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.
Maximize the enjoyment of your adventures and keep yourself safe from the desert's unique hazards with these safety tips.
An avowed ‘night owl’ communes with glowing scorpions and night-blooming cactuses on a guided, after-dark hike.
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 new to the sport or an old pro, we've got trail recommendations for you.
Come with us on tours of more than 15 desert trails with the 360-degree imagery of Google's Trekker technology.
We've got your guide to dog-friendly Phoenix, including top hiking trails, off-leash dog parks and pet-friendly restaurant patios.
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.
Be prepped and ready for outdoor adventures in Phoenix with these desert exploration essentials.
Petroglyphs—rock carvings left behind by ancient civilizations—can still be seen on these local trails.
Brian Jump shares how the mystique of the desert turned an intended short stay in Phoenix into a career as an outdoor guide.
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