Arizona Off The Beaten Path

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Arizona Off The Beaten Path

  • Hiking/Biking

    Sedona Off The Beaten Path

    As you walk along the Cockscomb trail you will see the Cockscomb with it's distinguished top of a large mesa and 4 round spires in a line going south. The trail passes the Cockscomb on the north. As you pass by you will see several herd trails leading in the direction of the Cockscomb. You can follow these to the top. But beware! The trails are not...

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  • Hoover Dam/Lake Mead

    Grand Canyon Off The Beaten Path

    The Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is a Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010. It was intended to be a bypass bridge to lessen the bottleneck at Hoover Dam going to Arizona via US Route 93 since the hoover dam has only has 2 lanes. The Bridge is an all weather, multi-lane archway...

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  • Kitt Peak National Observatory.

    Tucson Off The Beaten Path

    The road leading to Kitt Peak is Arizona Highway 86 also known as the Tucson-Ajo Highway. It runs through the Tohono O'odham Nation. You drive down 86 until you come to Junction 386 the Kitt Peak turn-off. Kitt Peak is 12 miles up the road. Please note that this is a mountain road with steep grades and lots of sharp turns. There are no facilities...

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  • Go out of the city and into the state of...

    Phoenix Off The Beaten Path

    Cottonwood is just a little over an hour drive from Phoenix, but immediately you feel like you are transported into another time of cowboys and Indans after you reach the Old Town of this city... Just follow the road out of Cottonwood and then you turn right when you see the Tuzigoot sign (the GPS did not give correct directions), and then there...

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  • Rafting

    Grand Canyon National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Just some fun pics to show that some of us took "advantage" of the souveniour shop. Most likely the best "souveniour" we took home was our new friends, like this mismatched group. We were lucky that we had a very diverse group ranging from Native Americans, to German, English, Danish and Israelis. Made it just that much more fun.

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  • Gila Monster Trail Windmill

    Saguaro National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Not mentioned on any park map is an unnamed metal windmill off of the Gila Monster Trail. There is a sign for it on the trail and it is a short walk and worth the few extra minutes to check it out. It appears to be a way water was pumped up from a wash. The windmill sits on a small cliff above a wash. In the wash is a basin to collect water. Kind...

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  • Right Fork of Badger Spring Trail

    Agua Fria National Monument Off The Beaten Path

    One mile down Badger Spring Trail there is a fork. To the left is the main trail up the canyon. To the right is a lower wash that had a good amount of water, even in late May. Cross over the wash and hike along the bank of the water. The wash turns a corner and opens to a lush plant area. It is a beautiful relaxing spot that offers some shade....

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  • White House Wash

    Vermilion Cliffs National Monument Off The Beaten Path

    Located behind the White House Trailhead Campground is a wash that runs past some beautiful Entrada Sandstone outcroppings. Walk past the campsites toward the white sandstone features and drop down into the wash. You can follow this a short distance to a box end. Explore back for views of the Paria river and great sandstone features. This area is...

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  • Jerome

    Sedona Off The Beaten Path

    Located just a mile out of Jerome, AZ is a unique "ghost town" that was once home to over 300 people working the mine. The location today is owned by Don Robertson who has been collecting motor vehicles and "stuff" for years. Open 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas you can easily spend an entire day...

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  • Hikes/Trails

    Grand Canyon Off The Beaten Path

    I love the wildlife around the Grand Canyon. Last May I was hiking down the South Kaibab trial and a mature Desert Big Horn ram crossed in front of me. Tons of mule deer, sheep, condors, scorpions, snakes, elk (don't ever lift up any rocks) can be found in the Grand Canyon. Keep an eye out for some great encounters with the wildlife the canyon has...

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  • Biosphere 2

    Tucson Off The Beaten Path

    We drove about 40 miles north of downtown Tucson on State Highway 77 near Oracle to get to Biosphere 2. This is a 3.15-acre (12,700 m2) structure originally built to be a man-made, materially-closed ecological system in Oracle, Arizona by Space Biosphere Ventures - a project costing somewhere over 200 million dollars...the entrance fee though is...

