If you’re an outdoor enthusiast who is always looking for adventurous things to do, look no further, because America’s natural amusement park is the state of Arizona. There’s something for everyone here, including intriguing wildlife parks, timeworn Western towns, rugged dude ranches, cool mountain trout lakes, historic railways, and so much more. These are five of Arizona’s most exciting adventures that you won’t want to miss out on.

1. Look for the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine

The legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine is intriguing and has drawn in fascinated tourists from throughout the world. It is thought to be one of the most famous rich, hidden mines in American history and was named after the man who supposedly discovered it in the 19th century, Jacob Waltz. The location of the mine is believed to be east of Phoenix in the Superstition Mountains, and you can take a guided scenic tour, or hike the trails yourself and search for the mine.

2. Bungee Jump off the Navajo Bridges

The double Navajo Bridges are among the top 10 highest bridges in the United States and are a popular place for the most daring bungee jumpers. The two bridges are situated in picturesque northernmost Arizona where they cross over the Colorado River. The captivating panoramic view of the canyon is breath-taking, which offers a bungee jumping experience like no other. Be sure to check with the authorities about the current regulations, and remember to use only the safest equipment and quality bungee shock cord.

3. Experience the Thrill of River Rafting on the Salt River

Arizona’s Upper Salt River is a favorite of both the locals and tourists. The beauty of the region and excitement of whitewater river rafting keeps people going back for more. There are various trips available, but one of the most preferred is a two day, 20 mile raft trip that take you past the Salt Banks and into the amazingly beautiful 1.4 billion year old White Granite Gorge. The lower Salt River is also a popular hangout for local families who enjoy swimming and tubing.

4. Take a Guided ATV Tour

Explore the rough mountains, deep canyons and desert trails on one of the many guided all-terrain vehicle tours offered throughout the state of Arizona. You can enjoy the pleasure of driving your own rented ATV with an experienced escort who is familiar with the area. Plan an ATV excursion with your entire family at one of Arizona’s all-terrain vehicle guided tours.

5. Sedona Mountain Biking

Sedona mountain biking trails have a wide range of difficulty levels. From simple dirt roads to the more-technical slickrock, these trails will treat you to the marvelous red rock and spacious skies that are classic Arizona. Be sure to pack sunscreen, however, as the majority of the time the sun will be out and out strong.

One thing is for sure, with Arizona’s year-round playground, you’ll never be bored or run out of things to do. Even after you’ve found the Lost Dutchman’s mine, gone bungee jumping off the Navajo Bridges, explored the rugged trails on an ATV, and experienced the excitement of whitewater rafting on the Salt River, there are hundreds of more adventurous things to do.

About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here. Whether you are bungee jumping with a shock cord or whitewater rafting, Anica advises that you follow all safety precautions and ask for professional help where necessary.

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