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Archaeology

The Archaeological Conservancy offers a number of tours covering significant sites around the country, including a couple of trips that typically involve sites in Arizona. Based in southwestern Colorado, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center has a few different trips that touch on portions of Arizona. These vary year to year, but have included hiking in Carrizo Mountain Country, Hopi kachina and silver-jewelry workshops, backcountry archaeology in Canyon de Chelly, and rock art in Arizona. Utah's Southwest Ed-Ventures, part of the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education, can work with you to customize your own trip through Arizona's Hopi and Navajo regions, and they also offer a number of scheduled group trips that touch on Arizona.

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Archaeological Conservancy. This esteemed organization offers a number of multiday tours covering significant sites around the country, including one or two Southwest trips each year that may involve sites in Arizona. Additionally, the conservancy oversees and offers visits to a pair of archaeological preserves in Arizona, Sherwood Ranch Pueblo in Apache County, and Mission Guevavi in Santa Cruz County. 505/266–1540. www.archaeologicalconservancy.org. From $1,995.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Based in southwestern Colorado, this teaching and research center has a few different trips that touch on portions of Arizona; most last six or seven days. Trip agendas vary year to year, but they have included Carrizo Mountain Country hikes, Hopi kachina and silver-jewelry workshops, backcountry archaeology in Canyon de Chelly, and the study of Ancient Peoples of Arizona. 970/565–8975 or 800/422–8975. www.crowcanyon.org. From $3,000.

Bicycling

A number of companies offer extensive bike tours that cover parts of the Southwest. Backroads organizes a six-day biking and hiking trip through Utah and northern Arizona national parks. Scottsdale-based AOA Adventures offers a variety of bike trips throughout the state. Timberline Adventure has biking tours of Arizona's White Mountains. Most airlines accommodate bikes as luggage, provided they're dismantled and boxed.

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AOA Adventures. This Scottsdale-based outfitter offers a variety of bike trips throughout the state, including half-day and multiday mountain-biking rides through the Sonoran desert and road-biking tours of Scottsdale and metro Phoenix as well as other parts of the state. 480/945–2881 or 866/455–1601. www.aoa-adventures.com. From $115.

Timberline Adventures. This Colorado-based company has multiday hiking tours in the Grand Canyon as well as in Chiricahua National Monument and the Sonoran Desert near Tucson. 303/368–4418 or 800/417–2453. www.timbertours.com. From $2,445.

Bicycle Adventures. This Washington-based company offers a very popular six-day bike excursion, the Cactus Classic Bike Tour, through Tucson’s Saguaro National Park and down through Tombstone and Bisbee. Lodgings each night are at high-end resorts and hotels throughout the region. 800/443–6060 or 425/250–5540. www.bicycleadventures.com. From $2,895.

Golf

Golfpac organizes golf vacations all over the world, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson being among its most popular destinations.

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Golfpac. This company specializing in custom golf-vacation planning arranges trips all over the world, with Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson being among its most popular destinations. 888/848–8941 or 407/260–2288. www.golfpactravel.com. From $172.

Hiking

Scottsdale-based AOA Adventures offers multiday hiking and biking tours through some of the state's most dramatic scenery, from the Grand Canyon to Havasupai.

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AOA Adventures. This reliable company based in Scottsdale offers multiday and half-day hiking (as well as kayaking and rafting) excursions through some of the state's most dramatic scenery, from the Grand Canyon to Havasupai. 480/945–2881 or 866/455–1601. www.aoa-adventures.com. From $95.

Native American History

You can explore a number of parts of the state important to indigenous peoples—Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Hopi Country, Antelope Canyon, Canyon de Chelly—on walking, float-trip, and jeep tours offered by Native American Journeys.

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Native American Journeys. You can explore a number of parts of the state important to indigenous peoples—Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Hopi Country, Antelope Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley—on walking, float-trip, and Jeep tours offered by this first-rate company. 928/284–4735. www.nativeamericanjourneys.com. From $79.

Natural History

Consider booking a trip through Smithsonian Journeys if you're keen on experiencing the Grand Canyon with knowledgeable guides—they also offer astronomy tours in Arizona. Victor Emanuel Nature Tours is another excellent tour operator, offering four different tours (three in spring or summer, one in winter) that emphasize bird-watching throughout the state. Off the Beaten Path has a variety of tours in northern Arizona and elsewhere in the Southwest.

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Off the Beaten Path. Founded in 1986, this company offers a variety of tours in northern Arizona and elsewhere in the Southwest, including a six-night tour covering the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park (in southern Utah), a six-night tour of the Four Corners region (including Monument Valley), and a six-night Puebloan Mystery tour exploring Canyon de Chelly and New Mexico's Chaco Canyon. 406/586–1311 or 800/445–2995. www.offthebeatenpath.com. From $2,595.

Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. This excellent, world-renowned tour operator that emphasizes bird-watching has been going strong since 1976, offering four or five different multiday tours throughout the year across Arizona. 512/328–5221 or 800/328–8368. www.ventbird.com. From $2,195.

Naturalist Journeys. Tours by this Arizona-based outfitter emphasize birding and geology, and venture into southeastern Arizona as well as the Grand Canyon region. 520/558–1146 or 866/900–1146. www.naturalistjourneys.com. From $1,895.

River-Rafting

Rafting on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many who try it. Numerous reliable companies offer rafting tours through the canyon, including Action Whitewater Adventures, OARS, Western River Expeditions, and Wilderness River Adventures.

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Action Whitewater Adventures. This company, founded in 1955, leads several different three- and six-day rafting itinineries through the Grand Canyon. 801/375–4111 or 800/453–1482. www.riverguide.com. From $1,175.

OARS. This California-based company is highly respected for its rafting adventures through the Grand Canyon, which last from 5 to 18 days. 209/736–4677 or 800/346–6277. www.oars.com. From $2,374.

Western River Expeditions. This Utah-based company's three-, four-, six-, and seven-day rafting trips through the Grand Canyon are geared to all ability levels, with the shorter adventures best for beginners. 801/942–6669 or 866/904–1160. www.westernriver.com. From $1,265.

Wilderness River Adventures. Based in Page and part of the respected Aramark Parks and Destinations brand, this rafting company has trips both through the Grand Canyon and from Moab, Utah, through Cataract Canyon to Lake Powell on the Arizona border. Both motorized and paddle options are available. 800/992–8022. www.riveradventures.com. From $1,135.

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