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Basic desert rat here.  I really began outdoor life in Arizona, and basically I enjoy any area that is mountainous.  One of my favorites is the Gil Wilderness, followed closely by the Chiriahuas and White mountains of Arizona.  Canyon de Chelly is noteeworthy, although overnight trips for most folks are tricky to arrange.

The California Sierra is rather nice as well.  For something different and uncrowded, consider California's Santa Rosa Island, a proposed Wilderness Area.

A retired NPS career employee, most of my fav locations happen to be Forest Service jurisdictions.  Now why is that??