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Adventure Series, Episode 5: Andrews-Kinsey Scenic Lookout

Posted on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 10:18 AM MST

Travel up into Scottsdale's McDowell Mountains to the Andrews-Kinsey Scenic Lookout, which sits on a newly-opened trail in the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve. Look to the east and you have spectacular views of the Superstition Mountains, while to the west you will have a scenic view of the North/East quadrants of the greater Phoenix metro.

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Tagged: Andrews Kinsey, Mcdowell, Scottsdale, Arizona, Travel, Hiking


Adventure Series, Episode 4: Taming Sedona's Backcountry

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 10:06 AM MST

Towering cliffs, stunning vistas, and red rocks. Sedona's backcountry reminds us of a time when cowboys and outlaws ruled the wild, wild west, especially when you see places like Robber's Roost and Devil's Bridge. In a backcountry that's well-known for its terrible roads it is hard to ignore that tug. The tug that makes us push ourselves out of our comfort zone, further off the beaten path, and deeper into some of the most breathtaking backcountry in the southwest.

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Tagged: Travel, Arizona, Sedona, Backcountry, Hiking


Adventure Series Episode 3: Sycamore Canyon/Perkinsville Road

Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 12:06 PM MST

Nestled deep in the Kaibab, Prescott, and Coconino National Forests, Sycamore Canyon is one of the few pristine and untouched environments left today. In 1972, Sycamore Canyon was the first area designated as a Wilderness Area by the State of Arizona, so there are no roads, hiking trails, or crowds inside the canyon. The walls of the canyon are marked by colorful cliffs, soaring pinnacles, and a desert riparian area, making it one of the world's rarest habitats. The road to Sycamore Point is a 5 mile long gnarly, beat up road impassable in all vehicles except 4x4's, but if you're willing to push the envelope and explore a little, you will be greatly rewarded for your efforts. We then top it all off with a drive down Perkinsville Road, which offers stunning vistas of landscapes ranging from 3,500 to over 7,000 feet elevation, but is certainly not for the faint of heart.

I apologize for the shaky video in places. Even the best anti-shake in the world would have been no match for those gnarly, unmaintained back roads.

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Tagged: Travel, Arizona, Sycamore Canyon, Perkinsville, Kaibab National Fore, Prescott National Fo


Adventure Series Episode 2: Grand Canyon: The Colorado River

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 1:57 PM MST

One of the most unique ways to see Grand Canyon National Park is from the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon. You will be able to see wildlife, side canyons, and remote backcountry landscapes that are for the most part inaccessible to tourists on the rims. Enjoy the ride as we explore the Colorado River by means of whitewater rafting.

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Tagged: Travel, Arizona, Grand Canyon, Rafting


Adventure Series Episode 1: The Mogollon Rim

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 8:25 PM MST

Our first stop on the Adventure Series is the Mogollon Rim, a 200-mile long dividing line towering as high as 8,000 feet above sea level, forming the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. The cool breezes, spectacular views, and peaceful solitude make it an attractive getaway from the 100-plus degree temperatures in the low deserts.

Located just 2 hours from Phoenix, the Rim Road meanders 43 miles through the Coconino and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, featuring some of the most breathtaking views, vistas, and geology in Arizona, many of which rival those of the Grand Canyon. So hop on in and enjoy the ride.

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Tagged: Mogollon Rim, Travel, Arizona


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