Local Area Guide

Phoenix Activities and Attractions

We want you to experience the best that Phoenix has to offer, so we’ve created a collection of free City travel guides, city and Old Town maps, walking tours, wine and ale trail tour maps, hiking and trail handbooks, and kids guides to help you plan your trip. You also can order a free official City visitor guide to be mailed directly to you!

Attraction 1

Attraction#1: Old Town Scottsdale Art Walk:

Date: August 20, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Recurring Event Details
Occurs: Thursday every week until December 31, 2022
Location: Old Town Arts District
Cost: Free

Description: Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments

Attraction 2

Attraction #2

Major Trails

Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve covers 30,000 acres with over 120 miles of trails.
Pinnacle Peak Park has a trail for hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing.

Minor Trails

Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park has a desert botanical nature trail.
George "Doc" Cavalliere Park has a ¾ mile loop trail.
McCormick Railroad Park has a nature trail in the Arboretum at the southeast corner of the park, which displays low-water use plants.
Mescal Park has a trail for hikers and horseback riders. The path around the park is mile.
Nature Park has a nature trail that runs along the Arizona Canal.
Stonegate Equestrian Park has a nature trail.

Trails Master Plan

View the trails master plan

Trail Etiquette

Are you a courteous trail user? The universal rule of trail courtesy is for all trail users to yield the right-of-way to horses, and for bicycle riders to yield to all other types of users

When approaching a person on horseback, speak in a soft voice to alert the horse and rider of your presence. Users of Scottsdale trails are reminded that all users are on the trail for the same reason—to enjoy the outdoors and the beauty of the Sonoran desert.

Did you know that you could be fined up to $250 for driving a motorized vehicle on a non-paved trail in the City of Scottsdale? Scottsdale Ordinance 17-62 prohibits the use of motorized vehicles, including ATVs and motorcycles, on Scottsdale's trails and Preserve lands.

By obeying this law you will help eliminate conflicts with other trail users such as equestrians, and help reduce negative impacts on adjacent property owners. Know the rules, obey all signs, and please act responsibly!

Attraction 3

Attraction#3: Rivers & Lakes

Blessed with 128 lakes and 5 major rivers, Arizona beckons outdoor enthusiasts to hike, raft, ski and fish year-round.

Lazy Rivers and Wild Rapids

The state’s most famous river—the mighty Colorado—is one of the longest rivers in the U.S., and is responsible not only for carving the 277-mile chasm through the Grand Canyon, but also for sustaining more than 40 million people in seven states.

Along Arizona’s seven other major rivers, including the Salt, Gila and Verde rivers, rafting, tubing and kayaking provide a cool and scenic respite from the heat. Fishing is another popular pastime, and you’ll find no shortage of opportunities to reel in a variety of trout, catfish, tilapia, crappie and largemouth bass.

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