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.

REI Guides Video Series

Happy Adventuring

How to Experience Arizona's Great Outdoors

REI Adventure Guide, Chris Anderson, will go through the steps for planning an outdoor trip. From planning to research to must-haves and safety tips.

Basic Gear to Experience Arizona's Great Outdoors

REI Adventure Guide Chris Anderson will walk you through the basic gear you'll need to make your Arizona outdoor experience a great one.

The Importance of Hydration & Nutrition

REI Adventure Guide Chris Anderson talks about the importance of hydration and nutrition in the Arizona Outdoors

AOT & REI - Water Safety in Arizona

REI Outdoor Adventure Guide, Chris Anderson, will talk about water safety in Arizona's lakes, reservoirs and rivers.

Know & Plan for Environmental Challenges

When adventuring outdoors, it's important to be aware of and plan for environmental challenges. REI Adventure Guide Chris Anderson will share some important safety tips.

Leave No Trace when enjoying the Arizona outdoors

The outdoors belongs to everyone so it's important to respect and care for it. Here are a few tips to keep in mind from the Arizona Office of Tourism and Leave No…

Resources in the videos:

The 10 Essentials I All Trails Guides & Maps I The Hiking Project I National Forest Explorer I Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics


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. Check out their Gear Rental I Guided Tours I Upcoming Outdoor Classes


Arizona has partnered with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and developed a comprehensive resource for sustainable recreation in Arizona.

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

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Hot Weather Hiking Tips

Have a good time and stay healthy in hot weather.

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Determine what you need for an upcoming day hike.

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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.

Please Remeber to #RecreateResponsibly


Cities & Regions

From the abundance of Saguaro cactuses and unique wildlife in the Sonoran Desert to the high country and forests of the White Mountains to the breathtaking Grand Canyon, Arizona’s regions are full of experiences that don’t disappoint.