plain sight are Arizona’s lost highways. While these roads are no longer in use, hiking them is a surefire way to bring back the nostalgia of the good old days. In this article, Nick Smallwood travels back to the 1930’s as he shows you how to find these old roads.


What's New: The Mission at Tumacacori

February 16, 2017

Are you looking for a place that has beauty, history and a little mystery? Look no further than the Mission at Tumacacori down near Tubac. I recently took a trip down to this historic National Park and was amazed at all it has to offer. Definitely worth the trip.


What's New: Journey to Windy Point

February 8, 2017

Join intern Nick Smallwood for his photographic journey to Windy Point, a popular vista near Tucson. If you've never been there before, his beautiful images will make you wonder what you've been missing.


What's New: San Rafael Valley Adventure

February 1, 2017

This is an awesome 2WD adventure through the beautiful and scenic San Rafael Valley in southern Arizona. You can drive these semi-maintained dirt roads through the seemingly endless grasslands and enjoy the beauty that you may not expect in the desert. You need to put this on your bucket list of what to do in Arizona!


What's New: Bog Hole 4WD Adventure

January 13, 2017

Here's a nice and easy 2WD4WD adventure to a small wildlife area in the beautiful and scenic San Rafael Valley in southern Arizona. Bog Hole is a lush oasis in the midst of the San Rafael Valley's seemingly endless grasslands and it's just one of the many places to go exploring in the area. If you are exploring Arizona, this area should be on your list to visit!

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