AtoZ Bucket List
"Where have you been?"
This directory is a history of places we have personally traveled for camping and exploring throughout Arizona, Utah and New Mexico and beyond. Places from the Forests to Deserts with Lakes, Rivers, Hot Springs, Caves and Peaks. Historical and Abandoned places, Ghost Towns and Ancient Runes. Recreation Areas and National & State Parks. Enjoy!
Alamo Lake Wildlife Area
La Paz County
69430 Wickenburg Road, Wenden, AZ 85357
We spend several nights here on the edge of the lake. Enjoyed listening to the water and the birds while siting by the fire. Really great spot for camping. Nice and secluded beaches and peninsulas with beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains. A lot of fishermen in boats trolling, lake is well known for bass fishing. Looking forward to return with our kayaks. While in the area we visited the Alamo Dam and made a stop for ice-cream at the ranger store at the Alamo State Park. On our drive there we saw wild burros.
River, Fishing, Exploring, Recreation, Hiking, Lake, Desert, Camping
Bear Canyon Lake
Bear Canyon Lake, AZ 85541
Bear Canyon Lake is one place we go most often. There are plenty of places to setup camp and lots to explore. We have never had a issue finding a spot to camp, at times can barely hear anyone around. We pass all the nearest sites near the lake and go past the powerlines where there are plenty of sites spread out. From there it is a bit of a hike to the lake, or short drive. Depending upon the season you can hear elk and coyotes in the area.
Lake, Forest, Fishing, Hiking, Camping
Bradshaw City, AZ 86343
Bradshaw City was founded as a mining camp in 1863 after prospectors working on the northwest slope of Mount Wasson discovered gold. The camp began as a loose collection of tents which were soon replaced with hundreds of buildings including dance halls, restaurants, saloons, and hotels as the population inflated to around 5000 people. The town supported the Tiger Mine.
Ghost Town, Forest, Hiking, Camping
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
San Juan County
1808 Road 7950, Nageezi, NM 87037
This Chaco Canyon Valley, high-desert landscape has long winters, short growing seasons, and marginal rainfall. Yet, it became the center of a thriving culture a thousand years ago. It was an unlikely place for a major center of ancestral Puebloan culture to take root and flourish. The grand scale of its architecture is monumental, making it a center hub for far-reaching commerce with complex community life and high levels of social organization, creating a cultural vision unlike any other seen before or since. That began in the mid 800s and lasted more than 300 years. Their descendants are the modern Southwest Indians. Many Southwest Indian people look upon Chaco as an important stop along their clans' sacred migration paths-a spiritual place to be honored and respected.
Ancient Ruins, Hiking, Historical Landmark, Camping
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
16721 East Old Spanish Trail, Vail, AZ 85641
Colossal Cave Mountain Park has cave tours, hiking & biking, trail rides, camping & picnicking, terrace Café & gift shop. The campsites are tucked among the saguaro cacti and mesquite trees in Posta Quemada canyon. These grounds consist of two large areas, El Bosquecito and La Selvilla, both have water and restrooms. Additionally there are a number of smaller areas totaling 30 individual sites. Camping is first-come, first-served. This is primitive camping. No electricity or RV hook-ups available. are located in El Bosquecito and La Selvilla.
Cave, Exploring, Camping