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Adventurous Escapes in the Southwest

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Like an occasional adrenaline rush? Then pay attention. Here are the best places to get your heart pumping in the Southwest region of the country.

1. Horseback Riding in the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park

No matter which way you see the Grand Canyon, you’re going to find it to be a breathtaking situation. But if you want a completely unique experience, try viewing it from atop a horse or mule. Various operators offer horseback tours of the area; Xanterra offers three-hour and overnight tours of the Grand Canyon. Click here for more information.

2. Trekking the Sandia Peak Tramway

Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hop on the tram and climb 2.7 miles and 10,378 feet to the observation deck at Sandia Peak, where panoramic views of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment are waiting to greet you. The Sandia Peak Tramway, located in Albuquerque, N.M., is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. except Tuesday, when it’s open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

3. Fishing in Colorado

Meg Bodnar

When you go fishing in Colorado, you have the opportunity to catch anything from rainbow trout to walleye. Thanks to the 35 species that make their home in the state’s 6,000 miles of streams and 2,000 lakes and reservoirs, your chances of actually catching something when you head out with your pole are very good. Click here for a primer on Colorado fishing.

4. Whitewater Rafting in Utah

Montage Deer Valley

Thanks to the rapids-heavy Green and Colorado rivers, Utah is a prime spot for whitewater rafters of all ages and experience levels. The best way to try this sport out is with a guide, who can personalize a tour for you that includes food, history of famous archeological sites and even organized hikes. Click here for more information.

5. Riding a Hot Air Balloon in Arizona

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Is there anything more beautiful than experiencing the landscape of the Southwest from inside the basket of a hot air balloon? Sure, you may tip over when you land, but that’s all part of the excitement. No matter what part of Arizona you’re visiting, from Phoenix to Scottsdale, there are companies to fulfill all of your needs. Click here to find more information or for help setting up your trip.

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