On spring break? Need something to do? Stop by the Arizona Highways gift shop and pick up the Arizona Highways Camping Guide, featuring 100 of the best campgrounds in Arizona, or the Arizona Highways Hiking Guide, which includes 52 of the best day hikes in Arizona.
Hey, while you’re at it, pick up the latest issue of Arizona Highways magazine. In it, you’ll find our Best Restaurants for 2014, plus our Drive and Hike of the Month (oh, and be sure to visit our website for online extras, including recipes from our Best Restaurants!).
As wildfires burn across the state, we’re sad to report that one of the campgrounds featured in our Summer Camping Guide (July 2013) is currently closed and under an evacuation order due to the Dean Peak Fire. Hualapai Mountain Park, near Kingman, was evacuated Tuesday, and the fire has spread to more than 4,000 acres. Wild Cow Springs Campground, also in the Hualapai Mountains and which is included in the Arizona Highways Camping Guide, is closed until further notice. The lightning-sparked fire began Friday afternoon. For more information, visit http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3463/.
This Saturday, June 8, is National Get Outdoors Day, which means you don’t have much of an excuse not to hit the trails, pitch your tent, bust out the bike or dust off your canoe. Looking for a quick camping escape? Managing Editor Kelly Kramer, author of the new Arizona Highways Camping Guide, recommends Lockett Meadow, near Flagstaff.
“It’s set among the aspens, of course, and the 17 sites each offer spectacular views of the wilderness, including the ashy, cinder-cone landscape, Kramer writes. “In summer, the aspens blaze a brilliant green with new leaves. Sites 7 and 8 are perhaps the most scenic, while 13 through 15 are nothing to scoff at, either. You won’t find a bad site in the bunch.”
Information: Flagstaff Ranger District, Coconino National Forest, 928-527-3600 or www.fs.usda.gov/Coconino.
The Arizona Highways Camping Guide is available online at www.arizonahighways.com and at Arizona Costco locations beginning tomorrow.