Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

Tempe was made for fun in the sun

With this much sunshine, it is easy to get outside, go on an adventure and enjoy the great outdoors in Tempe, Arizona. Excellent facilities, an ideal location and picturesque landscape make Tempe the perfect place to spend a sunny day by boating, hiking, biking, golfing or watching an awe-inspiring sunset.

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“A” Mountain

With a quick jaunt to the top of “A” Mountain, also known as Hayden Butte, in Downtown Tempe, hikers are rewarded with views of the lake, ASU and rock drawings left hundreds of years ago by ancient people.

Mill Ave. and Third St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 350-4311

360 Adventures

Want to experience the real Arizona? Get outside with 360 Adventures! We create amazing and memorable outdoor experiences with mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and canyoneering tours. Whether you choose a half-day jaunt multi-day adventure, we’ve got you covered.

Big Surf Waterpark

Big Surf is CLOSED for the 2020 summer season. Big Surf Waterpark is America’s original waterpark boasting the 3rd largest wave pool in the world. Other features include children’s fun zones, 3,000 feet of thrilling water slides and surfing and boogie boarding sessions plus party, corporate outings and catering services!

1500 N. McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85821

(480) 994-2297

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

(602) 261-8318

Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area

Camelback Mountain’s Echo Canyon is one the more difficult, but rewarding, hikes in Phoenix. The trail ascends rapidly over a short distance. Hikers can experience a climb over rocky trails and boulders. The  trail length is 1.23 miles one way.

5700 N. Echo Canyon Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ, 85018

(602) 261-8318

City of Tempe Bicycle Paths

Tempe boasts 175 miles of bikeways, including bike lanes, desert trails and canal paths. Ride around Tempe Town Lake, down Mill Avenue or in Papago Park. The League of American Bicyclists has designated Tempe as a Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly Community.

Desert Botanical Garden

Discover the tranquil vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes at Desert Botanical Garden. An Arizona icon celebrating 80 years, the Garden has grown into a compelling attraction and desert conservation pioneer.

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

(480) 941-1225

Desert Dog Offroad Adventures

Desert Dog Offroad Adventures has been offering extraordinary offload adventures in Phoenix and Scottsdale for over 22 years. Try our exhilarating Guided 2 Seated ATV Sand Buggy Adventure or sit back and enjoy a desert excursion in a H1 or H2 Hummer.

Fort McDowell Adventures

A true gem in the Sonoran Desert located on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Reservation providing 360 degree views of surrounding mountain ranges. Guests can enjoy cattle drives and ATV’s. Fort McDowell Adventures offers guests an outdoor experience unlike any other.

14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Rd.
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264

(480) 789-5302

Ken McDonald Golf Course

Consistently ranked as one of the area’s top golf courses, Ken McDonald Golf Course is an 18-hole par 72 championship course that, while flat, has well-placed hazards that provide a fun and challenging experience for every skill level.

800 E. Divot Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283

(480) 350-5250

Kiwanis Community Park

Walk, fish or just relax in Tempe’s 125-acre park! Enjoy boat and bike rentals, two large corporate picnic areas, playgrounds, 15 ramadas, urban fishing and seasonal movies in the park.

5500 S. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85283

(480) 350-5200

Kiwanis Park Batting Range

Batter up! Baseball, softball and fast-pitch softball in 10 lighted batting cages! Group and private lessons, birthday packages and pro-shop services are available.

Kiwanis Park
6005 S. All American Way
Tempe, AZ 85283

(480) 350-5727

Kiwanis Park Tennis Center

Kiwanis Park Tennis Center features 15 lighted/cushioned courts with PlaySight,  USTA-certified staff on hand. Group and private lessons, leagues and tournaments are available. Drop-in tennis offered daily, matching players of all recreational levels.

Kiwanis Park
6111 S. All America Way
Tempe, AZ 85283

(480) 350-5201

KOLI Equestrian Center

KOLI Equestrian Center is located on the Gila River Indian Community, just minutes from Tempe. KOLI offers miles of breathtaking scenery and horseback trail riding adventures, hay wagon rides, cattle drives, birthday parties and other special and corporate events.

6940 W. Broken Ear Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85226

(602) 796-3495

Northshore Watersport Rentals

Open 24/7, build your mental and physical strength on your schedule! Take the equipment anywhere you want, whenever! Rent kayaks, sup boards, e-bikes (tours offered), river tubes, and party boards that hold 800 pounds! Follow us @northshorewatersport.

