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West Is Best: How To Make The Most Of One Day In Saguaro West

Saguaro National Park is amazing and the west side of it is the best. I love it. There are so many great hikes on the west side of Saguaro and you'll be able to do a lot of them. Today, I'm going to help you plan the best one day in Saguaro west possible. It's…

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Montezuma Castle: A Not-So-Typical Castle In Arizona

After a nice morning visit to Tuzigoot National Monument, my parents and I headed over to Montezuma Castle National Monument about 30 minutes away. This is another pretty small park that can easily be done with very limited time. There is the main Montezuma Castle ruin and if you want, you can also go to…

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Tuzigoot National Monument: Probably The Most Fun Name For A National Monument Possible

One of the things I knew I wanted to do while my parents were visiting was to go to Jerome, Tuzigoot, and Montezuma Castle because I knew they were all really close together. They basically let me plan the trips, so what do you know, we got to go to all three! Don't worry, they…

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Hike To Ruins On The Walnut Canyon Island Trail In Flagstaff

In 2020 on one of our trips to Flagstaff we stopped at Walnut Canyon. The Island Trail was closed then so we just did the short Rim Trail. I thought it was nice but I wasn't blown away. I did want to come back eventually to do the Island Trail and this fall when my…

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Shoshone Point Trail: The Grand Canyon Hike That Won Me Over

Before my most recent trip to the Grand Canyon, I had been there twice and both times I was underwhelmed. Or maybe overwhelmed because I cannot fathom the size of the canyon. And I still can't fathom the size of the Grand Canyon but the view at the end of the Shoshone Point Trail really,…

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My Favorite Short Trail In Saguaro: Desert Discovery Nature Trail

On my first visit to Saguaro, I didn't get to do the Desert Discovery Nature Trail but I wanted to. So when I went with my parents in the fall, I made sure we did it. It actually worked out that there was only one car in the parking lot so we didn't have to…

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Signal Hill Petroglyph Trail: Awesome Rock Art In Saguaro National Park

The Signal Hill Trail is a great short hike to petroglyphs in Saguaro National Park's west side. I've done this one twice and it's actually I think my favorite view in the park. It's just a dirt path taking you down to and across a wash before heading up to the top of the hill.…

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Valley View Overlook In Saguaro National Park: One Of The Best Effort To Payoff Ratios In The Park

One of the most popular and best easy hikes in Saguaro west is the Valley View Overlook Trail. It's not my number one trail ever but I do enjoy it! It's great if you're looking for views in Saguaro and if you like cool plants. But also, the whole park is great for anyone that…

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How To Spend One Day In Petrified Forest National Park

Ok, so, this post is going to look very overwhelming. And it is a lot. But it's totally doable and worth having a long day for! This is how to spend one day in Petrified Forest National Park and everything that you can see in that day. And yes, you can do all of this…

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9 Things To Do In Petrified Forest National Park Besides Hiking

We're finally back with another things to do that aren't hiking post! This time it's all about Petrified Forest in Arizona. I've been here twice now, once in the spring and again in the fall and both visits were great. While there aren't tons and tons of things to do in Petrified Forest National Park…

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Agate House And Long Logs Trail: One Of The Best Hikes In Petrified Forest National Park

The last thing I did at Petrified Forest on both visits is hiking the Agate House and Long Logs loop trail by the Painted Desert Museum. My friend Michelle from Head Along With Heart posted about this over the winter last year and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to see…

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Crystal Forest Loop Vs. Jasper Forest At Petrified Forest National Park

One of the most popular hikes in Petrified Forest National Park is the Crystal Forest trail. It's a short, easy hike with plenty of opportunity to see some impressive petrified logs. They're not as impressive as the Long Logs trail, but it's still a great hike. In my two visits to the park, I've actually…

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75 Photos That Will Have You Planning A Trip To See Saguaro Cactus Right Now

I have about a thousand pictures from Saguaro National Park and i don't know if I'll ever be able to use them all here or share them all in my helpful posts, so today I'm going to share a ton of them just for funsies. If you're looking for tips for visiting Saguaro, you won't…