Best deserts in Phoenix

Check out the top deserts in Phoenix, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Desert Botanical Garden
1. Desert Botanical Garden
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140 local reviews
1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
+1 480-941-1225
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Patti
The Desert Botanical Garden features the best plants, flowers and wildlife that the Sonoran Desert has to offe…
GandS
The Desert Botanical Garden is a 140 acres botanical garden located in Papago Park. Founded by the Arizona Ca…
Albert
The Desert Botanical Garden features the best plants, flowers and wildlife that the Sonoran Desert has to offe…
1. Desert Botanical Garden
1. Desert Botanical Garden
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140 local reviews
1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
+1 480-941-1225
Patti
Patti
The Desert Botanical Garden features the best plants, flowers and wildlife that the Sonoran Desert has to offer. The Garden has multiple wal…
GandS
GandS
The Desert Botanical Garden is a 140 acres botanical garden located in Papago Park. Founded by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society …
Albert
Albert
The Desert Botanical Garden features the best plants, flowers and wildlife that the Sonoran Desert has to offer. The Garden has multiple wal…
2. Hohokam Stadium
2. Hohokam Stadium
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16 local reviews
1235 North Center Street, Mesa
+1 480-644-4451
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Paul
Spring training home of the Oakland A's - The recently renovated Hohokam Stadium has quickly become one of the…
Judy
The spring training in Arizona known as the “Cactus League” isn't just some sad little desert league trying to…
DiAnn
Oakland Athletes Spring training
2. Hohokam Stadium
2. Hohokam Stadium
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16 local reviews
1235 North Center Street, Mesa
+1 480-644-4451
Paul
Paul
Spring training home of the Oakland A's - The recently renovated Hohokam Stadium has quickly become one of the best Spring Training experien…
Judy
Judy
The spring training in Arizona known as the “Cactus League” isn't just some sad little desert league trying to be taken seriously. Some of t…
DiAnn
DiAnn
Oakland Athletes Spring training
3. Camelback Mountain
3. Camelback Mountain
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185 local reviews
Camelback Mountain, Phoenix
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Bobby
A favorite of locals and tourists alike. Be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks. We often carry extra bott…
Jennifer
Very popular hike so it's often crowded, but a great workout. You can do the Echo Canyon side for a steep, sho…
Howie
The range consists of two main trails, Echo Canyon Trail and Cholla Trail, both of which are rated Extremely D…
3. Camelback Mountain
3. Camelback Mountain
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185 local reviews
Camelback Mountain, Phoenix
Bobby
Bobby
A favorite of locals and tourists alike. Be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks. We often carry extra bottles for tourists when we go up…
Jennifer
Jennifer
Very popular hike so it's often crowded, but a great workout. You can do the Echo Canyon side for a steep, shorter hike, or the Cholla trail…
Howie
Howie
The range consists of two main trails, Echo Canyon Trail and Cholla Trail, both of which are rated Extremely Difficult and subject hikers to…
4. Taliesin West
4. Taliesin West
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63 local reviews
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale
Closed · Opens 8:30 AM
+1 480-627-5340
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Kc
Taliesin West is a national historic landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains outsid…
Lisa
This is Frank Lloyd Wright’s world famous home and architectural laboratory. Built in 1937 by the famous archi…
Scott
Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Sco…
4. Taliesin West
4. Taliesin West
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63 local reviews
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale
Closed · Opens 8:30 AM
+1 480-627-5340
Kc
Kc
Taliesin West is a national historic landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, AZ. It is al…
Lisa
Lisa
This is Frank Lloyd Wright’s world famous home and architectural laboratory. Built in 1937 by the famous architect himself, it is now a Nati…
Scott
Scott
Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ. It is also the h…
5. Phoenix Zoo
5. Phoenix Zoo
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76 local reviews
455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 602-286-3800
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Marty
It's a very lovely representation of the Arizona desert vegetation.
Stanley Paul
World reknown for saving near-extinct animals from around the globe, this private zoo operates every day of th…
Paul + Amy
Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Gardens
5. Phoenix Zoo
5. Phoenix Zoo
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76 local reviews
455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 602-286-3800
Marty
Marty
It's a very lovely representation of the Arizona desert vegetation.
