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Phoenix


Phoenix, Arizona
Located in the Salt River Valley, which is sometimes known as the "Valley of the Sun", in central part of the state, Phoenix is the state capital and largest city of Arizona. As of the 2005, the estimated population of the city itself was 1,461,575, with an estimated 3,715,360 living within the Phoenix Metropolitan area.

The city has at an average elevation of 1,117 feet (340 meters), and is located in the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert. The Salt River runs westward through Phoenix, but because of the desert climate and dams up river, the Salt River is normally dry - water only being present when water is released from dams that lie up river.

Attractions in the Phoenix area include:
Phoenix photographed from South Mountain


Phoenix Facts


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  • Professional sports franchises in Phoenix include the Major League Baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the NBA basketball team, the Phoenix Suns.

  • The principal airport for Phoenix is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

  • Perhaps the most famous educational institution in Phoenix is the University of Phoenix. The University of Phoenix is a for-profit educational institution that specializes in adult education.

  • Phoenix is nicknamed "Arizona's Urban Heart", while the Phoenix metropolitan area is nicknamed "Valley of the Sun".

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Phoenix: Including Tempe, Scottsdale, and Glendale

By Charles Liu

Liu, Charles
Paperback (262 pages)

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Phoenix: Including Tempe, Scottsdale, and Glendale
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  • Menasha Ridge Press
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With more than 4 million people, the Phoenix metropolitan area is one of the country's largest. Surprisingly, it's also one of the most diverse and dramatic for hikers, with scenic destinations ranging from area parks, greenbelts, and preserves to high and low deserts and breathtaking mountains. This easy-to-use guide features the best scenic day hikes, determined by author Charles Liu using state-of-the-art GPS technology. These hikes are geared to every skill level, whether it's a comfortable stroll for the family or a tricky trek for the more fearless hiker. Stretching from Hidden Valley to the south to the Superstition Wilderness to the north, the book contains clear trail maps and profiles complemented by detailed descriptions and useful at-a-glance information. All roughly within an hour's drive of the Valley of the Sun, the trails highlighted in this updated edition begin right inside the city limits with popular Camelback Mountain.

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Phoenix: Including Scottsdale, Glendale, and Mesa

By Charles Liu

Menasha Ridge Press
Released: 2018-03-19
Paperback (336 pages)

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Phoenix: Including Scottsdale, Glendale, and Mesa
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It’s Time to Take a Hike in Beautiful Arizona!

The best way to experience Phoenix is by hiking it! Get outdoors with Arizona writer and hiking expert Charles Liu as he helps you find and enjoy the top hikes within 60 miles of the city. These selected trails transport you to scenic overlooks, wildlife hot spots, ancient ruins, and petroglyphs that renew your spirit and recharge your body.

Explore some of the country’s finest city-owned wilderness preserves: Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, South Mountain Park/Preserve, and Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Hike at 7,000 feet at Brown’s Peak, Mount Ord, and Mount Peeley. See Arizona’s only Wild River Area at the Mazatzal Wilderness in Tonto National Forest. With Charles Liu as your guide, you’ll learn about the area and experience nature through 60 of Phoenix’s best hikes!

Each hike description features key at-a-glance information on distance, difficulty, scenery, traffic, hiking time, and more, so you can quickly and easily learn about each trail. Detailed directions, GPS-based trail maps, and elevation profiles help to ensure that you know where you are and where you’re going. Tips on nearby activities further enhance your enjoyment of every outing.

Whether you’re a local looking for new places to explore or a visitor to the area, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Phoenix provides plenty of options for a couple hours or a full day of adventure, all within about an hour from Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

Arizona Highways Hiking Guide

By Robert Stieve

Arizona Highways
Paperback (240 pages)

Arizona Highways Hiking Guide
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52 of the best day hikes in Arizona one for each weekend of the year, organized by seasons. Selected hikes ranging from easy walks in the woods to challenging journeys to Arizona s highest peaks and deepest canyons including the Grand Canyon. In-depth trail guides, descriptions, warnings and GPS coordinates are included with each hike, along with the magazine s classic fine photography.

