|Arizona State Parks||Here's the official scoop on must-see places like Kartchner Caverns and Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Other favorites, such as Picacho Peak and Tonto Natural Bridge State Parks are to be closed June 3rd, 2010 as a result of budget cuts by the Arizona state legislature. The Arizona State Parks page also has a map and a dwindling list of the remaining parks.|
|Arizona Highways||The site includes a hike of the month and a hike of the month archive.|
|Arizona Hikers||ArizonaHikers is a community driven site, dedicated to all those who love hiking & backpacking in Arizona, or anywhere.|
|Arizona Hiking Trails||John and Heather Verley offer a lot of great info on hikes all over the state. The well-maintained site also includes their gear reviews and ongoing journal, "Naked in the Woods". No, they aren't nudists. That's just what the journal is called.|
|AZventure in Hiking||Describes itself as the most complete listing of Arizona-related hiking links available on the Web. Included is a journal of hikes around Arizona and the ability of cyber-hikers to post their favorite Arizona hikes.|
|BLM Wilderness||This link to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has an excellent map of all the wilderness areas in Arizona.|
|GORP Arizona||The Great Outdoor Recreation Pages are a treasure-trove of information.
The Arizona specific page is full of great articles and links to parks, wilderness areas, wildlife sanctuaries, etc. located in the state.|
|Hike Arizona||Index of Arizona hiking trails.|
|Hiking Arizona||Hike planning on the Arizona Republic web site.|
A pretty good and comprehensive guide on Access Arizona's web site.
Some hikes are easy, some are killer.|
|The Nature Conservancy||Preserves and presence in Arizona|
|Phoenix Parks Info
|Public Lands Information Center
||A single source of information about recreation and land use on all public lands in a state, regardless of managing agency. Find out where to go, when to go, what to do, and how much it will cost.
|Preventing Blisters||Useful advice for everyone, from a women's hiking web site.|
- Black Mountain is north of Phoenix in the Cave Creek area. Look for hiking information on the Black Mountain Conservancy's web site as well as on HikeArizona.com.
- Camelback has two trails to the summit: Try Echo Canyon for the best workout in town, or try Cholla, which is a little easier on the joints. Or, do both (Up the Hump and Down the Rump).
- Cibecue Canyon
- Indian Paint Mine. A nice, 7 mile, loop: FS #103 outbound and Boulder Canyon back. See: AccessArizona
- Four Peaks is an easily recognizable landmark to the northeast of Phoenix. The leftmost, northernmost, and tallest of the four is called Brown's Peak.
- King Canyon Trail.
- McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
A Maricopa county park on the east side of the McDowells, near Fountain Hills and the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation.
- McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Not to be confused with the McDowell Mountain Regional Park, this city of Scottdale park is on the west side of the McDowells just north of Shea near Taliesin West.
The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is to be thanked for this park, and their web site lists free, guided hikes.
- Siphon Draw. Beautiful and challenging hike to the top of Flatiron, which gives a great view of the valley. References:
- Squaw Peak. Summit trail. Circumference trail.
- Sugarloaf Mountain. Off of I-87. No trail. Lots of small quartz (?) rocks scattered all over like big seeds in the dirt.
- Wet Beaver Creek. Wet Beaver is nice and wet, once you get to the pools, but getting there is a toasty trip.
The advantages are that it's closer to Phoenix, and the swimming is fun.
- Looking for a break on your way between Phoenix and Los Angeles during the cooler months?
If you're in an SUV, you can make use of it to explore the Eagletail Mountain Wilderness.
It is located 75 miles west of Phoenix just south of I-10.
- Humphrey's Peak ... at 12,633', it is the highest point in Arizona.
- Kendrick's Peak has a fire watch tower at the top that makes for a nice visit.
- Tonto Natural Bridge. Not a long or secluded hike, but this place is amazing and cool: several waterfalls, fascinating rock formations, wild blackberries; quite a natural playground!
It's located thirteen miles northwest of Payson (around 100 miles from Phoenix), just south of the Mogollon Rim.
Allow between ninety minutes and two hours of driving time each way.
Here are a couple of links:
- Fossil Springs. This is a great summer hike. The out-and-return is three miles down into a canyon to clear, cool waters that are great for swimming.
The Fossil Creek area is closed between August 18th, 2008 and February, 2009. Click here for a map showing the affected area.
Wilson Mountain trails that overlook Sedona were closed in 2006 due to the Brins Fire.