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  • MOuntains

    Phoenix Off The Beaten Path

    In the winter, most "official" hiking mountains in Phoenix are packed, with long waits for parking and crowded trails (especially Camelback and Squaw Peak). But there is one official trail that is only used by locals and that has beautiful views... Lookout mountain, in North Phoenix. The trail to the top is just under a mile, and it is a quick,...

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  • Hikes/Trails

    Grand Canyon National Park Off The Beaten Path

    If you’re not up to hauling yourself to the bottom and back and have already explored the Rim Trail, there are other places to stretch your legs. Many of them are nice escapes from the crowds, and run through cool, green forest or past others of the historic “National Park Rustic” buildings. Take a few rambles about for a peek at the lodges,...

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  • Scenery & Views

    Sedona Off The Beaten Path

    This marker caught my eye of course and it is located under a lovely huge tree. The creek behind it was just so beautiful that day. There were a couple of photographers taking loads of pictures of the stream, trees, mountains, and the marker too. What a awesome location to live at. I can see why the Native people loved this area as well as the...

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  • Side Trips

    Grand Canyon Off The Beaten Path

    As you approach/leave the East entrance to the Grand Canyon, you have an opportunity to visit the Little Colorado River Gorge. Off the highway, it is a quarter mile walk to see the gorge. My family and I thought it was worth our time to stop.

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  • Catalina State Park

    Tucson Off The Beaten Path

    This park is such a great symbol of the Arizona desert and all the beauty it has to offer. Being so close to the mountains brings the kind of peace-of-mind so often needed in the world, and the history on the Hohokam village preserves native survival really well. For those who haven't had the honor of stopping by the place, here's some more...

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  • Tempe

    Phoenix Off The Beaten Path

    UPDATE! 6/16/14 I'm not sure if this place is open anymore!!!! I believe it is now closed! Not sure where to start on this take. the Heart Attack Grill in Tempe, Arizona. It's waitresses dresses its waitresses in "naughty nurse" costumes, and it's menu consists of only a few items. Namely beer, pop, bypass burger, double bypass burger, triple...

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  • Side Trips

    Grand Canyon National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Horse shoe bend is an awesome spot to stop right outside of Page. It is about 2 hrs from the south rim. You'll drive up to this very unassuming location, where the parking lot is in front of the path which begins with you climbing a tall sand dune. It's about 3/4 mile hike without shade. About halfway there is a structure that has been build for...

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  • Vortexes & Spirituality

    Sedona Off The Beaten Path

    I actually got a giggle out of this, but at the same time, I can understand why so many feel that this area is filled with some of the most positive energy. Beautiful landscapes with serene settings have a very calming positive affect on people. Vortexes supposedly are the whirling fluid of energy the earth produces and can be felt in certain...

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  • Native Americans

    Grand Canyon Off The Beaten Path

    Monument Valley is part of everybody's memories. To Be there it's diving in your imagination, a sort of reincarnation in a past, where only the vehicles awake you to the reality of the present. Lucky Indians, those who can live a decent life sharing (at a price!) those marvels with the tourists! But what about the others, surviving in those dry,...

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  • Tombstone and the O.K. Corral

    Tucson Off The Beaten Path

    Tombstone, is located about 70 miles out of Tucson, which is a perfect day trip. In this old historic mining town, the main attraction are situated in and around Allen Street. More info on my Tombstone page.

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  • Mexico

    Phoenix Off The Beaten Path

    Unlike other Mexican borders like Tiajuana in San Diego, Rocky Point (also known as Puerto Penasco) is a more peaceful and serene retreat. You can drive to Rocky Point from Phoenix in just a little over four hours --- better to make sure you bring your passport with you though. The drive is relatively easy, and you just have to purchase Mexican...

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  • Native Americans

    Grand Canyon National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Many visitors to the Grand Canyon NP do not know about a special oasis at the bottom of the Grand Canyon west of the Grand Canyon Village. Here, there is a small tribe of Havasupai Indians who live year round near some beautiful waterfalls fed by a turquoise coloured creek. The village of Supai is only accessible by foot, mule or helicopter and...