555 N. College Ave. #1030
Tempe, AZ 85281

(623) 866-3938

Papago Golf Course

Papago Golf Course is a championship 18 hole golf course, set in the heart of Phoenix’s Papago Park. Papago has earned Top 100 Public Course honors for decades and was originally designed by William Francis “Billy” Bell.

5595 E. Karsten Way
Phoenix, AZ 85008

(602) 275-8428

Papago Park

This desert preserve features nearly 10 miles of hiking and biking trails throughout 1,500 acres. It is also home to several attractions and museums.

1000 N. College Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 350-5200

Piestewa Peak

Located in the Phoenix Mountain Preserves, Piestewa Peak has numerous trails for hiking and trail running. At 2,610 ft., it’s the second highest point in the Phoenix Mountains, next to Camelback Mountain. Hundreds of residents and visitors hike Piestewa Peak per week because it offers great views and a great workout. Hikes to the peak usually take anywhere from 25-60 minutes, depending on the experience of the hiker.

5994 E. Squaw Peak Dr.
Phoenix, AZ, 85016

(602) 261-8318

REI Co-op Experiences

The REI Adventure Center in Scottsdale offers adventures for all, including guided hiking, road and mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, and SUP tours. Experience the desert with a guide or explore on your own with a bike from the Adventure Center’s rental fleet.

17465 N. 93rd St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 945-2881 or (866) 455-1601

Riverbound Sports

Riverbound Sports is a specialty paddle shop located in Tempe offering sales and rentals of SUPs, kayaks, and gear. Knowledgeable experts are on site to help create a great experience. Call the shop or visit the website for more information.

1425 E. University Dr., Ste. B-102
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 463-6686 or (855) 777-6683

Rolling Hills Golf Course

Rolling Hills Golf Course, the Valley’s finest 18-hole executive golf course, is nestled in picturesque Papago Park, providing a unique golfing experience for players of all ages. Guests enjoy family tees, full-service pro-shop and Caddy Shack Sports Grill.  

1415 N. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 350-5275

Salt River Rafting

Salt River Rafting provides whitewater trips through the scenic Salt River Canyon. Trips range from a half day to 4-Day adventures through the wilderness. Open 7 days a week, March – May.

Salt River Canyon, AZ

(800) 425-5253

Shalimar Country Club

This 9-hole golf course is popular among golfers of all ages and it offers a restaurant and bar. Shalimar is also the first Arizona course to offer FootGolf, a combination of golf and soccer.

2032 E. Golf Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282

(480) 838-0488

Singh Meadows

Singh Meadows is a scenic spot sprawled on 75 acres of greenbelts, trees and walking trails. It features a 100% organic café, coffee and juice bar and a farmer’s market. The farmer’s market and cafe are open Fri.-Sun. Oct. through May.

1490 E. Weber Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 225-7199

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

(602) 262-7393

Splash Pad at Tempe Marketplace

Open year-round and daily until 11:00 p.m., the Splash Pad at Tempe Marketplace is the ideal family-friendly spot for children to splash, play and cool off outdoors. Parents are not to be left out with nearby fashion-forward shops, enticing eats and entertainment stops.  

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ, 85281

(480) 966-9338

Talking Stick Golf Club

Play 18 or 36 with easy check-in, fast greens and friendly service. Recognized as a top public golf course by Golfweek Magazine, with the largest public practice facility in the valley, highlighting views of Talking Stick Resort and Camelback Mountain.

Talking Stick Entertainment District
9998 E. Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(480) 860-2221

Tempe E-Bike Tours

Looking for a fun way to see all of Tempe? Try our guided and self-guided e-bike tours to explore all around Tempe. Come and join us to experience an e-bike adventure. Open for “meet & ride” for private groups.

Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park

Tempe Town Lake, located adjacent to Downtown Tempe, provides a two-mile recreational haven for kayaking, rowing, jogging or picnicking. The heart of Tempe Town Lake is historic Tempe Beach Park, providing five miles of pathways and ample room for events.

80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 350-4311

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

(480) 219-7225

The Cloud at Kiwanis Park

The Cloud at Kiwanis Park has 5,000 square feet of water play, including loops, jelly sticks, misting sprays and pillars. The one-of-a-kind structure also provides shade from the summer sun, while featuring unique lighting and sound shows throughout the day. Open April through October.

Kiwanis Park
5233 S. Ash Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85283

(480) 350-5200

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