Travel: Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek

 

My husband is part of a big, loud, and loving Italian family. He has seven siblings and they all love to sing, dance, and thankfully travel out to visit us! This time around, three of his brothers made it out along with a friend. This gave us a great excuse to adventure over the weekend in AZ. One of the places we spent most of the day at was Beaver Creek. If you are in the Flagstaff area, you should definitely consider hiking here.

{Description of Beaver Creek}

Beaver Creek is about a  45 minute drive from Flagstaff and is about 3,000 feet less in elevation, so you can catch your breathe a little easier than if you were hiking Mt. Humphrey’s here in Flagstaff. It is a 7 mile hike round trip, but is mostly flat, so it is doable. The hike is a simple dirt path with cactus along the way. There are beautiful red rocks jetting up on one side of the path. On the other side, a little valley sits covered with lush, green trees. Once you make it to your destination, there are several different heights of smooth cliffs to jump off of into the water. So, if you are a little scared of heights, or a risk taker, you can both find a fun jump. One area of the water is a deep and still pool. Above and below, the creek slowly trickles down and is shaded. We hiked up the creek a bit and found a little waterfall and someone we were talking to said they even found fish.

{Tips for Traveling to Beaver Creek}

  1. Bring water, especially if it is a hot day. Consider bringing a water filter to fill up for the hike back.
  2. Bring a hat of some sort. As you can see later on, I ended up soaking my extra shirt in water and wearing it on my head as it was just too hot.
  3. Bring bandaids or moleskin. Since the hike is not a super short hike, someone is bound to get a blister or an owie, and having a way to cover it is always a good idea.
  4. Bring a hammock! My husband and I have hung our Enos Hammocks from REI over a creek twice now and it is amazingly relaxing. It is also lightweight and easy to set up.
  5. Bring a lunch. You need some nutrition and energy since the hike is on the longer side. Also, how nice is it to enjoy a PB&J while hanging over a peaceful creek?
  6. Bring the right shoes. I use my Teva hiking sandals all the time. They are my trusty hiking and adventuring shoes. They are perfect for exploring and going in and out of water. At the end of the hike though, my feet were beginning to hurt and I wished I had a little more support from hiking or tennis shoes. Consider bringing two pairs of shoes: water and hiking.
  7. Bring friends or family! It is so much more fun if you have someone to chat with on the hike.
  8. Watch out for cactus. There is a decent amount on this trip…and it can hurt.
  9. Go on a week day. If you are off of work or school during the week, use that day to go to Beaver Creek. It gets very crowded on the weekends.
  10. Start early. We did not get an early start as we were actually planning on going somewhere else originally. Due to our change of plans, the hike was much hotter and Beaver Creek was pretty crowded.

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek

hiking

cliff jumping

together

outside

adventure together

hammocking

tree

AZ

Enos Hammock

REI Hammocks

Red Rocks

waterfall

climbing

{Our List of Injuries & Ailments}

Beaver Creek really is a safe and easy hike. We just found a way to get hurt anyway…

  1. Two thistles stuck in two fingers
  2. One cactus spike embedded in one finger
  3. Two cactus spikes pinned board shorts to one leg
  4. Thirteen bug bites on one person, including one right next to my eye
  5. One blister on one toe
  6. One bloody gash on one toe
  7. One person almost falling out of one hammock on to several slippery rocks
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