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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.

Contacts

Archaeological Conservancy (505/266–1540. www.americanarchaeology.org.)

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (970/565–8975 or 800/422–8975. www.crowcanyon.org.)

Southwest Ed-Ventures (435/587–2156 or 800/525–4456. www.fourcornersschool.org.)

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.

Contacts

AOA Adventures (480/945–2881 or 866/455–1601. www.aoa-adventures.com.)

Backroads (510/527–1555 or 800/462–2848. www.backroads.com.)

Timberline Adventures (303/368–4418 or 800/417–2453. www.timbertours.com.)

Bicycle Adventures (800/443–6060. www.bicycleadventures.com.)

Golf

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

Contact

Golfpac (888/848–8941. www.golfpactravel.com.)

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.

Contact

AOA Adventures (480/945–2881 or 866/455–1601. www.aoa-adventures.com.)

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.

Contact

Native American Journeys (928/284–4735. www.nativeamericanjourneys.com.)

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.

Contacts

Off the Beaten Path (406/586–1311 or 800/445–2995. www.offthebeatenpath.com.)

Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (512/328–5221 or 800/328–8368. www.ventbird.com.)

Naturalist Journeys (520/558–1146 or 866/900–1146. www.naturalistjourneys.com.)

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.

Contacts

Action Whitewater Adventures (801/375–4111 or 800/453–1482. www.riverguide.com.)

OARS (209/736–4677 or 800/346–6277. www.oars.com.)

Western River Expeditions (801/942–6669 or 866/904–1160. www.westernriver.com.)

Wilderness River Adventures (800/992-8022. www.riveradventures.com.)

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