6 Adventurous Things to Do This Year

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It’s officially 2018 and with a new year comes new year’s resolutions. This year, don’t settle for the same old goals—why not try something exciting? If you’re looking to add a little adventure to your new year, here are 6 things to do to broaden your horizons in 2018.

1. Try a new type of food.

Start with something simple: Try a new type of food that you’ve never experienced before. There are so many culinary phenomena popping up at restaurants across the country, from poke to pho and other dishes that had previously been known to only those who grew up in cultures who have developed the dishes over generations.

Even if you’re not sure you would like a certain dish, it can never hurt to try something new.

2. Do something that scares you.

Not everyone has skydiving at the top of their bucket list, but one sure way to have an adventurous year is to get outside your comfort zone.

Maybe the thing that scares you is public speaking or maybe it’s taking a trip by yourself, but whatever you feel would be a challenge, make an effort to give it a shot this year. You might end up expanding your boundaries and finding out you love something you originally thought would terrify you.

3. Experience a new terrain.

Some people are very familiar with different types of environments, whether it be forest, desert, tundra, or the beach. Whatever landscape you spend the most time in, spend some time in its polar opposite.

Experiencing a new type of terrain will teach you a lot about the beauty of nature and the how people live elsewhere in the country. Plus, it’ll make for some incredible Instagram photos.

4. Take a road trip.

You can have incredible adventures just exploring the area where you live! Taking a road trip, even just for a day, allows you to see more of the state or region around you.

You might make stops at old attractions or find a favorite restaurant, but even if all you do is drive around, you’re bound to uncover at least a few fun new places.

5. Visit a new country.

If you really like to travel, why not get a new country’s stamp in your passport this year? With websites like Groupon, Workaway, or Airbnb, international travel is now more affordable than ever.

Find a country you’ve never visited but have always wanted to visit and figure out what time of the year would be best to go. You can go solo or take a friend along. Either way, you’ll be making lasting memories in a cool new place.

6. Go for a hike.

There are some truly incredible hiking trails out there, and what better way to experience the glory of nature than by hiking through it? Whether you take a short hike close to home or head to one of the many famous hiking trails America has to offer, hiking is a great activity that helps you stay active and allows you to spend some quality time outdoors at the same time.


No matter what kind of a person you are or how many risks you like taking in your daily life, everyone can find a way to incorporate some adventure into their new year. You don’t have to get into scary situations in order to expand your horizons—just getting a bit outside of your comfort zone can show you a little more of what the world has to offer.


Fun Facts About Arizona You Forgot from School

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Arizona is a truly amazing place. From gorgeous scenery and amazing animals to some pretty fascinating history, The Copper State is chock full of interesting things.

Do you remember learning some super cool facts about Arizona in school? Whether or not you remember the lessons taught, you’re sure to love reading these fun facts.

World’s Biggest Telescope

Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson is home to the world’s largest telescope. Considering the incredible clear skies offered by the state, it makes sense for the world’s biggest telescope and some of the best observatories to be located here.

Pluto’s Discovery

Another notable observatory is the Lowell Observatory located in Flagstaff. This is where scientist Clyde Tombaugh first discovered Pluto. Although Pluto has since been demoted to dwarf planet status, it will always be a true planet in our hearts.

Best Preserved Meteor Impact Site

If two space-related facts aren’t enough for you, consider this one: the world’s best-preserved meteor crater is located in Arizona. Its name is simply “Meteor Crater” and it can be viewed near Winslow.

Really Big State

On a completely different note, did you know that Arizona is the sixth largest of the 50 United States? In fact, it’s so big, one could easily fit all of New England as well as Pennsylvania inside of it. That said, only about 17% of the land in this big state is privately owned.

Rattlesnakes Galore

Next time you head out for a hike in Arizona, be sure to keep your eyes peeled. The Copper State is home to 13 species of rattlesnakes! That’s more species than any other state, and even includes some species that are unique to Arizona such as the Grand Canyon Pink Rattlesnake.

