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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

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!



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

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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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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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What's New

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.

2016 What's New

What's New: Rice Peak Snow Day 2015

December 16, 2015

We went up Rice Peak after a nice winter storm to play in the snow. We were surprised on how much had fallen. To me, there's nothing quite as beautiful as snow in the desert. This was no exception. The pups had a great time, especially Gidget. She went bonkers in the snow. She loved catching snowballs and decided to eat the snowman we built. I think she knew the snowman would turn angry. And it did. It tried to block us from having fun, but snowmen can't compete with Jeeps. This one tried. And lost.   

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What's New: Aztec Peak Adventure Added

December 5, 2015

A 2WD dirt road (in most weather) to the top of a mountain with 360 degree views. This trail also goes along Workman Creek Falls. This is a beautiful trail to take in the fall to see the fall colors.   

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What's New: Aztec Peak and Workman's Creek Photo Gallery

December 4, 2015

I’ve added a photo gallery from last month's trip to Aztec Peak and Workman's Creek. This is an absolutely amazing place to visit in the fall. The colors are amazing. A complete write up on this adventure coming soon.  

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What's New: New Year's Eve Party Contest

December 2, 2015

Want to start off 2016 in a grand way? Experience Arizona has you covered. We are teaming up with Saguaro Scottsdale and New Year's Eve 2016 to send you Arizona's premier New Year's Eve Party. FOR FREE! You could win a VIP package worth over $475!   

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What's New: Episode 2 of It's a Jeep Thing Released!

November 27, 2015

The second episode of “It’s a Jeep Thing” has been released! In this episode, Jeep Guy goes to the dentist to get his teeth cleaned only to find out he’s got Erectile Dysfunction. Luckily for Jeep Guy, the good dentist at JG’s Family Dentistry and Health Clinic has a solution – one that’s perfect for those of us who love our Jeeps.   

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What's New: Pueblo Canyon Hike

November 22, 2015

This is an extreme hike to an extremely beautiful and scenic place. Although Pueblo Canyon and the ruins of the same name are spectacular, it takes a great deal of fortitude, energy and bravery to succeed (which I did not have). For those of you who have these attributes in abundance, this is a hike that shouldn't be missed. For those of you who don't, skip it. Do not underestimate this hike as I did. 

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What's New: Book Review - Stunning Digital Photography

October 23, 2015

Most of us who enjoy exploring the outdoors also like taking photos of our adventures. And, if you're like me, you could do a better job at this. I have a suggestion if you want to improve you photography skills and get some really stunning shots. Buy Stunning Digital Photography by Tony Northrup (and watch his Youtube videos). They have really helped me and can probably do the same for you. Here's my review: 

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What's New: A Most Beautiful Success

October 4, 2015

Here's Part II of our adventure at Pueblo Canyon Ruins - A Most Beautiful Success! After I turned back without reaching the ruins, here's the story of the two that did. I want to thank Dale Brech, guest writer and fellow adventurer, for his wonderful write up. This story would not have been possible without him..  

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What's New: A Most Beautiful Failure

September 27, 2015

No one enjoys failing. But if you're not failing every once in a while, you're not pushing yourself hard enough. And sometimes failures can be beautiful - here's the story of one of my most beautiful failures.

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What's New: Haunted Hotel Ball Ticket Contest

September 24, 2015

Do you want to attend Arizona's biggest and best Halloween bash this year? For FREE? Experience Arizona is teaming up with the organizers of the Haunted Hotel Ball to give you a chance at winning VIP tickets to the two day, three party event at the Saguaro Scottsdale worth $200!

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What's New: Gear Review - Barricade Rear Bumper with Swing Out Spare Tire Carrier

September 21, 2015

I finally was able to remove my stock rear bumper and install and nice rock crawler bumper with a swing out spare tire carrier. Here's my installation notes and review of the Barricade Rear Bumper with Swing Out Spare Tire Carrier from Extreme Terrain.

Bottom line: awesome bumper for a great price.

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What's New: Alternate Ending to Jeep Guy's Romantic Evening Video

September 17, 2015

Here's the outtakes and alternate ending for the Jeep Guy's Romantic Evening video. Toyota fans rejoice! You get revenge on Jeep Guy (with a little help from Lord Vader).

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What's New: Providencia Canyon Ruins

September 12, 2015

Here's a short and easy 4WD trail that leads to some lesser known stone ruins in the Patagonia Mountains south of Tucson. This is a nice trail to take when your off exploring some of the other trails in the area. 

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What's New: It's a Jeep Thing: Jeep Guy's Romantic Evening

September 7, 2015

Jeep people are awesome, but we do have our idiosyncrasies. Join me as we look into the humorous side of owning and loving Jeeps in our first episode of "It's a Jeep Thing". In this episdoe, Jeep Guy and his super hot Italian girlfriend, Isabella, are at her place for a romantic evening. The night is going great and Isabella seems like the perfect woman until Jeep Guy finds out her dark secret.  

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What's New: Rediscovering Oatman

August 24, 2015

Oatman is a living ghost town in northern Arizona near Kingman. Oatman was once one of the largest gold producing towns in Arizona. Now, it's a unique tourist destination with plenty of interesting shops, a few restaurants, an old mine and some tough old donkeys you can hand feed. Go back in time with Jordyne as she discovers why this town should be rediscovered.  

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What's New: What's Your Favorite Outdoor Spot in Arizona?

August 11, 2015

Arizona is full of outdoor adventures. From hiking and skiing to mountain biking and kayaking, Arizona has it all. But which of these adventures is your favorite? Which place stands out among the rest? I chatted with a few Tucsonans to learn just that.  

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What's New: 4WD Adventure to The Lake

August 8, 2015

I’ve added a new 4WD trail: The Lake. This is a short and easy 4WD trail in southern Arizona to a little known lake southeast of Tucson. 

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What's New: Corral Canyon Photo Gallery

July 24, 2015

I’ve added a photo gallery (and short video) from last weekend’s trip to Corral Canyon. It was a wonderful day of cool, wet weather. The area was so lush and green. It was just beautiful.  

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What's New: Witnessing the Paranormal

July 19, 2015

Legends of cowboy spirits, haunted hotels and spooky mines are embedded in Arizona’s rich history. These unsolved mysteries loom over cities, homes and people here in the West. Luckily there are a select few who are dedicated to discovering the truth: paranormal investigators. I sat down with two of Arizona’s finest paranormal investigators at the haunted, Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley. We discussed what it means to investigate the paranormal, what ghosts look like, the history and haunting of Steam Pump Ranch and much more. The natural beauty of Arizona draws people here from around the world but maybe there is more to this state than what meets the eye.  

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What's New: Bear Draws Human Hunt - Arizona N20 Story

July 5, 2015

An Arizona black bear named Gary won the big animal lottery to legally hunt and kill a human this hunting season. Obviously, Gary is excited about this opportunity, but hunting humans is not without controversy. Arizona N20 heads to the national animal convention to discuss the issues ... and to see if we really do taste like chicken.

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What's New: Lava Cave Hike Adventure

June 30, 2015

I've added the Lava Cave Hiking Adventure to the hiking page so those wanting to do the hike can find it easily. This is an awesome underground hike to do during the summer.

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What's New: New Feature Story by Emily Huddleston - The Descent Into Darkness

June 25, 2015

A persistent chill and complete darkness fills the Lava River Cave in Flagstaff, Arizona. 700,000 years ago molten rock erupted from a volcano vent, forming an underground flowing river of lava. Today one of Arizona's most thrilling attractions, The Lava River Cave remains. This cave is an otherworldly adventure and a perfect place to cool off from the summer heat.

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What's New: Rainbows at 96 Ranch

June 20, 2015

I've added a new photo gallery: Rainbows at 96 Ranch. On a recent trip out to 96 Ranch, we got to see a rainbow above the ranch. It was awesome.

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What's New: N20 Report - Walking at Work Deemed "High Risk" Activity

June 15, 2015

An Arizona N20 exclusive regarding the dangers of working in today's busy offices. In this hard-hitting report, we investigate how the act of walking has been slated as a "high risk activity" by OSHA, what you can do to avoid potential deadly walking injuries and new safety gear that can help you stay safe (in case you're crazy enough to brave the dangerous hallways and sidewalks of our hazardous work environment).

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What's New: Bell Rock Hike

June 12, 2015

Any easy hike around Sedona's famed Bell Rock. This hike offers awesome views and great photographic opportunities. If you dare, you can also climb up to the top of Bell Rock (or as high as you feel comfortable). Or you can take your kids up to the base of bell rock and enjoy Sedona's large energy vortex. Whatever you decide, from tame and low-key to high-adrenaline, this is a nice hike that won't disappoint.

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What's New: Searching for Clues at a Mystery Castle

June 8, 2015

Phoenix, Arizona is home to a mansion full of secrets and treasures – a strange castle built in the 1930's with a mixture of materials such as distorted bricks, wagon wheels and automobile parts which form its 18 rooms. The castle was dedicated to a woman named Mary Lou Gulley who lived there until her death in 2010. Here’s the story of one of the most unique and visited places in the West – Phoenix’s Mystery Castle.

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What's New: The Crazy Bird Lady of Elephant Hill

June 7, 2015

As promised, here's the story of "The Crazy Bird Lady of Elephant Hill." It's a story about decisions - good or bad and how they may impact you, those with you and even those around you. This is perhaps one of the strangest things I've witnessed while out exploring. Was this lady courageous or crazy? You make the call!

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What's New: Introducing Emily Huddleston

June 6, 2015

It’s 100 degrees now and we all know what that means – summer is upon us! For many of us who live here year-round, “summer” is a four-letter word. Something to dread. And not only do we have to deal with the heat, but “summer” means that our intern, Shannon Higgins, has moved on to other adventures. Bad for us, good for her. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors!

But it’s not all bad news. This is one summer I am actually looking forward to. This is the summer of Emily Huddleston – our next awesome intern. Emily can’t wait to share her enthusiasm and passion for our beautiful state with all of you. I’m no weatherman, but my forecast for this summer is sunny and hot with 100% chance of adventure!

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What's New: Chiricahua Mountains Photo Gallery

May 27, 2015

Here's a photo gallery from our Memorial Day camping trip to the Chiricahua Mountains. The fire of 2011 sure did some significant damage, but it was nice to see some fresh growth and areas that were relatively unaffected. We got very lucky and found a place to camp by ourselves next to a small running creek. One of the trails we ran was extremely overgrown and had numerous fallen dead trees that had to be cleared.

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What's New: In Search of a Fire in the Sky

May 13, 2015

In his latest story, In Search of a Fire in the Sky, guest writer Brian Sullins heads out to find the location of one of the best documented cases of alien abductions in the US. It happened in northern Arizona back in 1975, on a day many local residents of the small town of Heber will never forget.

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What's New: Ajax Mine Processing Plant

May 6, 2015

Another short, but interesting 4WD trail in southern Arizona. A great side trip if you're down exploring in the Arivaca area.

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What's New: Sabino Canyon Opens Thai Restaurant as Main Attraction

May 3, 2015

In order to create a safety net from possible budget cuts parks are facing, Sabino Canyon decided to open a Thai restaurant to lure more visitors down to the falls. The opening day saw over 100,000 visitors and more than 7,000 accidents from the high volume of people.

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What's New: Guardrailosaurus WReX Recently Discovered at Grand Canyon

April 30, 2015

Introducing guest writer, Brian Sullins. Brian is a friend, fellow explorer, and amateur photographer / writer currently living in living in Litchfield Park, Arizona. He’s also an Arizona native and father of three who enjoys spending much of his free time going to the places only accessible by foot or 4WD. Please welcome Brian to the site and take a moment to read his story, Guardrailosaurus WReX Recently Discovered at Grand Canyon.

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What's New: Brouse Mine 4WD Adventure

April 29, 2015

I’ve added a new adventure to the website: The Brouse Mine 4WD Trail. This secluded trail in southern Arizona is packed with adventure: stone ruins, old aircraft engine containers, mines, windmills, an arrastra and some fun and challenging four-wheeling. This is a great trail to run after a good rain (though I wouldn’t want to do it after a big summer monsoon). There was lots of water running in the canyon when we ran it and it was one of the best four-wheeling days I’ve had in a long time. Take a look at the video page to get an idea of what we went through.