100 Classic Hikes: Arizona: Grand Canyon/ Colorado Plateau/ San Francisco Peaks/ Mogollon Rim/ Sedona/ Sky Islands/ Sonora Desert

By Scott Warren

Brand: Mountaineers Books
Released: 2015-10-20
Black Paperback (272 pages)

100 Classic Hikes: Arizona: Grand Canyon/ Colorado Plateau/ San Francisco Peaks/ Mogollon Rim/ Sedona/ Sky Islands/ Sonora Desert
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  • 100 Classic Hikes Arizona
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•17 all-new hikes

•More than half the color photos are new

•All hikes completely reviewed and re-checked



100 Classic Hikes: Arizona, 4th Edition, is the newest update in the popular Classic Hikes series of full-color coffee-table-quality hiking guidebooks. This informative and easy-to-use guide is also so beautifully produced, it makes a terrific gift for an outdoor enthusiast, visitor, or new neighbor in Arizona.



Previous editions of this guidebook have been very popular, and readers on Goodreads.com give it four stars. All hikes have been vetted by public lands.

Moon Take a Hike Phoenix: Hikes within Two Hours of the City (Moon Outdoors)

By Lilia Menconi

Moon
Released: 2013-11-05
Paperback (328 pages)

Moon Take a Hike Phoenix: Hikes within Two Hours of the City (Moon Outdoors)
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Grab your water bottle and explore more than 75 great hikes in and around Phoenix. The Valley of the Sun offers thousands of acres for hardcore hikers and first-timers alike to enjoy Arizona's amazing landscape. Inside Moon Take a Hike Phoenix you'll find:
  • Detailed Descriptions: Find the right hike for you with thoughtful and thorough descriptions of what to expect along each trail. Pick from a variety of hikes ranging from flat routes suitable for families to challenging rock scrambles. Escape the city for a few hours or take a day-long trek to ultimate solitude.
  • Quick Reference: Compare difficulty ratings, distance, and elevation gain to pick which trail to tackle in an easy-to-scan chart. Icons identify hikes that are dog-friendly or wheelchair accessible-and highlights like historic sites, wildlife, and wildflowers
  • Maps and Directions: Easy-to-use maps for each trail showing topography and elevation. Point-by-point navigation guides you along the right path and prepares you for changes in terrain. All hikes include GPS coordinates and detailed driving directions (including access via public transit when available) for each trailhead.
  • Best-of Lists: Get ideas for where to start with hikes sorted by interest or difficulty, including "Best Near Water," "Best Summit Views," and "Best Kid-Friendly Hikes."
  • Trusted Advice: Born and raised in Phoenix, author Lilia Menconi shares the experience and knowledge she's gained hiking in and around her hometown. Lilia also includes essential tips on desert safety and ways to beat the heat.
Whether you're a veteran or a first-time hiker, a lifelong resident or a brand new transplant, Moon Take a Hike Phoenix will have you ready to lace up your hiking boots and head out on your next adventure.

Looking to explore beyond Phoenix? Try Moon Southwest Road Trip. Ready for an overnight outdoor adventure? Check out Moon Grand Canyon.

Best Easy Day Hikes Phoenix (Best Easy Day Hikes Series)

By Stewart M. Green

Falcon Guides
Paperback (176 pages)

Best Easy Day Hikes Phoenix (Best Easy Day Hikes Series)
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Best Easy Day Hikes Phoenix features concise descriptions and easy-to-follow maps of thirty-three easily manageable hikes through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Valley of the Sun—from Piestewa Peak, which dominates Phoenix's northern skyline, to McDowell Mountain, Pinnacle Peak, and Lost Dutchman State Park.