As you might have guessed, this snake has a pinkish hue, meaning it blends right in with the red and pink colored rocks. Therefore, if you aren’t careful, you could end up as one of the 150 people that are bitten by rattlesnakes in Arizona each year.

Tons of Sunshine

If you think Florida and Hawaii are the sunniest states, think again. Phoenix sees sunshine about 85% of the year. For comparison, Key West sees the sun about 76% of the year, while Honolulu rests at about 71%. Take that, Sunshine State!

Amazing Cacti

The iconic Saguaro cactus can only be found in Arizona. They grow in the Sonoran Desert and are absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, they also take quite some time to grow. Therefore, the state of Arizona has strict rules about the harvesting of these plants and cutting one down could land you in prison for up to a year.

Women’s Rights Leader

In this day and age, it’s a given that women will have the right to vote no matter what state they reside in. However, this wasn’t always the case. In 1912, 8 years before national suffrage, Arizona granted women the right to vote, making it a great state to be in if you were a female.


With so many amazing facts to offer, Arizona is definitely an interesting state. We hope you learned something new from our Arizona fact list. Just imagine how much more you could learn by exploring this wonderful place for yourself!


4 Cool Places In Arizona You Didn’t Know Existed

Colossal CaveWe don’t have to tell you that Arizona is a really cool place. Unfortunately, it isn’t always recognized for how awesome it is, and one or two of its more well-known attractions often overshadow the rest. (We’re looking at you, Grand Canyon.)

That said, there are a few people out there who know of the state’s hidden secrets—the places that either leave you breathless or you simply can’t believe actually exist. These are the people who truly understand this magical state and all it has to offer, and we think that’s really special.

For this reason, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to spread this knowledge. While there certainly isn’t anything wrong with the Grand Canyon—it’s awe-inspiring, to say the least—there is more to Arizona than you think, and we’re here to share a few secrets with you.

Goldfield Ghost Town
Ghost towns are intriguing things. They’re captivating, depressing, and mysterious all at the same time. Feeling all those emotions simultaneously is a bizarre experience. Perhaps this is why people adore visiting Goldfield Ghost Town.

This little known attraction is a real, live (if you’ll excuse the expression) ghost town. It was formed in 1892 when miners found gold ore nearby. However, much like dozens of other mining towns, Goldfield lasted only a few years before becoming a ghost town. The town did see a rebirth in the early 1900s, but was abandoned once again in just 5 years’ time.

Now, the town consists of several reconstructed buildings as well as a reconstructed mining tunnel. It features tours and performances and numerous shops. It’s perfect for a fun day trip and a great way to educate young people on gold camps of the late 1800s.

Montezuma Castle
One of many amazing national monuments, Montezuma Castle is an interesting sight indeed. This cliff dwelling is the best-preserved structure of its kind and was made by the Sinagua tribe about 800 years ago. Although the dwelling is not truly a castle, it’s just as marvelous to gaze upon, especially when its age is taken into consideration.

Visitors to Montezuma Castle aren’t allowed to climb into the dwelling. They may, however, gaze into the windows of the homes as they envision what life must’ve been like for the people who lived there.

Be sure to read up on the culture of the Sinagua before visiting this fascinating historical site in order to truly appreciate your trip.

Colossal Cave Mountain Park
As the name suggests, Colossal Cave Mountain Park is home to an enormous cave which is filled with crystal. This cave has an intriguing history and has played numerous roles, including hideout, home, and playground. Now, it’s used as a place of learning and enjoyment as dozens of visitors walk, climb, and crawl through the cave on a daily basis.

The park offers opportunities for camping as well as a variety of guided cave tours. For the more timid explorers, the basic Colossal Cave Tour is an ideal option. Meanwhile, more adventurous souls won’t be disappointed by the Wild Cave Tour. No matter which option you choose, you’re sure to be awestruck by the beauty of this natural wonder.

