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Hiking In Sedona: What You Should Know

To get you prepped for your hike in Sedona, we’ve compiled advice into a detailed guide on what to expect when going for a hike in Sedona.

Snowshoeing in Durango: Our 7 Favorite Trails

Snowshoeing in Durango, Colorado this season? Here’s a few of our favorite snowshoeing trails for your next Microadventure in Durango!

Our 10 Favorite Places to Hike in Tucson, AZ

As you’re planning you Tucson, Arizona trip, here are our 10 favorite places to hike with trails around Tucson.

Snowshoeing in Boulder: Our 7 Favorite Trails

Snowshoeing in Boulder, CO this Winter? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite snowshoeing trails to explore in and around the Boulder area.

5 Best Portable Induction Cookers For RVs and Vans

To aid you in your next Microdventure, we have compiled a list of the 5 best portable Induction Cookers for your RV or van.

Our 10 Favorite Family-Friendly Hikes in the Grand Canyon

If you’re considering hiking with your family in the Grand Canyon, here are our 10 favorite family-friendly hiking trails.

What is Car Camping?

Trying to figure out what car camping is and why so many people are doing it? Here we define car camping for you in a simple way.

Car Camping Packing List for Your Microadventure

To aid in getting you set for your next car camping trip, here’s a list of essential and luxury things to pack.

Payson, AZ Free Dispersed Camping Areas

In order to help you narrow down where to camp, here’s a list of our favorite free, dispersed camping spots and areas around Payson, Arizona.

Flagstaff Free Dispersed Camping Map

To help make a decision on where to camp around Flagstaff, AZ, here’s a map of our favorite free, dispersed camping areas and spots.

Our 10 Favorite Hiking Trails in Flagstaff

Looking to go hiking in Flagstaff? Here’s a brief list of our favorite hikes and hiking trails in Flagstaff, Arizona.

A Guide to Camping in Sedona

The famous Red Rock Country city that is Sedona, Arizona. For those who haven’t visited, Sedona is a mecca for Microadventures. With miles of hiking and biking trails, climbing, and towering red sandstone views, you could spend a lifetime exploring Sedona and not see...

Sedona Free Dispersed Camping and Campgrounds Map

Trying to figure out where to camp around Sedona, AZ? We built a map of our favorite established campgrounds and dispersed camping areas.

Our 10 Favorite Hiking Trails in Sedona

With over 200 miles of trails, there’s a lot to choose from in Sedona, Arizona! Here’s a brief list of our favorite hikes in Sedona.

FAQS for Grand Canyon Rim to Rim

We’ve compiled a blog answering some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding the Rim to Rim hike in the Grand Canyon.

Racing The Train In Durango: A Personal Story

Wanting to check something off my bucket list, I decided to attempt the famous “Iron Horse Classic” route in Durango, Colorado. The “Iron Horse Classic” is an annual bike race from Durango to Silverton where you more-or-less race Durango’s steam-driven locomotive. Although I wasn’t actually doing the established race, it was the same route. My thoughts were centered around viewing the fall colors in the Durango area while racing the train.

After a night out camping, I lined up at the start of the race on the platform next to the trains. The locomotive pulled out of the garage, onto the track, and backed up on the main track to connect to the passenger cars. The engineer saw me from the main window of the train and in order to intimidate me, I decided to release all of the steam from the train as it connected with the passenger cars- burying me in a cloud of steam and ash.

Once the dust cleared, the engineer, grinning, poised, “wanna race?”

Soon enough the race was on. The ride took me through downtown Durango and up and over the nearby mountain range. It was a spectacular ride- one of the best I’ve ever been on. The thought of keeping a steady pace kept me from stopping too long gazing at the views. After all, there was a train to beat!

Only 15 miles into the ride, a thunderstorm appeared over the mountains. Of course, the weather wasn’t in the forecast and the approaching storm ended my ride before I made it to Silverton. After all, I promised myself not to mess with lightning again.

After another night of camping, I left Durango without finishing my battle with the train. There will be another date…sometime in the spring. Where the train and my bike will meet again!

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Nick The Rambling Man
Nick The Rambling Man

Nick is the owner and regular content writer for Southwest Microadventures. When he’s not writing, you can find him rock climbing, peak bagging, mountain biking, backpacking, or drinking strong coffee.

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