Caption: View from the top of Piestewa Peak
With over 33,000 acres or desert preserves and 7,300 acres of desert parks with more than 200 miles of trails throughout the city, you're never far from pristine Sonoran Desert where you can hike, run, bike or ride horseback. And with dozens of trail access points to all kinds of terrain, you have a wealth of choices for your desert experience.
Check out this video chronicle of hiking South Mountain Park to get a great picture of the wonders of the Phoenix desert preserve system.
Parking areas for most preserve areas are open daily from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check area pages for specific hours. All preserve trails (South Mountain, North Mountain, Piestewa Peak and the Sonoran Preserve) are open until 11 p.m. Hours for trails in desert parks (Camelback Mountain and Papago) vary; please check the individual location pages for specific hours).