- Author: Keridwen Cornelius
- Category: Lifestyle
- Issue: Jul 2014
You shook Goldwater’s hand. You hiked Humphreys Peak. You even installed your own backyard misting system. But your Arizona membership dues aren't current until you tap our definitive list of uniquely AZ-centric events and experiences, from primeval chimichangas to the state's most exclusive river hike.
Photography by Jim David, Diana Elizabeth, Mirelle Inglefield, Mark Lipczynski, Craig Outhier, Brandon Sullivan.
1 See all five waterfalls in Havasu Canyon.
The 10-mile ramble into this drop-dead-gorgeous gorge is an exercise in effort and reward. Upper and Lower Navajo Falls provide eye-candy appetizers on the final stretch to Havasu Falls – still show-stopping despite the 2008 floods that shattered its travertine tracery. The chain-grappling clamber to Mooney Falls makes the plunge into its powder-blue lagoon more satisfying. And a tramp though a tangled vale of grapevines leads to Havasu’s promised land: Beaver Falls, languidly spilling over a series of teal terraces. nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/havasupai.htm
2 Raft the Grand Canyon with a Ph.D.
On the state’s ultimate field trip, your raft doubles as an open-air classroom, with a world-renowned river historian, National Geographic photographer, archaeological ace or yoga