Hikers, bikers and climbers in Greater Phoenix have come to the same conclusion as coyotes, roadrunners and jackrabbits: The Sonoran Desert is a great place to play.
How you experience the desert is up to you. Explore the different ways below and visit our outdoor recreation media gallery for more inspiration.
Get tips on the best hikes and places to bike for beginners and seasoned adventurers alike, order a trail guide and more.
Explore the desert by land, air and water with the knowledgeable guides at these local companies.
Get the details on wildlife zoos, tranquil parks and desert preserves.
Hike at dawn, float a river midday and pedal through the desert at night.
There’s a great trail for every skill level within a short drive from anywhere in Greater Phoenix. Check out our guide to the best hikes in Phoenix.
An avowed ‘night owl’ communes with glowing scorpions and night-blooming cactuses on a guided, after-dark hike.
New to hiking? These easy desert treks will ease you into the world of outdoor adventure.
When a hike is just an excuse to work up an appetite to wine and dine.
A leisurely float puts rivergoers up close to wild mustangs, blue herons and bald eagles.
These six local Instagrammers showcase the beauty of the Sonoran Desert like few others. Their images will have you wanting to hike a trail, watch a sunset and more.
We've got your guide to dog-friendly Phoenix, including top hiking trails, off-leash dog parks and pet-friendly restaurant patios.
Arizona Outback Adventures shares their picks for the best places to trail run in Phoenix.
Petroglyphs—rock carvings left behind by ancient civilizations—can still be seen on these local trails.
This multi-mountain trek inspires hikers to look beyond Phoenix’s iconic peaks for their next excursion.
Hiker who’s traversed the state (twice) on the AZT shares her favorite trail segments near Phoenix.
Brian Jump shares how the mystique of the desert turned an intended short stay in Phoenix into a career as an outdoor guide.
Take an 80-second tour of the Sonoran Desert, which is a paradise for lovers of the outdoors.
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