No matter what brings you to Phoenix, this is a nice side activity that will appeal to most everyone. Features interesting geological, and historical attractions
We drove from the East Valley in less than 30 minutes on the 202, and spent an hour hiking, climbing, exploring. I took the easy trail around and did some photography. The kids climbed the face (mild to moderate bouldering exposure) and we met in the hole in the rock.
On a layover at the airport? You can get here by taxi for less than $30, grab some sunshine, great views, and ancient HoHokam culture.Phoenix zoo is a few steps away, as well as ramadas for picnics.