Slide Rock State Park
Originally an apple orchard, Slide Rock State Park is an amazing place to visit. This park offers cabin camping, hiking, and even apple picking opportunities in late summer and early fall.

Best of all is the park’s namesake feature, the Slide Rock. This large, slippery rock chute is perfect for adventurous swimmers to slide down. After the slide, swimmers are spit out into a cool swimming hole—the perfect place to be during an Arizona summer.

Those who wish to learn more about the park should join a ranger-led program. These are cover such topics as geology found in the park and its history. Another great organized event is the Slide Rock Apple Festival, an annual harvest festival that includes a number of fun activities for f all ages.

These are just a few of the incredible—yet little-known—things to see and do in Arizona. Book a tour with Arizona ATV to go on the adventure of a lifetime and see even more amazing sights in this wonderful state.

4 Incredible Road Trips to Take Before You Die

Denali National ParkLong before the airplane became the most fashionable and efficient way to travel, the automobile reigned supreme. As the United States continued to expand, the government built roadways leading to the wild west.

While it may be more time consuming to trek these old routes, they have a general awe-inspiring majesty to them. Many of these original routes have been all but forgotten in today’s fast-paced world but they hang on, beckoning a new generation of travelers to follow their paths.

Here are 4 amazing road trips you have to take before you die.

The Overseas Highway, Florida Keys
Running for 2,369 miles along the east coast from Fort Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, U.S. Route 1 was one of the first major highways to open in the U.S. The route was established all the way back in 1926 and still holds the record for the longest north-south road in America.

The Florida portion of Route 1 takes up more than a quarter of the entire highway – 545 miles, to be exact. Spanning from Key West all the way up to the Georgia state line, you’d be crazy to not want to drive along the southernmost section called “The Overseas Highway.” This 113-mile span was originally built in 1912 atop an old railroad system.

The breathtaking drive will take you through the Florida Keys and their gorgeous sandy beaches, including across the 7 Mile Bridge – one of the longest bridges in the world. You can make the entire trip in a single day, so why not go for it?

Blue Buck Knob Scenic Byway, Missouri
If you’re thinking Middle America isn’t a very scenic place for a road trip, you’d be wrong. The heart of the nation is one of the most lush, beautiful parts of our country and often goes overlooked.

The Blue Buck Knob Scenic Byway in Missouri, for instance, is one such gem.

Don’t let its funny name turn you off. There’s plenty to see and love along this short-and-sweet 24-mile route. The highway cuts through a lush part of the Mark Twain National Forest – Missouri’s only national forest. The byway highlights much of the state’s unsung beauty: the Ozark “Mountains,” deep gorges, and sweeping farmland.

Denali Park Road, Alaska
Located in the heart of Denali National Park and home to Denali – meaning “the high one” in Koyukon, the language of the native people who migrated and settled at its base – lies Denali Park Road. If you’ve not heard of Denali, you’re not alone: It’s the mountain many used to know as Mt. McKinley.

Denali Park Road opens a world of wonder. The 92-mile stretch plays host to massive rock faces and glaciers, all of which have been there for thousands of years. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some wildlife going about their business in their natural habitat.

Unlike other suggestions on this list, you can’t drive all of Denali Park Road on your own. Only the first 15 miles are open to private vehicles. If you plan to explore all the road has to offer, you’ll have to board one of the park’s many tour buses. Tours vary in length – how far down Denali Park Road they’ll travel before doubling back – as well as service. There are a number of narrated tours but if you prefer to see the sights in peace, you can opt for a narration-free tour.

Highway 12, Utah
Utah is an incredibly beautiful place and its rocky red Wasatch Mountain Range often gets overlooked by the mighty Rockies in neighboring Colorado. Be that as it may, the “Beehive State” still has some spectacular things to see.