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  • Oak Creek Canyon

    Sedona Off The Beaten Path

    We definitely drove to the great Oak Creek Canyon. My stomach had butterflies because of how high we were going up the mountains and how steep the the cliffs were. We passed so many canyons and it reminded me of the long and zig zaggy roads of Baguio City, Philippines! On our way, we were followed by many travellers going to Flagstaff,...

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  • Rim, North

    Grand Canyon Off The Beaten Path

    Visit the North Rim. Not as many people go to the North Rim as the South Rim. For the lesser crowds alone it is worth it to visit the North Rim rather than the South. But it is also worth it to go because the views are absolutely spectacular. But I have to admit that the North Rim was not what i expected The Grand Canyon to look like. So if you...

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  • Sabino Canyon

    Tucson Off The Beaten Path

    I was so unprepared for this trip. My boyfriend and I decided to go hiking. Drove out of Tuscon city to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Right from the parking lot you can get onto the Bear Canyon Trail. It's 2.2 miles to the Seven Falls. The seven falls cascade through the Santa Catalina mountains ending into delicious cool pools that invite you...

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  • Colorado River

    Grand Canyon National Park Off The Beaten Path

    There are two entrances to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Most people take the south entrance, heading north from Flagstaff. The east entrance is a longer drive north past Flagstaff and is less popular. The best thing to do is to take one route in and the other route out. When entering the park from the east, Desert View is the first stop...

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  • Montezuma's Castle or Well

    Sedona Off The Beaten Path

    Here you can purchase tickets for either Montezuma Castle and or Tuzigoot National Monument also. Passes are available at a discounted rate of $8.00 for both. Be sure if you are planning on visiting both parks ask for this discounted pass when you purchase your entrance fee at either park. I had almost forgot this when I got passes for Montezuma’s...

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  • Grand Canyon Railway

    Grand Canyon Off The Beaten Path

    The Grand Canyon Railway was originally commissioned into service in 1901 and helped to make it's spectaculair destination famous. The railroad became an important link for people making early pilgrimages to the Grand Canyon Village, providing service for 67 years, until operations ceased in 1968. The historic rails were reopened in 1989.

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  • Nogales, Mexico

    Tucson Off The Beaten Path

    I read several articles on Nogales Mexico, and not having traveled there for a few years, I was unsettled about whether to go on a recent trip to Tucson. I was told not to for safety reason, by two different businesses telling me to go to Tubac instead. Years ago I noted that Tubac while pretty was considerably higher in prices although you would...

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  • Outside the Park

    Grand Canyon National Park Off The Beaten Path

    When bringing friends to Grand Canyon, I start from the east entrance of the National Park's South Rim (as of 2008, car entrance $25 and for seniors, pass is only $10) going to the west side where the Grand Canyon Village is. We also always stop at the Cameron Trading Post which is located just north of the intersection of 89A and 64...the entrance...

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  • Chapel Of The Holy Cross

    Sedona Off The Beaten Path

    Along the way, you will find a lot of cacti but those that we saw going to Holy Cross Chapel are very unique. They are very hairy (not pricky and they have yellow flowers on them. Some of the cacti are large and tall but these kind of specie are different. They are grayish in color and are spread out.

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  • Colorado River

    Grand Canyon Off The Beaten Path

    I enjoyed this adventure thoroughly and highly recommend this to everyone. This tour begins at the bottom of Hoover Dam and goes to Williow Beach in Arizona. You will get a historical and comical view of the area as well as hit some rough cold water if you sit on the front of the raft. Bring waterproof cameras and wear your swimming gear with water...

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  • Spelunk near Tucson

    Tucson Off The Beaten Path

    Kartchner Caverns State Park Discovered in 1974, the caverns are 2.4 miles long and is considered a wet and live cave, meaning that the calcium carbonate continues to deposit and grow. You will have to call the Visitor Center first if you are really intent to going into the caverns --- also the big chamber is not open all the time, so you have...

