The sunshine filled skies of metro Phoenix offers more to its residents and visitors than poolside tanning and shopping. Local residents know that those same clear skies offer exciting opportunities for outdoor exploration of Phoenixâ€™s Mountain and desert preserves. Whether youâ€™re looking for easy trails brimming with photo ops or challenging tracks that will give you a great workout, youâ€™ll find your perfect hike in the valley of the sun.
Take advantage of the day's lowest temperatures and be prepared!Â Before venturing out for a hike, keep in mind that this is the desert. Being prepared with plenty of water is extremely important. Each year Phoenix Park officials respond to hikers who find themselves weakened from hydration and unable to make their way back. Some suffer even worse consequences by sudden falls and injuries brought on by lack of water. Also remember that some of the desert wildlife can be inhospitable to guests. Rattlesnakes, scorpions and coyotes are not an uncommon site in many of these parks; so make an effort to stay aware at all times. Park officials request that all visitors use courtesy on the trails and be respectful of all plant and wildlife.
First time hiking? Â Rather take a personalized hiking excursion? Â Take A Hike ArizonaÂ will give a new view to guided hiking adventures. Â Remember, a hat, sunscreen, a lot of water and a good pair of shoes are needed.Â Pack a camera, you will be glad you did!
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