Arizona Outdoor Adventure Quest: Are you up to the challenges?

The West Fork of Oak Creek in Sedona is one of the most popular hikes in Arizona.
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For folks who want to enjoy the outdoors but can’t bear to spend time apart from their smartphones, Arizona Parks & Trails has a fun proposition.

The parks agency is teaming up with Outdoor Adventure Quest to present their second app-based outdoor scavenger hunt of sorts.

Participants download an Outdoor Adventure Quest app, register and head out during the weekend of Dec. 8-10 to complete a variety of activities and tasks in parks and on trails, lakes and mountains throughout the state.

There are more than 500 tasks such as hiking, biking, camping, off-roading and more. Teams earn points for completing as many as possible and can win prizes. Participants keep track of their progress through the app to see how they stack up to others.

There are five levels of difficulty, ranging from less strenuous to extreme sports.

For those who prefer less strenuous adventures, a drinkables category includes breweries, wineries and distilleries across the state where competitors can pile up points.There is no start or finish line. The Outdoor Adventure Quest is a build-your-own adventure situation. The list of challenges will be released Dec. 6.

The competition is part of an effort to get younger people involved in outdoor activities. You have to be 18 to register or to win prizes, but some families with children do participate in some of the activities. Last year almost 1,500 people took part in the challenge.

“Through this partnership with Outdoor Adventure Quest, we can help more millennials discover all the ways to have an adventure and that there’s never been a better time to get out and explore,” said Sue Black, Executive Director of Arizona State Parks & Trails.

Details: Dec. 8-10 at Arizona State Parks. Cost is $45 until Nov. 15, $60 from Nov. 16-Dec. 1 and $75 from Dec. 2-8. 877-MY-PARKS, azstateparks.com, outdooradventurequest.com/local-events/arizona.

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