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Hiking and Biking

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.

Summer Safety Tips 

Just because summer has arrived doesn't mean Phoenix's desert preserves can't be enjoyed. But outdoor enthusiasts need to be smart and plan ahead. Remember these summertime tips:

  • 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.

  • Hit the trails at night. Some of the City of Phoenix preserves stay open until 11 p.m. Just be sure to pack a flashlight or headlamp and watch your step. Some Maricopa County parks offer guided moonlight hikes throughout the summer. 

  • Drink water and lots of it. 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. 

  • 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.

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

  • From Outside magazine: Six Hot Weather Mistakes to Avoid


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