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Hiking, Biking & Horseback Riding

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Get helpful tips and outdoor inspiration in these selections from our blog, The Hot Sheet:

Trail Guide

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We've got tips, expert picks, maps and more in our official trail guide. Order your free copy or view the online version.

Phoenix by Bike

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What’s your bike type? Mountain? Road? Cruiser? Urban bike share? Pick a ride that suits your spirit and explore Phoenix on two wheels.


Where to Explore

Greater Phoenix's collection of city preserves and county parks provide visitors an outlet for every grade of high-desert pursuit, from scenic strolls to challenging summits.

Spring Safety Tips 

With wildflowers blooming, the sun shining and comfortable daytime temps, spring is a perfect time to explore Phoenix's splendid desert trails. But even on pleasant spring days, outdoor enthusiasts need to be prepared for the unique climate and terrain of the Sonoran Desert.

Follow these tips for the best outdoor adventure experience:

  • Drink water and lots of it, even on cooler days. A good rule of thumb is to bring at least one liter of water for each hour you'll be outside. Backpacks equipped with water bladders are ideal when hiking and biking.

  • On warmer days, enjoy the outdoors early in the morning. Not only will it be about 20 degrees cooler in the early morning, but it's the best time to view desert critters that are most active at sunrise.

  • Protect yourself from the sun. Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are all necessities. Make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen before you head outside, and reapply every few hours.

  • Wear proper footwear. Save the flip flops for lounging by the pool and wear shoes built to handle desert terrain when out on trails.

Get more helpful tips from the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.

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