2015 AH Classic Wall CalendarShop the AH Store >>

Our 2015 calendars are now available!

Classic Wall Calendar

CL15 $10.99

Our classic 13-month spiral-bound calendar features 30 full-color photographs and a handy map of Arizona on the back.

Order Now >>
Order Camping GuideShop the AH Store >>

Featured Book

Arizona Highways
Camping Guide

AGCS3 $22.95

Our newest book, which includes Arizona Highways iconic photography and maps, is sorted by region and is written for car-campers and families. Detailed information about accessibilty, amenities and fees is included for each campground.

Order Now >>
2011 AH Wildlife CalendarSee Selection of Images >>

Featured Prints

Poster Prints
Special Edition Prints

Many of the extraordinary images found in our award-winning magazine, scenic coffee-table books and exquisite calendars can be purchased as fine posters and prints.

Order Now >>
Shop the AH Store >>

Featured Gift Item

Centennial Issue Reprint

SPCENN2 $4.99

If you missed our February 100-page Centennial Issue on newsstands earlier this year, here's your second chance to get a copy of this special collector's edition of Arizona Highways magazine..

Order Now >>

BULLETonline extras
  • print page
  • Tell a Friend
  • Post to Facebook
  • YouTube
  • past to del.icio.us
31 Things To Do Before You Kick The Bucket
"Every man dies. Not every man really lives." That quote, attributed to William Wallace, comes from the movie Braveheart, but it underlies the premise of that other popular movie. The one starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. The one that got us thinking about our lives, and what we'd like to look back on someday. Most of us want our time on Earth to have some kind of meaning. We want a challenge, a purpose, and to make some great memories. With that in mind, we've put together an Arizona-based bucket list that combines a little of each. Some of these things you may have done already; others, probably not. Take a look and hit the road. The clock is ticking.

By Kathy Montgomery

<< 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Natural wonder
Snow-hiking, Humphreys Peak
Photograph: David Wallace

25. Hit the Trails
Seven Falls, Widforss, Inner Basin, Humphreys Peak
Hiking is supreme in Arizona. It's why many of us live here. Creeks flow in the spring, making that the best time for the Seven Falls Trail in Tucson's Bear Canyon. It's all cliffs and high canyon walls, with the ultimate payoff of an improbable desert waterfall. In the summer, there's nothing grander than the Grand Canyon. The premier trail is Widforss, a beautiful, forested walk along the North Rim, culminating in views of formations named for kings and goddesses. The Inner Basin in Flagstaff is tops for fall color, when golden aspens punctuate its idyllic route into the heart of the San Francisco Peaks. Topping all of them, literally, is Humphreys Peak. At 12,633 feet in elevation, it's the highest point in the state. Lots of people hike it in the summer, but for the hike of a lifetime, tackle it in the winter with a pair of snowshoes.
Information: Seven Falls: 520-749-8700, www.fs.usda.gov/coronado; Widforss: 928-638-7875, www.nps.gov/grca; Inner Basin and Humphreys Peak: 928-526-0866, www.fs.usda.gov/coconino

Best of Arizona

AH Best Restaurants 2010 >>
2011 >>
2012 >>
2013 >>

26. Go to Hellsgate and Back
Hellsgate Wilderness
Prepare well for this three- to five-day backpack, or you'll feel like you've entered the gates of Hell. The name refers to what pioneer settlers called the confluence of Tonto and Haigler creeks. In 1984, it became the name of the surrounding wilderness. If you follow Tonto Creek, plan on 10 to 12 swims per day, alternating with boulder scrambles to challenge the most avid hikers. Rewards include some of the most heavenly scenery in Arizona and a sense of accomplishment that feels out of this world.
Information: 928-474-7900, www.fs.usda.gov/tonto

