Picacho Peak State Park in Arizona – a family fav with us!

There are several sets of cables on the way to the peak at Picacho Peak State Park! | ourtravelingtribe.com

The first year that we traveled, we didn’t know where to go or what to do.  We were just winging it. and loving the adventure of it all. When our first state park didn’t end up being a good fit for us (thanks to some creepy stalker taking pics of our little girls), we moved […]

Visiting Tuzigoot National Monument in northern Arizona…

Tuzigoot has a great Jr. Ranger program (and they stock JR items in their gift shop!)| OurTravelingTribe.com

When we visit northern Arizona, we usually stay at the Thousand Trails RV Resort in Cottonwood.  We love that it is right in the center of so many things to do!  Go west, and you drive through the quaint little town of Jerome, and take a winding, gorgeous desert drive over to Flagstaff (where our […]

Hiking Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona… with kids…

Our Sedona hikers! | ourtravelingtribe.com

Gorgeous Cathedral Rock, near Sedona, Arizona, is one of the most photographed landscapes in Arizona; the photographs coming from there are stunning. Seeing it in person is inspiring. Enjoying it with your family is nothing short of spectacular! Hiking Cathedral Rock with kids in tow, has made some of our favorite memories! We love the northern […]

Montezuma’s Castle National Monument, Arizona…

The cliff dwellings at Montezuma's Castle are gorgeous! Glad I didn't live here with toddlers tho! eek! ourtravelingtribe.com

When we are in the beautiful, northern area of Arizona, we love to visit the many national parks and monuments that are near Flagstaff. There are quite a few ‘cliff dwelling’ national parks in the southwest.  Each one is unique, and has it’s own reason  for a visit.  We love Montezuma’s Castle because it is […]

Visiting Walnut Canyon National Monument near Flagstaff, Arizona…

There are over 100 steps leading down to the Island Path at Walnut Canyon NM. ourtravelingtribe.com

Walnut Canyon National Monument is located just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. We love the Flagstaff area of Arizona – it is nothing like what one thinks Arizona is going to be like; it is mountainous, treed, and generally much cooler (temperature-wise) than if you travel 2 hours south to Phoenix. Walnut Canyon was established as […]

The Arizona Renaissance Festival – or Ren Fest…

Last weekend was the opening weekend of the Arizona Renaissance Festival… We discovered this event the first year we were here in Phoenix visiting family, and it has become a tradition to attend each year. The Ren Fest is put on every winter for about 2 months; this year the dates are Feb. 11th through […]

Stuffington Bear factory tour…

Sometimes, blogging gets you some pretty cool perks… One of those fun benes happened last week, where we were given a tour of the Stuffington Bear Factory, which is located right here in Phoenix! Last Thursday, we had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours at Stuffington touring the factory and checking out their […]

Montezuma Castle and Well…

Near Cottonwood, AZ is another National Monument that we visited in addition to Tuzigoot. I was glad that we went to Tuzigoot first, because while it was interesting in it’s own way, Montezuma Castle and Well are much more grand, and TNM would have been quite a let down had we done it the day […]

Tuzigoot National Monument, Jerome AZ, and mini golf…

While we were staying in Cottonwood, AZ, we took the opportunity to visit the 2 local National Monuments; Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castle and Well. I THINK these are the only 2 National Parks in AZ (that offer the Jr. Ranger program) that we had not been to yet.  One day we took a lunch and […]

Lake Havasu State Park, Arizona…

After leaving Las Vegas on the 4th, we drove south and found ourselves at Lake Havasu State Park, Arizona. We spent a few days here last winter, and it is a lovely park (we are biased though, when it comes to Arizona’s state parks – they always let us camp there, no matter how many […]