Camelback Mountain
Experience a challenging hike across red sandstone cliffs and tricky trails at Camelback Mountain, a Phoenix icon.
Camelback Mountain
Camelback Mountain is a strenuous hike, but the views from this Phoenix icon are worth the challenge.
Phoenix Outdoor Recreation
Explore a seemingly endless array of hiking and biking trails, take an off-road ride through desert terrain, tee it up on mountainside golf courses, or float above it all in the basket of a hot-air balloon.
Papago Park
Run or stroll through Papago Park's family friendly trails and enjoy stunning views of sandstone buttes and downtown Phoenix.
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Hike more than 50 miles of trails of varying difficulty and explore desert plants and wildlife in McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
Phoenix Mountains Preserve
A picturesque spot for hiking, picnicking, and relaxing, Phoenix Mountains Parks showcases the glory of the Sonoran Desert.
Arizona Outback Adventures (AOA)
AOA has 300 bikes for rent that will fit your cycling needs perfectly. They have extensive knowledge of the local area and maps of the best mountain bike trails and road rides. Their experienced guides can also show you their favorite routes.
Phoenix Mountain Biking with Arizona Outback Adventures' Brian Jump
For professional guide Brian Jump, the soul of Phoenix is the dirt under the tires of his mountain bike.
Ponderosa Stables
Tour South Mountain Park on horseback with Ponderosa Stable's guided trail rides.
Mormon Trail in South Mountain Park/Preserve
At over 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park/Preserve often is referred to as the largest municipal park in the country.
Piestewa Peak
This is the second-highest point in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and offers stunning city and desert views.
Hot Air Expeditions
Phoenix hot air balloon rides have been a favorite of tourists and native Arizonans for many years. Hot Air Expeditions offers a variety of flights to see the desert including sunet, sunrise or special events.
Cave Creek Outfitters
Cave Creek Outfitters takes you horseback riding through the beautiful Tonto National Forest and Granite Mountain area in the Sonoran desert for an unforgettable trail ride.
Tom's Thumb
Perched atop the McDowell Mountains, the 140-foot Tom's Thumb offers hikers and climbers an opportunity for some old-time granite climbing.
Lower Salt River
Cool off with rafting, kayaking, tubing and stand-up paddle boarding on the lower Salt River. The pros at Arizona Outback Adventures will show you how it's done on half or full day excursions.
Salt River Tubing
Spend the day or an afternoon tubing the Lower Salt River rapids in beautiful Tonto National Forest.
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve
The newest area in Phoenix's famed Sonoran Desert preserve system features 36 miles of trails in the wild, mostly undeveloped desert. Trails in the southern area of the preserve range from the easy Bobcat Trail to the difficult summit of Dixie Mountain.
Pinnacle Peak
Pinnacle Peak features a moderate out-and-back trail through the pristine Sonoran Desert environment.
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the Greater Phoenix, the park offers many activities, such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing.
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White Tank Mountain Regional Park
Nearly 30,000 acres makes White Tank the largest regional park in Maricopa County, it includes 25 miles of shared-use trails, ranging in length from 0.9 mile to 7.9 miles, and difficulty from easy to strenuous.
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Usery Mountain Regional Park
Located on Phoenix's east side, this park takes in 3,648 acres set at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains, adjacent to the Tonto National Forest. The park's rangers offer a variety of guided hikes throughout the year.
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Estrella Mountain Regional Park
The 19,840 acres of desert and mountains is located near the meeting of the Gila and Agua Fria Rivers southwest of Phoenix. The park includes a large wetland, or riparian, area and more than 33 miles of mixed-use trails.
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Cave Creek Regional Park
Located north of Phoenix, this 2,922-acre park sits in the upper Sonoran Desert and offers 11 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
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Superstition Mountains
The Superstition Mountains on Phoenix's eastern edge offer spectacular outdoor recreation such as hiking and camping.
Weavers Needle in the Superstions
The Superstition Mountains on Phoenix's eastern edge offer spectacular hiking to landmarks such as Weavers Needle.
Superstition Wilderness
The Superstition Mountains on Phoenix's eastern edge offer spectacular hiking and recreation such as camping and lower Salt River rafting.
Japanese Friendship Garden
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, named Ro Ho En is an authentic 3.5 acre Japanese Stroll Garden with tea garden and tea house just north of downtown Phoenix.
Queen Creek Canyon
Rock climbing is a popular outdoor activity in the Greater Phoenix area. Locations like Queen Creek Canyon in the Tonto National Forest and Tom's Thumb in McDowell Mountain Regional park are popular locations.
Maverick Helicopters
Maverick Helicopters offers a list of unique air tours for every attraction seeker including an awe-inspiring Grand Canyon helicopter tour.
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Rainbow Ryders
Rainbow Ryders offers balloon rides every morning at sunrise year-round, weather permitting, and Sunset balloon flights are offered during winter.
Arizona Outdoor Fun
Arizona Outdoor Fun offers affordable ATV rentals, jet ski rentals, motorcycle rentals, and sightseeing tours include ATV tours and jeep tours of the historic and scenic Arizona desert.
Predator Zip Line
At Predator Zip Line at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, visitors can soar like a bird of prey down a 1,000' zip line run over the Serengeti and Masai Mara preserves.
Desert Wolf Tours
Experience the Sonoran Desert up close where you may see javalinas, desert mule deer, coyotes, rattlesnakes and others with Desert Wolf Tours.
Arizona Rafting
Experienced guides take you through the spectacular upper Salt River Canyon. Come see why the Salt River Canyon is one of the Southwest's hidden treasures.
Bartlett Lake
Bartlett Lake is just 45 miles from downtown Phoenix and offers boating and more water recreation on the second-largest lake in the Tonto National Forest.
Desert Belle Cruise
Desert Belle has been plowing the waters of Saguaro Lake for over forty years and offers 90 minute narrated public cruises.
Grand Canyon
Phoenix is the gateway to Grand Canyon National Park, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Apache Trail
The Apache Trail runs through the Tonto National Forest along the Superstition Mountains and three desert lakes. A drive along the trail is a four-hour round trip from Phoenix.
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
San Tan Mountain Regional Park offers more than eight miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 1.1 miles to 5 miles, and range in difficulty from easy to strenuous.
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360 Adventures
360 Adventures provides expert guides and equipment you need for canyoneering, rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking to experience Arizona's wilderness.
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Adventures Out West Segway
Hop on a Segway and join the entertaining guides at Adventures Out West for an up close and personal look at the Sonoran Desert.
Cave Creek Trail Rides
Experience the West in true cowboy style with family-friendly guided horseback trail rides.
Corral West Horse Adventures
Corral West offers picturesque guided horse trail rides with panoramic views of a pristine desert preserve in Estrella Mountain Park.
Windwalker Expeditions
Experience the rugged beauty of the Sonoran Desert on a private guided horseback tour. Windwalker's tours can accommodate horseback riders of all skill levels.
Float Balloon Tours
Float Balloon Tours takes you over the rooftops to the buttes and saguaros that make the Phoenix area so spectacular.
Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
Take in the majesty of Grand Canyon National Park from the skies above it with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters.
Out of Africa Wildlife Park
The safari comes to Arizona at Out of Africa Wildlife Park. Get an up-close view of giraffes, zebras, antelopes and more.
Westwind Air Service
Westwind plane tours give you a unique perspective of the Grand Canyon and other attractions that can only come from a tour by air, where every seat is a window seat.
Sedona
Sedona's deep red-rock buttes provide a beautiful backdrop to boutiques, art galleries and resorts.