Caption: Sunset over the North Mountain Preserve
Imagine exploring untouched desert lined with majestic saguaro and cholla cactuses, home to coyotes, great horned owls and gila monsters -- all just minutes from downtown Phoenix. It's no surprise Phoenix is one of National Geographic's best hiking cities and has been recognized by Travel Website TravelNerd as one of the Top 10 Urban Destinations for Nature Lovers.
With dozens of trail access points throughout the city, it's easy to make time for a hike, run or ride. There's a trail for everyone, from busy, arduous summit climbs to secluded, meandering valley walks, and everything in between.