8 great places to put on your bucket list!
When you think of Arizona, you probably think of heat and desert. You’re right. But Arizona is also home to some pretty great outdoor adventures.
You’ll want to check out these Arizona adventures on your next trip to the Southwest.
London Bridge at Lake Havasu
Havasu Falls sits within the Havasupai Indian Reserve in Arizona. Havasupai translates to "people of the blue-green waters," which is a very accurate name when you see the unusual color of this secret swimming hole. There's no road here, meaning the best way to get to the falls is to hike. And the London Bridge is a beautiful sight.
This gorgeous national monument is a natural work of art. Montezuma Castle National Monument is absolutely jaw-dropping, and showcases some preserved dwellings from indigenous people between 1100 and 1425 AD.
Monument Valley is an excellent place to have an adventure if you want to explore a vast sandy landscape. When the sun hits the rocks, the resulting shadows create picturesque scenery. The Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park includes hiking trails, camping areas, and a 17-mile scenic route for driving around the park. While you're there, see if you can recognize the scenery from the hundreds of movies, commercials, and ads that have been shot in Monument Valley!
Saguaro National Park
This iconic Arizona park is named after the Saguaro cactus. With over 150 miles of trails, this is the perfect place to visit to explore the desert wilderness.
Tumacacori National Historical Park
If you are fascinated by Spanish culture, you need to check out Tumacacori National Historical Park. Unlike many old buildings, each of the 3 mission communities hasn't been rebuilt. You get to explore historical ruins that were abandoned after 19th century Apache raids. Sounds like an adventure!
The Sonoran Desert is a landscape that stretches over 10,000 miles. Be warned, though — the countryside is known as the hottest in the entire United States. Interestingly, it also has a variety of plants and animals because it receives heavy rainfall twice per season. If you want an authentic Arizona adventure, look no further than this exciting landscape.
The Grand Canyon
I can’t mention Arizona adventures without including the biggest of them all, the Grand Canyon! It’s located in northern Arizona and encompasses 278 miles along the Colorado River. If you’ve never been, YES! It’s absolutely as spectacular as you think it would be. Maybe better.
Wellness: The Town of Sedona
Sedona is a pretty little town near Flagstaff, surrounded by red rock canyons and pine forests. It is rich in Native American culture and has a little something for everyone. Sedona is a perfect home for the many wellness retreats in the area. Some of my favorites are here; let me know if you want to try some wellness in Sedona, and I’ll be happy to hook you up!
Wrapping it up
Arizona is an underrated place to visit. This list barely scratches the surface of all the locations within this great state. Whether you want to adventure alone, bring along the family, or go as a romantic getaway, Arizona has so many options! Let me know if you want a warm getaway to this beautiful state.