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What's New: Spring Breaking and Making Memories in Antelope Canyon

April 17, 2015

Page, Arizona might not be every college student’s destination for spring break, but this year it was mine. Ditching the beach to spend time with my family exploring Antelope Canyon seemed like a risky decision. Page wasn’t much to see and I questioned if a seaside view would have been more enjoyable than what I signed up for. Did Antelope Canyon outshine a typical spring break with salty air and a warm beach?

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What's New: Coches Ruins 4WD Adventure

April 8, 2015

This is an easy 2WD/4WD adventure down near that border that takes you through some beautiful rolling hills, wonderful desert scenery, stone ruins, rock dams, windmills and mines. For those interested in seeing the beauty of the desert while exploring some historical places, this adventure is for you!  

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What's New: Conquering Parker Creek Canyon - Part III

April 5, 2015

The final chapter in our Conquering Middle Parker Creek Canyon series has been published. We were stopped by a unclimbable waterfall and had to decide how we were going to make it out of the canyon: try a quick, but dangerous exit, or take the longer and much safer way out. I'm sure our choice won't surprise you, but what had me thinking of movie, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, may. I’m just glad no one had to be lifted out by helicopter.   

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What's New: Conquering Parker Creek Canyon - Part II

March 31, 2015

Part II of our Conquering Parker Creek Canyon adventure has been posted. In our quest to reach Sleeping Dog Grotto from the north, we find Parker Creek Canyon has more to throw at us than swamps, reeds and cattails. Although we are able to carefully bypass one of the larger waterfalls, we soon discover that isn’t an option when the canyon becomes even more narrow. The only way to get through is to climb down as far as you can, then jump into the freezing cold water. Except if you’re a ninja. Then you may be able to do an awesome ninja move and straddle the canyon. To my utter surprise, I find out that I am NOT a ninja. I also find out that my canyon exit strategy has been nixed by a 35 foot waterfall. Beautiful, but impassible.   

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What's New: A Boot Kicken' Good Time

March 28, 2015

After an exciting day at the Tucson rodeo, people headed over to the Coor’s Barn Yard Dance to celebrate the rodeo’s 90th anniversary. Live music, line dancing, and food created a lively and energizing atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy. Here’s a short video capturing the entertaining celebration.

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What's New: Conquering Middle Parker Creek Canyon - Part I

March 25, 2015

A few friends and I decided we would attempt to hike what I am calling "Middle Parker Creek Canyon". This section of the canyon would tie in to the upper half of the lower section we hiked a few months ago. I thought it may be a little bit of a challenge, but like usual, I was wrong. It's not often you have to wade hip deep through a murky swamp in Arizona hoping not to be taken down by some unseen creature. Or have to jump off a small waterfall into numbingly cold water. Or scale super steep canyon walls that crumble away after every step. But we managed to find all of this and more. Here's the first part of our story.

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What's New: Lower Parker Creek Canyon Hiking Adventure

March 19, 2015

Lower Parker Creek Canyon Hike is the fourth in the Parker Creek Canyon Experience series, and perhaps I've saved the best for last. I will never forget splashing through the water as I entered Sleeping Dog Grotto or performing the "Cammie-carry" to get Cat-dog through some of the deeper sections of water (see video). Although short, this hike has more to offer per mile than almost any other I've ever done: beautiful scenery, cool water, interesting geology and fun challenges. The only thing missing is your own experience!     

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What's New: Presumido Ghost Town 4WD Adventure

March 12, 2015

The Sonoran desert doesn't give up its secrets very often ... or very easily. Our recent discovery of the Presumido ghost town is proof of that. Although not technically difficult to access, the long drive to this remote spot next to the Mexico border makes an easy, one day trip for most people in Arizona just a fantasy. But it's also its seclusion that makes it so special. The buildings are relatively free from stupid acts of vandalism so often found on sites close to large communities, with only the harsh desert environment quietly reclaiming the buildings back to their natural state. It is almost as if you stepped back into time. This is a must see for all the ghost town aficionados!   

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What's New: Preserving Kartchner Caverns State Park

March 5, 2015

By Shannon Higgins

Kartchner Caverns State Park is the largest living cave in Arizona. With such a remarkable place open to the public, I wanted to discover how they are able to preserve this underground world from deterioration.    

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What's New: Lower Parker Creek Canyon Loop 4WD Adventure

March 1, 2015

By Matt Marine

Here's the third of the four adventures in the Parker Creek Canyon Experience: Lower Parker Creek Canyon Loop 4WD trail. This easy 4WD trail takes you through a wide variety of interesting places: Arizona's largest blackberry patch (not sure if this is true, but it's BIG), an old ranch house, an explosive storage building and the trail head to the Lower Parker Creek Canyon Hike (a narrow, slot canyon).    

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What's New: Upper Parker Creek Canyon Hiking Adventure

February 24, 2015

By Matt Marine

Here's the second of four adventures in the Parker Creek Canyon Experience: the Upper Parker Creek Canyon Hike. This canyon is one of the premier canyons in Arizona for canyoneering. But you don't need to be a rock climber to enjoy this short, but extremely beautiful, section of the Upper Canyon. This is one hike you won't forget.   

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What's New: Upper Parker Creek Canyon 4WD Adventure

February 18, 2015

By Matt Marine

Here is the first of four adventures for what I am calling "The Parker Creek Canyon Experience". This is a short 4WD trip out along the canyon's edge to an out of this world camping spot. It also provides access to the Upper Parker Creek Canyon hike, which is coming next.    

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What's New: A Tale of Two Canyons

February 18, 2015

By Matt Marine

A Tale of Two Canyons: here's a story about an extraordinary experience I had a couple of weekends ago. I got to hike, 4WD and camp along two very different canyons, which happen to be the same canyon. Sound confusing? It's really not. The same water flows through them, but they are so different and unique they may as well have been in different states. If you like breathtaking beauty and have a sense of adventure, it doesn't get much better than this.    

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What's New: Bridal Wreath Falls Hike

February 17, 2015

By Shannon Higgins

It’s easy to overlook the Rincon Mountains and not give a second thought to what could be hidden in them. I decided to take advantage of this natural beauty and discover what it has to offer, which led me to hike Bridal Wreath Falls. This moderate day hike led me back through the mountains to a cool grotto with water streaming off the cliffs.   

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What's New: Introducing Our New Intern Shannon Higgins

February 16, 2015

The wait is over. Our new intern is here! I cant’ believe it’s been over a year since our last one, but special things are worth the wait. Shannon Higgins is an Arizona native who wants to share her love and enthusiasm of the outdoors with others. And she’s already teaching me new things. She may do the same for you when you read her debut article on a beautiful and relatively unknown trail near Tucson.     

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What's New: Arizona N20 - Man Eaten By Giant Spider

February 12, 2015

Just another story of another dumb ass doing stupid things, but this time his stupidity ends up biting him back.

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What's New: Coches Well Rock Ruins - A Black & White Photographic Essay

February 4, 2015

Those are long words to say that I took some pictures of Coches Well Rock Ruins last weekend and made them black and white. But don't worry about the title or the photos, it's the place that's interesting. There are some very unique aspects about these ruins that make it worth a visit. Do take a look at the pictures to see what you think.

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What's New: Hidden Webs of Arivaca

February 3, 2015

We went to some trails south of Arivaca on an unusually rainy and foggy day in Arizona. One of the biggest surprises were all of the spider webs that were wet and now could be seen. Hundreds, thousands of them. In all different shapes and sizes. You never see them on our typical sunny days, but they are there. Makes you wonder what else we're missing as we walk through our beautiful desert.

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What's New: Grey Horse Mine 4WD Adventure

January 30, 2015

I’ve added a new 4WD adventure in central Arizona. Although a short, easy adventure, don't let that dissuade you from going on it. The Grey Horse adventure has beautiful saguaro forests, interesting historical ruins and mysterious mines that make this an adventure not to miss!

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What's New: Big Lead Mine Photo Gallery

January 15, 2015

I’ve added a photo gallery from our recent trip to the Big Lead Mine and some canyons along Ruby Road. We found an old arrastra, the remains of adobe and rock homes, an old grave and scenic canyons that take your breath away.

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What's New: Arivaca Adventure 4WD trip

January 11, 2015

I'm super excited to share my first adventure of the new year: a 4WD trip down near Arivaca in search of lost treasure, an old mine that's "Good Enough", the remains of an old ghost town, a stone arrastra and getting surprised by three Russian tanks in the desert. This adventure was so big that I had to create three photo galleries from our trip.

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What's New: Photo Galleries and Videos from our exploration into the "Good Enough" Mine

December 31, 2014

Here's a photo gallery and videos from our exploration trip into the "Good Enough" Mine in southern Arizona. It's a cool old mine with some interesting stuff inside of it. But watch out for the thousands of flies and old wooden chute death traps.

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What's New: Photo Galleries and Videos from Charouleau Gap Exploration Trip

December 23, 2014

Here's two photo galleries and five videos from our exploration trip along Charouleau Gap last weekend. We found some amazing stuff, but it was difficult going. There was a new large washout in the road from the summer storms and our hike up the mountain was anything but easy.

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What's New: Updates to Reymert and Box Canyon Adventures

December 18, 2014

I've updated the Box Canyon and Reymert 4WD adventures. We took a recent visit out there and shot some nice video, took more pictures and found a locked gate. Our easy exit to the west (to Highway 79) is now gated off. There may be a bypass, see Box Canyon map for more info. We also visit The Sugar Shack for the first time. This is a unique little shack out by Reymert that shouldn't be missed if you're in the area.

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What's New: Cherry Spring in the Rain

December 13, 2014

After going to Home Depot in the rain at lunch, I decided to make a quick trip up Charouleau Gap to Cherry Spring to enjoy this beautiful weather. I packed up in 30 minutes and was off. Just me, the Rubi and the pups. It was an awesome adventure. Heading up Kiss Rock as water poured down the face of it was a little more difficult than doing it dry, but the Jeep did awesome. Cat-dog and Gidget had a great time playing in the water and with each other. Gidget went swimming in the pond a few times. And every time I would try to load her back up in the Jeep, she go in to the water as if she were thinking, "If I'm in the water, you can't come get me to go back!" Funny pup, I had a secret weapon - a bag of Frito Lays. It worked like magic. She's a smart pup, but I won that round. We made it back safe and sound, just a little wet and muddy. Here are a few pictures from the trip.

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You can also visit the Cherry Springs adventure page by clicking here

What's New: Box Canyon Blunders

December 12, 2014

Ever have one of those days? I had one last weekend when we went out to Box Canyon to see if there was any water flowing in the canyon after it rained the previous day. It wasn't and I paid the price for not adhering to on the my Cardinal Rules of exploring.

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What's New: Updated Honeybee Mountain Biking Adventure

December 4, 2014

I’ve updated the Honeybee Mountain Biking Adventure. The trail has gone through significant changes in the past year. Earlier this year, private property signs were strung across the southern access point on Quiet Rain Drive. Now, it appears they've been taken down and access is allowed again (as long as you don't park there). And an additional 5 miles has been added, completing the upper or northern loop. There are now three distinct loops you may complete (or do one large loop) at about 5 miles each, making it 15+ miles of sweet singletrack heaven. This is now my favorite ride in Tucson.

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What's New: Coon Creek Ruins 4WD Adventure

November 30, 2014

I’ve added a new adventure to the website: the Coon Creek Indian ruins in the Cherry Creek area (central Arizona). This area is well known for its well-preserved, but inaccessible ruins. The Coon Creek ruins are the exception to the rule. If you have a 4WD vehicle (or a good pair of hiking boots) you can easily reach these ruins. They are a 10 minute hike from the parking area and well worth the visit. One of the more interesting features of these ruins are the “honeybee” mines (my words) where the Indians used to mine the colorful minerals for paint (or at least that’s the theory).

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What's New: The Valley of the Gods Photo Gallery

November 20, 2014

During my recent six day camping trip, I was lucky enough to visit Valley of the Gods in southern Utah. Although I know it's not exactly in Arizona, it's close enough to count in my book. Besides, it's spectacularly beautiful. I enjoyed it much more than Monument Valley. Here's a few photos I took while there.

