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SCOTTSDALE/FOUNTAIN HILLS
GLENDALE / GOODYEAR
MESA
PEORIA / SURPRISE
TEMPE

OUTDOORS

If it still feels like winter in your hometown, get ready for a serious dose of sunshine on your visit to the Valley. With sunny skies throughout the spring, not to mention T-shirt-ready temps, the Phoenix area is an ideal location for outdoor activities.

Grab your sunscreen – and your sense of adventure. Between blooming Saguaro cacti and rocky vistas that stretch for miles, you'll gain a whole new outlook on life at these local favorites.
Camelback Mountain
Visible from across half the Valley, this red rock icon between Phoenix and Scottsdale serves as a beacon for locals and visitors alike. With stunning panoramic views from the top, Camelback Mountain is a favorite year-round workout spot for some of the Valley's fittest residents. One visit here and you'll see why: it's replete with gorgeous passages, breathtaking city views and a great cardio workout to boot. If you can, come early: parking fills up fast and so does the trail, with everyone from families to hiking fanatics.
Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the desert's stunning array of flowers, cacti, wildlife and more at this sunny temple to all things nature. Located in Papago Park, a picture-perfect preserve tucked next to Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Desert Botanical Garden is known around the country as a premier garden with impeccable educational programs. From butterflies to blossoms, you'll find a fresh collection of the desert's finest here.

Have the kids for the day? Make it a doubleheader with a trip to the Phoenix Zoo, right next door. They're sure to remember this incredible combination of plants, animals and family fun.
Hot Air Expeditions
Go up, up and away on your very own hot air balloon ride. Book your trip, which leaves from Deer Valley Airport in the North Valley, and before you know it, you'll be sitting pretty in a custom wicker basket, enjoying a one-of-a-kind vantage point that very few experience.

With champagne and gourmet treats served the moment you land, this hot air balloon ride is sure to leave you walking on air.
Lake Pleasant
Cool off at Lake Pleasant, the Northwest Valley's own haven for watersports and family recreation, located north of the Surprise/Peoria area.

For a real out-of-the-park experience, you could set up camp or enjoy a picnic along its scenic shores. Want to navigate your way across this sparkling paradise? Don't worry – Lake Pleasant offers plenty of boat rentals, so you can cruise the waters with style.
Lost Dutchman State Park
Tucked against the Superstition Mountains, this picturesque state park in Apache Junction, east of Mesa, offers hiking, camping, horseback riding and more. For a challenging day hike, head up Siphon Draw to the top of the flatiron – but be prepared to use your hands shimmying up rocks, through narrow passages and along rocky terrain. Or, for something a little less difficult, choose from any of the park's many short, scenic loops along the Superstitions' foothills.
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Nestled amid the foothills between Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, this sprawling natural area is a treasure to locals – and we're sure you'll love it, too. Go hiking, biking, horseback riding, rock climbing and trail running on this preserve's more than 100 miles of trails. Learn about the region's flora and fauna on the award-winning Bajada Nature Trail, a half-mile interpretive trail.

Several trailheads can be found, so check with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy for details on where to park.
South Mountain
The largest municipal park in the country, South Mountain will make you feel like you're a million miles from anywhere... even though you're still in the heart of Phoenix. Located just a few miles south of downtown Phoenix and west of Tempe, South Mountain is easy to get to from several Spring Training parks, and offers hours of hiking, mountain biking and sightseeing.

Whether you're a serious mountaineer or just out for a leisurely stroll, South Mountain has a trail for you – 51 miles of them spread over more than 16,000 acres of desert land, to be more specific. Head out for an hour before the big game on a scenic loop full of undulating hills, or make it a full day adventure with steady climbs, dramatic overlooks and plenty of flora and fauna.
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Located at the edge of the Goldfield Mountains, this East Valley gem offers plenty of views – and plenty of things to do. Camp, bike, hike – even head to the archery range for a day that'll really "hit your target" for fun.

While you're here, don't miss the park's famed Wind Cave Trail, where water seeps from the roof of an alcove to support hanging gardens called Rock Daisy. Plus, at 2,840 feet of elevation, the views of the city, desert and mountains are simply breathtaking.

