• Fun Ways to Explore the Desert

    So you’re visiting Arizona for a week or a couple and you’ve booked your guided mountain biking tour in the desert, your Grand Canyon hiking trip is scouted and ready to go, hotels are booked, bikes are rented from AOA, now you’re wondering what else you should do. There are a lot of really great […]

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  • Exploring the Colorado River – Part 4

    The Colorado River, Headwaters to Delta: Hike the Continental Divide The Colorado River is best known for the path it cuts through the canyonlands of Utah and northern Arizona, for the towering exposed rock walls of Grand Canyon National Park, and the recreational opportunities created by the dams in its lower river basins. Second thoughts […]

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  • Fitness Training for your Guided Trip

    How do I train for… Planning a once in a lifetime adventure like hiking Grand Canyon Rim to Rim typically requires a lot of forethought. A guided trip such as those offered by AOA will take away the pressure of acquiring permits and reading heaps of guidebooks. When traveling on a guided trip, there is […]

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  • Exploring the Colorado River – Part 3

    A Grand Canyon Geology Lesson It was my aunt’s first trip to the Grand Canyon. Her daughter, a seasoned Grand Canyon guided, had for years been telling her mother the intimate details of hiking in the Grand Canyon. Those phone conversations had prepared my aunt only to be overwhelmed with wonder and happiness.  “What rock […]

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  • Exploring the Colorado River – Part 2

    John Wesley Powell Expedition – Colorado River Hiking in the Grand Canyon is a life-changing experience. From the rim the canyon is so astounding it can be difficult for your eyes to take in. The abyss is so vast and intricate that our minds fail to comprehend the immensity of the view before us. It […]

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  • Exploring the Colorado River

    “There are some places so beautiful they can make a grown man break down and weep.” – Edward Abbey, The Monkey Wrench Gang. Since the first expeditions took to muddy brown waters of the Colorado, there has grown a passionate discipleship for the tumbling 277 mile path the river flows through the Grand Canyon. The […]

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  • 4 steps to Buying the perfect Sleeping Bag

    There’s nothing quite like the feeling of waking up in a fluffy cocoon of soft down while the morning light creeps into camp and warms away the chill of the night. Fresh cool air hits your face while the rest of you is snuggled comfortably in your sleeping bag. Birds chirp nearby, your camp-mate knocking […]

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  • Gear up for Spring – Outdoor Essentials

    Right now you may be feeling cooped up, stuck inside by cold weather, long work days, and short daylight hours. The perfect way to escape the winter funk is to start planning your spring and summer outdoor adventures. Whether you decided to make your big vacation a guided outdoor trip this year, like AOA’s Grand […]

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