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Pinnacle Peak Park

Scottsdale has much to offer as an urban getaway, but for those more naturally inclined it also offers the trail of Pinnacle Peak Park, allowing visitors to experience the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

For Your Safety

When hiking any trails in Scottsdale parks, it is recommended that you bring a hat, sunscreen, shoes with good tread and at least a quart of water to drink. Keep in mind that temperatures can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit from April to November.

Pay attention to what’s around you as you hike and plan to take at least two hours to complete the trail. If you meet with any snakes, insects or spiders on the trail, do not panic. They are rarely aggressive and should leave you alone if you give them plenty of space.


Take a tour to learn more about the Sonoran Desert. Tourists will be taught facts about Pinnacle Peak Park’s geology, wildlife and plant life, and about the history of the Hohokam.

Tours start at 10 a.m. and last two hours, and they are offered on Fridays and Sundays from November to March. They are not, however, held on holidays, holiday weekends or on days with bad weather. No registration is required, but tours are limited to 20 participants.

Full Moon Hikes

What is more awe-inspiring than being surrounded by nature on a guided hike, under the moon and stars? It’ll make for an unforgettable evening, especially if you share it with someone. The hike takes you to the Grandview area while the moon rises and lasts about an hour and half. Registration is required to attend. Hikes will be canceled if the skies are rainy or overcast, so be sure to call the afternoon of the hike to confirm if it’s still on.

Astronomy Evenings

Want the stars without all the hiking? Astronomy Evenings are open to everybody over the age of eight, and attendees will learn about planets, star systems, and more in the night sky. The evening lasts about an hour and a half, and registration is required. As with full moon hikes, astronomy evenings will be canceled if the skies are rainy or overcast, so call the afternoon of to confirm.

Location and Hours of Operation

Hikers and nature enthusiasts will find Pinnacle Peak Park at 26802 N. 102nd Way. Pinnacle Peak Park’s hours change on the first, the fifteenth, and occasionally the seventh of every month so be sure to doublecheck what they are before you start exploring. As a rough rule, hours are longer in the summer months and shorter in the winter months.

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Camelback Mountain

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

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

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