OUTDOORS

If it still feels like winter in your hometown, get ready for a serious dose of sunshine on your visit to the Valley. With sunny skies throughout the spring, not to mention T-shirt-ready temps, the Phoenix area is an ideal location for outdoor activities.

Grab your sunscreen – and your sense of adventure. Between blooming Saguaro cacti and rocky vistas that stretch for miles, you'll gain a whole new outlook on life at these local favorites.
Camelback Mountain
Visible from across half the Valley, this red rock icon between Phoenix and Scottsdale serves as a beacon for locals and visitors alike. With stunning panoramic views from the top, Camelback Mountain is a favorite year-round workout spot for some of the Valley's fittest residents. One visit here and you'll see why: it's replete with gorgeous passages, breathtaking city views and a great cardio workout to boot. If you can, come early: parking fills up fast and so does the trail, with everyone from families to hiking fanatics.
Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the desert's stunning array of flowers, cacti, wildlife and more at this sunny temple to all things nature. Located in Papago Park, a picture-perfect preserve tucked next to Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Desert Botanical Garden is known around the country as a premier garden with impeccable educational programs. From butterflies to blossoms, you'll find a fresh collection of the desert's finest here.

Have the kids for the day? Make it a doubleheader with a trip to the Phoenix Zoo, right next door. They're sure to remember this incredible combination of plants, animals and family fun.
Hot Air Expeditions
Go up, up and away on your very own hot air balloon ride. Book your trip, which leaves from Deer Valley Airport in the North Valley, and before you know it, you'll be sitting pretty in a custom wicker basket, enjoying a one-of-a-kind vantage point that very few experience.

With champagne and gourmet treats served the moment you land, this hot air balloon ride is sure to leave you walking on air.
Lake Pleasant
Cool off at Lake Pleasant, the Northwest Valley's own haven for watersports and family recreation, located north of the Surprise/Peoria area.

For a real out-of-the-park experience, you could set up camp or enjoy a picnic along its scenic shores. Want to navigate your way across this sparkling paradise? Don't worry – Lake Pleasant offers plenty of boat rentals, so you can cruise the waters with style.
Lost Dutchman State Park
Tucked against the Superstition Mountains, this picturesque state park in Apache Junction, east of Mesa, offers hiking, camping, horseback riding and more. For a challenging day hike, head up Siphon Draw to the top of the flatiron – but be prepared to use your hands shimmying up rocks, through narrow passages and along rocky terrain. Or, for something a little less difficult, choose from any of the park's many short, scenic loops along the Superstitions' foothills.
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Nestled amid the foothills between Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, this sprawling natural area is a treasure to locals – and we're sure you'll love it, too. Go hiking, biking, horseback riding, rock climbing and trail running on this preserve's more than 100 miles of trails. Learn about the region's flora and fauna on the award-winning Bajada Nature Trail, a half-mile interpretive trail.

Several trailheads can be found, so check with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy for details on where to park.
South Mountain
The largest municipal park in the country, South Mountain will make you feel like you're a million miles from anywhere... even though you're still in the heart of Phoenix. Located just a few miles south of downtown Phoenix and west of Tempe, South Mountain is easy to get to from several Spring Training parks, and offers hours of hiking, mountain biking and sightseeing.

Whether you're a serious mountaineer or just out for a leisurely stroll, South Mountain has a trail for you – 51 miles of them spread over more than 16,000 acres of desert land, to be more specific. Head out for an hour before the big game on a scenic loop full of undulating hills, or make it a full day adventure with steady climbs, dramatic overlooks and plenty of flora and fauna.
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Located at the edge of the Goldfield Mountains, this East Valley gem offers plenty of views – and plenty of things to do. Camp, bike, hike – even head to the archery range for a day that'll really "hit your target" for fun.

While you're here, don't miss the park's famed Wind Cave Trail, where water seeps from the roof of an alcove to support hanging gardens called Rock Daisy. Plus, at 2,840 feet of elevation, the views of the city, desert and mountains are simply breathtaking.
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