This city in Arizona serves up challenging hikes, hands-on cowboy lessons, and trips to the Grand Canyon, as well as spas in which to unwind afterwards.
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.-Arriving here is like landing on another planet, with scenery and landscape that look like something from a movie set.
Red mountains fill the horizon, creating a backdrop for the extremes of activity and relaxation available here. There is no shortage of hiking and walking options.
Camelback Mountain, which resembles the head and hump of a camel, offers amazing hiking for adventurers looking for a bit of a challenge.
For a more manageable pursuit, the Gateway Loop at McDowell Sonoran Conservancy delivers a great workout and incredible views. Walk, run or mountain bike this trail, which is one of five major trailheads on 12,140 hectares.
A day trip to the Grand Canyon is possible from almost anywhere in Arizona, so look for a “fly and hike” option, such as the one offered by Arizona Outback Adventures with Westwind Air Service.
Traversing back and forth over the Grand Canyon before landing shows you the immensity of this natural wonder.
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