If when you think of Arizona, you imagine a desert, you’re only getting half of the picture. Yes, Arizona’s southern portion is dry and hot, the perfect place to spend a winter. But travel north and you’ll find your car struggling to climb over mountains, you’ll find snow-covered forests filled with spruce and Douglas fir. In Arizona, you get canyons and hot springs. You get hiking and skiing, all at the same time of year.
Here are some of our favorite spots in AZ. You can find these and others on Matador Network’s travelstoke app, where you can use them to create trip-planning lists of your own.
1. Havasupai Campground
2. Lower Antelope Canyon
3. Cape Royal Picnic Area
Cape Royal Picnic AreaNorth Rim, United StatesThe North Rim of the Grand Canyon makes for some fun night sky photography looking out over the canyon. This shot was taken from the Cape Royal viewpoint.
4. Horseshoe Bend
5. Grand Canyon National Park
6. Maricopa Point
7. Navajo Point
8. Monument Valley
Monument ValleyOljato-Monument Valley, United StatesThe thumb in Monument Valley. Did the drive around through the park. Was a bit rushed and would have loved to do some hiking in and around here. #photography #views
9. Mather Point
Page Springs CellarsCornville, United StatesLovely winery in the middle of Arizona. A beautiful property to wander around and a really nice tasting room with friendly staff. Definitely worth a stop if driving through the valley. #winetasting #winery
11. Navajo National Monument
Navajo National MonumentKayenta, United StatesIn between Page and Monument Valley I think this spot is often overlooked by people but it shouldn’t be. It’s such a beautiful area. A beautiful canyon in an interesting environment and three different Ancient ruins you can hike to. Some overnight trips. I vow to come back here and do some serious exploration because it was quite icy and snowy when we were there and not prepared for that (not that I ever am). I think you can spend a surprising amount of time in this area and it is just so beautiful with a unique natural environment you don’t see often AND immense amount of history and culture. A special spot. Next time an overnight for sure for me. #hiking #history #camping