Traveling throughout Arizona


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A summer sun sets behind a mountain on Lake Pleasant and reflects on the lake’s water.

April Tanner, Staff Writer

Running out of things to keep you busy? Arizona’s scenic nature provides many trails to hike, lakes to swim in or views to look at.  As cooler weather approaches, Arizona has many different activities for people to do. 

Lake Pleasant

The Lake Pleasant Regional Park is 23,362 acres and its water surface varies from 3,000 acres to 10,000 acres throughout the year. At Lake Pleasant, camping, hiking and picnicking are available, along with swimming, boating and fishing. “Lake Pleasant has a beautiful summer sunset… the reflection of the fading sun on the lake is absolutely my favorite part,” said senior Bailey Claywell.

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon National Park is 1,218,375 acres, and the canyon is a mile deep and 277 miles long. It offers activities such as hiking, rafting, mule and horseback rides, camping, guided tours and backpacking. “The Grand Canyon is absolutely stunning, both looking at it from the rim and down in the canyon itself,” said junior Elena Titus.


Sedona offers tours on Jeeps and ATVs, and historical, cultural and eco tours. It also offers activities such as hiking, climbing, horseback riding and safaris. “Each place has its differences, but they all have one thing in common, they are beautiful,” said freshman Jimena Gutierrez Moreno.


In Prescott, there are hiking trails, forests, art galleries, lakes, monuments, statues, and tours. The Prescott National Forest has hiking and mountain bike trails, rock climbing, bouldering, picnicking and nature viewing. The recreational areas in Prescott offer fishing, boating, horse and trail riding, and scenic rides.

All of these scenic Arizona spots are great for day trips and are perfect for adventures with your friends and family.