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adventuresPhoenix, Arizona may be one of the most unsustainable cities in the world; it is surrounded by an inhospitable landscape that sees little rain and supports little life.  The city itself is a tragedy, an irony in the very sense of the word, almost more of a desert than the surrounding environment.  Yet beyond the strip malls and Wal Marts awaits what is perhaps the most unforgiving and stark deserts of North America.  Water sources are far and few in between, and summer temperatures can soar well above 115 Degrees F. Saguaros and Coyotes are your only friends out here, singing songs deep into the night under a sky as clear as water.

Apache Trail Canyon

Apache Trail Canyon is an under appreciated route in my opinion.  For the amount of effort you put into it, this canyon has some great scenery especially if its got a little bit of flow to it.  The drop in takes about 10 minutes and the hike back up to the road takes less than

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Barnhardt Canyon

This route was previously kept a secret by the elitists, the self proclaimed gods of canyoneering in the American Southwest.  The notion of secret keeping in canyoneering is fading fast due to a number of reasons, and this route is one of the many casualties.  Also known as Canyon De Colores, Barnhardt Canyon is a

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Devil’s Canyon

I don’t think there could be a more fitting name to this route.  Devil’s Canyon does have some very nice scenery, once you get to it; which is what makes this hike not quite as appealing as others.  The short section of canyon is quite nice – and it does have some great pools that

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El Capitan Canyon

El Capitan Canyon is a highly underrated slot canyon.  Sure, it is in the middle of nowhere, and sure, it is relatively short, and sure, it is not technically very demanding, but it is still a great way to spend a day and definitely much nicer than people give it credit for.  The narrows are

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Hell’s Hip Pocket

The journey to Hell’s Hip Pocket is almost funner than the slot canyon itself.  With the first known descent just a few years back by Eric Luth and David Wallace, this canyon is rarely visited due to its remoteness.  Though the technical section is very short, it is very nice, and as mentioned before I

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Minnow Canyon

Minnow Canyon is another highly underrated technical canyon, a tributary of Fish Creek up in the Superstition Mountains near Phoenix Arizona.  It doesn’t really ever turn into a slot canyon but has some very unique boulder tunnels that are cooler in my opinion.  They are like little route finding puzzles as you must pick your

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Parker Canyon

So Parker Canyon can either be a real gem or a real bitch depending on what time of year you do it and what exit you choose.  My first experience down it was in late summer and it was hot, dry, muddy and quite an unpleasant experience.  Back then no one used the current shortcut

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Pine Canyon

Pine Canyon is one of those routes that is, really, not very good.  It does have a few nice drops and some decent scenery, and does beat a day of watching television or being stuck in a city, but as far as canyon routes go this one is one to do once and check it

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Punchbowl Canyon

No question, this is the best route in the Superstition Mountains.  There are many other canyons that give you a slight glimpse at what Punchbowl Canyon has to offer but they all pale in comparison.  It is a technical route with nearly 14 rappels, many pools to swim, an exciting approach hike and questionable access

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Salome Creek (Lower)

Also known as the Jug, this is nature’s water park.  The jug is an easy, one drop canyon that under appropriate flows can be a fantastic romp.  If the flow is too high then it is not passable and can turn an easy trip into a dangerous one.  Access to this route is rather easy

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Salome Creek (Upper)

The common name of this route is Grotto Pool.  This the same creek that flows thru the much more well known Jug, but at a higher elevation.  It offers a huge step up in access, technicality, and commitment.  It is also a much longer route and will require either one very long day (like we

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Salt River

Like the blood of the desert, the Salt River is truly a remarkable stretch of river and holds the title of my favorite whitewater run.  This run is much different than any others and the character of the rapids are unique.  It is technical over big and scary, as this route will test even the

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Sierra Canyon

This is one of my favorite routes in the Superstition routes due to its relatively easy access, nice exit hike up Fish Creek, and some beautiful narrows and rappels.  Like most of the canyons in the area, it never truly forms a slot canyon but is still quite nice and has some great stuff.  For

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Tango Canyon

Tango Canyon is the sister canyon of Sierra Canyon and shares the exact same approach, but is simply up and over the next ridgeline.  it shares similar character to its sister and is equally beautiful.  It technically a little more challenging and features several larger rappels than its kin.  The biggest drop is 80 feet

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Weaver’s Needle

For once we choose to go up; to climb a hill, bag the peak, mainly because it is there, for what better reason could you need?   Indeed, Weaver’s Needle begs you to notice it, it beckons you to climb it, it dares you to try.  From any angle this is an incredible piece of

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