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What's New: The Creature from Frog Hollow

November 3, 2014

Imagine a big, hairy, slobbering creature that wanders southern Arizona's ponds and creeks. Now imagine that it wants to steal your lunch. I know, it's horrible, but it's true! Experience Arizona's crack investigative team has found conclusive historical evidence that the so-called Creature from Frog Hollow does exist - and when you're not watching, it will eat your sandwich. See photos from a long freakin' time ago (before the Internet) and video of a creature so terrible that you may just want to scratch its belly.

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What's New: New Hiking Adventure - Secret Waterfalls

October 30, 2014

This adventure actually contains for directions to four different spots in Catalina State Park that not many people know about. It takes you to a "secret" waterfall, a beautiful scenic canyon, some hidden pools and finally a bathtub tank. These are great areas to visit when the water is flowing and you want to be away from the crowds. There are restrictions on when you can go to some of these though. Please read the information carefully. I hope you enjoy these areas as much as I do!

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What's New: New 4WD Adventure

October 21, 2014

Want an easy 4WD adventure that's full of scenic beauty and history? Then a drive along Paloma Road near Nogales may be for you. Paloma Road is really a combination of four forest roads that take you through the rolling Patagonia Mountain foothills. You can stop by the Golden Rose Camp or Javelina Well ruins if you want a bit of history too. Probably the best time to go on this trail is in September after a good season of monsoon rains. The desert turns to a lush green forest. It's amazing.

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What's New: Return to Spooky Canyon

October 18, 2014

After being away for over four years, we made our return to Spooky Canyon. This canyon is usually filled with creepy critters and strange stuff, just perfect for the month of October.

Unfortunately, we didn't see anything like that on this trip, but what we did come across stopped us in our tracks.

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What's New: Carr Canyon Adventure Part III

October 8, 2014

I've added Part III of our adventure to Carr Canyon Falls after hurricane Odile hit southern Arizona. After experiencing the beauty of the falls, we head back down to our vehicles. On our way we encounter some very strange things, the likes of which I've never seen before.

We also discover why have been alone on the mountain all day.


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What's New: Walnut Creek Cabin QTR and Gallery

October 5, 2014

There's a cool old hunting cabin near Highway 288 between Globe and Young. It's a quick detour, but well worth the trip. Here's some information and photos from our trip last weekend.

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What's New: Reaping the Rewards of an Arizona Hurricane - Part I

October 4, 2014

Part II of our adventure to Carr Canyon Falls after hurricane Odile hit southern Arizona is now online. We make it to the bottom of the falls and witness something few people get to see - the spectacular beauty of huge waterfall shrouded in the mist in southern Arizona.


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What's New: Reaping the Rewards of an Arizona Hurricane - Part I

September 29, 2014

In the aftermath of hurricane Odile, we venture to Sierra Vista to see if we can make it to Carr Canyon Falls.

The Huachuca Mountains received four inches of rain the night before and we found portions of the road completely submerged. Would the rampaging flood waters stop us or would some new friends give us the courage to make the crossing?

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What's New: Updates to the Slavin (Abril) Mine Adventure

August 17, 2014

I've updated the Slavin (Abril) Mine adventure from a trip down there earlier in the year. This is an awesome trip in the beautiful Dragoon Mountains in southeast Arizona. We went there in February to find an old ore chute we'd missed on our previous trips. I've also included a side trip down Middlemarch Canyon to a large set of old mill ruins. Finally, I've added video form the trip including walking over the "Bridge of Death" near the chutes. I've probably exaggerated it a little, I could call it "You could get hurt really bad if you fell off this board crossing this small ravine bridge", but it didn't sound as cool as Bridge of Death.

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What's New: Updates to the China Camp 4WD Adventure

August 12, 2014

A subscriber recently reminded me of some additional trails near China Camp that I’ve traveled since my first visit and posting. This reminder prompted me to updated the China Camp 4WD adventure. The importance of this information may not be in what’s on these specific trails, but what is not. And which ones to avoid. There is a very dangerous trail (FR4390) which leads to a mine and has no place to turn around. We did not heed/understand the warning stated by a couple we’d met during our trip and drove right up to the mine. Trying to turn around on this road had to be one of the scariest moments I’ve ever had while four-wheeling. There is a vehicle at the bottom of the canyon which did not make it. I’ve updated the information on this (and another nasty and dangerous spur trail) at China Camp and have included a new photo album with pictures from our trip there a few winters ago.

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What's New: Corral Canyon/Mowry 4WD Trip Added

August 7, 2014

Corral Canyon is a relatively unknown and remote canyon in the Patagonia Mountains. Although a short 4WD trail, it has a lot to offer. From sweeping views of the valley below, to dense, tree-lined canyons to bits of Arizona history, this trip has something for almost everyone! This adventure also includes a side trip to the ghost town of Mowry in which you can see some old adobe and stone ruins and one of the deepest mine shafts I've ever been to.

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What's New: About Arizona - White-lined Sphinx Moth

July 28, 2014

We recently met a bunch of the larvae stage (caterpillars) form of the White-lined Sphinx moths trying to cross a road. These caterpillars are huge (same with the moths) and are very beautiful. These moths are so big they are sometimes mistaken for hummingbirds. They also can give you quite a surprise if you pick them up like we did as we were trying to rescue a few from getting run over on a road.

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What's New: WWII B-24 Crash Site Hiking Adventure

July 26, 2014

A tough hike to a B-24 that crashed half way up Mount Humphrey's during WWII. One of the best preserved plane crash sites from that era in Arizona. .

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What's New: Hiking to a WWII B-24 Crash Site and Eating Dry Cat Food

July 25, 2014

In June, a friend and I attempted to climb half way up the tallest mountain in Arizona to find the remains of a B-24 bomber that had crashed there during WWII. We had everything planned out, then the plans were thrown out the window. We eventually would find the crash site ... and that when you're really hungry dry cat food doesn't sound too bad.

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What's New: Dinner at the Rock House

July 14, 2014

We head out for a nice BBQ and 4WD trip to the Rock House and end up being attacked by Mother Nature.

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What's New: Flamethrowers Banned in National Forests

July 9, 2014

After years of debate and study, the Forest Service has decided to ban all flamethrowers from National Forests. Although at first this may seem like a logical step, many US citizens are against the restriction.

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What's New: Trasharoo Review

July 7, 2014

I post a review of the Trasharoo - a spare tire trash bag. But it's more than that. This thing is awesome and should be standard equipment for anyone out four-wheeling, camping or hiking.

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What's New: Run for the Border Video - Part IV

June 27, 2014

The final part of the Run for the Border story: we meet a new friend, take a ride along the border and have a BBQ while looking at some spectacular scenery.

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What's New: Run for the Border Video - Part III

June 26, 2014

We find the ghost town we had visited almost 30 years ago. Here's the video showing what we found there. Also, we've included a video of Wakefield Spring.

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What's New: Run for the Border - Part III and Video of Wakefield Camp Ice House

June 25, 2014

We finally make it to Wakefield Cabin and either find the ghost town or go home empty handed in Part III of the story. Also, I've uploaded video from the Ice House and Wakefield Camp.

Part III - Run for the Border Story

Video of the Ice House and Wakefield Camp

What's New: Run for the Border - Part II

June 23, 2014

We continue the story of trying to find an old ghost town we discovered almost thirty years ago. We make it to Wakefield Camp, though not the ghost town we were looking for, we discovered one of the strangest buildings I've ever found in the Arizona desert.

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What's New: Twin Arrows Trading Post QTR

June 10, 2014

We found an old Route 66 icon on our recent trip to Flagstaff - the Twin Arrow Trading Post. This place is just plain awesome. Opened sometime in the 1950s along old Route 66, the Twin Arrows Trading Post was featured on many books and magazines about Route 66. It closed during the 1990s, but it still has something to give.

Click here for Part I of my Gallery

Click here to go to the QTR page for more information and directions

What's New: New Feature Story Added - Run For The Border

June 9, 2014

I've posted Part One of my Run for the Border feature story. This was an attempt at finding a lost ghost town we had unexpectedly discovered during a four day expedition near the border in 1988. At that time, it was one of the best ghost towns we had ever visited, with a scattering of intact (and unmolested) buildings and tons of discarded equipment. It was only by stupid luck we found it in 1988. Now, twenty-six years later, would I have enough stupidity and luck to find it again?

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What's New: Big Reef Mill 4WD Adventure Added

June 4, 2014

Big Reef Mill is a super short spur road off Castle Hot Springs road that leads to the ruins of an old mill site. There's some nice equipment, foundations and walls at this location. If you're driving Castle Hot Springs, this quick detour is worth your while!

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What's New: We Celebrate National Go Topless Day in Style!

May 21, 2014

Go Topless Day is an event put on by All Things Jeep when Jeep lovers celebrate the love, spirit, and sense of fun & adventure that comes with owning a Jeep by taking off their top. The Jeep's top that is.

But some of us do more. See what Experience Arizona did for Go Topless Day this year.

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What's New: Chutes and Spines

May 13, 2014

Why am I trying on women's pink and black bike clothes? And what does that have to do with making our trails cleaner? Read the "Chutes and Spines" story to find out.

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What's New: Escalators in the Grand Canyon?

May 12, 2014

Big news for Grand Canyon Visitors: The National Park Service will be installing a system of escalators in the Grand Canyon so tourists will not have to hike to reach the bottom.

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What's New: New 4WD Adventure Added - Workman Creek Falls

May 9, 2014

I've added a new adventure to the website: Workman Creek Falls. Not only are the falls incredible, but with such a lush landscape you won't believe you're in the center of the Arizona desert. Oh, and don't forget to watch the video. During our visit, we "rescued” a fallen comrade (radio) that almost went over the top of the falls. I’d never used a winch cable for something like this before.

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What's New: Jeeps proven to be Better Than Horses

May 6, 2014

The smartest man in America, Dr. Sheldon Cooper, weighs in on a debate that's been raging for decades: are Jeeps really better than horses? Although the answer should not surprise you, the rest of the story will most likely appall you.

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What's New: Courtland 4WD Adventure

May 5, 2014

The Courtland adventure combines SIX trails in one adventure. All are fairly easy 4WD adventures, with some accessible by 2WD. The area is rich in history and you will be amazed by the ruins and scenery. You can visit a refurbished early 1900s jail, the remains of an old school, hospital, store, offices, processing plant and much more. If you enjoy mining history, you'll love this adventure.

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What's New: Anderson Mill 4WD Adventure

April 14, 2014

The Anderson Mill is a unique structure in the foothills of the Wickenburg Mountains. This place looks more like a fine art metal sculpture than a once working mill. You could spend hours looking over the site at it's interesting features. The trail to the mill is a very easy 4WD trail along the Little San Domingo Wash. There's a ton of old (and some new) mining activity in the area. This trail also leads to the Underwood homestead and grave site and almost endless side trails.

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What's New: DITO - Drive In, Trash Out

April 11, 2014

DITO is an action orientated program to help improve the environment now. Responsible offroaders (and hikers, bikers, riders, hunters, fishermen or participants in any outdoor activity) always pack out what we pack in. But some of us do more - we also pick up trash we encounter while in the back country, taking out more than we took in. That's the idea behind DITO!

The purpose of this initiative is to increase the awareness that if we all pack out more than we pack in we will make a huge difference! Participation is easy! Start carrying an extra trash bag everyplace you go exploring. When you stop along the trail, pick up the litter in the area. And be sure to get a picture of your efforts so you can enter the DITO Photo Contest!

That's right! Experience Arizona and Offroad Passport want to reward your DITO efforts so we're setting up a quarterly DITO Photo Contest! Pick up TRASH, take a PICTURE, then SUBMIT picture - Win BIG!

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What's New: Honey Bee to Rail X Mountain Bike Trail

April 8, 2014

I've uploaded a great new mountain biking trail in Oro Valley called the Honey Bee to Rail X trail. This is a series of trails that are smooth, fast and lots of fun. This is the hottest thing on the NW side of Tucson right now!

