Top Adventures in Tempe

  • Catch a Sunset from Tempe Town Lake and the Mill Avenue Bridge

    Last year I went to Phoenix for a few days for work.  I googled lots of places to shoot pictures around Phoenix, but the majority of them were in neighboring areas, and I only had an hour or two after work and couldn't drive an hour to a better ph...

  • Hike to the Hole in the Rock at Papago Park

    Papago Park is located right next to the Phoenix Zoo. The park is known for its rock formations and short hiking / running trails.The main attraction, the Hole in the Rock, at the top of the short trail, is a great place to take pictures as it is ...

    0.2 miles 200 ft gain

  • Hike the West Park Loop Trail in Papago Park

    This trail begins from the parking lot on the west side of Galvin Parkway. To the east of the parking lot is a single track, dirt trail that heads north towards the big buttes. It continues counterclockwise around the big butte and heads south aro...

    4 miles

  • Hike Marcos de Niza Ridgeline / National Loop

    This is somewhat of a hidden gem in South Mountain Park, the largest municipal park in the United States, even though it's right there for all to see. The best way to take advantage of this trail is to attack the ridgeline with an intense hiking p...

    2.8 miles 640 ft gain

  • Hike Up Camelback Mountain via Cholla Trail

    This challenging hike up the east side of Camelback Mountain has beautiful views of Phoenix and Scottsdale, and is not often crowded.You will begin on switchbacks heading up the mountain, with trail markers to guide you at first. The hike increase...

    3 miles 1275 ft gain

  • Hike to Hidden Valley via The Mormon Loop Trail

    This is a great spot for an afternoon hike near Phoenix. There are some beautiful rock formations, nice trails, and pretty stunning views of the city and desert beyond. It's open year round and is dog friendly so if you've got a pup, definitely br...

    4.2 miles 800 ft gain

  • Climb the East Face of the Praying Monk

    5.6 Sport climb, up an 80 foot face, 9 bolts to the top.  This was the first outdoor climb for myself. It opened the doors to getting out of the gym and becoming a part of the local climbing community. I highly recommend it, as it is not too diffi...

    0.5 miles 200 ft gain

  • Hike Echo Canyon on Camelback Mountain

    If you live near or around Phoenix, you know that Camelback Mountain is pretty hard to miss. Due to the mountain's height, this hike isn't exactly what you would call easy. There are two sides of the mountain you can hike, Echo Canyon and Cholla T...

    2.4 miles 1280 ft gain

  • Climb the Praying Monk

    Park at the Echo Canyon Parking Area.From the trailhead, hike up Echo trail until your reach the saddle.  At the saddle, you will turn south and start taking the climbers trail to the headwall, which is just past the sign that says "caution, activ...

    0.5 miles

  • Hike Quartz Ridge

    Quartz Ridge in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve (also known as Trail 8A) is a great escape getaway trail that can be done as a single track or combined with many intersecting trails. It is a very popular trail for hikers, trail runners, pet walkers,...

    1.8 miles 415 ft gain

  • Hike Holbert Trail to Dobbins Lookout

    Dobbins lookout is a popular high point in South Mountain Park that offers views of the entire Phoenix area.  It's accessible by road or by trail with no entry fee.  Consider going in the evening for the best views.If you plan to hike to the top, ...

    4.1 miles 1135 ft gain

  • Hike Mojave Trail #200

    The entrance for the Piestewa Peak area is located at 2701 E. Squaw Peak Drive. The Mojave Picnic Area & Trailhead is the first parking area on the right. This is a very popular trail when the outside temps drop a bit so get there early for su...

    1.2 miles 300 ft gain

  • Tours

    More Tours

    Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Tempe, Arizona

      Central Locale: 1 Mile To Arizona State University

      • TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Located in the Farmer Arts District, this stylishly remodeled 2BR bungalow ...

      From $60/night

    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Designer Desert Escape In Old Town W/ Private Pool

      • TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Beautifully decorated, this 4BR/2BA home boasts mid-century modern design a...

      From $109/night

    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      The Blue Bungalow In Old Town

      • TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •A prime locale, an incredible backyard, and sophisticated style -- this 3BR...

      From $118/night

    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Desert Paradise With Private Pool & Hot Tub

      • TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •With quick access to Old Town Scottsdale, Tempe, and the Phoenix airport, t...

      From $222/night

    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Central & Contemporary Getaway W/ Backyard Oasis

      • TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. • Minutes from the heart of Old Town Scottsdale and Desert Botanical Garden,...

      From $125/night

    • Scottsdale, Arizona

      Luxe Getaway: Lagoon Pool & Spa, Outdoor Kitchen

      • TurnKey photo-verifies this home is professionally cleaned with products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. •Treat yourself to a luxury desert getaway at this 6BR/4.5BA home featuring ...

      From $204/night

    More Lodging Options