Experience Arizona's vision: To be Arizona’s premier outdoor adventure website.
Experience Arizona's mission statement: To provide people who enjoy Arizona and outdoor activities with detailed information on outdoor adventures, mainly 4WD, mountain biking and hiking, interesting information on Arizona, it’s history, wildlife, people and places, and to bring about an environmentally healthy change in attitude to keep these activities thriving.
Experience Arizona specializes in what to do in Arizona like hiking, biking and four-wheeling. Whether you're a first time Arizona visitor or a native, I'm sure you will find some new adventures to enjoy.
This website is dedicated to exploring Arizona by bike, boot and Jeep. Something I’ve enjoyed for over 25 years. My name is Matt Marine and I love Arizona. Arizona has something for everyone who enjoys the outdoors and has an adventurous spirit.
You can 4WD to a deserted ghost town, hike among cool pine trees or race down a fast singletrack on your mountain bike. Go to About Experience Arizona for more information. For the latest information on what's new to the website, click here.
There's also an interactive Arizona map, information about Arizona and Arizona weather.
You can choose your adventure either by clicking on one of the pictures on the left, or you can find an adventure near you by clicking on the interactive map on the right.
Experience Arizona is different from other websites. Here's just a few things we offer ...
- Detailed trail information (not just a short paragraph copied from some travel webpage based in Maine)
- Detailed maps and GPS coordinates with clickable hotspots
- The latest news and events on outdoor adventures in Arizona
- Downloadable GPS coordinates
- Interactive map (powered by Google Maps)
- Pictures of the adventures
- Consistent trail ratings
- Reviews of gear and equipment
- A HUGE list of other what to do in Arizona
- Information you need for four-wheeling, biking, hiking and Arizona
- Tons of other stuff (take some time to explore the site and let us know if there's something we can do to make it better)
At this time, I've detailed over one hundred adventures throughout Arizona, with more coming every month. There's always going to be something new, from the latest events, news to new adventures - come back and visit often.
What's New: Cold Spring Ruins - Part I
December 2, 2013
The first weekend of November two friends, Cat-dog and I went on a grand adventure along Cherry Creek Road. Our first destination were the Cold Spring Indian Ruins. These had been on my bucket list for over a year and I was excited about attempting to reach them. The hike was listed as "strenuous" and "difficult" and I thought I was ready for it. I wasn't.
Recent trail closures
A large amount of Forest Roads and other trails are being closed by the Forest Service, other governmental agencies and private property owners. The Forest Service is starting to implement MVUMs (Motor Vehicle Use Maps) to document which trails are open and which are not. The Forest Service does not have to provide a physical barrier anymore for a road to be considered closed. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle within a National Forest without having a current MVUM on you. I do not routinely check with the Forest Service to see which new roads they have closed. Some of the trails shown on this website may be recently closed by the Forest Service. Although I will attempt to place this information on my site within a reasonable time upon learning of a change in state, it is your responsibility to verify if the road you wish to travel on is open.
For more information on MVUMs, you can visit the National Forest Service's website and a page I've created on MVUMs. Again, my page may not be current and if you're concerned, visit the Forest Service website or give them a call.
ATA has Mountain Biking Alternatives
April 9, 2013
By Matt Marine
From the Arizona Trail Association:
Working with GIS specialists Aaron Seifert and Scott Morris, the ATA is proud to offer detailed route information for mountain bikers planning long-distance trips along the Arizona National Scenic Trail. Since bikes are not allowed in wilderness areas, we have been consulting with experienced bikepackers to determine the best routes around the wilderness. This information is now available to members in a variety of formats, including:
• Mountain Bike Databook
• Maps & Elevation Profiles
• GPS routes
These are provided for ATA members. Another good reason to become a member. It's cheap and they do great work!
Experience Arizona Partners with Offroad Passport
July 1, 2012
By Matt Marine
I’m excited to announce a new partnership with the Offroad Passport team. Offroad Passport is an online portal for outdoor adventurers. One of its best features is its free community forum. Members are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. There are tons of discussion topics where you can ask questions, find interesting nuggets, see gear reviews or share your own experiences. In addition, they offer exciting backcountry adventures from day trips to overnight expeditions.
The Offroad Passport team isn’t interested in trying to find new ways to break a driveshaft. They are about the entire experience, from camping, hiking and photography to environmental concerns and community awareness.
I’ve set up a direct link to their website under the News/Forum navigation bar and you’ll be seeing links to specific forum threads on adventure pages and on the new Az Topics page. Check them out; you’ll be glad you did.
Devil's Moon Published!
June 24, 2012
By Matt Marine
I'm excited to announce that my first novel, Devil's Moon, has been published! Devil's Moon is a mystery set in Sedona, Arizona: Haunted by the recent death of his son, FBI Agent Stuart Ransom must find the truth behind a gruesome murder-suicide before his past becomes the killer’s next target. For those of you who enjoy the beauty of Sedona, I think you'll like the setting of this book (yes, there is a 4WD trip along Broken Arrow :-).
I am extremely happy that all the initial reviews are positive, such as:
"Matt Marine has written a terrific thriller. A psychopath draws a troubled FBI agent into a series of murders. The search for truth brings the agent horrifyingly close to his own worst nightmare… and it will keep readers on edge right up to the finish. Memorable characters and skillful plotting in some of Arizona's most intriguing settings."
- James C. Mitchell, Shamus Award-nominated author of the forthcoming Our Lady of the North
For additional reviews, information and how to purchase a copy, please visit my website at: http://www.mattmarine.com.
You can also join my Facebook Author Page at: http://www.facebook.com/matthewmarineauthorpage.
Moonlight Hike - June 22, Red Rock and Kartchner State Parks, AzMoonlight Hike - June 22, Red Rock and Kartchner State Parks, Az
These are special moonlight hikes lead by naturalists. Given this year's "supermoon" is this weekend, it should be an extra special hike.
QTR's, or Quick Trip Reports, are quick, short and to the point reports about fun places to go and experience in Arizona. Maybe a nice place to hike with your dog, or take the kids to see a mountain stream, or a quick bite to eat in a unique restaurant. It's all fair game with QTR's. Click on the link to be wisked away to some Arizona fun!