Thousands of nature lovers and hikers enjoy the beauty of Camelback Mountain every year. With sheer red sandstone cliffs and a distinctive camel-like hump, it is not to be missed. Two strenuous trails lead to the summit. An easier, beginner-level trail leads to Bobbie’s Rock, a popular rock climbing area.
12925 N. Saguaro Blvd.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 480-816-5151
Fountain Park is a 64-acre recreation area at the heart of Fountain Hills. Within the park, there is an 18-hole disc golf course, a children’s playground, a splash park and numerous picnic areas. But the true attraction at the park is the fountain at the center of the 29-acre, 100-million-gallon effluent lake.
26540 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255 480-585-0239
MacDonald’s Ranch is a 1,300-acre horse ranch and a premier horseback riding stable and Western adventure tour destination. Whether you’re looking for a horseback trail ride or a hayride, MacDonald’s Ranch can do it.
MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive
MMRP, AZ 85268 480-471-0173
This 21,099-acre park in the lower Verde River basin is a desert jewel. With an elevation rising to 3,000 feet, the park offers more than 50 miles of hiking and multiuse trails. These trails provide vantage points for spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the opportunity to view the area’s wildlife, such as deer, javelina, birds or even coyotes.
625 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008 602-495-5458
Just 10 minutes from downtown Phoenix, this massive park offers something for everyone. It boasts an extensive trail network through Sonoran desert habitat that is easy enough to navigate for the whole family. There are also fishing lagoons, an exercise course, four softball fields and numerous picnic areas.
2701 E. Squaw Peak Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85016 602-261-8318
Piestewa Peak, named after fallen Soldier Lori Piestewa, offers some of the more difficult yet rewarding hiking in the Phoenix area. Lying in the heart of Phoenix, the peak rewards those who make it to the summit with amazing views of Phoenix and the surrounding Sonoran Desert.
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN MUSEUM
4087 N. Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85119 480-983-4888
The Superstition Mountain Museum has something for everyone. On a 12.5-acre site the museum offers nature walks, reproductions of 19th-century businesses and displays of relics from the 1800s.