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Desert Botanical Garden
#1 of 42 Nature & Parks in Phoenix
The Botanical Gardens in Phoenix is a wonderful place with beautiful plants of all kinds, displays and nature talks, photography opportunities, delicious food, a variety of music events, and a quiet place to walk...
I loved the glass sculptures throughout the park and it was nice to see the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.. My favorite area had to be the herb garden.. such smells!! LOVE LOVE LOVE..
Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area
#2 of 42 Nature & Parks in Phoenix
The views are spectacular, the restrooms are clean, and the park staff/rangers are very friendly.
It's a city park that is crowded from opening to close, but if you can find a spot to part it's worth it.
Camelback Mountain
#3 of 42 Nature & Parks in Phoenix
Some tips: Be well prepared mentally and physically: Read AND follow the recommendations from the Phoenix Parks and Rec.website: Water is a must, but you may add fruit and snacks as well: Take rests accordingly (b...
i have praised the city park system for this wonderfully accessible trail and refuge but it appears the preservation effort, best seen in the facilities over at Echo, were enacted more recently than private purcha...
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Piestewa Peak
#4 of 42 Nature & Parks in Phoenix
We usually hike around North Mountain Park, and we marveled at the difference in vegetation, rocks, and terrain just a few miles away.
The park is definitely a must!!!
Phoenix Mountain Preserve
#5 of 42 Nature & Parks in Phoenix
Pack a picnic, head to the Phoenix Mountain preserve and enjoy nature, a picnic and taking a hike.
We had a lovely hike here and there are so many areas to park and BBQ or enjoy your lunch on the long tables provided at multiple levels.
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South Mountain Park
#6 of 42 Nature & Parks in Phoenix
Looking back here are the pros and cons of S Mountain Park: + miles and miles of great trails: Alta, National, Ridge Line, Pyramid, etc. + friendly hikers, courteous (and entertaining mountain bikers) + great rang...
It has numerous hiking/biking trails throughout its expanse but due to ease of accessibility I mainly utilize the trails in the northeast section of the park, e.g., National Trail, Mormon Loop & Mormon Trail, Ridg...
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Riverview Park Mesa 11.5 mi away
#2 of 7 Nature & Parks in Mesa
Situated just south of the north section of loop 202 in Mesa, and nestled between a large shopping centre on one side and the Chicago Cubs spring training ground on the other, this is a really beautiful park which...
Family park located in the heart of the city with a wonderful palm trees light and a multicolored fountain.
Hole in the Rock
#7 of 42 Nature & Parks in Phoenix
This is a short and easy hike with great views of Papago Park, the Phoenix skyline and Hunt's Tomb.
For those who like nature and a view this is a very easy hike and a unique way to see the surrounding area.
Cholla Trail
#8 of 42 Nature & Parks in Phoenix
Winter visitors--don't underestimate the strenuous nature of the hike and bring sunblock, hat, and lots of water.
Arrive early for better parking (I arrived at 6:30AM and I still had to park a little ways away), bring plenty of water, wear proper hiking shoes (you will be climbing), protection from sun and a light snack, if n...
Papago Park
#9 of 42 Nature & Parks in Phoenix
The park also features the phenomenal Desert Botanical Garden (a must see!), the Phoenix Zoo, lovely picnic areas, the Papago ponds for fishing or just viewing their natural and engaging beauty, many hiking & bicy...
Nestled in beautiful Phoenix, Papago Park is full of fun for hikers, bikers, and travelers who are visiting Phoenix and want to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous desert oasis.
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Butterfly Wonderland Scottsdale 12.8 mi away
#6 of 27 Nature & Parks in Scottsdale
From there, a room where you can see the butterflies "hatching"...and from there, a beautiful park/garden like setting where many varieties of butterflies live, and flutter around you.
Nature is so beautiful!! Seeing butterflies hatch then take off flying was exceptional!
Dolphinaris Arizona Scottsdale 12.8 mi away
#7 of 27 Nature & Parks in Scottsdale
I was truly impressed with the protective nature of the organization in caring for the dolphins, making sure they have a safe environment and the best life they can provide.
We were happy we selected the 2:45 time slot because it allowed us to visit the other 2 adjacent parks (OdySea & Butterfly Wonderland) prior to our dolphin swim.
Phoenix Zoo
#10 of 42 Nature & Parks in Phoenix
... to more than 10 zoos so far and this would have to be on my top two list ...: loved the feeling of nature, the trails were perfect to give the feel of the region, weather was perfect that day considering it wa...
There is a train that tours the whole zoo and you can get off on one side of the park and walk out!! we would do that with the kids and they loved it!! the zoo has wonderful play areas for the kids including water...