They reopened in September, 2007 when their safety had been restored,
but the damage remains.
If you want to see what it is like, see
this forest service page describing Wilson Mountain Trail #10 and North Wilson Trail #123.
Great Sedona Hikes: Here's a website that is quite helpful to see what the hikes look like.
West Fork is a terrific autumn hike.
In addition to the fall colors, there is an old orchard at the start of the hike that often has apples just in time for Rosh Hashanah.
Also in the Tucson vicinity is Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO).
Their Nightly Observing Program is terrific, even though they had to raise prices due to NSF budget cuts.
So you want to find a canyon?
See here for some ideas of canyons (and so-called canyons) in Arizona:
- King's Canyon
- Picacho Peak
- Sabino Canyon
|Arizona Cave Survey||A library of Arizona cave information.|
|Long Caves List||A list of caves over one mile long in the USA.|
|Peppersauce Cave||Peppersauce is approximately a two-hour drive from the valley,
in the vicinity of Oracle, AZ, it is now the target of a cleanup project. To see an aerial photo of the actual caving area,
and you can see the road you should park on.
Zoom out and scroll up and to the left and you'll see Oracle, AZ.
Despite its popularity, maps of the cave are hard to come by.
No doubt, it is sometimes dangerous to share too much information, because the cave has been heavily abused by reckless people who lack an appreciation for the motto "leave no trace".
One source has reported that the Coronado National Forest office has a 1941 map of Peppersauce.
If anyone can attest to the accuracy of that information, please post a comment.
|Arizona Adventurers||Arizona Adventurers is the valley's all-volunteer Jewish Outdoor Club.
It is a group of Jewish couples and singles ages 21 and up.|
|East Valley JCC||Web site of the JCC serving the east valley. Formerly known as the Tri-City JCC.|
|EcoChai||EcoChai is a Phoenix-area Jewish environmental group.
It is kind of like COEJL with an Arizona flavor.|
|Hillel at ASU
The Hillel Foundation on the campus of Arizona State University serves the needs of Jewish students, faculty, employees and young professionals.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix
|Jewish News of Greater Phoenix
The newspaper of the Phoenix-area Jewish community.
The Jewish Sisterhood is a new group for Jewish women in their 20s and 30s in the Greater Phoenix Area.|
|Jewish Tution Organization||
Receive an Arizona state tax credit (a credit, not just a deduction!) for helping give local kids an education in a Jewish day school.|
|L'Chaim||L'Chaim is a Jewish social group with a mission to bring together young Jews in Arizona for entertainment, networking, and to build better connections.
|ShabbatLuck||Shabbat Potlucks in large (>100 peeps) and small group settings. We look forward to introducing you to other Jewish singles and couples and their 20's and 30's living in the Greater Phoenix area!|
The new Jewish singles group in AZ. Anyone over 21 and under 35 is invited to come party.|
|Valley of the Sun JCC||Web site of the JCC serving Scottsdale and the northeast valley.|
|YJP||Young Jewish Phoenix (YJP) is a new collaborative project designed to develop and create dynamic ways to engage the Jewish young adult population of greater Phoenix. Young Jewish Phoenix is for young Jewish singles and couples, ages 22-40.|
An estimated 600-1000 Jews live in Sedona.
A combined synagogue and Jewish Community Center broke ground on 11/18/2001.
Visit their web site!
|Hillel at UofA||
The Hillel Foundation on the campus of the University of Arizona
serves the needs of Jewish students, faculty, employees and young professionals.
Their GAP (Graduate and Young Professional) group serves Jewish singles and couples, 22-39 years old, in the Tucson Metropolitan area.
Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.
|Arizona Hiking Shack
Located on Cave Creek Road in Phoenix, this place sells and rents equipment for hiking, climbing, and whitewater excursions.
|Date Creek Ranch||A working cattle ranch over 120 years old, their u-pick orchards are the nearest, best place to pick apples for Rosh Hashanah.|
The reknowned outdoor equipment co-op.
Two locations in Arizona: One in Tempe and the other in Paradise Valley.
|Sedona Bike & Bean
A really neat place to rent trail bikes for exploring around Sedona. The store has useful maps and planning resources. Nice people and good food, too.
|Corn Field Mazes
"Autumn" in Arizona brings a chance for friends to find their way through a "maize" cut into a corn field.
|AZ on the Rocks||
The indoor rock climbing wall in Scottsdale, north of Frank Lloyd-Wright, east of the 101. Cost for a day pass (as of January, 2008): $15 ($20 with gear rental).