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Half-hour strolls to full-day adventures
Hikes for everyone, including families
Hikes ranked from easiest to more challenging
GPS-compatible trail maps

Top Trails of Arizona: Includes Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Monument Valley, Vermilion Cliffs, Havasu Falls, Antelope Canyon, and Slide Rock

By Eric Henze

Gone Beyond Guides
Paperback (196 pages)

Top Trails of Arizona: Includes Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Monument Valley, Vermilion Cliffs, Havasu Falls, Antelope Canyon, and Slide Rock
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Top Trails of Arizona covers a full 32 parks and 221 trails within Arizona and nearby parks in Utah and Nevada! This guide covers every trail within every park in the area with full descriptions of each route, mileage, elevation gain, and trail difficulty. Amenities and directions are given for each park along with a description of what to see. 

Best Short Hikes in Arizona

By Don Laine

Mountaineers Books
Released: 2005-12-06
Paperback (240 pages)

Best Short Hikes in Arizona
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* More than 60 short Arizona hikes (ranging from a fraction of a mile to just over 7 miles round trip)

* A mix of popular hikes and little-known gems showcasing scenic Arizona hiking

* Many hikes in or accessible from major metro areas plus destination parks and landmarks



Don and Barbara Laine present the best of the best of Arizona's short hikes-with an emphasis on "user-friendly." To make selection easy, a "Hikes at a Glance" chart lists trails by distance, elevation gain, difficulty, and location. Other charts list hikes by best places to admire rock formations, see desert plant life, enjoy scenic views, explore historic and prehistoric sites, relax along a shady stream or lake, take the kids, or see wildlife. Important details such as entry fees, restrooms, drinking water, and campground information are listed up front; there's a map and elevation profile for each hike.



That's to say nothing of the breadth of experiences (from sandy desert floor to steep mountainside and riparian environment) awaiting you; or the detailed trail descriptions with tips on where Hollywood movies were filmed and background on old cabins and mines. Most hikes are rated easy or moderate-making them perfect for families-plus a selection of more strenuous hikes.



Regions include the Phoenix, Sedona, Tucson/southern Arizona, and Flagstaff/northeastern Arizona areas; the Grand Canyon (north and south rims) and Petrified Forest National Parks; and Organ Pipe and Chiracahua National Monuments.


Fodor's Arizona & the Grand Canyon (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodors Travel Pubns
Released: 2015-11-10
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Fodor s Arizona & the Grand Canyon (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

Travelers continue to flock to Arizona year-round to explore the outdoors and relax at world-class spa resorts. In full-color throughout, Fodor's Arizona and the Grand Canyon helps travelers take advantage of the state's myriad pleasures, including outstanding museums and galleries, Navajo and Hopi cultural experiences, top-notch golf, three national parks, and excellent Mexican food and tequila.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential information
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· In-depth breakout features on how to experience some of Arizona's top outdoor activities: star-gazing; exploring canyons, deserts, mountains, flora, and fauna; and the ultimate Grand Canyon adventure, rafting the Colorado River
· Major sights such as The Grand Canyon, The Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert, Sedona, Scottsdale, The Heard Museum, Monument Valley, and Desert Botanical Garden
· Coverage of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe; Grand Canyon National Park; Flagstaff; North-Central Arizona; Northeast Arizona; Eastern Arizona; Tucson; Southern Arizona; Northwest Arizona and Southeast Nevada

Phoenix, Arizona: A Photographic Portrait

By Christine K. Bailey

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Phoenix, Arizona: A Photographic Portrait
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Phoenix, Arizona is a melange of old and new, where glass and steel structures share the city blocks with 19th century homes and the futuristic looking light rail train passes through historic neighborhoods. It is set in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, surrounded by and interspersed with countless mountains and miles of desert landscape. Experience the diversity and breathtaking beauty of Phoenix as well as some of its most notable landmarks and points of pride through Paul Scharff s spectacular photography.


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