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What's New: New 4WD Trail Opens in Tucson

April 7, 2014

A new 4WD trail, called the Wetmore Trail, has recently opened in Tucson. This urban trail offers various levels of difficulty combined with some scenery not typically encountered when four-wheeling and should soon become a local favorite.

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What's New: Arizona Lawmakers Make the "Jeep Wave" Mandatory

April 1, 2014

Arizona lawmakers have passed a landmark bill requiring all Jeep drivers to perform what's known as the "Jeep Wave". Details regarding this new law can be found here.

What's New: Ruby Arizona Book Review

March 31, 2014

I read this book when doing research for on the Old Glory and El Oro Mines. This is a wonderful book on southern Arizona history of the Ruby area and shouldn't be missed.

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What's New: Cliff House Video

March 27, 2014

I've add a quick video tour of the Cliff House and an interactive layout. You can click on the camera icons to see pictures of each room of the Cliff House!

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What's New: Warsaw Canyon 4WD Adventure

March 17, 2014

This is the second of two adventures down near the Mexico border. Warsaw Canyon is an awesome 4WD adventure that can be combined with the California Gulch adventure to make a big loop. If you were following the Arizona Jones: Raiders of the Lost Bark treasure hunt, this is the trail that will lead you to the treasure's location! In addition, I’ve included FOUR short spur trails that will take you to the Saint Christopher Mine, El Oro Mill site, the Brick Mine and the Grubstake Mine. Like the California Gulch story, I’ve included over 60 photos and a bunch of video due to the pure magnitude of this adventure. This is another southern Arizona adventure that should not be missed!

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What's New: California Gulch 4WD Adventure

March 13, 2014

Here's the first of two awesome adventures: California Gulch. This is a wonderful 4WD trail filled with incredible scenery and history. I’ve also included FIVE additional short spur trails that will take you to the Old Glory Mill and Dam, California Gulch Cemetery, Oro Blanco Ruins, Ruby Lakes Ruins and Cemetery and Casa Piedra “Stone House” Ruins at the Mexico border. I’ve included over 60 photos and a bunch of video due to the pure magnitude of this adventure. It should not be missed!

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What's New: Return to the Cliff House Ruins - Part I

March 8, 2014

Part I of our adventure as we return to the Cliff House near Redington. This is a unique piece of architecture in a remote canyon that was built in the 1930s. The place is difficult to find and even more difficult to get to. With good friends, beautiful scenery and sketchy weather we had quite the adventure! Join us for Part I of our trip as we conquer "Freak Out" hill and discover things aren't always what they seem...

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What's New: The Treasure of the Lost Bark has been Found!

February 24, 2014

The Treasure of the Lost Bark has been found! After 100 years of being lost in the desert, a determined adventurer has found the treasure. I've posted the story (written in his own words) and photos regarding the hunt and the dash for the treasure on an early Saturday morning. It's a great adventure tale. Thanks, Klayton! Great job solving the clues and finding the treasure.

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What's New: In Search of the Old Glory Dam

February 5, 2014

A huge dam was built in 1884 to service the largest gold producing mine in the Oro Blanco Mining District in southern Arizona. I failed to locate the dam during my first visit to the area in December, 2013. Something that big doesn’t just disappear. Or does it? After a month of research, I thought I’d solved the mystery and was ready to make a second attempt. Here’s the story of what I found, the mistakes I made and how wrong one can be. Make sure you watch the video at the end of the story documenting the discovery. Not only does it give you a taste about how I found the dam, but a an idea of what the countryside is like.

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What's New: Arizona Memory Project - Jeep Tubing

January 27, 2014

As most of us in southern Arizona know, snow is a rare and wonderful thing. Finding a hill free from rock, cactus or trees to sled or tube down is even more rare. The old saying, "Necessity is the mother of invention" brings us to Jeep Tubing: tying a flimsy clothesline rope to the back end of my Jeep and hauling butt down a 4WD road in the snow while pulling some clueless sucker in an inner tube. This is how I sent my soon to be wife off the edge of the mountain. Yep, she survived, and even more astounding, married me.

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What's New: Arizona Jones: Raiders of the Lost Bark Adventure Game

January 1, 2014

To celebrate the New Year, I've teamed up with Offroad Passport again in a new adventure game called Arizona Jones: Raiders of the Lost Bark. Follow Arizona Jones on his quest to find Francisco Vásquez de Coronado's beloved dog, Perro-Gato, eternally symbolized in a golden statue called La Corteza Perdida or The Lost Bark. The first person to find the treasure wins.

Let the adventure begin!

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What's New: Cold Spring Canyon Hiking Adventure

December 10, 2013

If you want a grand adventure next year, I've added the official Cold Spring Canyon Adventure to the website complete with maps, GPS coordinates, directions and historical information.

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What's New: Cold Spring Canyon - Part III

December 10, 2013

I’ve added Part III of the Cold Spring Canyon Adventure to the website. It’s the third and final chapter to the story. Three of us will make it to the ruins, one will be stopped 100 yards away. Our attempt to reach Scott and the correct trail will lead us to one of the craziest stunts I’ve ever attempted and one that Cat-dog surely won’t forget. But it was all worth it.

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What's New: Swiss Gear Trekking Pole

December 9, 2013

Swiss Gear Trekking Pole Review. For only $18, this budget minded trekking pole is a steal. It's rugged, takes a beating and provides a great deal of assistance when hiking up steep, rugged terrain.

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What's New: Cold Spring Ruins - Part II

December 5, 2013

Part II of the Cold Springs Canyon Ruins adventure continues as we head up the wrong rockslide and find that although we are only 100 feet away from our goal, only one of us had courage and strength to finish the climb. I'll give you a hint. It wasn't me. But the adventure was far from over, it was just beginning.

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What's New: Cold Spring Ruins - Part I

December 2, 2013

The first weekend of November two friends, Cat-dog and I went on a grand adventure along Cherry Creek Road. Our first destination were the Cold Spring Indian Ruins. These had been on my bucket list for over a year and I was excited about attempting to reach them. The hike was listed as "strenuous" and "difficult" and I thought I was ready for it. I wasn't.

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What's New: About Arizona - Arizona Fishing Spider

November 15, 2013

We found this bad ass spider down along Pena Blanca Canyon over Labor Day. It lurks along the water's edge waiting for prey either on top of the water or below. They are big enough to catch small fish and frogs. If you don't believe me, you'll have to watch the video!

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What's New: 96 Ranch 4WD Adventure Added

November 13, 2013

I've added a new 4WD adventure to the website: 96 Ranch. This is an awesome and easy adventure any 4WD vehicle (and some high-clearance 2WD vehicles) can do. 96 Ranch has numerous old buildings (and some relatively new) you can explore including the infamous "Bomb Shelter". But that's not all! This adventure includes three additional side trips you can take to see other interesting locations and test your 4WD. It's one of the biggest adventures I've ever published with 8 maps and 34 photos. Don't miss it!

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What's New: New Where in Arizona am I? Contest

November 7, 2013

Can you guess where in Arizona I am? This location will be my next adventure that I'll post to the website. Be the first to guess my location correctly and you win your choice of two books: Fat Tire Mountain Bike Trail of Arizona or a signed copy of Devil's Moon.

Photos will be added on a daily basis (hopefully) until someone gets the answer.

Good luck!

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What's New: Intern Heidi Jaenicke's Experience with Fishing at Patagonia Lake

November 6, 2013

Fall intern Heidi Jaenicke had a craving for a fresh fish dinner, so she headed down to Patagonia Lake to cast out her line and reel in her limit. Should be no problem. But she didn't count on running into a would-be cast from The Walking Dead, a dead trolling motor battery or an abundance of empty fishing line. Learn how she takes a day that had a recipe for disaster and turns it into a delicious Lemon Lime Tilapia that you'll want to try for yourself.

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What's New: Sounds of Four Wheeling Video Added

October 31, 2013

Just for fun I've added a new video to my collection called the Sounds of Four Wheeling. See how many of these sounds you can identify. Some are easy, others are not. Good luck.

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What's New: Ripsey Hill 4WD Adventure Added

October 29, 2013

This is a short spur trail in the Ripsey Mining District that leads to places of beautiful scenery and a mine laden with old equipment. It is one of the roads less taken, so you'll need some navigational skills or a good GPS and map, but it's worth the trip!

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What's New: Arizona Mine Fishing

October 24, 2013

Ever wonder what's at the bottom of the mine shaft you just found, but don't have the equipment or lack of brains to go down there to find out? Don't worry, I've got you covered. I've invented a new sport called mine fishing (saying "sport" may be overselling it a bit, most people just call it idiotic or stupid) which is a ton of fun if you don't die. So grab your best fishing pole, GoPro camera and case of cheap beer and join me as I tell you everything you need to know about this awesome activity and why you should never actually do this. Warning: article contains crude and juvenile humor.

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What's New: Dehydrated Camping Food Review

October 17, 2013

Need a quick and tasty meal while out camping? Years ago, these two things were mutually exclusive, but today you've got a bunch of options that will satisfy both your palate and your need for easy preparation and cleanup.

Intern Heidi Jaenicke puts her mouth and stomach to the test as she tries five different kinds of dehydrated camping food. And it's not all fun and games. As she describes it, "Ever wondered what it’s like to chew on an egg flavored sponge?"

Also, don't be deceived by looks. Just because it looks like dog vomit doesn't mean it's not a tasty treat that will make your taste buds jump for joy.

Don't miss her review where she tells you what foods you'll want to pack and what you'll want to leave on the shelf.

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What's New: New Memory Project - Chiva Falls Spring Break 1987

October 10, 2013

Spring Break with a Jeep, Land Cruiser, Chiva Falls, two guys, two coolers full of cheap beer and three beautiful girls. Sounds like an awesome adventure to me. Except for the part when we almost died.

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What's New: New 4WD Adventure: Guajolote Flat

October 10, 2013

Guajolote Flat is an awesome 4WD trail south of Patagonia that switchbacks up the side of Red Hill. For the most part, the trail is easy (though it can be scary if you're afraid of heights). The views on this side of Red Hill are spectacular. This is one of my new favorite trails down near the border and shouldn't be missed.

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What's New: Sonoita Wine Tasting!

October 9, 2013

Can grapes grown in the small southern Arizona town of Sonoita compare with those from the infamous Napa Valley? Fall intern, Heidi Jaenicke, decided to take a trip down to Sonoita and do a little wine tasting. I know, tough assignment, right? Join Heidi as she finds out if the saying, “Napa makes auto parts, Sonoita makes wine” holds any water …. or better yet, wine.

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What's New: Cow Skull Contest!

October 2, 2013

One of the things I’ve always wanted to find while out exploring was an old cow skull and horns. But in the 30 years of exploring, I have never come across one. That is until recently! What a cool find.

I wanted to bring it home, but it was still slightly smelly and I didn’t have anything to carry it in (without stinking up the back of my Jeep), so we had to leave it there. I’ve wanted to go back to this location to pick it up, but it doesn’t seem to be happening in the near future, so I want someone else who will appreciate it to take it home. I think this skull can be cleaned up very easily.

Send me the name of the first trail I ever four-wheeled on (which if you don’t know can be found on my website) and I’ll send you the GPS coordinates of the skull.

Disclaimer: although this has obviously been there for a while, there’s no guarantee that it’s still there. Good luck!

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What's New: Soldier Basin 4WD Adventure

September 29, 2013

Soldier Basin is a great 4WD trail south of Patagonia that leads to a couple old stone ruins. For the most part, the trail is super easy (though it can be scary if you're afraid of heights). There's a couple difficult sections near the stone ranch house. The views coming off the saddle are awesome. This is a great new trail in southern Arizona.

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What's New: Ruby Wash 4WD Adventure

September 23, 2013

Ruby Wash has something for everyone. It has a few challenges, beautiful scenery, history, mines, wildlife and access to a huge network of additional trails. Ruby Wash is not only a destination in itself, but it's like a gate that opens up a huge assortment of adventures in the Buckhorn Mountains northwest of Phoenix.

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What's New: Pena Blanca Canyon Hiking Adventure

September 13, 2013

Finding a waterfall in southern Arizona is like uncovering a diamond in a pile of coal. It's a wonderful experience. I recently discovered one of these gems near Nogales. We did this trip in our Jeeps, but it would make an awesome hike also. The canyon leading to the waterfall has narrow, high cliffs and when the weather is right, it can be like you're hiking through the Amazon rainforest.