27. Listen to the Blues
Mr. D'z Route 66 Diner, Kingman
As Havasu Creek rushes toward the Colorado River, its famously turquoise waters cascade over a series of waterfalls and feed a ribbon of greenery that some have compared to Shangri-La. Over time, minerals in the creek have formed travertine benches and natural dams, creating resort-like swimming holes that remain a near-constant 70 degrees. The most famous, of course, is Havasu Falls. Located 2 miles from the remote Havasupai village of Supai, Havasu Falls plunges nearly 100 feet into a clear, wide swimming hole, surrounded by tall, shady cottonwoods. Call it Paradise Found.
Information: 928-448-2121, www.havasupaitribe.com
28. Go to the Flow
Toroweap Overlook
This remote spot is prized for its rugged, undeveloped character and solitude, and getting there takes temerity, perseverance and a high-clearance vehicle. But the rewards include one of the most unique and dramatic views of the Grand Canyon. The remnants of lava flows that spilled over the canyon rim are visible here, at one of the narrowest and deepest parts of the gorge. It's a sheer, 3,000-foot drop to the Colorado River, with a view of its most dramatic rapids. For the truly adventurous, take the nearby hike down, but beware. The 1.5-mile Lava Falls Route is extremely exposed and crosses steep, treacherous talus slopes on its 2,500-foot plummet to the river at Lava Falls Rapid. The route, marked in only a few locations, descends one of the hottest, scariest chutes in the Canyon. This route is life-threatening in the summer due to the extreme heat and lack of water.
Information: 928-638-7888, www.nps.gov/grca
29. Get Into the Spirit
Room 426, Hassayampa Inn
One of the first guests at this historic hotel in Prescott was a young bride named Faith whose husband left on their honeymoon to buy cigarettes and never came back. Three days later, Faith hung herself in despair. Since then, visitors periodically encounter Faith in Room 426. Guests report waking up to find the TV blaring, the lights on or their toothbrushes missing. The inn's spirited Halloween bash makes it the perfect occasion for a rendezvous with Faith.
Information: 122 E. Gurley Street, Prescott, 928-778-9434, www.hassayampainn.com
30. Settle in for Sunset
Hannagan Meadow
Located at the edge of a remote wilderness area, the historic lodge and campground at Hannagan Meadow offer unspoiled, peaceful, high-mountain retreats. Sunset is magical. Elk, turkeys, bobcats and bears emerge from the surrounding forest of spruce and firs. Crickets chirp, coyotes yip. You might even hear the howl of a wolf as the light shimmering on aspen leaves gives way to the glitter of stars as bountiful as sand on a beach.
Information: 928-339-4370, www.hannaganmeadow.com (lodge); 928-339-5000, www.fs.usda.gov/asnf (campground)
31. Crawl Into a Cave
Kartchner Caverns
A soda straw lives in Kartch­ner Caverns — not the kind you'd expect to find in a fountain drink, but an amazing, 21-foot-long limestone stalactite. It hangs from the ceiling in the Throne Room, one of many remarkable areas visitors to the caverns can explore. The cave, discovered by Randy Tufts and Gary Tenen in 1974, is now part of Kartchner Caverns State Park, and it's open for tours most days.
Information: 520-586-2283, www.azstate​parks.com/parks/kaca

<< 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Global SnapshotsSend us a photo of you or someone you know posing with Arizona Highways. We'll post it on our website. It's that simple... [more]

Photo of the DaySend us a photo of you or someone you know posing with Arizona Highways. We'll post it on our website. It's that simple... [more]

Social MediaJoin our Facebook, Twitter and Flickr communities for behind-the-scenes glimpses at Arizona Highways... [more]



Story ArchivesFind previously published stories online... [more]

Vintage CoversArizona Highways covers have changed a lot over the years, from the first black-and-white image in 1925 to today’s full-color stunners. Explore their evolution in our gallery of vintage covers. ... [more]

Travel GuidesThere's so much to see and do in Arizona. Let our online travel guide be your one-stop resource for planning your next Arizona adventure... [more]

site map  |  terms of use  |  privacy policy  |  corporate sales  |  about us  |  contact us

Arizona Highways Television AZ Dept. of Transportation AZ Dept. of Public Safety Arizona Highways Photo Workshops

© Copyright 2014 Arizona Department of Transportation, State of Arizona. All rights reserved. Reproduction in part or whole without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. The images on this Web site are copyrighted, digitally watermarked and registered with the Digimarc tracking system. All rights reserved. Copying and downloading images from this site are strictly prohibited.