South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park

Gear review: Can Armaskin anti-blister sock liners pass the Grand Canyon test?

I put Armaskin anti-blister sock liners to the test on a 17-mile Rim to River hike in the Grand Canyon. Read on to find out if they passed.

Arctic cooling hat review: It really works

Gear review: Does the Arctic Cooling hat really work?

Arctic cooling hat really does keep you cooler. What I like about it: easy to adjust, reflective design reduces heat on your head, very comfortable fit with great ventilation.

Residence Inn Tempe Downtown/University a great launch pad for your Arizona adventure

Review: If you’re looking for a place to stay before you begin exploring Arizona, I highly recommend Residence Inn Tempe Downtown/University.

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Best short hike in Phoenix: Mormon Trail to Hidden Valley and Fat Man’s Pass in South Mountain Park

If you’re in Phoenix for just a short time and need a quick fix of nature on one of the city’s legendary trails, the Mormon Trail to Hidden Valley hike may be just the thing for you.

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Arizona Balloon Safaris review: A great way to celebrate special moments

Our decision to go with Arizona Balloon Safari was a no-brainer based on their online reviews, and was reinforced every step of the way.

Clearly Filtered self-filtering canteen review from the Grand Canyon

Having enough drinkable water can mean life or death when you’re exploring the hot, dry deserts of Arizona. The self-filtering Clearly Filtered canteen can you help you convert almost any water source into drinkable water.

AZ Wonders creator Paul Fiarkoski

Columbia hiking gear review from Phantom Ranch in Grand Canyon

Did you know the same company that makes comfortable, lightweight gear to keep you warm and dry on ski slopes also makes great gear to keep you cool in the desert? I put Columbia gear to the test in triple digit heat on one of America’s most challenging hikes. Find out how it performed.

Sevylor K1 QuickPak kayak review

Come along as I open, assemble, inflate and paddle my new Sevylor© K1 QuickPak™ kayak at Watson Lake in Prescott, AZ and the Verde River near Camp Verde, AZ.

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Arizona is full of exciting adventures. Ready to begin exploring? Scroll down and click around for tips on the most spectacular experiences in the Grand Canyon State.