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What's New: Pena Blanca Canyon 4WD Adventure

September 8, 2013

Are you looking for a 4WD adventure? Then Pena Blanca Canyon may be what you're looking for. This one had everything when we went: a little bit of challenge, beautiful scenery, wonderful animals and water! Lots and lots of water. Did I mention a 50 foot waterfall? We ran this trail just after a summer storm and were lucky enough to reap the rewards. If this sounds good to you, then you may want to hurry. This trail gets closed when the Coronado National Forest publishes there new Motor Use Vehicle Map (MVUM).

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What's New: About Arizona - Desert Tortoise

September 4, 2013

Last month I was lucky enough to find THREE desert tortoises all in the same area (within 50 feet of each other). This was only the second time in my 30 years of exploring that I'd come across these elusive, but gentle creatures. So my youngest daughter and I began doing a little bit of research on them and decided to work together on their story.

Wow! Amazing animals. I had no idea that they could last a year without drinking water, their population has been cut by 90% since the 50's and the Mojave species is on the threatened list. Find out more about this wonderful animal and why picking a wild tortoise up can actually kill them...

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What's New: Rail X 4WD Trail

August 28, 2013

The Rail X trail is an easy 4WD trip just north of Tucson. One of my favorite times to run this trail is after a winter snowfall. Catching the morning sun reflect off pure white snow covering desert cactus is almost magical. If you want a quick and easy trail in the summer, this one may fit the bill. I almost always see a bunch of wildlife out there, especially near sunset. Watching the sunset from the saddle is beautiful. And don't forget the petroglyphs!

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What's New: Photo Galleries

August 20, 2013

I've added a new section to the Experience Arizona website for photo galleries. These galleries are about capturing the scenery, beauty and images of some of my favorite adventures. I've started out with four galleries: Chasing the Sun, Cherry Spring at Night, Rail X at Night and Kentucky Camp in the Snow. More to follow. I hope you enjoy them.

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What's New: The Jeep Wave: Origins, Customs and Etiquette

August 20, 2013

Ever wonder about the origins and etiquette of the infamous Jeep wave? I’ve done the research and have it all laid out for you in my new feature article called Jeep Wave: Origins, Customs and Etiquette. If you drive a Jeep you need to look at this. If you don’t drive a Jeep, take a look anyway and find out what you’re missing.

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What's New: Mt. Lemmon Hiking Adventures

August 14, 2013

We've got a double dose of awesome hiking adventures rolling out this week. The Lemmon Rock Lookout and Meadow Loop trails are at the very top of Mt. Lemmon near Tucson and offer spectacular beauty, views and scenery for just about any age group or hiking ability.

If you're looking to escape the summer heat, these hikes can't be beat!

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What's New: Tubing Down the Salt River

August 7, 2013

Looking for a good place to soak it all in? At Experience AZ we've got our outdoor fun down to a science. Let's work some formulas: Lazy River + College House Party x Arizona vistas = the Salt River.

Add yourself into the equation and just see what happens. Check out our latest piece on tubing the Salt River!

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What's New: Canoeing Tutorial

August 3, 2013

For those of us who have lived in Arizona long enough to consider the desert home, you may feel more comfortable amongst the rocks and cacti than cool, blue water. That’s why Experience Arizona and intern Iain Gordon have teamed up to bring you an exclusive tutorial on the basics of canoeing and how to get started in the state of Arizona.

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What's New: Canoeing Blue Ridge Reservoir

July 24, 2013

Arizona means the desert. We know it. We love it. But this doesn't have to mean we can't have fun on the water every now and then. Check out Iain Gordon's latest feature on canoeing along the Blue Ridge Reservoir, a lake without a sunset, but instead a "moonrise".

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What's New: Pima Canyon Hiking Adventure

July 13, 2013

For the day-trippers among us, check out our latest piece on the Pima Canyon Trail. Looking for an easygoing afternoon waltz in the Tucson area? We got you. You won't even have to leave the city limits far behind :) Forget planning, just go out and get spontaneous on this one, it doesn't take much. Enjoy!

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What's New: Tucson Wash 4WD Adventure

July 4, 2013

Looking for a fund and easy trail near Tucson? You should give the Tucson Wash a try. Drive through "The Narrows" and under an old wooden train trestle. Or take an optional spur road leading to a beautiful saddle and old dam. No rock crawling involved. Just fun and adventure.

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What's New: Estwing Axe Review

June 29, 2013

When it comes to time to collect and cut wood out in the bush, there is no substitute for a good axe. In the next Experience Arizona gear review, Iain Gordon examines the Estwing Long Handle Camper's Axe. If you've been looking for a good camping axe, you'll want to read what he has to say.

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What's New: Bouldering in the McDowell Mountains

June 27, 2013

Summer intern, Iain Gordon, has posted an awesome feature article on the art of bouldering. If you don't know what bouldering is, think of it as rock climbing's unruly brother. It's all done without ropes. Just you and the rock!

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What's New: Kinder Crossing Hiking Adventure

June 16, 2013

The Kinder Crossing trail is a short, but awesome trail up on the Mogollon Plateau. Hike down into a rocky canyon and relish in the cool East Clear Creek waters. A super hike!

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What's New:BFG KM2 Tire Review

May 27, 2013

I replaced my KM2s with only 23k on them. They seemed to perform well in the Arizona desert, but were chunking quite badly and starting to scare me a little. Here's my review of the only tires I've ever had (except for the first 26 miles) on my Jeep.

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What's New:Hackberry Cabin 4WD Adventure

May 26, 2013

I've added a new 4WD adventure to the website: Hackberry Cabin. Okay, to be honest, it's not really a cabin. I found out later that it's a pump house, but it's still awesome. If you're looking for a fairly easy 4WD trail with lots of scenery and some history thrown in, you may want to add this to your to do list.

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What's New:New Mexico Camping Trip

May 9, 2013

I spent six days in April touring our neighboring state of New Mexico with a bunch of students from my daughter's school. New Mexico is called "The Land of Enchantment" and it didn't disappoint. Click here to see some highlights from the trip.

 

What's New: Essence of Tranquility Hot Springs

May 6, 2013

Looking for a funky, but relaxing hot spring in southern Arizona? Try the Essence of Tranquility in Safford. We recently spent a few hours there on our way back from a week long camping trip in New Mexico. It was the first hot spring I'd ever been to and I really enjoyed it. Take a look on the QTR (Quick Trip Report) page for more information.

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What's New: Coleman Instant Tent Review

May 5, 2013

I went looking for a new tent. Something easy to set up and take down since I usually camp alone. I was thrilled when I found Coleman's Instant Tent. But would it hold up in 40 mph winds and is it really that easy to set up and take down? Find out in my new review.

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What's New: Highway 87

May 2, 2013

Join Rebecca as she makes a wrong turn on her way to Chandler and finds a wonderful surprise. Rebecca takes aim at some less seen places along Highway 87 in her new photo gallery and finds that the road less taken may bring the greatest reward.

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What's New: High Jinks Ranch

April 29, 2013

Nestled in the northern side of the Catalina Mountains along the Cody Trail Number 9 section of the Arizona Trail lies High Jinks Ranch. Once owned by the infamous Buffalo Bill Cody, the ranch is now being remodeled into a rustic bed and breakfast and martial arts dojo. Rebecca Miller and I recently received a tour of the ranch and found it to be a beautiful and magical place. If you enjoy hiking along the Arizona Trail, Arizona history or just delicious homemade apple pie, you'll want to read her story.

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What's New: Skiing Snowbowl

April 8, 2013

When most people think of Arizona, an image of a dry, hot desert comes to mind. And it's true that Arizona has its fair share of that, but it also has tall, snow-clad mountains that invite skiers from hundreds of miles. The Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff is one of Arizona's most popular ski resorts. Rebecca Miller recently spent a weekend skiing the bowl and touring historic Flagstaff. Read about her adventure and why you may never look a pizza the same way ever again.

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What's New: Chandler Ostrich Festival

April 5, 2013

What Arizona event has 250 pound bird races, stubborn donkeys, carnival rides, music events, exotic bird shows and enough good food to feed your entire family? The Chandler Ostrich Festival! This annual event celebrates the wonderful ostrich (among other things) and if you enjoy something a little different, you'll want to put this on your bucket list. Rebecca Miller attended the festival last month and came back with a delightful (and delicious) report.

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What's New: Arizona Treasure Game

April 1, 2013

By Matt Marine

It's not a joke. Experience Arizona and Offroad Passport have teamed up to create a fun adventure game called Arizona Treasure! I've hidden a treasure chest somewhere in Arizona and it's up to you to solve the clues to find the loot. Grab your favorite topo map, magnifying glass, and maybe a secret resolving potion and head over to the Arizona Treasure Game page to be the first to find the treasure!

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What's New: Johnson Spring (FR4100) 4WD Adventure

March 28, 2013

By Matt Marine

Are you looking for a new trail to try down in southern Arizona? You may want to give Johnson Spring (FR4100) a shot. FR4100 is a connector trail between Temporal Gulch Road and Bull Springs Road. It leads you through a narrow wash, then along the rolling hills north of Patagonia. As an added bonus, you can go to the JC Holmes Claim to do some rock hounding (a local favorite).

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What's New: Battle of Picacho Peak

March 17, 2013

By Matt Marine

Many people don't know that there were battles that took place in Arizona between Union and Confederate soldiers. One of those battles took place just below Picacho Peak in 1862. You can revisit this dramatic event every spring as the Picacho Peak State Park has the Civil War in the Southwest event. It makes an interesting and fun day for the whole family

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What's New: Sabino Creek Hiking Adventure

March 7, 2013

By Matt Marine

The Sabino Canyon recreation area is one of the premier hiking locations in southern Arizona. And for good reason. It has awesome hikes and exquisite scenery. One thing you may not know is that there are trails other than the super popular Seven Falls trail. Rebecca Miller recently found another gem of a hike in the area: Sabino Creek. It's a shorter (and easier) hike than Seven Falls. Another thing you may not know about this hike is that it's part of a "lost" trail that was used by soldiers stationed at Fort Lowell in 1888 as a route to get to Mt. Lemmon. If you want to escape the crowds at Seven Falls or find a place to relax and put your feet in the cool water, this could be a trail for you!

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What's New: Rock House 4WD Adventure

February 26, 2013

By Matt Marine

The Rock House Trail near Catalina is an awesome trail through some large boulder fields (you don't have to drive over them) to an old stone line shack. This one-of-a-kind cabin was extravagant with a front porch, built in BBQ and quartz chimney. It's a super fun trail that shouldn't be missed!

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What's New: Pima Air and Space Museum

February 24, 2013

By Rebecca Miller

I recently spent a couple of hours at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson. If you've ever been there before, you know that there are tons of cool planes to see. But have you really seen them? Take a look at the museum through a photographer's eyes. I think you'll find that you've missed some interesting aspects the museum has to offer. Maybe you can catch a few of these during your next visit.  

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What's New: Introducing Rebecca Miller!

February 18, 2013

By Matt Marine

I’m excited to announce that we have a new member on the Experience Arizona team. Rebecca Miller, an intern from the University of Arizona, will be working with us for the next few months. She’s majoring in photography and will bring a fresh perspective to the website. Take a look at the pictures in her gallery. There are some amazing shots. I can’t wait to see what Rebecca brings to the site. Look for her upcoming piece on the Pima Air and Space Museum. It’s a unique perspective with some wonderful pictures (she’s given me a sneak peak :-). So please join me in welcoming Rebecca to the Experience Arizona team.  

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What's New: Merrell Geomorph Blaze Hiking Boot Review

January 29, 2013

By Matt Marine

I always hiked in my tennis shoes. Well, they weren't really tennis shoes, they were walking or cross-training shoes. Usually bought solely on price and comfort for standing of light walking. I didn't really believe there would be much difference between hiking in them and a dedicated hiking boot. I was wrong. Very wrong.

