• Protected: Packing and Preparing for a Mountain Bike Trip

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  • National Monuments under Debate

    A paradise in Southern Utah Southern Utah is a labyrinth of sandstone rock features, lush green valleys, and deep winding canyons. Here, you’ll find some of the world’s most beautiful national parks and landscapes rich in scientific and cultural significance, but equally rich in controversy. The scientific and cultural significance of the region is substantial, […]

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  • Guiding Trips to Havasu Falls for 20 Years

    AOA staffer Aya Nameth interviewed Brian Jump, director of our multi-day tours department and employee of 20 years, to get some insight into his unique perspective on traveling to Havasupai’s waterfalls, how the place and AOA’s relationship with it has changed in 2 decades, and what 20 years in Havasupai means for AOA. 20 years […]

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  • Best Mountain Bike Trails Near Zion National Park

    3 BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS NEAR ZION NATIONAL PARK Heading out on a trip to Zion National Park? Don’t forget your mountain bike! While there is no mountain biking permitted inside the park’s boundaries, there are some of Utah’s best mountain biking trails just outside of the park for all ability levels. Get ready for […]

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  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Hiking at High Elevation

    5 Things You Need to Know Before Hiking at High Elevation If you’re headed for the peaks, even past the pines – there are some important things to know about the environment at high elevation and how it affects the human body and mind before you go. You could be doing the hike of your […]

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  • Bucketlist Outdoor Adventures in Arizona

    Which Outdoor Adventures in Arizona are on your bucketlist? Arizona is a magnet for adventurers and sun-seekers, most following the pull of a few well-known places and exciting pursuits. Among the canyons and cactus there are plenty of options for exploration. When considering your next foray into the Arizona deserts, follow this Arizona bucketlist and […]

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  • Guide Feature: Chris Anderson

    Get to know Chris Prior to becoming one of the foremost adventure guides in the American West, Chris Anderson’s background was in outdoor survival education. With that experience and nearly a decade pounding the trail as a backcountry guide with 200+ field days year after year, it’s no wonder  that REI named him one of […]

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  • Guide Feature: Chris Rutz

    Get to know Chris Guiding since: 2016 At AOA since: 2016 Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ What type of tours do you guide? ALL Single-day tours! Hobbies/fun facts: I have lived in Scottsdale since 1995 and have an extensive background in outdoor adventure. I have been a competitive athlete much of my life including road and mountain bike racing, triathlon […]

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  • The Grand Canyon’s Best Scenic Viewpoints

    THE GRAND CANYON’S BEST SCENIC VIEWPOINTS Grand Canyon National Park is famous for incredible views in every direction. From the views right along the Rim to deep in the canyon, here are a few of our favorites.   1. Mather Point, South Rim If you’re headed to the park’s South Main Entrance on the South […]

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  • Guide Favorites – Mountain Bike Trails & Trips

    SEE WHAT THE GUIDES’ FAVORITE MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS & TRIPS ARE Mountain biking in a new destination is more fun when you have a headsup about the terrain around the corner and you know where you’re ride will take you. Going guided is about worrying less and riding more because it eliminates all the logistical […]

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