We came to do the sky ride/ski lift, by the way visit the website and print off a coupon to discount the price, we paid $22.50 for 2 adults after the discount. They are only open on weekends and I believe the hours are from 10am - 430pm. The place where you buy the tickets is also the gift shop, next door is the restaurant and bathrooms. The cashier was telling other people that you can take your beer/drinks on the lift up, you just have to sit down and order first to be served. Once you wait for your seat/turn you head up at random paces, mostly slow but there is occasional stopping. It took about 15 minutes or so to get to the top, make sure you have nothing loose as there is plenty of items along the way that fell to their demise. You can't hike up that path to retrieve it either. At the top, the scenic view is amazing. There are picnic benches which people had taken food from the cafe at the bottom to have a picnic at top. There was water jugs too and bathroom which claim to be the highest ones in Arizona, the kid in me had to use it so I could say I did. There was a controlled fire in the distance so there was a constant smell of smoke/burning wood (love it personally), they are doing some additions to Snow Bowl like adding a snow area and some other renovations. There is a very small hike up, any age can easily do this as its a gradual and flat walk up. There are no other trails open to hike, if you're interested in actual hiking there are trails available after you leave and drive to the pull off areas. A storm had been moving in quickly so we were all told to leave and go back down, we had a forest ranger with us on the journey down and she told us lots of interesting facts and stories about the place and her history. We got caught in the rain going down and freezing winds, so when we got to the bottom we took advantage of the cafe and had something warm to eat. Food was not very good at all and relatively expensive, but we we're waiting the storm out so we shared a mixed basket. We noticed some people just got up there and were told to leave immediately but I would think they would let them back on once it was safe. They won't allow the lift to go on if there's lightning, which makes sense. Once we had finished we decided to do some hiking & photography on both trails. Either one has its own beauty and different view of hiking. I think each trail is a minimum of 5 miles if I remember right? One parking lot offers portable bathrooms, the other does not. Great hiking place for sure, just go prepared...can't tell you how many people we saw struggling back because they were ill equipped. Very relaxing and very beautiful =)
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