Tempe’s Active Lifestyle



If your vacation isn’t just about relaxation, here are a few ways to burn calories, stay active and enjoy our desert location.

Lace up your hiking boots or rent a mountain bike and explore the trails at Papago Park or South Mountain Park and Preserve. Novice or expert, you’ll find a trail to suit your adventure level. Local tour companies also lead hiking, rock climbing and other adventurous outings.

Rent a kayak or paddleboard at Tempe Town Lake from Tempe Boat Rentals. If you’re still full of energy, run around the pathways surrounding the lake – they cover nearly 5 miles. There are also numerous organized triathlons and fun runs held at Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park each year.

Tempe is a designated Bicycle Friendly Community with 175 miles of bikeways. There are several places such as The Bicycle Cellar, Tempe Boat Rentals at Tempe Town Lake and Boat Rentals of America at Kiwanis Lake where visitors can rent a cruiser or a 4-person surrey bike to explore the city on two wheels. Tempe has recently introduced Grid Bikes, part of a regional bike sharing program, with 300 bikes at 30 stations throughout the city.

Plan a trip around two of our most well-known tests of skill: the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon and ½ Marathon and Ironman Arizona. The Marathon, held in January annually, begins in Phoenix, runs through Scottsdale and ends at Tempe Beach Park. The ½ Marathon course starts and finishes in Tempe. Both courses feature bands and spirit squads to keep the motivation level high. One of the most grueling, yet inspiring events is Ironman Arizona, taking place in Tempe each November. This test of endurance combines a 2.4-mile swim at Tempe Town Lake, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run, in succession.