Utah’s Highway 12 is a 122-mile roadway that runs west to east and connects two national parks at either end. The first portion of the road was laid in 1914 and gradually grew to what it is today. The pavement extends through one hundred miles of Utah’s unforgiving and magnificent desert.

You’ll see massive canyons, towering rock formations, the “Grand Staircase,” the ruins of an Anasazi village, and much more.

So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your next road trip. Don’t let these roadways go forgotten – traverse them for a whole new kind of adventure and see more of our incredible nation.

6 Adventurous Gifts to Give Your Adventurer

Gift giving can be pretty difficult. There are always a few people on your list who leave you clambering for ideas. For many, the most difficult people to shop for are the adventurous, outdoorsy types.

Lucky for you, we’ve made the task a bit easier this time around. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the top 6 gift ideas for adventurous people.

Yeti Hopper Flip 18
It’s no secret that Yeti coolers are incredible at keeping things cold. Fortunately, for those who like to pack light, the Yeti Hopper Flip 18 is no exception.

This soft-sided cooler packs all the punch of a regular sized cooler in a much smaller package. It’s rugged, tough, and ready for adventure, making it ideal for those looking to get outdoors.

Paladineer Hiking Backpack
All good adventures start with a good backpack. For this reason, a high-quality bag such as the Paladineer Hiking Backpack is the ideal gift for explorers of all types.

This bag is sturdy and the perfect size for a well-prepared daytripper. The chest and shoulder straps provide plenty of extra support, meaning those who hike long distances won’t finish with an aching back. Additionally, the pack is water-resistant, meaning a little bit of unexpected rain is no problem at all.

G4Free Compact Mess Kit
Everyone has to eat, and there’s no better way to do it than with the handy dandy G4Free Compact Mess Kit. There are several versions of this kit but we recommend investing in the 13-piece set which includes everything a person might need to create tasty meals wherever they may be.

The small pot and pan with folding lids are perfect for frying an egg or heating some soup. Meanwhile, the little camp stove comes in quite handy for heating things over the fire. Explorers can use the foldable silverware to eat and finish by washing the dishes with the included sponge.

Everything in the kit folds away nicely into the pot and pan and can be stored in the included mesh bag for easy portability.

Olympus Tough TG-5 Camera
Nature is full of incredible beauty. This is why many adventurers carry cameras. Unfortunately, most traditional cameras just can’t stand up to the rigors of an adventurous lifestyle.

There’s a solution to this problem: The Olympus Tough TG-5 Camera is a rough-and-tumble point-and-shoot camera that comes fully armored and ready to take on the world. This camera is waterproof and, combined with the camera’s crush-proof, freeze-proof, and shockproof features, it makes for a very durable tool.

Lastly, the anti-fog lens is an amazing feature for anyone planning to take photos in damp or humid locations.

Otterbox Drybox 3250
Sometimes an explorer must get wet. When these times roll around, it’s important that everything is well-protected from the water. Items such as wallets, phones, and passports shouldn’t typically be exposed to a lot of moisture, but still must be carried on adventures. This is where the Otterbox Drybox 3250 steps in.

This nifty tool is waterproof to a depth of 90 feet for up to 30 minutes. On top of that, the box is also crush-proof.

For explorers, this means that when items are stored in this box, they’ll stay dry and damage-free, no matter what obstacles they may come across. This is something that gives adventurous souls some peace of mind.

ATV Adventures
Outdoorsy people of all ages and abilities will adore a guided ATV Adventure. The adventure options offered by Arizona ATV are exciting, safe, and the perfect way to give a loved one the thrills they crave. You can learn more about our awesome adventures by checking out the tour pages linked at the top of this page. We have plenty to choose from, so you can be sure to pick the one that’s right for your friend or family member.

There you have it: Our top 6 gifts for adventurers. By sticking to this list, your exploring loved ones will adore what you buy, meaning you can save yourself time and worry.

So what are you waiting for? Start your shopping adventure right away!