Look in the Entertainment Book for coupons.
Also, they offer a 15% AAA discount.|
|Phoenix Rock Gym||
The indoor rock climbing wall in Tempe. Cost for a day pass (as of January, 2008): $11 ($16 with gear rental).
Group rates available.
Look in the Entertainment Book for coupons.
Arizona skiing doesn't compare to the rest of the West, not even New Mexico, but it is better than much of the skiing on the east coast, and it blows away the Midwest.
Located around 30 minutes north of Phoenix, Lake Pleasant is yet another of the dammed lakes in the mountains around the city.
Some picnic ramadas available for a fee.
Lots of boating activity, but no boat rentals that I'm aware of.
||Offers whitewater river rafting on the upper Salt River and elsewhere.
||Basic information for river trips such as location, length, class of rapids, and sources of other info.
|Canyon Lake Marina
||Here's a place you can rent a variety of water craft. Located east of the Phoenix metro area. You can also tour the lake on the Dolly Steamboat.
|Salt River Tubing
Saguaro Lake Ranch
Where people go to "tube the Salt River".
These outfitters rent tubes and provide transportation between the parking area and the pick-up/drop-off sites.
You can bring your own vessel and handle your own transportation (they don't have a monopoly on access to the Salt River), but this is the way most people do it.
Also see Maria's Salt River Tubing Page for extra information on tubing the Salt River.
See this article for additionional information.
|Salt River Water Level
||Here is a hydrograph reporting flows on the Salt River.
|Watershed Monitor||The Watershed Monitor web site provides information collected by United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Salt River Project(SRP).
It is a handy source of precipitation and water flow data.|
|River Camping||Lots of helpful into and checklists on REI's web site.|
There is skiing in the vicinity of Flagstaff, Show Low (east central), and Tucson.
Snowbowl in Flagstaff is closest (a day ski trip from Phoenix is feasible),
but Sunrise near Show Low has the best skiing.
Places to go for ski equipment:
|All Ice Den||Located in Scottsdale. Scroll to the bottom of their home page for directions.
Public skating hours are listed too.
They have free WiFi so parents can surf the web while the kids skate.|
|Arcadia Ice Arena||An older facility on Thomas in the Arcadia area of Phoenix.|
|Ahavas Torah||A welcoming, modern orthodox congregation located in North Scottsdale.|
|Chabad of Scottsdale||Located near Scottsdale and Shea.|
|Congregation Beth El||Conservative synagogue located in Phoenix.|
|Har Zion||Conservative synagogue located in Scottsdale.|
|The New Shul||A traditional, egalitarian Jewish congregation that is unaffiliated with any organized movement. Relocated in late 2007 to Paradise Lane in the Scottsdale Airpark.|
|Temple Beth Sholom||East Valley Conservative congregation.|
|Temple Chai||Reform synagogue located in north Phoenix, has singles Shabbats; mostly an older crowd.|
|Solel||Reform synagogue located in southeast Paradise Valley.|
|Temple Kol Ami||Reform synagogue located in Scottsdale between Greenway and Thunderbird.|
|Ruach Hamidbar||Spirit of the Desert, a "Jewish Renewal" congregation.|
A handy calendar of Jewish holidays, courtesy of B'nai B'rith.
There are two services every Jewish single should be on: JDate and Speed Dating. JDate is by far the biggest, while Speed Dating attempts to connect you with people you are more likely have something in common with.
Bonnie the Matchmaker is very involved in serving the local Jewish community.
Many people find a professional matchmaker like her to be an excellent use of their time and money.
|Arizona Trail Association||A non-profit dedicated to the 800-mile trail that is to run the entire length of Arizona north to south.
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life
engages Jewish institutions and individuals in bringing the moral passion of Jewish tradition and social action to environmental stewardship in order to preserve the integrity of creation, advance social justice, protect future generations, and strengthen the Jewish community.
|Jewish Singles Hiking San Diego||
A hiking group for Jewish Singles in San Diego. Founded in 2004 by moved-away Arizona Adventurer and trail chef extrordinaire Gloria Jardoun.
|Jewish Outdoor Adventures||
A Jewish hiking group in Los Angeles.
The home of Jewish and Israeli sports on the web!
Jewish Vegetarians of North America.
MOCA is the network of non-profit organizations dedicated to organizing outdoor, active, and/or environmental activities for Jewish adults.
While Arizona Adventurers is not affiliated with Mosaic,
we've had some friendly contacts from time to time.
Why no affiliation?
