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Hiking to Fay Canyon Arch in Sedona, AZ

Fay Canyon Arch in Sedona, AZ is a popular hiking area, mainly for Fay Canyon, however, most people do not realize there is a very large arch to see as well! About Fay Canyon Arch only has 12 feet of separation between

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Hike to the Birthing Cave in Sedona, AZ

The Birthing Cave in Sedona, AZ is another very popular day hike, and not far from Devil's Bridge. About In Sedona, there are many short caves to hike to, with the Birthing Cave being the fastest and easiest to visit. This pleasant

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Hike to Devils Bridge in Sedona, AZ

Devils Bridge in Sedona, AZ is an extremely popular day hike to a natural bridge. About Each day, Devils Bridge sees hundreds of visitors looking to capture that "Instagram worthy" shot. The hike itself is quite underwhelming, as you first follow a

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Hiking from Mooney Falls to the Colorado River!

Hiking from Mooney Falls to the Colorado River!

Hiking from Mooney Falls to the Colorado River confluence is a must-see on your adventure to Havasupai! Only half of the people visiting will hike to Beaver Falls, which is on the way, yet almost nobody will make the entire trek down to the confluence. A confluence is where two rivers meet - in this case the turquoise Havasu Creek meets the brown Colorado River, creating an interesting mix of colors and water temperatures. 

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Hiking to Havasu Falls

Hiking to Havasu Falls, Arizona

Hiking to Havasu Falls is not your typical day hike - it requires a 10 mile trek through the desert, a large canyon, and finally through the small village of Supai, AZ. The people of Supai are apart of the Havasupai tribe, which is an American Indian tribe that has lived in this area of the canyon for the past 800 years. Havasu means "blue-green water", and pai means "people". Havasu Falls is one of the most well-known waterfalls in the world due to its paradise-like location.

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How to Get a Havasupai Permit

How to get a Havasupai Permit, How to get a Havasu Falls Permit

Getting a permit to Havasupai Falls is the first step in your adventure to the beautiful, turquoise falls, but how do you get one? And how far in advance? What about group size? These are all questions I hear all the time when it comes to wanting to travel to Havasu & Mooney Falls. I'll fill you in on some secrets, tips, and the know-how so you can have the best waterfall adventure yet!

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Hiking to Ribbon Falls, Grand Canyon National Park

Hiking to Ribbon Falls, Grand Canyon National Park

On Day Two of backpacking The Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon, we woke up at 5am to do a day hike to Ribbon Falls, a 6 mile hike from the Bright Angel Campground. It was pouring down rain that whole day, which made Ribbon Falls look even more glorious. Ribbon Falls is about 140 ft high, and the flow of water has created a giant travertine spire below the falls, which collects at two small pools, one at the base and one at about 50 ft above the travertine. You are allowed to swim in the falls, but when we hiked here, the temperature was about 45F with rain. Too cold for a swim! You can hike up and beneath the falls. Though Ribbon Falls takes a lot of planning combined with backpacking permit in the Grand Canyon, the 2.5 hour hike from the Bright Angel Campground is well worth the effort!

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Backpacking the Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

Backpacking the Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

Backpacking the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park has been one of my long-time backpacking goals. I had been to GCNP about 6 years about, but wasn't able to hike below the rim since I had a dog with me (dogs aren't allowed below the rim). Yes, I could visit the overlooks, but I couldn't get a feel for how deep, wide, gorgeous, and massive the Grand Canyon really was. I knew I had to get back.

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Visiting Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend, Page, Arizona, Glen Canyon Recreation Area

Horseshoe Bend is one of my favorite overlooks in the U.S. Horseshoe Bend is along the Colorado River, and is only 3 miles south of Page, Arizona along Highway 89, 5 miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, and requires a 3/4 mile walk to the overlook. The 1,000 ft drop to the bottom offers fantastic views, and if you have a wide angle lens or panorama option, you can capture the full horseshoe-shaped river and canyon.

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Visiting Monument Valley & Hiking The Wildcat Trail

Monument Valley, Utah, Arizona, Monument Valley Wildcat Trail

Our first full day in Southeastern Utah, we drove to Arizona to visit Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. From our base camp at Goosenecks State Park, it was only a 45 minute drive. When we were planning our trip here, we initially thought we would take a guided tour. Monument Valley & Tribal rules state that you are not allowed to get out of your car on the scenic drive to hike around the famous Mittens or other rock structures, unless you are with a Navajo Guide and/or have a permit. The tours were a little expensive for our budget, so we researched other options in the park and found that there is ONE trail open to the public - The Wildcat Trail.

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Hiking to The Black Mesa Indian Ruins, Arizona

Black Mesa Indian Ruins

My Thanksgiving weekend was spent with my parents in Phoenix, AZ, and instead of shopping on Black Friday, we wanted #OptOutside and explore an area they had heard about called the Black Mesa Indian Ruins. Hundreds, and maybe thousands, of people drive by the "trail head" every day, but not many know that there are 800 year old ruins sitting on top of the mesa. I put "trail head" in quotes because there's not really a trail - just route finding through thick cactus.

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