Arizona certainly has plenty of hiking trails to adventure on, but did you know there are so many other Arizona outdoor activities you can do in the valley of the sun.
Cave Exploring a.k.a. Spelunking
Have you ever wanted to go cave exploring with your friends but not sure where to go? Well then Peppersauce Cave is something you may want to put on your bucket list. This is definitely an adventure you will enjoy if you’re not claustrophobic that is.
Cave exploring also known as “spelunking” is defined by the Urban Dictionary as “the exploration of caves as a hobby or profession”. But enough of that let’s talk about this cave here.
As I mentioned earlier spelunking is definitely not for anyone who is claustrophobic. In this particular
Peppersauce Cave is slippery in certain areas so please test your footing if you notice the ground is wet. Is this really dangerous? Of course it is but the danger is minimal as long as you pay attention to what you’re doing, use your common sense and wear the proper gear.
Although no one in our group wore a helmet it is highly recommended that you wear one along with a headlamp. You will be very muddy by the end of this adventure so bringing a change of clothes is highly recommended unless you don’t mind getting the inside of your car dirty.
There is a lake inside the cave and you probably shouldn’t go swimming in it. I read an article about this cave and it had been explored by two divers in 2000. They were not able to finish the exploration due to equipment malfunction, however they did suggest that there are underground passage ways to other parts of the cave only accessible through the lake.
What amazed me about this cave was the temperature inside. I was expecting it to be freezing cold but the whole entire cave was at room temperature. In fact you could bring a sleeping bag in there and you’d sleep very comfortably. This might have been due to the time of year in November.
It’s probably not a good idea to do this cave alone especially your first time. I went here with a group of 10 people. It seemed pretty easy to find our way out. There were arrows that helped guide us back to the entrance we came in.
So where is PepperSauce Cave?
Peppersauce Cave is located approximately 10 miles south of Oracle, Arizona and close to Tucson. High clearance vehicles are highly recommended as you’ll be driving down a very long dirt road before you get to the parking area which will be alongside a dirt road.
Take AZ 77 to Oracle. Head into Oracle, taking American Ave. to Mt. Lemmon Hwy. Follow Mt. Lemmon Hwy. 9 miles to Peppersauce Campground, continue on for another 2.8 miles to the bridge to a retaining wall and a creek, where the Peppersauce Cave entrance lies. Park and go toward the cave entrances on the right.
Watson Lake located just 4 miles north of Prescott, Arizona is a beautiful site indeed. Here you can do almost every fun, outdoor activity including boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, camping and afternoon picnics.
One of the most common outdoor activities at Watson Lake in the summer time would be kayaking. For about $15.00 you can rent a kayak for one full hour and $10.00 for the second hour.
Once you hit the waters you’ll want to take your time absorbing all the beauty that you see. It’s very scenic here and peaceful. I almost fell asleep in my kayak a few times from being so relaxed. This is definitely a good place to go and think if you need to get away from it all. It’s not too crowded and from I was told there are no motorized boats allowed.
INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING
Overall indoor rock climbing is fun for children and adults. Beginners can enjoy easy 20 foot walls to climb while more advanced climbers can scale the more challenging rock panels that scale up to 60 feet high. Just remember that it takes some strength to rock climb so be prepared for a good workout. You will most likely be sore
If you’re a little nervous about heights like I am just remember the word belayer. A belayer controls the tension of the rope and basically serves as a mechanical brake device if you happen to let go of the rock panels while you’re climbing. Now belaying can be controlled by either end. If you’re going solo your safety net will be a mechanical belayer that is attached to the ceiling. Slip and let go of the rock panels and the mechanical belayer will automatically lock into place preventing you from falling. However if your climbing with other people you have the option of having a partner act as your belayer from below holding your weight and preventing you from falling. It takes a little bit of strength to act as a belayer but its not as hard as it sounds and it is very safe. I’ve climbed indoors many times and belayed for other climbers. It was fun doing both and I felt very safe and confident with the equipment we used.
Arizona is well known for its hiking trails and there are so many of them all over the valley but if you’re looking for something different to do indoor rock climbing might be the thing to try. Indoor rock climbing is a safer alternative to outdoor rock climbing as it is in a more controlled environment. This is a fun activity that you can do solo or with a partner.
Check out some of these locations and see how fun indoor rock climbing really is.