If you’re an adrenaline junkie, an avid adventurer or a thrill seeker, Arizona has you covered for some of the best outdoor adventures in the country.
While many people perceive Arizona to be a desert wasteland sprinkled with cactus and blazing heat, there is much more to the southwestern state than that.
Between the vast amount of hiking trails, an array of wildlife and rugged terrain, the number of adventures that one can find in Arizona is endless.
These five Arizona adventures are bound to satisfy your adrenaline craving.
1. Take A Hot Air Balloon Ride
If you’ve never taken a hot air balloon ride before, now is your chance. Arizona has gorgeous scenery and various landscapes that are even more breathtaking when seen from the sky. Not to mention you’ll also get to see the state’s array of wild animals from a birdseye view. Keep your eyes out for coyotes, jaguars, and pronghorns.
And, if you go early in the morning, you’ll get to witness one of the most stunning sunrises to ever exist. Read more to find a hot air balloon tour in Arizona.
2. Go On A Jeep Tour
Experiencing Arizona’s desert like never before by going off-roading in a sporty Jeep is a must for adventurers looking for a thrill. You can’t truly appreciate the beauty of Arizona’s deserts until you’re right smack in the middle of one during a Jeep tour.
There are a variety of Jeep tours in Sedona, Pheonix, Tuscon, and Flagstaff that will take you on a two to three hour-long excursion past stunning desert views, through sharp dirt trails, and over exhilarating hills.
3. Visit Havasupai Falls
Havasupai Falls will remind you of how amazing Earth truly is because in the middle of a hot and dry desert lies a gorgeous waterfall that spills into the belly of an aqua blue pond. Havasupai Falls in located on an Indian Reservations, but you can obtain a permit to camp on the reservation through the Havasupai Reservation website.
4. Mountain Biking In Prescott
Prescott is located in northern Arizona, and the area has over 250 miles of trails throughout the Sonoran desert that are specifically designed for mountain bikers. Trails wind up and down peaks that are sprinkled with lush greenery.
Beginners can find easy bunny slopes while rugged hills are saved for the more experienced. And, some say that mountain biking in Prescott is the best in the Southwest region.
5. Go Cave Exploring
Arizona’s caves have been forming for millions of years, which make them a great spot to go exploring. Go on a guided tour or a self-exploring tour to experience unique formations, crawling through tight spaces and small cave pools. Plus, it’s a great way to beat the Arizona heat as the state’s caves stay relatively cool at around 70 degrees throughout the entire year.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Arizona adventures. So, go out, be adventurous and experience the beauty of the Grand Canyon and the thrill of the desert.
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