• Creature Feature: Black Widow

    Latrodectus, hesperus, mactans, or  variolus, take your pick. Given a choice, most would run the other direction. Maligned and detested the world over, the widow spiders are easily identifiable by their conspicuous coloration. Black widows, the three species mentioned previously, can be widely found across North America and are most commonly adorned on the underside of their […]

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  • AOA named to Best Places to Work by Outside Magazine

    Arizona Outback Adventures named one of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2014 Scottsdale, AZ (October 2, 2014) – Arizona Outback Adventures has been selected as one of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2014. Each year, OUTSIDE recognizes the top 100 companies in the United States that help their employees strike the ideal balance between work […]

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  • Guide Profile – Laurel

    Laurel Darren-Simmons Learn about the lady with the legs of steel, then get out and ride with her! In her words and ours… Hometown: Davenport, IA Age: 38 Nickname(s): Rockstar (by my hubby) Iron Rub’r (my roller derby name) Guiding qualifications: First Aid/CPR. Tons and tons and tons of mountain and road bike miles. (Note: We are fairly certain […]

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  • Best Apps for Biking

    Cycling has many different disciplines and “cyclist” can define a wide array of enthusiasts from bike commuter, fixie enthusiast, or grizzled mountain biker to the dedicated espresso-driven roadie. Whatever your place in the two-wheeled tribe, there’s surely a smart-phone app designed to improve your ride. Here at AOA, we’ve been devising new ways to enhance […]

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  • The Mountain Miracle – Ride for Life

    #SCADRideForLife July 26 – August 9, 2014:  AOA will be supporting The Mountain Miracle: Ride for Life, a long distance cycling event to raise awareness of SCAD - Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection as they bike from Chicago, IL to Beaver Creek, CO. The Ride for Life was founded by Wally Posner, an avid cyclist whose daughter Danielle went into […]

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  • Best Ways to Combat the Sun

    Summer brings long days, freckles and a longing to escape the office; it is the perfect time to pack a bag and leave the to-do lists and worries behind. Warm days spent hiking, biking, kayaking, or lying still on the shore of  a relaxing lake or river, these are the days of nonsense and fresh […]

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  • Don’t get lost on your bike ride, rent a Garmin GPS

    Every cyclist takes a wrong turn at some point, often adding unplanned miles to the ride. Sometimes this is no big deal. You might explore a road you’ve never been down, push yourself a little bit harder than usual and be pleased with the result, find a new cafe with a great patio for a […]

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  • 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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