Scottsdale has diverse outdoor activities

Outdoor activities abound in Scottsdale, Arizona from camping and horseback and bicycle riding to hiking and rock climbing. It also has many parks and recreational areas where people escape the rigors of the city.  Water and lake activities add to its list of things to do. Scottsdale also hosts running events like triathlons and marathons. The mild climate makes participating in any outdoor activity enjoyable.

Camping and horseback riding

Westworld in Scottsdale hosts many horse shows and horse related events during the cooler seasons of the year. McDowell Ranch offers visitors a chance to experience cowboy life at this working horse ranch. Camping is available mainly for RVs and trailers, but state and national parks always have spaces available for tent or car campers. Scottsdale has over twenty parks, to serve the outdoor enthusiast. Mountain bike enthusiasts can satisfy their longings with two, three, or four hour tours. Desert Biking Adventures has earned the respect of bikers nationwide. They have a variety of tours to accommodate each rider.


Scottsdale has many hiking trails from which to choose. These often go hand-in-hand with rock climbing as many of the trails lead to popular rock climbing sites. McDowell Sonoran Preserve has over sixty miles of trails. Pinnacle Peak Parks has not only hiking trails but also trails for horseback riding and rock climbing. Combine hiking with education and visit the Desert Walking Area located a mile and three quarters from Scottsdale Rd. There, visitors can learn all about the habits of the native animals.


Visitors may want to stay in the car and just journey through the desert. Scottsdale has three scenic drives: Desert Foothills, Pima Road, and Pinnacle Peak. Each has its own unique features. On the Desert Foothills drive, sightseers may learn about the different plants as they complete the loop. Pima Road Drive gives visitors a taste of the Sonoran Desert. Photographers try to capture Pinnacle Peak in a unique moment, unlike its usual viewpoint. This drive also includes many other landscapes known to the locals. Other fun sites to visit are Rawhide Western Town, Pedregal Marketplace situated inside Heard Museum, and McDonald Ranch. These require driving closer to Phoenix.

Scottsdale is a desert city so bring plenty of water to keep hydrated, especially in lower elevations. The city has many opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Jeep and balloon rides are available to those with this kind of adventuring spirit.