The Outdoor Group is a recreational and social group that meets the second and fourth Saturday during the cool months, plus New Year’s Day, to share an outdoor experience, primarily hiking. We welcome and encourage everyone interested in having some active fun outdoors to join us. No commitment is necessary. Come when you can, no excuses necessary when you can’t. For more information, please contact outdoorgroup@phoenixuu.org.

Hiking Kickoff Season starts September 23, 2017 in Flagstaff Arizona

We are kicking off the fall hiking season with an offering in the Flagstaff area on September 23.  Ed Cernek and Bonnie White will be camped in their RV at the Bonita Campground just outside Sunset Crater National Monument beginning Wednesday, September 20.

Todd and Stephanie Houghton, new members of UUCP, have offered to lead a beautiful hike on Saturday morning, September 23.  The details are in another attachment to the e-mail.

The Bonita campground is dry camping only.  There are flush toilets.  There are no showers or potable water available.  You must bring your own water.  It is a first-come first serve-park, and the best news is it has a reputation for not being crowded.  Please see the following web site for all the details on the campground:  Campground Website

There are four hiking trails located in the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument that range from very short and easy (wheelchair accessible) to longer and moderately difficult.  Another more strenuous trail departs from the O’Leary Group Campground right next door that goes to O’Leary Lookout.  These trails are through, around, and overlooking the Bonita Lava Flow that happened a thousand years ago.  The campground and surrounding areas are shaded by beautiful tall Pondarosa pine trees.  The Stellar blue jays do their best to entertain around the campsite.  This weekend truly offers something for everyone who likes the outdoors!  The weather should be beautiful in late September for hiking.

After a day of hiking and/or hanging around camp on Saturday, Ed and I will bring the hotdogs with buns and all the fixin’s for a well-earned cookout!  Just bring a dish to share and we will enjoy an evening of fellowship and storytelling around the campfire.  Of course, s’mores will be part of the deal!

If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP to Bonnie White at outdoorgroup@phoenixuu.org e-mail or call 562-889-9404.  The Bonita Campsite is $24.00 a night ($12 with a senior national park pass).  Don’t know until the last minute? Come anyway. We will be able to accommodate!

Several people have indicated that they will not be camping but will be participating in all other activities.  Keep in mind there are several hotels and motels in the Flagstaff area.  It is about a 20-minute drive into a motel from the park. They are on the east end of town and closest to the park.

You are not going to want to miss this fun weekend.  Let’s go hiking!

Information about the September 23 hike in Flagstaff