Stanley Paul
Stanley Paul
World reknown for saving near-extinct animals from around the globe, this private zoo operates every day of the year on the edge of Tempe an…
Paul + Amy
Paul + Amy
Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Gardens
6. McDowell Mountain Regional Park
6. McDowell Mountain Regional Park
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14 local reviews
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive, Scottsdale
+1 480-471-0173
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Agustin
Sonoran Desert preserve. Trails for hiking, mountain biking, horse riding.
Michelle
This is a beautiful area for hiking and mountain biking. Miles of trails. Try the Scenic or Escondido trail fo…
Bill & Marty
Great drive, $6 entry fee. Lovely park with lots of hiking trails and amenities. Bicycle trails.
6. McDowell Mountain Regional Park
6. McDowell Mountain Regional Park
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14 local reviews
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive, Scottsdale
+1 480-471-0173
Agustin
Agustin
Sonoran Desert preserve. Trails for hiking, mountain biking, horse riding.
Michelle
Michelle
This is a beautiful area for hiking and mountain biking. Miles of trails. Try the Scenic or Escondido trail for a great view of the desert a…
Bill & Marty
Bill & Marty
Great drive, $6 entry fee. Lovely park with lots of hiking trails and amenities. Bicycle trails.
7. Saguaro Lake
7. Saguaro Lake
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15 local reviews
Saguaro Lake
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Carla
Fish from shore, rent a boat, take a ride on Desert Belle Lake Cruise, eat at marina.
Katie And Anthony
This isn't a beach as you'd imagine but it does have jet ski and boat rental and the ability to camp overnight…
Diana
This is where I water-ski. You will see a boat in the side yard! Great little restaurant and you can take a bo…
7. Saguaro Lake
7. Saguaro Lake
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15 local reviews
Saguaro Lake
Carla
Carla
Fish from shore, rent a boat, take a ride on Desert Belle Lake Cruise, eat at marina.
Katie And Anthony
Katie And Anthony
This isn't a beach as you'd imagine but it does have jet ski and boat rental and the ability to camp overnight. Who says Arizona is only des…
Diana
Diana
This is where I water-ski. You will see a boat in the side yard! Great little restaurant and you can take a boat tour.
8. McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trailhead
8. McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trailhead
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15 local reviews
18333 North Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale
+1 480-312-7013
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Natalie
Great trail that's not too difficult, not too far away and that will give you a great view of the spectacular …
Shannyn
Coming to take in the desert scenery, but don't want to get out of the valley? The McDowell trails offer a hug…
Ariel
The best hiking just minutes away.
8. McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trailhead
8. McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trailhead
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15 local reviews
18333 North Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale
+1 480-312-7013
Natalie
Natalie
Great trail that's not too difficult, not too far away and that will give you a great view of the spectacular desert in north Scottsdale.
Shannyn
Shannyn
Coming to take in the desert scenery, but don't want to get out of the valley? The McDowell trails offer a huge range of sight seeing, plent…
Ariel
Ariel
The best hiking just minutes away.
9. Mormon Trailhead
9. Mormon Trailhead
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5 local reviews
8610 South 24th Street, Phoenix
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Doug & Teri
This trail has some of the nicest desert landscape. It is moderate difficulty.
Tim
A really excellent hike, very close to home. Check out the Arizona desert with the cacti, rocks, and the loca…
Krystal
My favorite hiking spot, walking distance from the house.
9. Mormon Trailhead
9. Mormon Trailhead
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5 local reviews
8610 South 24th Street, Phoenix
Doug & Teri
Doug & Teri
This trail has some of the nicest desert landscape. It is moderate difficulty.
Tim
Tim
A really excellent hike, very close to home. Check out the Arizona desert with the cacti, rocks, and the local fauna... it is a moderate hi…
Krystal
Krystal
My favorite hiking spot, walking distance from the house.
10. Bartlett Lake
10. