Vacations can be about rest and relaxation. But if you're in Arizona enjoying the great Tempe AZ weather, you can also focus on exploring the great outdoors and staying fit at the same time. View the Exploring Outdoor Activities in Tempe Video.
TAKE A BIKE RIDE
COMPETE IN A RACE
- Enjoy the perfect, Tempe weather and explore the trails of the Sonoran Desert at Papago Park, on foot or with a mountain bike. Trails will challenge everyone, from novices to adventure seekers.
- Choose one of seemingly endless trail possibilities at South Mountain Park and Preserve. At more than 16,000 acres, the largest municipal park in the country is popular with hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.
- Hike up"A" Mountain in the Mill Avenue District to get a sense of the past. The trails are spotted with ancient petroglyphs, reminders of Tempe's first settlers, the Hohokam people. Located in the heart of downtown, this hike is located off the iconic Mill Ave, near ASU's main Tempe campus and Tempe Town Lake.
- Discover Tempe Town Lake, a 220-acre urban oasis. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the state of Arizona, you can jog or walk along the paths surrounding the lake that cover nearly 5 miles. Rent a kayak, pedal boat or go paddleboarding and enjoy the sunny weather.
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Take a Bike Ride
- Tempe is a designated Bicycle Friendly Community with 175 miles of bikeways. There are several bike shops, such as Tempe Bicycle where visitors can rent mountain bikes or cruisers to explore the city on two wheels.
- The Bicycle Cellar in Tempe offers bike rentals and bike repairs and service, lockers and showers for bicyclists. It's conveniently located at the Tempe Transportation Center at the Veterans Way/College Avenue METRO light rail stop.
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Compete in a Race
- Participate in one of Tempe's many fun runs, or join one of the largest marathons in the U.S., the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon. The Marathon & ½ Marathon, held annually in January, begins in Phoenix, runs through Scottsdale and ends at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. Both courses feature bands and spirit squads to keep the motivation level high.
- Start training now for Ironman Arizona. It is one of the most grueling, yet inspiring events and takes place in Tempe each November. It combines a 2.4 mile swim at Tempe Town Lake, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, in succession, for a grand total of 140.6 miles.
- Held annually in April, Pat’s Run is one of the biggest fundraising events of the year. Over 35,000 participants attend each year to honor one of ASU’s most beloved alumni, Pat Tillman. The 4.2 mile run/walk ends inside Sun Devil Stadium, on the 42 yard line, and all proceeds go directly to The Tillman Military Scholars Program.
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