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Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area

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2-Hour Arizona Desert Guided Tour by ATV

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Hop on your own ATV on this off-roading adventure in the Sonoran Desert. After a safety briefing and training, gear up and ride across rugged, rocky trails in the scenic Bradshaw Mountains, as well as cross the Agua Fria River. Be on the lookout for coyotes, bobcats, and more, and learn about the region's flora and fauna and Native American history from your guide.
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Katie R wrote a review 24 Feb
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It was really challenging. It gets narrow in a few spots, but it's doable and people are friendly and take turns. Take at least one bottle of water. I took two and drank one-and-a-half bottles in about eighty degree weather. There are no restrooms along the way, so go at the bottom of the hill before you begin your climb. It gets progressively steeper going up. There were moments I wasn't sure I could make it, but you can do it. If I can do it, you can do it. Definitely worth the burning muscles once you're resting at the top and taking in that view.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Ntdilts22 wrote a review 16 Feb
Cincinnati, Ohio66 contributions5 helpful votes
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We were concerned bc of mixed reviews on what to expect with this trail. We’re not “pro hikers” or in phenomenal shape, but rather just like to adventure and challenge ourselves on trips. I’ll try to talk to those folks like us. Trail is rated an extremely difficult hike. Let’s start with this. This isn’t a hike. It’s a climb. And it’s is every bit of extremely difficult. You start on a pretty decent grade of a walk but you’re not far into it at all before you get to tall steep stairs with a fence and then a rail section. These are honestly some of the less challenging portions. The rest of the way after the second rail, you’re not rock climbing, but you’re as close as it gets without using equipment. It pretty much a series of steep rock stairs where you’re picking your own line. It’s going to take your hands and feet to get up. We went on a 70 degree day at 11 AM. We both drank a gallon of water on the way up. It took us about an hour and a half to get to the top. It’s only a little over a mile, but it’s pretty much straight up in the air. The things you don’t need that some say you do? Hiking boots, jeans, hiking pole, an extremely trained and fit lifestyle, etc. Things you do need that some say you do? A gallon+ of water, 2-3 hours of time, a determined mind, a willingness to climb, shoes with some kind of traction. If you’re carrying a selfie stick all the way up and doing it for the ‘gram, you’re gonna struggle. If you’re looking for a challenge and have the time, you’re gonna be rewarded with a beautiful view and sense of accomplishment.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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stan a wrote a review Nov 2020
Fullerton, California30 contributions18 helpful votes
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Really good workout for the quads. There are two levels to the parking lot, but the parking is a bit limited. There was adequate availability at 0630 on a Sunday morning. It took me 1' 45" on the way up and 45 minutes on the way down. I had tee time to make so I couldn't dilly, but was not rushed.. The way up is as bit challenging on a couple sections where I was scrambling over the rocks on all four more than hiking. Those sections were not that long. The railing was not that necessary on the ascent, but was a real comfort on the descent. Be careful of loose gravel on the 4x4 steps on the descent as the traction can be marginal. Wear good shoes with a good ability to grab the rocks. (The Cholla trail was closed in early November 2020.)
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Date of experience: November 2020
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mskerby wrote a review Jun 2020
Paris, Texas, USA74 contributions30 helpful votes
Wonderful challenge. It’s not sooooo hard like some have said. I’m in shape and was with a group of women with varying fitness levels. The first day we went half way and then turned around with the group because everyone felt accomplished without pushing too hard. The next day I went solo (completely safe with ALL the people around) and finished it. Know your limits and be willing to turn around at any point. Take a big bottle of water (32 Oz was great for early morning in June) and wear sunscreen. I wore worn down tennis shoes and certainly wished I had hiking boots a couple of times for the traction, but was totally fine. You will enjoy it!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Kerry A wrote a review Jun 2020
249 contributions73 helpful votes
Not a great deal of parking so go early - this also helps with the heat! Take more water than you think you'll need; this is an intense hike but the views are amazing.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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