Adventure on Holiday: Celebrating Around the World

Most people seem to have Christmas on the brain come December, but there are many other holiday traditions that go on this time of year in different parts of the world. Winter is a great time to learn about the beliefs of other cultures and to reflect on what the season means to many.

If you’re interested in learning more about how other cultures acknowledge this time of year, here are 4 holiday celebrations from around the globe to inspire you this season.

Hanukkah, also spelled Chanukah, is an 8-day Jewish festival celebrating the reclaiming of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem from the Seleucids during the 2nd century. Each night, families light a candle on the menorah, a 9-pointed candleholder, often reciting special prayers or blessings during the process.

It’s traditional for Jewish families to give gelt, or coins, during Hanukkah. However, in more recent decades, families have started to give gifts as well. It’s also tradition to eat foods fried in oil, such as latkes, to represent the oil of the original menorah.

Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. It’s a celebration of life for people of African descent the world over and generally takes place from December 26 to January 1st. Based on traditional African harvest celebrations, Kwanzaa is an opportunity to reclaim the ancestral culture that was taken from many African-Americans when their ancestors were kidnapped and forced into slavery.

Each night of Kwanzaa, a candle is lit to represent one of 7 values: unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. While every family has a different way to celebrate, there are usually songs, dances, and a traditional meal to accompany the lighting of the candle.

In Scandinavian countries such as Sweden, Norway, and Finland, December 13th is celebrated as St. Lucia’s Day in honor of the saint who was martyred during the 3rd century. The festival kicks off with a procession through the town, where girls dress in white and wear lighted wreaths on their heads to symbolize hope and light during the dark days of winter.

At home, one of the family’s daughters wears a white gown and serves pastries and coffee to the other family members. Although we may never know the exact story of the actual St. Lucia, her legacy endures in Europe to this day.

The Feast of the Epiphany is a Christian tradition that’s celebrated in countries around the world, from Mexico to Italy to France. It falls on January 6th and is a day to remember the visit of the Three Magi to the newly-born baby Jesus. In some countries, it is on Epiphany and not Christmas that children receive their presents.

Many cultures traditionally serve a cake on this day that has a small figurine of baby Jesus baked inside. Whoever finds the baby in their slice receives blessings for the coming year.

While Christmas might be the most well-known winter celebration, it’s far from the only one. The holiday season is a great time to learn more about different cultures and maybe even incorporate some of these traditions in with your own.

4 Tricks to Save Up for Your Next Big Adventure

Saving moneyWe all know the feeling: The wild outdoors is calling your name and you want nothing more than to go on an adventure. Unfortunately, dwindling bank accounts don’t mesh well with such things, and this often makes it hard to get away at the drop of a hat.

If you are currently suffering from a bout of wanderlust, you may be feeling frustrated with the fact that your finances have so much control over what you do. After all, life is about doing what you love. Therefore, for most adventurers, spending day after day doing the same job at the same place is excruciating.

Still, we all have to earn a living somehow – meaning this is how things have to be, right? Wrong, actually.

You aren’t stuck at all. There are plenty of things you can do to break the cycle of “work, work, work” and add in a bit of exciting exploration from time to time. In fact, you could even get started today!

Try these simple tactics to save up for your next big adventure. You’ll be hitting the road sooner than you ever thought possible.

1. Give up something small.
Do you go out for coffee each morning? Is eating lunch “out” typical for you? When it comes to video games and apps, do you often find yourself purchasing the little in-game extras?

All of these things are luxuries that none of us really need. By cutting back on them, you can save a ton of money and all that extra cash can be put toward your goal of a new getaway.

If you need a bit of motivation to do this, try creating a separate bank account for vacation funds. Every time you skip out on a luxury item you normally would indulge in, transfer the amount you save directly to the vacation account. This will allow you to see your savings grow and give you a bit of a reward every time you use your willpower.

2. Reduce your monthly bills.
You may think this tip is silly. That’s an understandable way of thinking, however, because most people believe bills simply are what they are. However, that’s not always the case.

