When in Phoenix area, take time to visit the camelback mtn area and if you are staying over, make plans to stay at the Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale! It is a fantastic place in the desert, with individual cottages, large cacti in your yard by your porch. Very fine dining options, pool is well layed out with food options and the spa is one of the best. Also take time to hike up the trail on site to see some of the native desert plants. Different and beautiful in their own way.
One afternoon between pool time and dinner, we were dressing in room and at 4 pm the sky darkened and sand blew all over. Afterwards a nice shower washed everything off and it was pleasant walk to dinner. Enjoy!!!