It has come up in past years, and the short answer is: because the leaders in AZAd see it as more beneficial to focus our limited volunteer energy on local, rather than national relations and because it has kept our cost structure coniderably lower for the quality we get.
AZAd handles relatively little money compared to other clubs, and that is the way we like it.
That all said, Mosaic is a great organization with some great events on a national scale and we heartily cheer them on.
The web sites of a nearby local chapters: Los Angeles (beware annoying popup ads!).|
Jewish and Israel Directory with thousands of directories and links.
The National Outdoor Leadership School has the finest instructors in the world for teaching wilderness backpacking skills.
Arizona's local chapter of the Sierra Club.
Outdoor adventure programs & travel, environmental education for the International Jewish Community. While this organization is a great idea, their website has been idle since 2005.|
|Bonnie the Matchmaker
Bonnie Wills is a local matchmaker with a special interest and involvement in the Jewish community. Until recently, her company was known as "Succesful Singles".
Also see this article about her in the Jewish News.
Are you serious about marriage and about having a deeply observant Jewish life? Do you keep kosher, and do you observe Shabbat and the other Mitzvot in some recognizable way, shape or form? This is the web site for you! We learned about this web site when it brought a friend together with his besherte.
The grandaddy of Jewish dating sites. Has absolutely more Jewish singles than any other site.
|Saw You at Sinai||Whether you call it 'JDate but with matchmakers running interference for you' or 'Matchmakers enter the Internet age', this Jewish matchmaking site makes a respectable effort to dispell the drawbacks of past approaches to finding a spouse.|
Conducts Online Speed Dating and organizes local Speed Dating events as well.
Wilderness Adventures, Plus Weddings, Backcountry Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Rabbi a-la-carte.
Located in Boulder, CO.
|Costa Rican Adventures||
Jewish Solo Travelers Rainforest Adventures provide an unforgettable experience first hand the ecological wonders of the Costa Rican rainforests, rivers, flora, fauna and coral reefs.
|Jewish Singles Vacations
Tour packages for Jewish singles ages 30-49.
|Travel Jewish||Jewish tours providing a connection to Jewish places, Jewish stories, and local Jewish community.
Different trips are targeted towards different ages and marital statuses|
|earth-friendly.com||Lori's Earth Friendly Products: Natural, Delicious, Healthy Kosher Products:Fiber Products, Kosher Cheese, Bakery Products, More.|
|Feig's||Feig's has been the kosher deli and market in Tucson for over sixty years. The store shows great attention to food quality, and is said by The Rosengarten Report to have the best kosher corned beef in the America.|
|Scottsdale Kosher Market||Scottsdale's only kosher restaurant in continuous operation. They're attached to Mazel Tov Gifts. Both are owned by Chabad of Scottsdale.|
|Segal's||Segal's Kosher Foods is a Phoenix institution.
It says so right on the web site, and I can't imagine anyone arguing it isn't.
It is both a kosher market and dine-in restaurant.
They have both "traditional" and Asian menus (how fitting!).
If you eat beef, you have to try the Hickory burger with curly fries.
And remember, "Wednesday night is BBQ rib night"!
|Pita Delight||Pita Delight is an attractive kosher restaurant in Chandler. The food looks good, but beware that they share a wall with a VFW post that is exempt from the Smoke-Free Arizona Act. If you've got a problem with cigarette smoke around and inside the restaurant, you'd better call in a carry-out order.|
|Amazing Journeys||With ties to the Pittsburgh JCC, this tour operator puts together some of the most fantastic trips for Jewish Singles.|
|Dating on Aish.com
Part of the online presence of Aish HaTorah, this site provides some excellent resources to help you find your beshert.
Do not miss Jessica's Journal. Situated right here in Phoenix, it is the ongoing, fictionalized account of a modern, professional, Jewish woman's "quest for the sparkling ring". Very true to life!
GenerationJ is a webzine for Jewish Generation X, Jewish related articles, stories for Jewish 20s and 30s, Jewish relationships, parenting, spirituality, social action, politics, health and fitness, culture, chat room, forum, and discussion board.
|Jewish and Single
Includes events and search engine for Jewish Singles activities and events.
An online magazine dedicated to Jewish singles.
|Jewish LA Singles
Singles page of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation.
|Jewish Outreach Institute
Resources for people concerned about interfaith marriage.
The home of Jewish and Israeli sports on the web!
A microbrewery with an atmosphere that's nice - and
breathable too (it's non-smoking inside).
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