Cheap Winter Bucket List for Arizona Locals

Cheap Winter Bucket List for Arizona Locals

Are you an Arizona native that has a bucket list or trying to create one? Well, we have a bucket list just for you. This list is cheap, fun and should be checked off by every Arizonan.

Here is the cheap winter bucket list for Arizona locals:

What: Arizona Rock N’ Roll Marathon

Where: Tempe

Price: $58
So this may not be the cheapest event on the list, but it is one that many Arizonans want to check off their winter list. The Rock N’ Roll Marathon is not just for people who love running, but also have an affliction for good music too.

To get your legs pumping, this marathon has a plethora of bands playing live music while you strive for your personal best record. Headlining this year is the Plain White T’s!

Don’t worry if a full marathon is too much for your taste. This event has shorter races too and one just for the kids. Grab the family, your running shoes and start making your way on over to this fun and fantastic Arizona venue.

What: Winterhaven Festival of Lights

Where: Tucson

Price: Free (donations accepted and greatly appreciated)

Inching towards 70 years of holiday dazzle, the Winterhaven Festival of Lights in Tucson is not one to miss. Residents of the area decorate for the event with an amazing amount of lights and holiday displays. You can tour the lights by riding on a wagon, a party bike or bus. You can also choose to walk the whole thing by foot. Keep in mind, there is no official parking lot or entrance to the festival.

This event is also important to the community as it gives back. Each year, money and food is raised for the Community Food Bank in Tucson.

What: Horseshoe Bend

Where: Page, AZ.

Price: Free
An iconic image that symbolizes much of Arizona is Horseshoe Bend in Page, near the Grand Canyon. This beautiful scene is one that has to be on your bucket list. This spectacular view requires a ¾ mile hike and be prepared to brush elbows with lots of people as it has become quite touristy over the years.

Also be aware that traffic and parking has become a bit problematic due to increased traffic. Plan your trip ahead and consider some alternate routes to seeing this beauty. There are shuttles, horseback riding tours and you can even see it from the sky in a plane or helicopter.

What: CitySkate

Where: Phoenix

Price: $15
When the weather turns somewhat cold in Phoenix, the winter activities need a little help to make them come to life. That is the case with CitySkate, one of the few places in Phoenix where you can ice skate outside.

Located in downtown Phoenix, CitySkate provides a magical place for you and your family to skate on ice. The skates are even provided, but there’s so much more than just skating. Santa makes visits to the area, there’s a vintage market to shop at, hot cocoa is available for purchase and there are even movies to watch! It will definitely feel festive and wintry at CitySkate.

What: Snow Dusted Sedona

Where: Sedona

Price: Depends
Every Arizonan should visit Sedona in the winter. This trip can be absolutely cheap and stunning, but of course there are a number of paid activities to enjoy as well. There’s shopping, restaurants, jeep tours, lots of Native American heritage, world class spas, wineries, museums and the list goes on. Winter in Sedona is literally for anyone.

What: Fiesta Bowl

Where: Glendale (State Farm Stadium)

Price: $95
Only select cities are eligible to host college bowl games and each year in Glendale, two teams come ready to battle for the Fiesta Bowl title. Even if it is not your team playing, the Fiesta Bowl is a must for any Arizona native! Pick a team to be an honorary fan for and get ready for some of college football’s best players to take the stage.


What: Painted Desert Trail

Where: Yuma

Price: Free

Part of the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge just past Yuma, the Painted Desert Trail is a wonderful adventure. The trail measures at 1.3 miles and makes a nice loop for an easy walk. You will want to bring your camera to capture the beautiful wildlife and desert plants that gather along the trail.


What: Ghost Hunting

Where: Jerome

Price: Depends

Another great day trip in Arizona will land you in Jerome. This gorgeous little town is known for a fun activity, ghost hunting! There are several companies in the town that offer tours of the city and the best spots to find a ghost or ghoul. There’s also no shortage of restaurants and shopping. Jerome is a great little town that is unique to Arizona.

Final Thoughts

Making and fulfilling a cheap winter bucket list in Arizona is pretty easy. There’s so much to do and see. The variety is endless and you will have a blast doing everything locals should be doing. Some activities will be cheaper than others, but they will all be worthwhile.