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:New Mexico Camping Trip
May 9, 2013
I spent six days in April touring our neighboring state of New Mexico with a bunch of students from my daughter's school. New Mexico is called "The Land of Enchantment" and it didn't disappoint. Click here to see some highlights from the trip.
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 very 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.
Pontoon Boat Tours
Two Avian Tours, one at 9:00 am and 10:15 am. These tours go to the east end of the lake. On board is a birder who will point out, identify and talk about the birds seen.
At 11:30 am the Lake Discovery Tour goes to the west end of the lake. The guide on board will point out geological formations, discuss the dam which created Patagonia Lake, and give you a brief history of the area.
On Saturdays there is a Twilight Tour just before dark. The sunsets can be spectacular from the lake. Seeing the shoreline from the water is a delightful experience. Boat tours will be held each Saturday and Sunday.
The cost for each one-hour boat trip is $5.00, payable at the beginning of the trip in the Visitor Center. Reservations are advised as the spaces go quickly. Call 520-287-2791 after October 13 for reservations. The pontoon boat holds 8 adults plus the guide and captain. If you are going on a boat trip, plan to arrive at the Visitor Center 15 minutes prior to departure to sign in, pay and be outfitted with a life jacket.
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!