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  • Rim, North

    Grand Canyon National Park Off The Beaten Path

    The North Rim is over 8000 feet/2438 m above sea level. It is 1000 feet higher than the South Rim, and visitors with heart or respiratory issues may have a problem visiting it. It is also quite isolated, but the higher elevation means that it is cooler there. The North Rim is 212 miles by road from the South Rim. The South Rim is open 365 days a...

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  • Indian Ruins

    Sedona Off The Beaten Path

    Another one of the beautiful rock formations you cannot see from the downtown area, but can only see if you head off one of the side roads. We were able to see these beautiful rocks while on the Pink Jeep Tour to see the Palatki Ruins. Our guide made sure to point them out. To see these you have to exit off of 89A onto Dry Creek Canyon Road, turn...

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  • Outside the Area

    Grand Canyon Off The Beaten Path

    After we left the Grand Canyon National Park, our next destination was Mesa Verde. This is more than just a daytrip away from the Grand Canyon although you could probably drive there in one day.We were headed for Denver where my aunt and uncle (my father's brother and SIL) lived. Because we were coming from California, we didn't get to see Bryce...

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  • Tubac Artist Colony

    Tucson Off The Beaten Path

    Tubac is an artsy community located 40 minutes south of Tucson and 20 minutes from Nogales (Take Exit 34 off of Rt. 19). Tubac has over eighty galleries and shops that feature hand-crafted items, sculpture, paintings, clothing as well as Mexican imported items. Tubac is a nice town to stroll through and browse at the various shops. However, the...

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  • Fauna & Flora

    Grand Canyon National Park Off The Beaten Path

    At the bottom of huge fearsome cliffs, you can, on occasion, run past desert bighorn sheep. They are watching you as you float by watching them. There are rattlesnakes of different varieties - the Grand Canyon rattlesnake being the most common. Rarely there are mountain lions and bobcats. Commonly, there are bats. You will know evening is drawing...

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  • Tlaquepaque

    Sedona Off The Beaten Path

    My hubby and I are from San Antonio, Texas and wanted some TexMex food while in Sedona. We found El Rincon located in Tlaquepaque. It was great food. I had enchiladas and my hubby asked for a fajita taco. They didn't have fajitas like back home, but they gave him a shredded beef taco with pico de gallo. Very de-lish. The salsa was a little...

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  • Mt. Lemmon

    Tucson Off The Beaten Path

    A beautiful winding road extends from Tucson to Mt. Lemmon and it's a trip you cannot miss. You go from desert to mountain and pass by the charred forest rebuilding itself from the forest fires of 2004. Before long you see snow covered pines and reach the slopes of Mt. Lemmon.

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  • Phantom Ranch

    Grand Canyon National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Phantom Ranch is the only place in the U.S. where mail is carried out by mules for delivery. You can mail a postcard to friends (or yourself) from here and it will be stamped "carried by mule from the Grand Canyon)

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  • Slide Rock State Park

    Sedona Off The Beaten Path

    The Slide Rock swim area is approximately 1/2 mile of creek. There are many places to swim and wade, as well as the famous natural rock Slide. The Slide is an eighty foot slippery shoot that is worn into sandstone. Warning: All water-based activities are at the risk of the user. No lifeguard on duty. Glass containers are not permitted in the swim...

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  • V Bar V

    Sedona Off The Beaten Path

    V Bar V used to be a working ranch located on the edge of Beaver Creek. To reach V Bar V, you must travel on fairly good dirt roads (do not attempt this trip if it is raining) There is a small information centre where you must register, and the petroglyphs are located on a cliff face about a 5 minute walk from the information centre. V Bar V is...

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  • Wilson Mountain

    Sedona Off The Beaten Path

    The Wilson Mountain trail is a 2.8 mile trek up 2400 feet to the rim of an overlook which provides a spectacular view of Oak Creek canyon and the surrounding mountains. The first part of the hike is nearly straight uphill. This is walk through desert with lots of cacti, manzanita, and juniper trees. The desert gives way to a lush forest with tall...

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