You see, many cell phone, internet, and cable providers will work with an individual if they only take the time to call and ask about lower rates. Additionally, you may want to look into the option of signing up for Netflix, Hulu, and/or Amazon Prime and dropping cable altogether. Finally, you can even work on lowering your utility bills by changing your thermostat a few degrees.

All of your efforts combined are likely to provide noticeable savings, meaning more money can be put into your vacation fund account.

3. Use an app.
There are dozens of apps available to help with money management. Several of these are ideal for growing vacation funds. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Mint This is an overall budgeting app that helps you see where your money is going so you can make the necessary changes to reach your goals. It does include a goal-setting function, which may give you extra motivation to save.
  • Digit This app takes s
    mall amounts of money from your checking account and deposits them into your savings account. It monitors your spending habits in order to do this at the best possible times, meaning you won’t miss the money it moves for you.
  • Clarity Money — Clarity Money is a pretty nifty tool as well. Simply input your income and all your bills. The platform looks over all your expenses and gives you unbiased suggestions on how you can save and potentially lower your bills.

4. Find a side gig.
Everyone knows the old adage that a penny saved is a penny earned. But we believe that phrase can also be turned on its head – a penny earned is a penny saved, and that saved penny puts you another step closer to your big adventure.

So how do you start earning those pennies to save? Well, there are tons of options and by thinking outside the box, you are sure to come up with one that suits your personality and schedule.

To find the perfect side gig for you, consider your special skills, hobbies, strengths, and even your belongings. Also take into consideration the needs of others and your schedule.

If you are short on time, you may find that renting something out is the best option for you. If you love playing the piano, you might like to teach lessons on the side. Get creative and find something that works for you.

By using these four tips, you can make your dreams of exploration come true. So what are you waiting for? The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll be jumping on to your next adventure!

America’s Greatest Treasure Stories

Everyone loves a good treasure hunt, but buried treasure isn’t just something you find in pirate tales. Did you know there are – supposedly – many hidden fortunes right here in the United States that have never been recovered?

If you’re feeling adventurous, here are 4 of America’s greatest treasures that have yet to be found.

Thomas Beale’s Fortune
If you like the Da Vinci code, here’s a good mystery for you: In the early 1800s, a man named Thomas Beale supposedly discovered a treasure worth tens of millions of dollars hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains while he and his men were hunting. Beale had the treasure excavated and, wanting to ensure it would stay in his family, hid it somewhere in his home state of Virginia.

He then created 3 ciphers that would lead one to the treasure and entrusted them to an acquaintance in a locked box, stipulating that the box was not to be opened unless Beale went unheard from for 10 years. While the ciphers were eventually published after Beale’s death, no one has been able to successfully crack all three.

Treasure at Victorio Peak
In 1937, an American businessman named Doc Noss stumbled upon something extraordinary while hunting in New Mexico: A vast treasure hidden away inside an old, abandoned mine in Victorio Peak. Eager to explore this new discovery, Doc purchased the land and set off to excavate. Unfortunately, while trying to widen the passageway using explosives, the cave collapsed and access to the treasure was cut off completely.

Doc tried to raise money to further investigate the mountain, but was tragically killed by an associate before he got the chance. His family attempted to carry out his wish but the military took over the land soon after and put an end to their efforts. To this day, the fate of the treasure is a mystery.

Commander Mosby’s Loot
During the Civil War, Colonel John Mosby led a raid on a Union camp during which his men captured thousands of dollars’ worth of valuables taken from Virginia’s elite. On their way back to the Confederate camp with the treasure, however, Mosby and his men discovered they were about to walk into an ambush. They buried their haul between two pine trees, intending to return for it when the danger was over.

In the end, that was never to be. When Mosby sent his men back to retrieve the treasure, they were captured and killed by Union soldiers before it could be recovered. Mosby himself was never able to return to the treasure, leaving a trove of valuable historical artifacts still buried somewhere in Virginia.

