To aid in experimentation with obscure National Park exploration, I’ve compiled a short-list of some of the West’s most underrated National Parks and Monuments.
The Inner Basin is one of the coolest (figuratively and literally) places in Arizona to enjoy some jaw-dropping stretches of forest and mountain views.
Following his escape from Florence State Prison in May 1992, convicted bank-robber turned fugitive Danny Ray Horning went on the run for seven weeks, resulting in the largest manhunt in Arizona history. Known as “Rambo” to his pursuers because of his skill at avoiding capture in the wilderness, Horning achieved folk hero status among the general public — viewed as something of a blue-collar Robin Hood. Unknown to the masses at the time, Horning had a dark and disturbing history back home in California’s Central Valley. As a suspect in a 1990 dismemberment murder case and convicted child molester, Horning was not your average fugitive. A tale of cold-blooded murder, wilderness survival, and much, much more: this is the true story of Danny Ray Horning.
At a place where Havasu Creek cascades straight off a 196-foot cliff, Mooney Falls is a perennially-flowing free-falling behemoth.
There’s not much out here except cactus and rugged mountains. Conquer the climb and enjoy the view.
We’ve hiked through a variety of Arizona canyon country over the last few years. Some of it crowded, like our mob-infested mid-October foray through Havasu Canyon. Some of it desolate, like the rugged solitude of the Eastern Superstitions. But our recent trip through Aravaipa Canyon was in a league all its own. Of all the descriptors we uttered while navigating the canyon, I think my buddy Dustin came up with the best one: “Underrated.”
What is a paintpot? In layman’s terms, it is a really, really muddy hot spring….
All the most important facts about Sunset Crater and it’s surrounding National Monument gathered in one place!
Here’s a look at the short-list of Grand Canyon’s most special — and dangerous to get to — but relatively unknown backcountry gems.
Even on an average November Saturday, the trails throughout Sedona can be packed. Beat the crowds is to escape to the upper reaches of Oak Creek Canyon.