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Mark Friedrich, Apache Junction AZ: Lost Dutchman State Park
Mark Friedrich, Apache Junction AZ: Lost Dutchman State Park
Cliff Pearlburg, Phoenix AZ: Red Mountain, Flagstaff
Cliff Pearlburg, Phoenix AZ: Red Mountain, Flagstaff
Ellen Northrop, Desert Hills AZ: Watson Lake, Prescott
Ellen Northrop, Desert Hills AZ: Watson Lake, Prescott
Berlin Adkins, Florence AZ: Picacho Peak
Berlin Adkins, Florence AZ: Picacho Peak
Michael Santeusanio, Phoenix AZ: Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park
Michael Santeusanio, Phoenix AZ: Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park
Lorena Lewis, El Mirage AZ: Thunderbird Conservation Park, Glendale
Lorena Lewis, El Mirage AZ: Thunderbird Conservation Park, Glendale
PHOENIX Magazine Publishes Hike Book Vol. 2 & 2022 Hiking Calendar

PHOENIX Magazine Publishes Hike Book Vol. 2 & 2022 Hiking Calendar

October 15, 2021
Get out and explore our great state with each of these exciting products from PHOENIX magazine.
Planting the Seeds for the Sun Corridor Trail

Planting the Seeds for the Sun Corridor Trail

September 21, 2021
Like most investments with the potential of big dividends, the planning and development of long-distance trails starts with a vision and comes to fruition with persistence, cooperation and a whole lot of patience. The seeds for the Sun Corridor Trail began about eight years ago with a casual conversation among trail advocates at a brainstorming session. “The idea grew organically,” says R.J. Cardin, director of Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department and one of the…
The Watermelon Crew Keeps Phoenix Trails Safe and Clean

The Watermelon Crew Keeps Phoenix Trails Safe and Clean

August 13, 2021
After battling 80-mile-per-hour winds on Humphreys Peak, evading a pack of charging javelinas in the Mazatzal Wilderness and hiking the Grand Canyon in a blizzard, John Heckenlaible decided it was time to give something back to the Arizona trails he loves. Joining the City of Phoenix parks stewardship program felt like a good way to do so. “I was climbing Piestewa Peak one day and saw two guys wearing bright yellow Phoenix Park Steward shirts,”…
Arizona Trail Passage Gila River Canyons Hike

Arizona Trail Passage Gila River Canyons Hike

July 1, 2021
Gaping canyons, amazing rock formations and miles of untainted natural beauty are the payoff for the grueling trek.
Hiking in the Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve

Hiking in the Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve

July 1, 2021
After decades of planning and construction, the roughly 1,000-acre preserve now occupies a mountainous sliver of space between manicured golf communities and the hiking hubs of Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
Hike LaBarge Narrows in the Superstition Wilderness Area

Hike LaBarge Narrows in the Superstition Wilderness Area

July 1, 2021
Not for the novice hiker, this combination hike/cross-country exploration leads to a breathtaking secluded box canyon with a tiny, riparian ecosystem.
Peoria Mountain Trails Offer Outstanding Views of the Valley

Peoria Mountain Trails Offer Outstanding Views of the Valley

July 1, 2021
With a combined length of more than 11 miles, Peoria’s mountain trails combine outstanding North Valley views with customizable lengths and difficulty levels. Here are two to try.
Wild Mustang Trail in the Tortolita Mountains in Marana

Wild Mustang Trail in the Tortolita Mountains in Marana

July 1, 2021
Snuggled up to the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain property, this trail takes you past groomed gardens before the scenery changes from fancy to fierce.
Tom’s Thumb Hike in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Tom’s Thumb Hike in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

June 30, 2021
Visible from most of Scottsdale, the curious rock knob known as Tom’s Thumb stands out among the pinnacles of the McDowell Mountains.
Hike the Templeton Trail in Northern Arizona

Hike the Templeton Trail in Northern Arizona

June 30, 2021
From mid-October through early November, the sycamores and cottonwoods surrounding Oak Creek put on a delicious display of autumn color along Sedona’s favorite stream.
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