All information presented on BackcountryAZ.com is based on the opinion of the author and should be treated as such. BackcountryAZ is only one source of information and Backcountry AZ encourages readers to do as much research as possible, from as many reliable sources as possible, to create an informed decision before you attempt any excursion into the backcountry.

Water is your GREATEST ASSET. When it comes to water it is always better to be over-prepared, especially in the Arizona summer. Take note that many water sources in Arizona may be seasonal and should not be relied upon as your only source of water.

Great caution should be taken when entering into the backcountry. Please check current weather conditions and be prepared for any situation you may encounter. Arizona's Monsoon season (June, July, August & September) is notorious for fast moving afternoon & evening storms that can produce torrential rains, extreme lightning and massive walls of dust. Please be cautious and avoid hiking or camping in low-lying areas that are prone to flash floods.

Arizona is home to bears, rattlesnakes, wolves, scorpions, and mountain lions. While an encounter with one of these creatures is unlikely, please be aware of your surroundings, and know what to do if the situation presents itself.

Great care should also be taken in preserving the natural beauty and serenity of locations visited. Backcountry AZ subscribes to a "leave no trace" policy when entering into the backcountry.

Please take EXTREME CAUTION when lighting campfires. Please follow all city, county, state and/or federal fire provisions when entering the backcountry. Please FULLY EXTINGUISH any campfire you start. Full information on how to do so may be found here.

Always carry a topographical map, compass and/or gps unit and learn how to use them properly. Always inform someone of where you are planning to go and when you expect to be back.

Any gear reviewed on BackcountryAZ.com is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute an official endorsement by the author, presenter or BackcountryAZ.com.

BackcountryAZ.com is not responsible for your safety.