PHOENIX (Nov. 12, 2009) — Among the United States’ largest cities, few are graced with as many mountain parks and easily accessible recreational opportunities as metropolitan Phoenix. To shed light on that fact, the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau is bringing 10 national travel journalists to America’s sunniest metropolis today through Monday for a press tour geared toward outdoor adventure.

The journalists will rock climb at Camelback Mountain, hike at South Mountain Park and Preserve, kayak at Saguaro Lake and mountain bike at McDowell Regional Park. They also will board Cessna aircraft at Deer Valley Airport and fly over Sedona to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, where they will hike 3 miles to and from Cedar Ridge — and then fly back to Phoenix in time for dinner at one of Valley of the Sun’s destination resorts.

“Municipal parks like South Mountain and McDowell Mountain are nearly 10 times bigger than Central Park in Manhattan, and they’re crisscrossed with hiking and biking trails,” said Scott Dunn, Associate Communications Director at the Greater Phoenix CVB. “These parks aren’t a half-day’s drive away, either—they’re 10 or 20 minutes from downtown. Trail runners, hikers and climbers in the Phoenix area enjoy the mountains every day, but visitors from afar might not realize just how great the outdoors scene is here. We hope this press trip helps open some eyes.” 

Local outfitters will guide visiting media through the four-day gauntlet of outdoor activities, and in between the journalists will sample some of Phoenix’s signature cuisine (from neighborhood Mexican fare to fine dining) and stay at two local resorts: the Arizona Biltmore and Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North.

For more information about outdoor recreation in Greater Phoenix, visit and click on “Recreation.”