Camelback Mountain is one of the most recognized area landmarks. With an elevation of 2,700 feet, it is an excellent venue for a hike or climb. In fact, hiking Camelback is considered one of the top 10 things to do in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. There are two main trails/climbs — Cholla and Echo Canyon. Please be advised that these hikes and climbs are not generally considered “easy” or beginner level.
Papago Park is a municipal park that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is plenty to do in this gorgeous park including hiking, fishing and even golfing on the Papago Golf Course.
625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Hole in the Rock
Hole in the Rock is a wonderful destination for those wanting to see a terrific example of Arizona Red Rock. This is a natural geological formation located in Papago Park. This formation is actually a series of openings eroded into a small red stone hill. The openings and main chamber are accessible via a smoothly ascending path that passes behind the hill.
Taliesin West was the winter home and school of Frank Lloyd Wright from 1937 until his death in 1959. Currently, it is the main campus of The School of Architecture at Taliesin and also houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. It is open to the public for tours, where you’ll be taken through indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as Wright’s private quarters, the gracious “Garden Room”, the drafting room and more.
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Old Town Scottsdale
Old Town Scottsdale is one of the Southwest’s most vibrant and unique downtown areas. It offers pedestrian-friendly streets lines with world-class galleries, museums, restaurants and shops, plus an exciting nightlife scene.
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is the gateway to the Sonoran Desert and has one of the most diverse environments on earth. Located on more than 30,000 acres along the eastern edge of the city, the Preserve offers more than 100 miles of trails with six trailheads. Enjoy an array of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, wildlife and bird watching, and guided rock climbing and off-roading tours. Each trailhead provides expansive views of Pinnacle Peak and the Valley, and the Bajada Nature Trail offers a variety of games and activities for kids of all ages.
18333 N. Thompson Peak Rd, Scottsdale