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Sears-Kay Ruins

On our way to Bartlett Lake, we ended up at the Sears-Kay ruins instead! How? Well, we unfortunately were in a line to go behind...

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South Mountain Preserve Phoenix

One place we had never been in Phoenix was the South Mountain Preserve and I had wanted to go there forever. The kids are older...

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Tuzigoot National Park

Tuzigoot National Park is Located in Clarkdale, Arizona and is approximately 2 hours from Surprise. It is also close to Cottonwood and not far from...

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Jail Trail

Jail Trail-Cottonwood

If you are looking for an easy trail that goes by Verde River, the Jail Trail is an easy out and back trail for kids...

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Arizona Falls

Did you know that there is a waterfall in the Phoenix metro area? Yes! Arizona Falls is located at 5802 E Indian School Rd in...

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West Wing Sunrise Mountain Trail

The West Wing/Sunrise Mountain Trail is conveniently located right near West Wing Park! The playground has a nice bathroom, so if you need that before...

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North Mountain Park

North Mountain Park in Phoenix is another beautiful location in Phoenix for hiking. While this area doesn’t have a ton of trails, it does offer...

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Deem Hills Recreation

Deem Hills Recreation Area Phoenix

If you have never been to Deem Hills Recreation Area, then you are missing out! And, you are like me-Missing out on amazing scenery, hills...

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Alamo Lake State Park-Wenden, AZ

Alamo Lake State Park has more than just hiking and trails, it also has swimming, fishing, camping and cabins too! One of the many questions...

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Hassayampa River Preserve-Wickenburg

I have wanted to check out Hassayampa River Preserve in Wickenburg for quite a while now, but I was afraid that we wouldn’t before the...

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Papago Park Phoenix

Have you ever driven past Papago Park in Phoenix and not checked it out? If you are like me, you have seen it while driving...

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Antelope Island -Utah

Going to Salt Lake City meant a trip to the Salt Lake, of course! Unfortunately, we hit a ton of rain (and even snow) on...

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Thunderbird Mountain Conservation Park Glendale

I absolutely love to hike (so, you will be seeing more reviews of trails as the kids get older)! We have done quite a few...

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Usery Mountain Regional Park

We checked out Usery Mountain Regional park because I really wanted to go hiking some place different than the White Tank Regional Park. We love...

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Red Rock State Park-Sedona

We decided to get out of the valley and check out a little hike in Sedona. I googled some information about parks to see if...

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