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
Celebrate the season with Tempe’s holiday treats and drinks
Now that we’re in full holiday swing, we encourage you to check out our list of holiday items at Tempe’s restaurants, bakeries and bars. All around town, you’ll find eggnog (in ice cream or yogurt or a traditional cocktail), craft beers with a special holiday flair, tamales by the dozen and lots of sweet treats.
Exploring Phoenix’s Native American Culture
Whether you are a visitor to Tempe or have lived in the area for years, check out these fascinating museums and ancient ruins of the original inhabitants of Arizona.