The Lost Dutchman Mine
Out in Arizona lies a range of mountains called the Superstitions, giving this tale an eerie spin from the start. Legend has it that when the Spanish came to the area in the 1500s, the Apache people who lived there told them of gold hidden in the mountains. The Apache believed the land was cursed, however, and refused to help the Spanish find it.

The story goes that there’s a gold mine hidden somewhere in Superstition Mountain and the legend of the gold has persisted ever since, with many explorers over the years attempting to find the elusive treasure. While no one has ever succeeded, there are enough iterations of the tale to continue convincing adventurers to try their luck to this day.

Although it’s hard to separate fact from fiction when looking at these historical tales, the thought of an unclaimed treasure somewhere under our very noses is enough to keep many interested. If you have a thirst for adventure, who knows? You might end up stumbling upon some ancient secret just waiting to be discovered.

We may not take you to hunt for hidden treasure, but we can sure offer you an adventure! Check out our ATV tours in Phoenix, Tucson, and Sedona!

8 Arizona Waterfalls to See Before You Die

Waterfalls capture the imagination and inspire gasps of awe. Although it’s just water flinging from one height to a lower one, waterfalls seem like doorways to magical or mystical spaces. And Arizona, despite being known for its desert-like terrain, has more than its fair share of stunning waterfalls.

No matter your cascade preference, Arizona has every type. Even more incredibly, a few even become dormant during certain months of the year only to return during the spring. There’s something to ignite every imagination.

Before you die, you must see these 8 Arizona waterfalls.

1. Havasu Falls
Havasu Falls stems from the Havasu Creek. When staring at the waterfall, it’s hard to imagine the creek that fuels it is only a small trickle above the wall of the canyon.

The famous blue-green water is coloration is caused by high levels of calcium carbonate in the water which, incidentally, created the limestone along the creek. Havasu Falls is the largest and most impressive of the falls that lie along the Havasu Creek.

2. Rock Falls and New Navajo Falls
In 2008, the original Navajo Falls were replaced by a huge flood that diverted the flow of the river to the Rock Falls and what is now referred to as the “New Navajo Falls.” Today, the “Old Navajo Falls” remains as a sort of fossil of a waterfall.

The “New Navajo Falls” shares characteristics of the original with a 50 foot waterfall that drops into a shallow pool of water. Meanwhile, the Rock Falls has a 100 foot ledge and its water pours only about 30 feet down.

3. Mooney Falls
The fourth in a line of waterfalls in the Havasupai, Mooney Falls stands 196 feet tall and is framed by jagged, red rocks. A single jet of water spears a shallow pool at the bottom, where mist shoots to a distance of hundreds of feet. Although incredibly gorgeous, the Mooney Falls are difficult to access.

4. Beaver Falls
Directly following the Mooney Falls, the Beaver Falls are a lovely contrast. It’s the type of waterfall that would make a perfect picnic spot.

What we see today is not how it has always been. Flooding in 1910 diminished what used to be waterfalls with the heights of 50 feet to only semi-waterfalls. However, this hard-to-access waterfall continues to be a favorite for waterfall seekers.

5. Grand Falls
Dormant most of the year, the Grand Falls is taller than Niagara Falls. The best time to visit these falls and see them in action is during the spring.

Sometimes the water is so muddy that it might put chocolate lovers in mind of chocolate desert fountains.

6. Tonto Natural Bridge Falls
Only an hour away from Phoenix, the trail to view the Tonto Natural Bridge Falls is not too challenging and provides gorgeous views along the way. This 183-foot waterfall can be viewed from observation decks or from the hike.

The waterfall flows over the side of the Tonto Natural Bridge, which is considered the world’s largest natural travertine bridge.

7. Seven Falls
Easily accessible for all ages, Seven Falls is a beautiful waterfall in the Tucson area. The Santa Catalina Mountains add to the view along with the stark canyon walls. Bear Creek meanders down a staircase of pools, creating the Seven Falls. This is a very popular location, but it’s worth the visit.

