Arizona is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the country, and if you’re searching for a way to connect with nature, you might want to consider camping. Waking up in the wild can be a rejuvenating experience. You can make it a men-only weekend for a short getaway or bring the whole family if looking for a fun way to bond.
Grand Canyon National Park
If you’re searching for a camping trip that will take you to Arizona’s most iconic site, consider heading to the Grand Canyon North Rim Campground. Kim Hanna, the Arizona blogger behind camping recipe site Camping for Foodies, says the North Rim is ideal, since it’s about 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim and much cooler. She describes it as remote and less likely to draw large crowds.
“The campground is filled with tall trees, awesome views and a lot of “breathing room,” which is really nice since you are not too close to the campsite next door. I love that less people means more wildlife in viewing distance from the campsites and hiking trails. From the campground, there is an easy hiking trail that takes you to the area with lodging, restaurants, gift shops and lookout points,” Hanna writes in an email.
Besides checking out the Grand Canyon, you also can visit Navajo Bridge, Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, Colorado River’s Marble Canyon and the Historic Cameron Trading Post, which specializes in Native American Crafts. Lodging and restaurants open in mid-May and close mid-October.
Located in Northern Arizona, to the southeast of Flagstaff, you can take in sweeping views of the Mogollon Rim, accessed by Forest Road 300, which features sweeping views of the sky, trees and the seemingly endless and diverse Arizona scenery.
“You can pull up to the edge of the Mogollon Rim, and there will be this incredible landscape stretching around you, and no one around most of the time,” says Annemarie Medrzycki, digital marketing manager at Arizona Outback Adventures.
The area offers hiking and horseback trails, lakes for boating and fishing, and creeks where you can swim.
Groom Creek in Prescott
If you’re looking to get away from it all, but still be close enough to Prescott to grab a meal at a restaurant in town, Medrzycki says Groom Creek is the perfect place to be. There are many boulders for rock climbing in the area, and you can enjoy horseback riding trails throughout, too. Hikers and mountain bikers can head to Spruce Mountain, which is near Groom Creek, to soak up all of Prescott’s renowned woodland scenery on this nine-mile loop trail.
Located near the border of New Mexico, Medrzycki recommends reaching this camping site via Highway 191.
“There’s tons of incredible alpine scenery out there, beautiful peaks to hike, a lot of incredible trails and open areas,” she says. “It’s beautiful and well maintained. You can drive for an hour and not see another car.”
There are numerous campgrounds off the highway, and one can expect to see big natural meadows, wildflowers and tall peaks everywhere.
2. Sleeping Bags
5. Healthy Snacks
6. Folding Chairs and Tables
7. Trekking Poles
8. Hiking Shoes
10. Cooking Utensils
Soy and Garlic Grilled Halibut Fillet
Recipe Courtesy of Kim Hanna, CampingForFoodies.com
>> Start your Charcoal
>> Mix the Dry
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Mix the Wet and Combine with the Dry
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 lemon, juice of (approx. 2 Tablespoons)
Heat and Oil the Grill
Using vegetable oil (for grill grate), heat the grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Grill the halibut (4 halibut fillets, approximately 5 oz. each and skin removed). Brush fish with sauce on each side and grill approximately 5 minutes per side. Baste with sauce during cooking. Grill until desired; fish is finished when it flakes easily with a fork. Remove from grill and top with cilantro for serving (1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped)
Hot Italian Sausage Soup
Recipe Courtesy of Kim Hanna, CampingForFoodies.com
>> Get The Campfire Going
>> Brown the Meat
In a Dutch oven, over medium-high heat, brown hot Italian sausage until no longer pink. Remove the crumbled meat to drain. (1-pound bulk hot Italian sausage)
Cook the Bacon, Onions and Garlic
Add the diced bacon to the Dutch oven and cook until crisp. If there is a lot of grease, remove some of it, you want a fair amount to coat the bottom of the Dutch oven for cooking your onions and garlic. Just before the bacon is crisp, add the onions and garlic and cook them until softened. (4 slices bacon, diced in 1⁄2 inch pieces; 1 large onion, diced; 4 cloves garlic, minced)
>> Add Broth and Potatoes
Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil, then add the cubed potatoes and boil until they are tender. You’ll probably have to add a little more wood to your campfire to get the heat up to high for this. You will also want to put the oven lid on to get the potatoes cooking nicely. (2 32oz. cartons chicken broth; 6 medium sized potatoes, cubed to rustic bite-sized pieces)
>> Add the Cream and Sausage
Now add the hot Italian sausage back to the pot with the heavy cream. Continue cooking until those ingredients are heated through. (1 cup heavy cream)
>> Add the Spinach
Just before serving, stir in the fresh spinach. (2 cups packed fresh spinach, stems removed)