Avoid traffic and crowds with an early morning hike in the Hassayampa River Preserve in Wickenburg.
Getting There: From Phoenix, go north on Interstate 17 to Carefree Highway (State Route 74) at exit 223. Turn left (toward Wickenburg) and continue 30 miles to U.S. 60. Turn right (north) and continue 6 miles to the Conservancy turnoff on the left near milepost 114.
Length: 2.54 miles (six short trails)
Kid Friendly: YES
Pet Friendly: NO
Elevation: 1,900-1,980 feet
Best Season: September-May
Hours: Hours vary by season.
Visit Hassayampa River Preserve website or call ahead 928-684-2772.
Facilities: restrooms, visitor center
Photo credit Mare Czinar/PHOENIX