My Outdoorsy Southwest USA Bucketlist

This winter (last winter, now) instead of making a yearly state to-do list, I decided to just make a bigger state bucket list.  Then I decided to turn this into a little series.  I wanted to do specific states that I spend a lot of time in, want to spend a lot of time in, or am close to a lot. 

I also wanted to do more general regional bucket lists for all the other things I want to do, which is a lot.  They are all pretty outdoor focused with a few non-outdoorsy things, too.

Next up in this little series is my Great American Southwest bucket list!  Of course, I already did Utah and Colorado separately so you won’t find them on this list, but you will find the rest of what I’m considering the southwest.

As I do things and write posts for them, I’ll update this to link back to those.  If I do something and don’t have a post, I’ll just cross it out.  I would like to do one a month with 12 total.  These bucket lists are partially to help me keep track of things, but also to inspire you to get out there, too.   

Bucket list posts

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New Mexico bucket list

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Arizona bucket list

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Nevada bucket list

Planning a trip to Vegas? Check out my full Las Vegas bucket list!

  • Visit Great Basin National Park
  • Do a Lehman Cave tour
  • Visit the Neon Museum in Vegas
  • Visit Fremont Street in Vegas
  • Explore Valley of Fire State Park
  • Visit Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • Drive the Loneliest Road in America
  • See Hoover Dam
  • Visit Lake Tahoe
  • Explore Lamoille Canyon
  • Explore Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
  • See Seven Magic Mountains
  • Attend Burning Man
  • Drive the Extraterrestrial Highway
  • See Fly Geyser
  • Visit Cave Lake State Park
  • Relax in Hot Springs
  • See Sand Mountain
  • Explore the Ruby Mountains
  • Visit Lake Mead
  • Relax in the Alkali Hot Springs
  • Stay at the Clown Motel
  • See Diana’s Punchbowl (but don’t swim!)
  • Look for Garnets at Garnet Hill
  • Do an Otteson Brother Turquoise Mine Tour and mine for it
  • Visit Rainbow Canyon
  • Visit Campie’s Lavender Patch
  • Visit Hidden Cave at Grimes Point
  • Mine your own stones at Royal Peacock Black Fire Opal Mine
  • Go to the Reno Balloon Race
  • Visit Virginia City, one of the most haunted cities in the US
  • Explore Little Finland

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Texas bucket list

  • Visit Big Bend National Park
  • Visit Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Explore the Natural Bridge Caverns
  • Go to the Texas State Fair
  • Stay in the haunted room 505 at Hotel Galvez
  • Explore Palo Duro Canyon
  • Attend SXSW
  • See Cadillac Ranch
  • See Prada Marfa
  • Swim in Hamilton Pool
  • Swim in Jacobs Well
  • Stay Weird in Austin
  • Hike Eagle Point Trail in Caprock Canyons State Park
  • Hike the Four C Trail
  • Explore Colorado Bend State Park
  • Explore Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
  • Do a Hill Country road trip and eat BBQ and Mexican food
  • Tube the Frio River
  • Explore San Antonio
  • Hike to Guadalupe Peak
  • Visit South Padre Island
  • Explore Padre Island National Seashore
  • Visit Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
  • Explore Pedernales Falls State Park
  • Climb Enchanted Rock
  • See the leaves change at the Lost Maples State Natural Area
  • Hike Wolf Mountain Trail
  • Visit Seminole Canyon State Park
  • Explore Garner State Park
  • See Bluebells blooming
  • Hike part of the Lone Star Hiking Trail
  • Visit Dinosaur Valley State Park
  • Explore Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve

Have you done any of these?  Which ones?  What’s on your Southwest US bucket list?  Anything I should add to my southwest bucket list? (I know I’m missing some!)

5 thoughts on “My Outdoorsy Southwest USA Bucketlist

  1. The southwest will forever be one of my favorite places, especially Arizona! I plan on doing a road trip there whenever I’m back in the states. I’ll definitely save this post for some ideas! 😁

    1. I loooove the southwest so much! I’ll be living in northern Arizona soon I think so I’m excited to see more of that area!

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