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.
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.
New to hiking? These easy desert treks will ease you into the world of outdoor adventure.
Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a weekend warrior looking to increase your mileage, check out these desert treks that stretch more 10 miles each.
An avowed ‘night owl’ communes with glowing scorpions and night-blooming cactuses on a guided, after-dark hike.
Phoenix’s stunning Sonoran Desert scenery sets it apart from every major city in the United States.
Phoenix has a number of lakes just a short drive away and they all provide something fun for both thrill-seekers and those seeking to relax.
A leisurely float puts rivergoers up close to wild mustangs, blue herons and bald eagles.
Maximize the enjoyment of your adventures and keep yourself safe from the desert's unique hazards with these safety tips.
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