Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

The Grand Canyon - Arizona

The Grand Canyon – Arizona

You may be surprised to learn that Arizona adventures are not all about the desert. You’ll find a variety of winter sports in the highlands, but yes, there are an awful lot of desert related adventures as well.

Do you like the old west? Then visit some of the mysterious ghost towns, explore the history of the American settlers and discover ancient Native American cultures.

Maybe you like water activities. Well, you’re in luck because there are many lakes where you can windsurf, rivers that will give you a wild white-water-rafting ride and gentle streams for some excellent fly fishing.

There is so much to see and do when it comes to Arizona adventures that the fun just never seems to end.

Just scroll down a little for a full list of the most popular activities people look for when planning Arizona adventure vacations. And this is a great place for some excellent family fun, so pack up the kids and get ready for a memorable road trip.

Arizona is fun and exciting, but you do need to be careful when in the southern part of the state. Drug cartels seem to have overtaken some of the pristine areas many nature lovers would like to visit, but the U.S. Government doesn’t appear to have the will to deal with the narco interlopers.

The bottom line: Arizona vacations offer some of most exhilarating outdoor adventures you’ll find anywhere. There are incredible sights to see and unique and exciting experiences to be had at every turn, from fascinating cultural tours to heart-pounding adventures perfect for any thrill seeker.

Exotic Factor
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As far as exotic natural wonders go, you’ll probably not see anything as immense and breathtaking as the Grand Canyon, which is a spectacular sculpture of orange, red and natural colored rock that seems to go on forever.

The other landscapes you’ll find in Arizona are also extraordinary. The vast deserts and regal mountains are an incredible sight, and when the desert is in bloom you’ll be amazed at the bright golds, greens and purples that paint the arid ground.

And don’t forget the mighty Colorado River with its natural beauty winding through the Grand Canyon before it settles into Lake Mead… absolutely awesome.

Does rare and exotic wildlife spark your interest? Then come and see if you can catch a glimpse of a California condor or maybe that strange little creature called a javalina.

While you’re visiting the Grand Canyon you may also run across another weird-looking animal: the spotted bat. With ears so disproportionate to the size of its body that the wings just seem unnecessary.

And then there’s the lore of the old west with the gold miners, ghost towns and legendary gunfighters.

Who hasn’t heard of the Earps, the Clantons and the McLaurys at the O.K. Corral? That’s just one of many tales that are certain to intrigue you as you walk the ground where so many historical figures lived their extraordinary lives.

Cultural Factor
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Arizona culture is the Southwest at its best. You’ll be able to explore the native American culture, get to know the Latino culture, learn about the settlers and experience the one thing all three seem to have in common: a love for getting out and enjoying the great outdoors.

The Native American culture will captivate you with their music, dances, costumes and artwork, all of which are unique and beautiful. If you get the chance to see one of their festivals, don’t hesitate. You’ll be absolutely enchanted. There are 21 tribes in Arizona including the Navajo, Hopi and Apache.

The Hispanic communities draw upon a large Mexican population, and you’ll see traditional dress and pottery and find some of the best authentic Mexican food north of the border. And the Mexican culture with its festivals, music and dance will charm and delight you.

Arizona adventures are perfect for anyone who loves to get out and soak up everything about the great outdoors. You’re going to find a perfect environment for the adventure traveler because it seems as though the people here, regardless of ethnicity, share a common love for outdoor adventures.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

There are a wide variety of excellent adventures for those looking to experience all that Arizona has to offer. The locals like to go hiking, biking, camping, exploring the desert on quads and four-wheel drive vehicles, so join them.

You may think of deserts when Arizona comes to mind, but don’t forget about the mountains around Flagstaff where there’s plenty of snow in the winter. You can even go dog sledding and snow shoeing. And the Colorado River offers some exciting fun if you like to get wet.

For more adventure travel Arizona ideas you can check out the list below.


  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow skiing
  • Soaring (gliding)
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Survival training
  • White water rafting
  • Windsurfing


  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Canopy tours / Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching