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Day Trips In And Around Phoenix Arizona

Try hiking at Lost Dutchman State Park


Located in the Sonoran Desert, Lost Dutchman State Park is located in Apache Junction, Arizona. This state park has over six miles of trails to hike on while enjoying the beautiful scenery there. The trail can be used for hiking or horseback riding. Horseback riding is limited to certain roads and trails and requires riders to have their own animals. There is a small visitor center where you can learn about the history of the area and see some exhibits on local wildlife which includes pictures of some of the creatures that live there including bobcats, coyotes, roadrunners, various lizards, snakes as well as many others. The park also offers guided hikes as well as camping if you want to stay overnight or longer.

Check out the Pima Air & Space Museum

  • Visit the Boneyard.
  • Check out the Pima Air & Space Museum.
  • Do a tour of the Boneyard.
  • See where the planes are stored.

If any of these things sound interesting, check out the Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and make sure to visit the Pima Air & Space Museum while you’re there! This is one of my favorite trips because it’s very interesting and educational as well as very affordable. You can get in free with your military ID and admission is also free for children under 12 years old, making this an inexpensive option for families as well!

Explore the Native American ruins at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

This is a great place for history buffs and photography lovers to get some great pictures of the ruins and learn about the Hohokam people who lived there. It is a great place to learn about the history of the area, and you can walk through the ruins.

Watch the sunset at Sedona

If you’ve only been to Phoenix to attend a convention or business meeting, you already know that seeing the sunset from one of the many fantastic resorts that dot the landscape is an experience not to be missed. The colors change every night and whether you choose to see it from a secluded trail in the hills or the comfort of your hotel room, you’ll never forget how it feels.

It’s also a great place for romance. If you’re looking for ideas on where to take your date, look no further than Sedona! With great hiking trails and ample places to throw down a blanket and watch as the sun changes colors with every passing second, there’s no better place to relax and unwind than this beautiful town.

Take a tour of Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls

  • Join a guided tour. A guided tour allows you to reach Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls without having to navigate the difficult terrain yourself. It’s not unusual to encounter dangerous conditions if you don’t know the area well, so joining a guided tour is your best option.
  • Take a camera. The natural beauty of Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls is awe-inspiring, but pictures only do it justice if they’re taken by an experienced photographer who knows what he or she is doing. Consider hiring a professional photographer, who will know how to capture breathtaking images that you’ll be able to treasure for years to come.
  • Pack water and sun protection. This tip cannot be overstated: Make sure your water bottles are full before heading out on your adventure! We recommend bringing at least three liters per person per day of hiking in temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius). When in doubt, bring more than you think you’ll need rather than less; dehydration can easily set in even when conditions are mild, and it’s better safe than sorry! Finally, apply sunscreen liberally at least 30 minutes before leaving home; reapply every two hours thereafter or after swimming or sweating heavily.

Experience the Antelope Canyon


Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in Northern Arizona near the town of Page. It has become very popular in recent years due to the beautiful, dramatic images that can be taken there by photographers.

The Navajo people consider it a sacred place and for a long time-restricted access to it. The only way to visit Antelope Canyon was through guided tours on their land. That’s still how you visit today, although the Navajo now allow both guided and self-guided tours.

There are two separate “canyons” within Antelope Canyon: Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon. Each one requires separate permits and fees to visit, with Lower being more expensive because it’s deeper and more interesting (in my opinion). Both canyons are quite narrow and require careful footwork so as not to slip on rocks or stumble into walls or steps, but unlike most slot canyons there is no boulder-hopping involved so any reasonable level of fitness should suffice for visiting either one of them.

You don’t have to travel far from Phoenix to experience great things.

Outside of Phoenix, you can find many activities including horseback riding through the desert, taking a hot air balloon ride, or even camping in the forest. Each of these activities is only a short drive to these locations and they have their own unique experiences.

You don’t have to travel far from Phoenix to experience great things.

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