• WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN BACKPACKING IN GRAND CANYON

    What to Expect When Backpacking in Grand Canyon By Michael Blaylock   If you are reading this article, it is likely that you have spent at least some time in a wilderness area. Now you have your sights aimed at something epic and need to know what to expect when backpacking in Grand Canyon. Unless […]

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  • Visiting Havasu Falls with Kids

    Visiting Havasu Falls with Kids by Dove Luidhardt   Havasu Falls is an amazing place that many people hope to see at least once in their lifetime. Planning a trip to this magical spot leaves many wondering about visiting Havasu Falls with kids. Is it possible? Is it safe? How difficult is it? What do […]

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  • Planning A Trip to Grand Canyon’s North Rim

    PLANNING A TRIP TO GRAND CANYON’S NORTH RIM By Megan Anderson   Time spent at the North Rim of Grand Canyon is like no other adventure you’ll ever experience due to the remote wilderness and incredible canyon views! These and other highlights are perfect reasons to start planning a trip to Grand Canyon’s North Rim. […]

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  • 5 Rules to follow when Hiking in Arizona

    Five Cardinal Rules to follow when Hiking in Arizona By Macey Hallstedt July 2017   Arizona is a beautiful state with an absurd amount of hiking options. From the high country to the low desert, and everything in between, there are hiking trails that are sure to challenge you and views that are sure to […]

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  • Hiking Slot Canyons in Escalante National Monument

    Hiking Slot Canyons in Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument By Kevin Thomas   Expect Mild Discomfort Right before descending a steep section of slickrock into the gulch, our manager Chris cheerfully reminded us to not fall into the trap of “Guides guiding guides”, where no one admits to being uncomfortable until someone gets hurt. After spending […]

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  • 5 Tips to Avoid the Crowds in Zion National Park

    5 Tips for Avoiding the Crowds in Zion National Park By Kevin Thomas Located just two and a half hours from Las Vegas, Zion National Park is now one of the most popular national parks in the United States. It has surpassed Yellowstone, with over 4.3 million visitors in 2016. It’s a looming crisis as […]

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  • Why You’re Missing The Best Spots to Hike in Arizona

    Five Reasons Why You’re Missing Out On The Best Spots to Hike in Arizona by Macey Hallstedt   Arizona, while being the land of the sun, is large and extremely varied with much to offer. With the right tools and a bit of guidance, you can overcome whatever challenges there might be to some of […]

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  • Guide Feature: Matt Cairns

    Get to know Matt Guiding since: 2014 At AOA since: 2015 Hometown: Dellroy, Ohio What type of tours do you guide? Multi-day hiking and backpacking tours Hobbies: Being a photographer, rock climber, mountaineer, hitchhiker. What do you love most about guiding? I love witnessing guests find their confidence. A memorable moment from your job: A black bear magically appeared in camp one night […]

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  • 7 Things you need to know about hiking Half Dome

    7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HIKING HALF DOME By Aya Nameth Half Dome is one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite National Park (and the world) and for good reason! The views from the top are hard to describe but we’ll just throw out the first adjectives that come to mind so […]

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  • 5 Best Challenging Hikes near Scottsdale

    5 Best Challenging Hikes near Scottsdale by Macey Hallstedt   One of the best things about the Valley of the Sun is the balance. We can enjoy all the luxuries and conveniences of being a major metropolitan area, but we also have amazing access to the outdoors, creating many opportunities for exploring on both easy […]

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