8. Fossil Creek Waterfall
Fossil Creek Waterfall experienced a lull in glory when the dam between Payson and Camp Verde diverted the creek’s flow for power plants. However, the waterfall is now back to its former glory.

What’s most surprising about this little waterfall? The 15-foot cascade hides a cave behind its curtain and its high calcium content provides that stunning turquoise color.

Arizona boasts a stunning number of breathtaking waterfalls. When will you plan your trip to visit one of these beautiful locations in Arizona?

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5 Amazing US Hikes You Have to See In Your Lifetime

If you’re a hiker with a sense of adventure, you don’t have to go far to find an incredible trail. Some of the best routes in the world are located right here in the United States. From lush forests to tranquil deserts, the US is a place of many landscapes and ecological systems just waiting to be explored.

For those who aren’t afraid to travel a little to find the perfect hike, here are 5 of the most amazing hiking trails in the United States that deserve a spot on your bucket list.

Mist Trail: California
The Mist Trail at Yosemite National Park is relatively short and oh-so-sweet. This 7-mile-round-trip hike takes you past two thundering waterfalls, scenic overlooks, and a rushing river. It’s one of the most popular trails in the park but you can avoid the crowds if you get started early in the morning.

While the trail isn’t too strenuous, you should exercise caution around the river as the current is incredibly strong. Also, if you’re planning to hike to the top of the falls, prepare to get wet — it’s called the “Mist Trail” for a reason.

Precipice Trail: Maine
This hike isn’t for the faint of heart. Located in Acadia National Park, the Precipice Trail takes you up the face of Champlain Mountain. It’s known as the most challenging hike in the park, but it’s worth it for the stunning views as well as the chance to glimpse an endangered peregrine falcon.

Portions of this hike are vertical, so it’s best for hikers who are physically fit and confident in their climbing skills. The entire loop is only 2.6 miles long but you should plan to leave time for the obstacles you’ll meet along the way.

Kalalau Trail: Hawaii
If you love sea views, you can’t miss this 11-mile hike along Kauai’s Na Pali coast. The Kalalau Trail is the only option for accessing many of the coastal wonders you’ll find along the way, such as deserted beaches and rushing waterfalls.

Parts of the trail can be a little treacherous, especially in rainy weather, but it’s well worth it for those up to the challenge. Prepare to go slow and steady in order to really take in the natural beauty of this secluded hike.

Bright Angel Trail: Arizona
This gorgeous Grand Canyon hike is the most popular trail along the South Rim of the canyon and it’s not hard to see why. While parts of the path can be steep, the Bright Angel Trail offers breathtaking views of the Inner Canyon and offers many stopping points along the way, making this a great option for beginners as well as more experienced hikers. The entire trail is more than 15 miles round-trip and can take up to 3 days, so less advanced hikers might do well to choose a shorter path.

One of the benefits of this trail is that it offers some shade from the hot Arizona sun. It’s perfect for a day hike or for a multi-day trip, as there are campgrounds located along the trail for you to use.

Pacific Crest Trail: West Coast
Recently made famous by the movie Wild, based on the book by Cheryl Strayed, the Pacific Crest Trail (also known as the PCT) is a 2,650 mile-long trail that reaches from Mexico all the way to Canada. Hikers journey from all over the world to walk the West Coast and experience the stunning beauty of California, Oregon, and Washington.

Along the PCT you’ll experience a variety of biomes, from desert to forest to snow-covered mountains. It’s the perfect trail for anyone who’s interested in a multi-day trek and there’s plenty of transportation options along the way in case you’d like to skip a section and pick it up later.

The US has so many incredible hiking spots just waiting to be explored, but these 5 stand out for their own unique reasons. If you’re yearning for a hiking adventure you’ll remember forever, you can’t go wrong with any of the trails on this list.