Appreciate AZ

The Arizona Office of Tourism and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics© forged a partnership to promote sustainable tourism practices across Arizona's spectacular landscapes and unique destinations. For a richer experience, learn how you can protect Arizona's iconic natural features while enjoying these spectacular destinations.

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The 7 Leave No Trace Principles

No. 1

Plan Ahead & Prepare

There's more than desert in Arizona. Planning ahead and preparing for the state's diverse terrain and temperatures means being able to safely experience all Arizona has to offer.

No. 2

Stick to Trails

Wander with wonder, but please stick to the trails and camp only on existing or designated campsites. When you minimize your impact, you help protect plants, animals and yourself.

No. 3

Trash Your Trash

Ecosystems are delicate and even organic trash can have a negative impact. So, when it comes to trash and waste, pack it in and pack it out.

No. 4

Leave What You Find

In Arizona, there is so much to discover and history to explore. Take pictures and make memories, but please don't take mementos or leave a mark.

No. 5

Be Careful with Fire

Arizona's hot, dry climate is perfect to catch ablaze. You can minimize fire impacts by using only designated fire pits and keeping your campfire small, safe and attended.

No. 6

Respect Wildlife

Arizona's great outdoors is home to more than 800 species of wildlife. It's best to observe them from a distance, so be prepared to stop and let the wildlife stay wild.

No. 7

Share the Outdoors

Arizona's landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for reflection. Respect others and their unique connection to the land. Let's all enjoy the natural world together.

The Complete Guide

Off-Highway Vehicle Exhiliration

Responsibly exploring Arizona’s 40,000+ miles of off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails opens the door to stunning landscapes and diverse ecosystems. AOT has partnered with AZ State Parks & Trails and Tread Lightly! to make sure you're ready to do it the right way!

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Arizona's Motorized Trails

Tread Lightly! - The 5 Principles of OHV Use

Practicing the TREAD Lightly Principles means being a good steward of Arizona’s public lands and helping to keep trails healthy, open and accessible to all.

How (and Where) to OHV in Arizona

From beginners to advanced thrill-seekers, an extensive network of OHV trails crisscrosses the state offering a variety of desert and alpine terrains, historic sites and challenging rides.

Tour the Terrain: Off-Roading in Arizona

Heading out on an off-road adventure in Arizona is a great way to explore the thousands of miles of trails, roads and open areas the state offers for off-highway vehicles (OHVs), motorbikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

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Appreciate AZ Clean-up Kit

Do You Appreciate AZ?

Help us show Arizona some love and Keep Nature Wild with this free clean-up kit.


Stop in any of Arizona's Visitor Information Centers and grab a kit.


Get outside and enjoy Arizona's beautiful landscapes.


Trash Your Trash using the FREE kit.


Show off your support on social with #AppreciateAZ


Make sure to log your impact HERE.

Appreciate AZ Coalition Partners


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.