When in Phoenix, you're never far from desert adventure.
The area is home to dozens of parks and preserves—both in and around the city—offering hundreds of miles of multi-use trails for hiking and biking.
From leisurely strolls that meander around the red rock buttes of Papago Park, to the strenuous and rewarding climb to the peak of iconic Camelback Mountain, plus wheelchair-accessible trails at several local parks, there's a trail for nearly every type of adventurer.
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.
An avowed ‘night owl’ communes with glowing scorpions and night-blooming cactuses on a guided, after-dark hike.
Petroglyphs—rock carvings left behind by ancient civilizations—can still be seen on these local trails.
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.
Maximize the enjoyment of your adventures and keep yourself safe from the desert's unique hazards with these safety tips.
Phoenix's collection of parks and preserves provide visitors an outlet for every grade of desert pursuit, from scenic strolls to challenging summits.
Explore the pages below for details on several top parks, including photos from visitors, trail maps and descriptions and more.
Hikers can traverse 50 miles of trail at South Mountain Park and Preserve, one of the largest municipal parks in the United States.
Walk (or bike) around the red buttes at Papago Park and into the iconic Hole-in-the-Rock formation.
Climbers can take two strenuous trails to the peak and leave their chalky handprints on the granite “hump” of Camelback Mountain.
The Phoenix Mountains Preserve includes several parks and peaks offering outdoor recreation to hikers and bikers of all skill levels.
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