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
#11 of 42 Nature & Parks in Phoenix
This is the place to go when you need to get away from stress and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature!
gem of park for peaceful relaxation
Tempe Town Lake Tempe 7.7 mi away
#1 of 6 Nature & Parks in Tempe
Tempe Beach Park, part of the larger Tempe Town Lake, is a MUST SEE in Phoenix, AZ. Tempe Beach Park offers cycling, paddle boarding, boating, running, a playground, special events, access to Mill Avenue, places t...
A bit of a misnomer calling it a beach, but the park is nice and clean with great wide paved area to walk alongside the lake, take in the bridges and art center and then stroll back into town.
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SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium Tempe 8.4 mi away
#2 of 6 Nature & Parks in Tempe
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Dreamy Draw Recreation Area
#12 of 42 Nature & Parks in Phoenix
The park is clean, there is plenty of parking, drinking fountains, and wide paved trails for bike riding.
This park with great paths is peaceful and worth the trip.
Chaparral Dog Park Scottsdale 10.1 mi away
#11 of 27 Nature & Parks in Scottsdale
Located central to the Hayden Road parkway, this dog park is good sized, grassy and well suited for your four footed friends.
Excellent dog park, best in AZ or anywhere!
OdySea Aquarium Scottsdale 12.8 mi away
#9 of 27 Nature & Parks in Scottsdale
We definitely plan on coming back and spending more time here the next time we're in town, and recommend it to any fish/ nature loving family or couple looking for a nice way to spend the day!
Anybody who visit Phoenix should check out tripadvisor to see natures, parks, mountains, histories..
Hayden Butte Preserve Tempe 9.7 mi away
#3 of 6 Nature & Parks in Tempe
KOLI Equestrian Center Chandler 14.6 mi away
#1 of 4 Nature & Parks in Chandler
The Wild-horse pass reservation is so tranquil you feel part of the nature.
Kiwanis Park Tempe 10.1 mi away
#4 of 6 Nature & Parks in Tempe
Cleanest Park Ever!! From Fishing on the Lake, to the Baseball fields, to the Soccer fields, to the volleyball courts, to the playgrounds, to the picnic areas, to the batting cages, and the wavepool.... it just go...
Water fountains throughout, clean park, fresh breeze coming off the lake - a very pleasant morning walk!!
Encanto Park
#13 of 42 Nature & Parks in Phoenix
Step back into the 1930s to follow the trails and bridges to the lagoon with ducks and swans, picnic areas, boat house, and amusement park for young folks.
The park is composed of 222 acres of land consisting of picnic areas, a lagoon, a boat house, swimming pool, nature trail, amusement park, fishing and two golf courses.
Sahuaro Ranch Park Glendale 10.3 mi away
#2 of 8 Nature & Parks in Glendale
This park offers many options from sports activities, picnics, Historical home touring, play equipment for children, to outdoor event accommodations.
The Saguaro Ranch Park (rose garden) is a lovely setting for a small wedding.
Arizona Canal Scottsdale 8.5 mi away
#14 of 27 Nature & Parks in Scottsdale
It is a linear park, great for walking, jogging, biking, etc. it's fairly flat and easy to navigate.
Park by the restaurants and walk the canal.
Papago Park Tempe 8.3 mi away
#5 of 6 Nature & Parks in Tempe
What I really appreciate about Papago Park is you can hike here or simply take a walk around the base, there are about 3 different path options for all levels or hikers/walkers.
Excellent Desert Park
Rose Garden at Mesa Community College Mesa 12.6 mi away
#3 of 7 Nature & Parks in Mesa
... in the vicinity of Mesa Community College (at Southern Ave and Dobson Rd in Mesa, AZ), you should stop by its Rose Garden, a haven for lovers of roses, their magical variety, fragrant appeal, and delicate nature.
A free public park that you can stroll around, sit and visit and just enjoy the flowers.
Apache Wash Trailhead
#14 of 42 Nature & Parks in Phoenix
With the help of the Park Ranger we chose the Apache Wash Loop, about 6 miles long through mostly flat open terrain with views of surrounding mountains.
Fantastic park
Xeriscape Garden Scottsdale 10.1 mi away
#17 of 27 Nature & Parks in Scottsdale
Next door is the dog park if you have a pooch and he likes to play with other dogs - we go there every day.
Lookout Mountain Preserve
#15 of 42 Nature & Parks in Phoenix
What a better place than out in nature to get that exercise we all need.
... it is not a harsh or demanding trail, but obviously be prepared to address the heat impact depending on the time of year. 2 small parking lots; one on the north side; one on the formal Lookout mountain park side.