Adventures in the American Southwest

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Updated 06.13.2020:  If you’re a boomer traveler looking for adventures in the American Southwest, you’ve come to the right place. It’s a part of the United States that we love to explore, and know well.

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American Southwest travel tips

Which states make up the American Southwest? Arizona and New Mexico are the heart of the region. But most experts also include Utah, Nevada, California, Colorado and parts of Texas. Those are the destinations that we’ll feature here.


When should you visit the American Southwest? We recommend avoiding the hot summer temperatures in favor of spring or fall. Winter is also a fine time to explore, however higher elevations might have snow. Plus you’ll run into the winter snowbird crowds, especially in southern Arizona.

How do you plan your American Southwest trips? When researching road trips, as well as off-road adventures, The Bench Press Road & Recreation Atlas is our go-to guide. You’ll find individual versions for all the western states.

When it comes to hiking, we are big fans of Falcon Guide hiking books. Again, you can find versions by state, national park or even regions of the U.S.

And if you’re looking to visit a national park in the American Southwest, start your research at our national park adventures page. Road trippers will want to check out our US road trips page for more southwestern travel ideas. Now let’s get started on what you came here for—adventure!

The best adventures in the American Southwest for boomer travelers

A waterfall trickles down the hillside on an adventure in the American Southwest.
Southwestern hiking adventures are best when a waterfall is involved.

From hiking to biking to bird watching to simply exploring, this region of the U.S. has it all. Active boomer travelers will find more than enough to do. We promise!

After living in Tucson, Arizona, for eleven years, it’s safe to say that we know active travel in the Southwestern United States. We spent much of our time hiking, four-wheeling, road tripping and exploring, especially in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. 

Our favorite American Southwest travel adventures

Get up off the couch and go with southwest travel adventures that boomers can do!

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