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.
Be prepped and ready for outdoor adventures in Phoenix with these desert exploration essentials.
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.
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.
Learn some fun facts about the iconic desert plant, and check out spots like Desert Botanical Garden, The Phoenician, and South Mountain.
New to hiking? These easy desert treks will ease you into the world of outdoor adventure.
A leisurely float puts river goers up close to wild mustangs, blue herons and bald eagles.
If you need a night of sleeping under the stars, check out spots near the Superstition Mountains, red rocks of Sedona, Mogollon Rim and more.
An avowed ‘night owl’ communes with glowing scorpions and night-blooming cactuses on a guided, after-dark hike.
Maximize the enjoyment of your adventures and keep yourself safe from the desert's unique hazards with these safety tips.
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