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What's New: Joe Mulhattan

January 26, 2013

By Matt Marine

Did you know kangaroos can herd sheep? Or that a giant meteor struck near Flagstaff? Or that President George Washington's body had become petrified and would be on display? All these stories were published in newspapers in the late 1800s, and believed by most readers. One thing they had in common was that they were authored by Joe Mulhattan, one of the most colorful characters in Arizona history. He was known as the world's best liar. He's also the guy who stated that the gold found near Ripsey Mine was going to be the richest strike in US history. But ... maybe that was one tale that was really true?

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What's New: Tanque Verde Falls

January 24, 2013

By Matt Marine

I’ve added a new hiking adventure to the website: Tanque Verde Falls. This is an awesome area to go climb on rocks, hike in a canyon and play in the water near Tucson. If you’ve never been there, make it a point to go visit.

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What's New: Old Ripsey Mine

January 11, 2013

By Matt Marine

The Old Ripsey Mine is an awesome 4WD trip to an old mine and down a wonderful wash. This is one of my favorite trails in Central Arizona!

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What's New: Juniper Flat 4WD Adventure Added

December 18, 2012

By Matt Marine

Juniper Flat is an awesome trail through the Santa Rita Mountains north of Patagonia. This moderate 4WD spur trail off the Temporal Gulch Adventure takes you to an old hunting cabin, a few mining sites and to a beautiful canyon. Highly recommended!

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What's New: Wakefield Canyon 4WD Adventure Added

December 12, 2012

By Matt Marine

Wakefield Canyon takes you through some extremely beautiful and historic southern Arizona ranch lands. You will visit one of the largest springs in the area and an eclectic cabin. Although this trail can be very brushy at times, it's a trip you should take.

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What's New: Where in Arizona Am I?

December 6, 2012

By Matt Marine

It's time for the last Where in Arizona am I? contest of the year. I've uploaded a picture from the 1980s for an old school twist. Go to the contest page, see if you can figure out where I was, be the first to respond and you win your choice of two cool books. Good luck!

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What's New: Apache Springs Cabin 4WD Adventure Added

December 5, 2012

By Matt Marine

Apache Springs Cabin in an easy 4WD adventure in the Las Cienegas Conservation Area southeast of Tucson. Taking you through the beautiful, rolling grasslands of some historic ranches of the southwest makes it a adventure you won't forget!

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What's New: Incinerator Ridge Hiking Adventure Added

December 1, 2012

By Matt Marine

The Incinerator Ridge Trail is one of my favorite trails on Mt. Lemmon. It has recently been extended down to the San Pedro Vista parking area. If you haven't been on this trail recently, you may want to give it another go!

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What's New: 4WD Adventure to Stanton Ghost Town Added

November 1, 2012

By Matt Marine

This is an easy 4WD/high-clearance 2WD adventure to a trio of ghost towns near Wickenburg. The Lost Dutchman's Mining Association owns Stanton, but there's still lots to see. You can also use this trail to access Hassayampa Canyon.

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What's New: Stanton, Weaver and Octave Ghost Towns

October 31, 2012

By Matt Marine

A little north of Wickenburg are a trio of old ghost towns that were once part of one of Arizona's biggest gold booms in the 1860s. The towns were rough and dangerous and seem to epitomize the term "Wild West": murder, theft and treachery.

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What's New: Executive Orders and Gold Mining in Arizona

October 27, 2012

By Matt Marine

Did you know it was once illegal to own gold or mine gold in the US? This didn't happen that long ago and the reasons may surprise you, they did me. It may also be one of the reasons why there isn't a lot of remains (buildings or equipment) left at some of the mines we visit today. See my new page on how FDR's Executive Orders affected gold mining in Arizona.

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What's New: Forest MVUM and Road Closure Info Pages

October 21, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've added a couple of pages regarding the Forest Service's use of Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) to document all of the upcoming National Forest road closures. It looks like more than 50% of the forest roads in Arizona may be closed (some like Coconino have already done so) in the near future. This will have a big impact on four-wheeling, ATV and motor cycle riding, hiking and mountain biking in our state. Although it appears the decisions have already been made (just yet to be carried out), it still may prove to be helpful to become involved.

The Forest Service will not be putting up signs to indicate all of these new road closures, you are required to obtain a current MVUM and know which roads are open or closed (by default it is considered closed unless specified open on the MVUM).

more info on MVUMs...

more info on road closures in the state's National Forests (including proposed MVUMs)...

more info on Coronado National Forest proposed MVUM...

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What's New: Cumero Canyon 4WD Trail Added

October 21, 2012

By Matt Marine

Cumero Canyon is a nice, easy 4WD trail in southern Arizona near the Mexico border. It takes you through some small canyons and rich mining and ranching country. You can also access Three R Canyon (which is much more difficult) and Palmetto Mine trails from this trail.

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What's New: Bighorn Sheep

October 19, 2012

By Matt Marine

The desert bighorn sheep are magnificent creatures. They have adapted to live in the arid desert and are making a small comeback in Arizona. I was lucky enough to see a herd in southern Arizona and took some truly amazing pictures.

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What's New: FR4496 (Ruin Tank) 4WD Adventure Added

October 16, 2012

By Matt Marine

This is another spur trail off the Charouleau Gap Trail near the Catalina side. It dead ends at the CDO wash, but the scenery is pretty and you might even get to see a desert tortoise.

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What's New: Fairbank Ghost Town

October 15, 2012

By Matt Marine

If you're interested in Arizona ghost towns, then you should visit Fairbank in southern Arizona. Fairbank was a railroad town in the late 1800's that was routinely devastated by Mother Nature, but ultimately fell to highways and the relocation of rail lines.

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What's New: Arizona Memory Project Link

October 11, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've added a link to The Arizona Memory Project (AMP). The AMP is an awesome collection of digitized photographs, maps, documents, etc. that chronicles Arizona's rich history.

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What's New: New 4wd Adventure added - Bloody Basin Trail

October 10, 2012

By Matt Marine

Here's a high-clearance 2WD adventure along some beautiful desert scenery in central Arizona.

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What's New: New Hiking Adventure added - Catalina Camp Trail

October 7, 2012

By Matt Marine

Want to combine some four-wheeling with a challenging hike? Then my latest adventure, Catalina Camp, may be for you! This adventure takes you to an old mining camp complete with an eclectic cabin. If you're not into four-wheeling, you can also hike to this via the Mt. lemmon Highway.

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What's New: New Hiking Adventure added - Canyon Loop Trail

September 20, 2012

By Matt Marine

An awesome easy hike in Catalina State Park, but beware of the Canyon Loop Monster :-)!

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What's New: New 4WD Adventure added - New River (Table Mesa)

September 16, 2012

By Matt Marine

An easy 4WD trip along New River is a great way to spend a day!

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What's New: New 4WD Adventure added - Sheep Bridge

September 8, 2012

By Matt Marine

An awesome high-clearance 2WD adventure added. Take this trip to a historic pedestrian suspension bridge across the Verde River.

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What's New: Toshiba P845-4200 Laptop Review

September 3, 2012

By Matt Marine

After being a 10 year Toshiba fan, I am returning this laptop and am very disappointed in Toshiba.

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What's New: Manzanita Falls Hiking Adventure Added

August 29, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've added a new hiking adventure to Experience Arizona. This isn't a "typical" hiking trip. The trail leads to an umarked waterfall half way up Mt. Lemmon and finding a route there can be a real challenge. Make sure you have a good GPS, map and polish your bushwacking skills.

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What's New: Lincoln Canyon 4WD Adventure Added

August 26, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've added a new 4WD adventure to the site. This trail leads from Sycamore Pass to the Honanki Ruins near Sedona. If you're in the area, this is a great side trip and it keeps you off the main, more traveled graded dirt roads. You also get to see a very cool stone pump house.

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What's New: Arizona Natural Arches

August 22, 2012

By Matt Marine

Most people don't realize this (myself included), but Arizona has the third largest number of natural arches of all the states, just behind Kentucky and Utah. What a wonderful opportunity to explore these natural wonders.

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What's New: FR4432(Cherry Spring) 4WD Adventure Added

August 9, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've added a new 4WD adventure to wonderful little pond off the main Charouleau Gap Trail. It's a short and fairly easy (compared to doin' the Gap) trail, but well worth it.

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What's New: Apache Camp 4WD Adventure Added

August 1, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've added a new 4WD adventure to an old mining camp in the Catalina Mountain called Apache Camp. This fairly large mining camp didn't last long as the mine didn't live up to expectations. The camp is down a very short 4WD road off the Oracle Control Road. A nice quick detour when you're heading up to Mt. Lemmon.

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What's New: Oracle Control Road 4WD Adventure Added

July 28, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've added a new 4WD adventure, well it's not really a 4WD adventure, it's more like a high-clearance 2WD adventure (usually) called the Oracle Control Road. The "backside" of Mt. Lemmon (or more properly known as the Oracle Control Road) is a more adventurous option of heading up (or down) from one of southern Arizona's Sky Islands. Mt. Lemmon is a very popular destination for those wanting a respite from the summer heat or to play in the snow in the winter. This is a easy adventure leading to many different trails and adventures.

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What's New: Interview with Ed Putney

July 25, 2012

By Matt Marine

If you're interested in Arizona history, you'll want to take a look at the interview with Ed Putney. Ed contacted me regarding the Francis Mountain adventure on the website. Ed's an Arizona native who grew up hearing about Earl Francis and the strange details surrounding his death. Earl Francis lived in the Catalina Mountains near Oracle in the 1960s, fought the Forest Service and lost ... everything.

Ed wrote a wonderful ballad about Earl, called The Earl Francis Mine. This is a real piece of Arizona history. Find out more about Ed Putney, Earl Francis and listen the song on the interview page.


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What's New: Slavin Mine Adventure Added

July 14, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've added an new 4WD adventure to the site: Slavin Mine. This trail is a short shelf road leading from the end of the Cochise Peak Trail to the Slavin Mine. The road is narrow and there's not many places to turn around, but there's a great place for a picnic and view the surrounding area along the way called "Shock Rock". You can also access Slavin Gulch trail from here (and see Slavin Mine cabin). The trail is only 1 mile long (one way), so if you're already doing Cochise Peak, I'd recommend the short addition of Slavin Mine Trail.


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What's New: Rice Peak Loop Adventure Added

July 9, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've added an exciting new 4WD adventure to the site: Rice Peak Loop. Sound familiar? It should. Rice Peak is an adventure that I've already listed on Experience Arizona. What is Rice Peak Loop then? Part of the trail is along the original Rice Peak trail, but instead of going to the top of Rice Peak, you loop around to just above Peppersauce Cave. This trail is easier than Rice Peak and I think it's more scenic too (though you do miss the 360 degree views at the top of Rice Peak itself).

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What's New: Bug Springs Adventures

June 26, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've added an exciting new adventure to the site: Bug Springs. This trail can be done on two feet or two wheels. I chose two wheels. About half way up one of southern Arizona's best know "Sky Islands" called Mt. Lemmon, this trail can be biked for those with an adventurous soul or hiked if you're don't want to trust your fate to a couple of rubber tires. It is one of the best know downhill trails in southern Arizona. And just because it's mostly downhill, don't think it's just a ride in the park. Nope. You'll be sweating bullets climbing some of the hike-a-bike sections. But the scenery is awesome. Wonderful views and a wide variety of vegetation keep this trail interesting.

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What's New: Arizona Historical Maps

June 25, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've uploaded two very cool historical maps from the 1800s on the site. The first one is from 1881 and is extremely detailed. I enjoy seeing how things have changed from back then. The second was sent to me as a "Wagon Trail Map". I believe it was from the 1860s, but not sure on this. It's interesting to see how much Arizona grew (not in size) from the 1860s to the 1880s. Huge!

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What's New: Devil's Moon Published!

June 24, 2012

By Matt Marine

I'm very excited to announce that my first novel, Devil's Moon, has been published! Devil's Moon is a mystery set in Sedona, Arizona: Haunted by the recent death of his son, FBI Agent Stuart Ransom must find the truth behind a gruesome murder-suicide before his past becomes the killer’s next target. For those of you who enjoy the beauty of Sedona, I think you'll like the setting of this book (yes, there is a 4WD trip along Broken Arrow :-).

