The Arizona Office of Tourism has partnered with some of REI’s outdoor guides from the Arizona Adventure Center to share tips and tricks for exploring Arizona’s great outdoors in a safe and enjoyable way. The video series and resources below include information on preparation and planning, gear, hydration, water recreation, weather, and how to keep our outdoors pristine for years to come by following Leave No Trace Principles.

Tips & Tricks from REI Guides

REI Guides Video Series

Happy Adventuring

Resources in the videos:

The 10 Essentials I All Trails Guides & Maps I The Hiking Project I National Forest Explorer


Arizona is home to REI’s only dedicated “Adventure Center,” a gear rental facility in Scottsdale and launch point for guided tours and outdoor classes throughout Arizona.

Spotlight Stories in AZ

Outdoor Adventures

Shore Thing: Arizona's Best Beaches

Known for its iconic deserts, Arizona surprises with sandy beaches perfect for lounging or launching a water adventure.

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9 Outdoor Adventures You Can Only Have in Arizona

Adventurers, take note: Whatever you're into, you can get into it in Arizona. The breadth of adventure options available in this Southwestern...

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Trekking Arizona: the Arizona National Scenic Trail

From the desert to the mountains, the Arizona Trail touches five distinct biomes over 800 miles.

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Opt Outside in Arizona

For people who prefer to experience Arizona's wild places through their shoe soles, their nostrils, their pores, this guide is for you.

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REI Resource Articles

REI Guides: Expert Advice

Hiking for Beginners

Discover the beauty of nature at whatever pace. Get out there!

REI Guides: Expert Advice

Hot Weather Hiking Tips

Have a good time and stay healthy in hot weather.

REI Guides: Expert Advice

Day Hiking Checklist

Determine what you need for an upcoming day hike.

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