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A front-loader carries river silt toward an ad-hoc embankment after the swollen Cañada del Oro wash blanketed the only road for Catalina State Park with nearly 4-feet of silt and water stranding around 250 campers in the park.

Around 300 people were stuck inside Catalina State Park north of Tucson after flooding blocked access to the single entrance road. State officials had to wait until the water receded before they began clearing debris with a front-loader this week. Read more»

The All Indian Rodeo is held every year at the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix, and a non-Native management company produces it.

The All Indian Rodeo isn’t hosted or produced by Indigenous people - and it’s been that way for years - which is why the Arizona Native American Rodeo Committee has decided to relaunch its efforts to have Indigenous people at the table regarding hosting Native American rodeos. Read more»

Kathy Balman, founder and director of Educating Children Outdoors, demonstrates how to tie a tourniquet in case of an emergency in a survival class at Marana Heritage River Park on Oct. 1, 2022. Using a piece of cloth, tie a knot around the wounded limb, get a stick and tie another knot on top of it to secure it to the cloth. Then, twist the stick to slow the bleeding.

The Maricopa County Department of Health’s annual report on heat deaths, which was released this month, reports a record 339 heat-associated deaths in 2021, and of those, 75% took place outdoors, and 19% of those happened on hiking trails or in desert areas of the county. Read more»

A western diamondback rattlesnake 'tastes' the air at the Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary on Aug. 29, 2022.

This summer’s monsoon has been active across Arizona, bringing violent winds, torrential rain and flash floods - and also rattlesnakes and toads, who are active now because monsoons determine when they reproduce. Read more»

Anglers should limit their consumption of catfish from Patagonia Lake because of elevated mercury levels. State officials said adults shouldn't eat more than 2.5 ounces per week of fish from the Southern Arizona lake, while children shouldn't eat more than 2 ounces per month Read more»

Tourism officials say Arizona’s natural wonders are likely to keep tourists coming to the state over time.

National parks in Arizona welcomed 10.7 million visitors who pumped $1.12 billion into local economies in 2021, both sharp increases from the pandemic-induced lows of the year before, according to the National Park Service. Read more»

Coronado National Forest officials remind visitors of restrictions and suggestions for a safer July 4 holiday.

Coronado National Forest administrators have lifted fire restrictions ahead of the July 4 weekend but fireworks remain prohibited year-round. Read more»

Brad Bramlett of the National Fire Prevention Education Team talks on June 8, 2022, about the importance of parking cars on gravel rather than grass. Dry grass can ignite with temperatures of 500 degrees, and the underside of cars can reach 900 degrees.

As warm and windy conditions Tuesday were pushing the Pipeline Fire north of Flagstaff and other wildfires are burning across the state, fire prevention experts shared tips on simple ways to contribute to fire safety. Read more»

Day hikers ascending the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park.

The Department of Interior distributed $279 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund in support of state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects, with Arizona receiving $5.6 million in funding for local projects. Read more»

Hotter weather means more exposure to Arizona's venomous creatures, including an increase in the number of rattlesnake bites and scorpion stings that require treatment, health experts said. Read more»

Earl Hunter Jr., left, who founded Black Folks Camp Too, a business that educates park officials in how to promote camping for Black people, stands with his two children and some friends at Lake Norman State Park in North Carolina. More states are taking steps to increase diversity among state park visitors.

As Americans plan their summer vacations, states around the country are struggling with a persistent challenge: how to attract more Black residents and other visitors of color to their parks. Read more»

Jarred Sallus and Kadriya Musina-Sallus want to show how a horse can change a person’s life through equestrian vaulting. They have impacted many and continue to grow their vaulting club for all.

Salt River Vaulters, an Arizona non-profit that makes it possible for children or adults with disabilities to participate in equine therapy and therapeutic vaulting, allows participants to grow physically and mentally and helps increase communication skills. Read more»

Being a pedestrian or cyclist in Tucson is deadly, and it has taken away too many lives. Read more»

The Donut Hole is an area near Sedona damaged by off-roaders. The organization Tread Lightly! recently placed cut tree branches around the area to bar access. Photo taken April 18, 2022.

Tourists looking for socially distanced outdoor activities flocked to Sedona during the pandemic, adding to traffic congestion, noise and air pollution in red rock country - in response, the city launched the Sedona Shuttle to get hikers to popular trailheads. Read more»

The Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler is set to run its final NHRA event in 2023. The Wild Horse Park Development Authority says this is due to planned work on Interstate 10 near the area.

A drag racing tradition in Chandler’s Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park that dates back to the 1980s is set to come to an end with an announcement Friday that a new overpass planned for the widening of I-10 will take the space that currently occupies part of the facility, Read more»

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