I am extremely happy that all the initial reviews are positive, such as:

"Matt Marine has written a terrific thriller.  A psychopath draws a troubled FBI agent into a series of murders.  The search for truth brings the agent horrifyingly close to his own worst nightmare… and it will keep readers on edge right up to the finish. Memorable characters and skillful plotting in some of Arizona's most intriguing settings."

- James C. Mitchell, Shamus Award-nominated author of the forthcoming Our Lady of the North

For additional reviews, information and how to purchase a copy, please visit my website at: http://www.mattmarine.com.

You can also join my Facebook Author Page at: http://www.facebook.com/matthewmarineauthorpage.

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What's New: My Tracks Review

June 22, 2012

By Matt Marine

I recently upgraded my cell phone from an old Blackberry Curve (what some people my call a Crapberry) to a Motorola Photon Android based cell phone. One of my favorite features on this platform has been My Tracks from Google. And it's FREE. This app was designed for the outdoor enthusiast: hiker, biker and runner. If you routinely do these activities, My Tracks is an awesome piece of software you may want to use.

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What's New: Catalina Federal Honor Camp, Gordon Hirabyshi and QTR added

June 13, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've added a new QTR, historical place and person to the website this week.

Seven miles up on Catalina Hwy (Mt. Lemmon near Tucson) are the remains of a fairly unique old prison camp previously known at the Catalina Federal Honor Camp (or Old Prison Camp) which was renamed the Gordon Hirabyshi Recreational Area for one of its inmates. Yep, that's right. Named for an inmate. The story of how that happened is interesting.

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What's New: Tons of New Adventures Added

June 3, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've added a bunch of new adventures to the site. I hope you get a chance to enjoy them!

Josephine Canyon 4WD Adventure
This is an fairly easy 4WD spur trail off of the Bull Springs trail for those who want to do a little more exploring while you're in the area. The trail is a little more difficult than Bull Springs, but not much. The trail follows Josephine Canyon up into the Patagonia Mountains, usually cut into the hillsides above the canyon (though sometimes crossing it). There are numerous roads off in either direction. We took some of these, but not all. Rumor is that one of these will take you to the Mt. Hopkins Observatory Road, but nothing stood out for us when we went. The trail ultimately leads to the Josephine Canyon hiking trailhead.

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Ridge Trail (Casa Grande Mountain Park) Hiking and Biking Adventure
The Ridge Trail in Casa Grande Mountain Park is a nice trail half way between Phoenix and Tucson. Located at the I-10 and I-8 junction at Casa Grande Mountain Park, this trail skirts the eastern foothills of the Casa Grande Mountain Range. Since my first ride here in 2010, they've done a lot of great work on the trail system. There's a nice official trailhead parking area, complete with trail maps and bathrooms. They've also put some signs up along the trails and made some nice new ones.

The Ridge Trail is one of these. It mostly follows the eastern side of the Casa Grande Mountains, about half way up. The trail is cut into the mountainside and if narrow trails with steep drop offs on one side bother you, this may not be the trail for you. Otherwise, you're in for a good ride. Unlike the lower trail, this ride is much smoother and flows better. It was beautiful in the early spring with the green grass on the mountainside and the saguaro keeping you company. If you start from the north, the ride south is mostly uphill and the ride back down is much faster (though I was a little disappointed that the trail didn't allow you to get a lot of speed on the return)

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What's New: Hassayampa River Bridge

May 9, 2012

By Matt Marine

This is an awesome piece of Arizona history. Built in 1924 and still in use today, the Hassayampa Bridge is the only bridge in Arizona that combines through and pony truss spans.


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What's New: Arizona Fiction Writer Page

May 6, 2012

By Matt Marine

As you already know, I review nonfiction books on Arizona adventures, trails and history on my nonfiction book page. Now I've added a page on Arizona fiction writers. This page was created to highlight authors who live in Arizona and whose books are set in Arizona. If you're interested in Arizona or just a good mystery, there are some great Arizona fiction writers out there. Check them out.


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What's New: Where in Arizona Am I? Winner!!!!

May 3, 2012

By Matt Marine

We have a winner in the 3rd Where in Arizona Am I? Contest. Brian Sullins correctly guessed that I was at Sheep's Bridge. This is a wonderful place north of New River that is accessible by high-clearance 2WD vehicles. I hope to have a full adventure uploaded to the website soon. For all of you that played along, thanks! I hope you had fun. A new contest will begin shortly. Good luck.


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What's New: Bathtub Tank 4WD Adventure Added

April 28, 2012

By Matt Marine

This is an easy 4WD (actually during the time I ran it, I did not need 4WD at all due to the recent grading) that ultimately leads to a beautiful dam and tank. The trail zigzags it's way through some very scenic canyons, then back along the tops of the ridges between them. There are some nice remote camping sites along Hog and Adobe Canyons (mostly Hog). The grasslands and views along the ridges are wonderful. Although this is a long trail, I was able to do the entire trip in about 8 hours (from Tucson). This was due to the road being recently graded and fairly smooth. I kept up a relatively fast speed (no 4WD LO required). If the road conditions change (it becomes rougher), then a day trip out to Bathtub Tank may not be feasible.


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What's New: Hassayampa 4WD Adventure Added

March 28, 2012

By Matt Marine

At certain times of the year, this trail can be about as much fun as you can have with 4 wheels. It's a short, easy trail through a sandy wash that starts out wide, then gets very narrow at the end.


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What's New: 50-Year Hiking Adventure Added

March 24, 2012

By Matt Marine

This can be a nice trail that leads from Catalina State Park to The Chutes.


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What's New: Peppersauce Cave Adventure Added

March 4, 2012

By Matt Marine

Want a cool, easy cave to explore? Then Peppersauce Cave may be for you. It's easy enough that you don't need to be a professional. This little cave near Oracle is a great place to spend an afternoon adventure.


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What's New: Cactus Cymry Book Review and Author Interview?

February 25, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've reviewed an Arizona history book called Cactus Cymry. It's a great short read about Welsh immigrants and how they influenced southern Arizona history. I also had a chance to interview the book's author, Jude Johnson. For anyone interested in southern Arizona history, I'd recommend a look.


Cactus Cymry Book Review


Interview with Jude Johnson

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What's New: Where in Arizona Am I?

February 10, 2012

By Matt Marine

It's time for another Where in Arizona am I? contest. It's all about knowing your way around the hiking, biking and four-wheel drive trails in Arizona. This contest is open to all Experience Arizona members (subscription is free), so if you want to win some cool stuff, make sure you visit the Experience Arizona: Where in Arizona am I? page.


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What's New: 50-Year Mountain Biking Trail Added

February 5, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've added a new mountain biking adventure along the 50-year trail. This is fun, but rocky trail that links Catalina State Park and the popular Chutes Trail. The north end of the trail is fast, smooth and fun. The lower portion of the trail is rocky, but not too technical, and fun to ride down (from north to south). Riding up this can be challenging.


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What's New: Arizona Backcountry Adventures Book Review

February 4, 2012

By Matt Marine

If you could only buy one 4WD adventure book for Arizona, I would have to recommend the Backcountry Adventures: Arizona. It is the best 4WD adventure book out there. It not only has detailed information on hundred of trails, but history and interesting facts about Arizona too.


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What's New: Robbers Roost Hike Adventure Added

January 29, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've added a new hiking adventure to the website: Robbers Roost. This is a short, but beautiful hike to a unique place near Sedona. If you want to get away from it all and have a great time, this is a fun place to go. Not for those who are scared of heights though.


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What's New: New Charouleau Gap Video and Pictures

January 29, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've added an old video from a trip to Charouleau's Gap when we did in back in 2001. Wow, how the trail has changed (gotten easier). You can see this video at here. I've also added to new pictures to the gallery. The first is what Coronado Camp (a cabin along Charouleau's Gap trail) looked like in the late 1980s and what it looks like now (from a trip in late 2011). It's a real shame.

1980s picture

2011 picture

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What's New: Schnebly Hill Road 4WD Adventure

January 27, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've just added a new 4WD adventure. Well, it's not really 4WD, but it is in Sedona. This popular trail offers lots of gorgeous views. It is a very bumpy road which can be done by most vehicles.

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What's New: Offroad Passport Link

January 16, 2012

By Matt Marine

I just found an awesome offroad adventure website and forum that everyone should take a look at. They've got some great information, lots of runs planned and photos galore!

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What's New: T.C. Schnebly

January 16, 2012

By Matt Marine

Ever wonder how Sedona got its name? We have a few people that we owe our thanks that this town isn't called Schnebly! Click link below to find out more.

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What's New: Total Wreck 4WD Adventure Added

January 13, 2012

By Matt Marine

Total Wreck is a super fun, but easy 4WD trail. lt starts by Empire Ranch near Sonoita and the first section takes you through the vast range grasslands of the area. This is a very beautiful section of Arizona. The trail follows a gasline road and there are tons of short (50-100 ft) climbs and descents. Some of these are very steep and can be a little scary for newbies. These are a blast. Many of these also have bypasses that are less steep.

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What's New: Interview with Rich Klein, President of W.E.ROCK USA

January 11, 2012

By Matt Marine

I've started a new Interview section on Experience Arizona. In an attempt to help understand, promote and distribute news regarding outdoor activities in the state of Arizona, I will be conducting interviews with some important players in outdoor activities in Arizona. My first interview was with Big Rich Klein, the President of W.E. ROCK USA. W.E. ROCK is heading up the Dirt Riot race coming to Tucson this Saturday.

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What's New: Oracle Ridge 4WD Adventure

December 28, 2011

By Matt Marine

Oracle Ridge is a really easy 4WD trail that may be interesting for anyone just learning the sport. The trail doesn't have any obstacles and the only reason it is 4WD is a few of the hills are a little steep for 2WD. This is also a neat place to explore. There are tons of other trails in the area and you can visit the Campo Bonito mess hall.

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What's New: Arizona Rails, Ruins and Trails Blog

December 26, 2011

By Matt Marine

Here's a new blog about tracking down Arizona's railroad lines near Flagstaff. I've put a new link for this blog on my Ghost Towns page. If you're interested, check it out.

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What's New: Hot Loop Trail in Sedona

December 24, 2011

By Matt Marine

This is a short, easy (but rough) trail along the Mogollon Rim near Sedona. The best part of this trail are the views down into the valley and the camping spots along the rim. Just wonderful.

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What's New: Gleeson

December 16, 2011

By Matt Marine

Gleeson is a ghost town near Tombstone thats car-accessible! Drive the 15 miles east of Tombstone to go back 100 years.

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What's New: First Sponsor

December 14, 2011

By Matt Marine

Please visit our sponsor page to check out our first sponsor: Desert Winds Chiropractic. If you're in the Tucson area and need a chiropractor, I highly recommend Desert Winds Chiropractic!

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What's New: Rattlesnake Crafts QTR

December 10, 2011

By Matt Marine

Want a unique place to go while visiting Tombstone? Try Rattlesnake Crafts. There's much more than just rattlesnake stuff there!

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What's New: December Newsletter

December 6, 2011

By Matt Marine

I've added the December Online Newsletter to the website. Take a look at what's coming soon!

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What's New: Honanki Hiking Adventure

December 4, 2011

By Matt Marine

This is a wonderful short hike to a bunch of Indian cliff dwellings that's more about history than the hike. These are some of the best preserved cliff dwellings I've seen in a while and the rock art is outstanding.

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What's New: Sunflower Mine 4WD Adventure

November 27, 2011

By Matt Marine

Sunflower Mine is one of my favorite 4WD trails in Arizona. It is difficult and challenging without being extreme. There's also lots to see out there. Beautiful scenery, a cool old mine and processing plant and a bunch of other ruins and mines. If you've got the guts, this trail shouldn't be missed!.

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What's New: Smittybilt XRC Rockslider Review

November 24, 2011

By Matt Marine

If you're looking for a reasonably priced, reasonably solid pair of rock sliders that should get all but the hardest core wheelers through, then the Smittybilt XRC Rock Sliders may be for you. I review them at the following link.

