Tempe is in the heart of the metropolitan Phoenix area, which means that it’s also in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. Exploring the desert on a hiking or biking trail, seeing cactus up close and enjoying the Arizona sunshine is a quick jaunt from any Tempe hotel. Here’s where you’ll find some of the most popular trails in and around Tempe.
Camelback Mountain Cholla Trail
Cholla Trail is located along the ridge of Camelback Mountain, the highest point in the Phoenix Mountain at 2,704 ft. Hikers experience a steady 1.6 mile climb with a fairly exposed section of ridge hiking towards the top.
6131 E. Cholla Ln.
Paradise Valley, AZ, 85253
Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area
5700 N. Echo Canyon Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ, 85018
5994 E. Squaw Peak Dr.
Phoenix, AZ, 85016
South Mountain Park and Preserve
At more than 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park and Preserve is one of the largest municipal parks in the country. The park includes 51 miles of scenic desert trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking leading to breathtaking views. Trails can be found at 48th Street and Guadalupe or from Central Avenue.
48th St. and Guadalupe Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85044
The Bicycle Cellar
Bicycle Cellar is Downtown Tempe’s Urban Bike Shop & Commuter Support facility! We offer full-service repair, new bikes, accessories and rentals. We also offer secure bike parking, showers, lockers and towel service for commuters (membership required). Open daily!
200 E. 5th St. Ste. #105
Tempe, AZ 85281
ASU Family Weekend
Each year, parents and supportive family members descend upon Tempe to experience a little piece of campus life with their ASU student. Check out all there is to see and do during ASU Family Weekend, November 4-6.
Boba shops to check out in Tempe, Arizona
Are you a boba-holic like us? Boba drinks have been all the craze lately and they are popping up left and right in Tempe, so it’s the perfect time to indulge in your favorite boba drinks. And just in case you’re wondering what boba is, it’s the the chewy tapioca balls that first originated in Taiwan. Add them into a milk tea or fruity tea and it’s a little slice of heaven.