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Phoenix Mountain Preserve

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Address: Phoenix, AZ
Description: Offers more than 23,000 acres crisscrossed with trails.

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Spectacular scenery!

We happened upon the Phoenix Mountain Preserve as we explored the Scottsdale area. It was so beautiful! We enjoyed watching the hikers going up and down the mountains. We got... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We happened upon the Phoenix Mountain Preserve as we explored the Scottsdale area. It was so beautiful! We enjoyed watching the hikers going up and down the mountains. We got out and sat in one of the picnic areas for a very long time. We were overwhelmed by the stunning scenery here.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I am here two or three times each time I come to Phoenix. Short walks to half day walks. Even a black to trail. Early on week days is best.

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Deerfield, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We hiked Trail #8A in the Phoenix Mountain Trailheads--the Quartz Ridge Trail. It is rated "easy/moderate"--yet it is quite a nice hike with decent elevation and great views. The quartz (per its namesake) is really stunning. Quite a few locals hike here (it is about 10 minutes from the Sanctuary Camelback Resort); and not so many tourists, so you will... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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243 reviews 243 reviews
54 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Other cities had their mountains and hills encroached upon by expensive development. In an unusual bit of foresight, Phoenix saved their hillsides in the 1930s. Now this is one of the most spectacular desert parks inside a city imaginable. Only hoping that they do not bring the highway through it. On our last visit everything was very dry and the... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

easy access, plenty of parking. several hiking paths, well marked, and rangers near by. well maintained paths, beautiful vegetation, difficult but rewarding climb.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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108 reviews 108 reviews
14 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Very accessible and great hiking trails anytime any day of the week. Weekends are very busy and borderline overcrowded.

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Start in the early morning and take your time wandering this desert treasure. Birds, rabbits, blooming cacti...a treat.

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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I are beginner hikers from Oregon. Despite our being out of shape, we managed to hike to the top on the rocky trail and loved it. It's ranked "moderate" climb but very walkable...except for the very top where the shale rock made for slippery footings. Enjoy

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Toronto, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A lot of trails in the desert with nice big hills and terrible signage. So it's always a new experience. The only clear routes is up Piestewa Peak, which is usually mobbed but a great climb.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The area offers basic and challenging trails so that hikers of all abilities can find something. Be prepared for Mother Nature in full view. I've seen coyotes, road runners, tons of other birds, lizards, and rattlesnakes. Even though you are in the middle of a big city, you are still in the desert and you must respect it.

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