Top 10 most viewed AZ Wonders blog posts of 2019

Large shadow image of mountain lion on side of mountain
Photo credit: Paul Fiarkoski for AZ Wonders Location: 4th Ave and Goldfield Road in Apache Junction, AZ.

It’s time for my favorite post of the year, where I get to look back at the posts that were most viewed by you and thousands of other Arizona fans.

Top 10 most viewed posts of 2019:

  1. Superstition Mountains cougar shadow appears only a few days a year
  2. What you need to know before you go see beautiful Grand Falls in Arizona
  3. Arizona Bucket List book guides you to 50 must-see natural wonders in the Grand Canyon State
  4. Challenging Wave Cave Trail is an Arizona favorite for pictures
  5. Many myths surround the history of Lost Ranch ruins in Phoenix South Mountain Park
  6. Best short hike in Phoenix: Mormon Trail to Hidden Valley and Fat Man’s Pass in South Mountain Park
  7. Where to see the Praying Monk of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix
  8. How to take an epic self-guided tour of Antelope Canyon
  9. This secret, hidden waterfall in Madera Canyon may be the most accessible in Arizona
  10. Remote location in Verde River Valley helps protect ancient ruins of Mindeleff Cavate dwellings

2019 viewer activity highlights:

  • 34,000 unique visitors (up 20,000 from 2018)
  • 49,000+ views of posts (up 27,000 from 2018)
  • Visitors from more than 90 countries (up 15 from 2018)
  • Total followers: 1,054 (up 300+ from 2018)

This may be just a numbered list to you, but for me it’s an exercise in nostalgic reflection. As I assembled the list, I got to relive the amazing experiences I’ve had exploring Arizona. For each post, there’s a good deal of planning, travel, photography, writing and editing involved. It’s a labor of love for sure.

While the posts above were the most viewed of the year, it should be noted that the #1 most viewed post (Superstition Cougar Shadow) received more than 20,000 views; greater than all of the other top 9 posts combined.

Of course, the big news for 2019 is that I self-published my first book: Arizona Bucket List Adventure Guide & Journal (item #3 above.) The official launch date was October 19 and it’s on track to sell about 200 copies by year end.

$20

Now available here: lulu.com | Amazon | Kindle (ebook) | eBay

There are so many more amazing places for you to see in Arizona. Start here or go back to the home page and choose a topic from the Explore Arizona menu.

When I started this blog in 2017. I wasn’t sure how well it would go over with an audience of people who don’t know me personally. I’ve been humbled by the response, to say the least. You have no idea how much motivation I get from your feedback and encouragement. Keep following, liking, commenting and sharing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these amazing sights and experiences. Believe me when I say I’ve barely scratched the surface. Stay tuned. I’ll be sharing plenty more in the future.

Happy trails,
Paul

Which was your favorite? Let me know in the comments box below.

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