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What's New: Help for people with MCS and Fibromyalgia

November 17, 2011

By Matt Marine

I recently attended a Dynamic Neural Retraining System workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico with Annie Hopper. THIS is the "cure" for MCS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, electrical sensitivity and other limbic system impairments. I am now on day 7 of the six month program and I am already seeing significant improvements. If you know of someone who suffers from these disorders, you need to go to one of these seminars. This really works!

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What's New: Arizona Ghost Towns

November 9, 2011

By Matt Marine

I've added a new section to the Experience Arizona website: Arizona Ghost Towns! All the Experience Arizona adventures that access ghost towns, mines, mining ruins, cabins or foundations are compiled in one list. I rate each for it's "ghost town-ishness" and give a brief description of what can be found at each. The ghost town page can be accessed by clicking the ghost town logo on the right sidebar of each main page. If you're interested in Arizona history, check out this new section.

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What's New: Schnebly Hill Lookout QTR

November 8, 2011

By Matt Marine

If you’ve been through Oak Creek Canyon and can’t get enough of the beautiful views of the rim and into Sedona, the Schnebly Hill Lookout may be for you! This lookout features more of the famous Sedona red rock than the Oak Creek Canyon lookouts, but the road is rough and bumpy. Four-wheel drive not needed, but I don’t think I’d be taking my nice new car on this drive.

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What's New: Soldiers Pass 4WD

November 7, 2011

By Matt Marine

This is a fun, moderately challenging 4WD trail in the heart of Sedona - one of the most beautiful places in the world. Although the trail is short, there's lots to see: Devil's Kitchen (a large sinkhole) and the Seven Sacred Pools. If you have limited time in Sedona and want to get a taste of four-wheeling adventure, this trail may be for you!

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What's New: Wildcat Trail

November 5, 2011

By Matt Marine

Two new adventure were added today: Wildcat bike and 4WD adventure. Wildcat Trail is an easy high-clearance 2WD Jeep and bike trail that runs parallel to the power lines that connect Oracle to Campo Bonito. This may be what you're looking for to teach your kids some mountain biking skills without worrying about narrow singletrack. It also provides access to Campo Bonito, Francis Mountain and Oracle Ridge trails.

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What's New: Arizona History - Campo Bonito

November 5, 2011

By Matt Marine

Campo Bonito is the mining group in which William "Buffalo Bill" Cody invested in the early 1900s near Oracle, Arizona. Cody mined gold, silver, quartz and tungsten in the area. Oracle and Campo Bonito are rich with Buffalo Bill history.

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What's New: November 2011 Online Magazine

November 2, 2011

By Matt Marine

I've added the November Experience Arizona Online Magazine to the website. It has previews of a 4WD trail in Sedona, a QTR to a wonderful lookout and information on Geocaching. This is a great place to see what's coming in November!

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What's New: American Flag QTR

October 24, 2011

By Matt Marine

A quick place for a visit on the way up the "backside" of Mt. Lemmon is American Flag. Although access is limited by private property. It's a neat place to stop and have a look.

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What's New: Where in Arizona Am I Winner!

October 22, 2011

By Matt Marine

And we have a winner! Steve from Tucson correctly guessed that I was on the Baby Jesus Trail (at Wooden Trough Spring). It's a great hike to an unexpected "pool" of goldfish. Congrat's to Steve. If you didn't win, that's okay. We'll do it again shortly.

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What's New: Francis Mountain 4WD Adventure

October 18, 2011

By Matt Marine

This is a super short, but fun 4WD trail to an interesting place with great views of the surrounding area. The trail is washed out and can be difficult for stock, low-clearance 4WD vehicles. My Rubicon handled it without any assistance from my lockers, careful wheel placement is required portions of the trail.

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What's New: Where in Arizona am I?

October 16, 2011

By Matt Marine

I am introducing a new contest to Experience Arizona! It's called, Where in Arizona am I? It's all about knowing your way around the hiking, biking and four-wheel drive trails in Arizona. This contest is open to all Experience Arizona members (subscription is free), so if you want to win some cool stuff, make sure you visit the new Experience Arizona: Where in Arizona am I? page.

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What's New: Dragoon Mountains Book Review

October 11, 2011

By Matt Marine

I review the book Mines, Camps, Ranches and Characters of the Dragoon Mountains, by Lynn R. Baily. This book is a great reference for anyone interested in the history, people and places of the Dragoon Mountains. See complete review for more information.

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What's New: Fossil Creek Hiking Adventure

October 11, 2011

By Matt Marine

This is one of the most beautiful places I've been to in Arizona. Discovering Fossil Creek was like finding a surprise in your box of cereal—an emerald surprise. Emerald green and aqua blue water cascading over multiple falls and deep, clear pools of water are beautiful anywhere in the world, but in Arizona, known for its dry desert, this gem is especially sweet.

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What's New: Experience Arizona October, 2011 Online Magazine

October 5, 2011

By Matt Marine

I've uploaded the October Online Magazine. It has previews of a hike to one of the most beautiful places in Arizona, a QTR to the oldest standing school house in Arizona and a book about the Dragoon Mountains.

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What's New: Arizona History - Strawberry School House

October 4, 2011

By Matt Marine

I've added a historical place to the About Arizona page: the Strawberry School House. This is the oldest standing school in Arizona and is a great place to take a few moments to walk back into history.

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What's New: National Geographic Topo Review

October 2, 2011

By Matt Marine

I've reviewed National Geographic State Series Topo software. Find out why I think it's the best topo software out there and I use it for Experience Arizona.

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What's New: Windy Point QTR Added

September 27, 2011

By Matt Marine

I've added a new QTR: Windy Point. This is a great spot to visit on your way up Mt. Lemmon, maybe do a little hike, take some pictures or do some rock climbing. If this is your first time up Mt. Lemmon, don't pass this by.

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What's New: China Camp 4WD Adventure Added

September 22, 2011

By Matt Marine

I've added a great new 4WD adventure in the Dragoon Mountains (southeast Arizona) called China Camp. The Dragoon Mountains are a unique and beautiful place to explore in Arizona. You don't want to miss this adventure!

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What's New: All Offroad Az Link

September 19, 2011

By Matt Marine

A new link has been added to the home page and links page: All Offroad Az. This is a forum based site that has a bunch of friendly and knowledgeable folks. They are sponsoring an event called FlorenceFest 2011 on November 3rd - 6th. Check out the website and register for their forum. You'll be glad you did!

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What's New: Thudbuster Review

September 18, 2011

By Matt Marine

A review of a unique suspension seat post. by Cane Creek for your hardtail. Click on the link below for the review..

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What's New: September Online Magazine

September 16, 2011

By Matt Marine

The September 2011 issue of the Experience Arizona Online has been uploaded to the website. It contains previews of an adventure to an old mining camp in the Dragoon Mountains, a "windy" QTR and details of the Experience Arizona Interactive Map.

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What's New: Hiking Adventure -Sweetwater Preserve

September, 2011

By Matt Marine

If you want a quick hike that's close to Tucson, then the Sweetwater Preserve may be what you're looking for. The trail system is well-marked and easily accessible. It's not going to replace going up to the mountains for a day long hike, but if you're looking to burn some calories after work (and not inside a gym), then Sweetwater is worth looking into.


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What's New: Bike Adventure: Sweetwater Preserve

August 31, 2011

By Matt Marine

Here's a great trail system for mountain bikers in Tucson. It's got a bunch of different trails from beginner to intermediate singletrack. If you haven't been on Sweetwater, get over there and see what's you're missing.

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What's New: Gear Review - Rugged Ridge XHD Front Bumper

August 28, 2011

By Matt Marine

I've uploaded a review (and some hints on how to install) on the Rugged Ridge XHD front Bumper. So far, it's been a great bumper and I would have no problem recommended it, except for one thing ...

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What's New: Marshall Gulch QTR

August 25, 2011

By Matt Marine

Want to go to a nice place for a short hike and a picnic on Mt. Lemmon? One area that's nice is Marshall Gulch. This area is a great retreat away from the summer heat.

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What's New: Tucson Velo

August 22, 2011

By Matt Marine

Although Experience Arizona doesn't deal with road biking, I know that there are a bunch of bikers out there that do both road and mountain biking. A great resource for road biking in Tucson is Tucson Velo. It has all the information you're going to need for road biking in Tucson. Check it out.

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What's New: Arizona History - George N. Bascom

August 18, 2011

By Matt Marine

Second lieutenant George N. Bascom is notorious in Arizona lore as the instigator of the "Bascom Affair" which started more than a decade of bloody warfare between the native Indians and white settlers

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What's New: Arizona Trail Horse Lake

August 11, 2011

By Matt Marine

This is one of the easiest portions of the Arizona Trail that I've been on. Although the elevations is high (about 7100 feet), it is very flat. A major portion of the trail is on two track which most children will find simple.

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What's New: August Online Magazine

August 8, 2011

By Matt Marine

The August 2011 issue of the Experience Arizona Online has been uploaded to the website. It contains previews of an adventure along the Arizona Trail near Flagstaff and a QTR from a historic ranch in southern Arizona.

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New QTR: Sedona's Red Rock Park

August 3, 2011

By Matt Marine

Another great place to explore in Sedona is the Red Rock Crossing State Park. It's got just about everything Sedona's famous for to explore: beautiful red rock, water, interesting art, history and nature. If you're in Sedona, this is a great place to stop for an afternoon.

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Experience Arizona is Social!

July 30, 2011

By Matt Marine

I've added Facebook "Like" and "Send" buttons to the left sidebar of each page. If you have a Facebook account, you can "Like" the Experience Arizona website and easily share the site with your friends (through Facebook or regular email). Please, if you have a Facebook account and enjoy the site, use the Like button. It's fast, painless and much appreciated!

And if you're into Twitter, I've added a Tweet button. You can Tweet any webpage you like to your Twitter friends with just one click.

You can find these buttons under the Find Us on Facebook and YouTube links.

Thanks!

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Online Coronado National Forest Maps and New Rain Gauge Link

July 23, 2011

By Matt Marine

I've added a couple of great new resources. First is the Rainlog link I've added to the Weather page. This website surveys people around Arizona who have set up their own rain gauges to calculate rainfall amounts.

The second is the Coronado National Forest motor vehicle use maps link added to the Az Map page. Just click on the district of interest and you have a map of the forest roads in the area.

Both of these are great resources!

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Temporal Gulch 4WD Adventure Added

July 18, 2011

By Matt Marine

I've added a great 4WD adventure in southeastern Arizona called Temporal Gulch. It's down near Patagonia and takes you up to a series of natural pools at Walker Basin. There's also an interesting side trip on FR72A that you don't want to miss.

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Sitemap Added

July 17, 2011

By Matt Marine

I've added a handy sitemap to the website. It can be accessed through the bottom navigation bar. You can use this to quickly find whatever you're looking for.

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The majestic saguaro

July 16, 2011

By Matt Marine

I love the saguaro cactus. It's the icon of the southwest and much more. Go to the About Arizona page and have a look at a truly unique cactus.

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Experience Arizona Channel on Youtube!

July 15, 2011

By Matt Marine

I've created an Experience Arizona Channel on Youtube. This channel has all the Experience Arizona videos in one place.

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Rain Gauges added to Weather Page

July 13, 2011

By Matt Marine

Want to see how much rain your favorite trail received during the latest storm? It's easy to do (as long as your favorite trail resides in Pima or Maricopa counties). Go to the weather page and see how easy it is.

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New QTR

July 11, 2011

By Matt Marine

We went for a quick trip to the Sutherland Wash to see if we could catch the wash running after a nice storm. Didn't get to see that, but the pups had a great time anyway.

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Subscribe and Contact Forms Fixed

July 8, 2011

By Matt Marine

I found a bug in the Subscribe and Contact forms, so if you've tried to do these earlier, I apologize. Please try again, I really do want to hear from you!

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Official Deployment of the Experience Arizona Website!

July 4, 2011

By Matt Marine

After more than a year's worth of hard work, it's ready to go (which doesn't include the 25+ years exploring Arizona :-). I'm so excited. I've got one hundred kick-butt adventures in Arizona detailed, mapped and photographed and ready to go. Plus a bunch of other cool stuff that I've always wanted in other websites I've been to.

I hope everyone enjoys this website as much as I have putting it together. Now, off to find another adventure ...

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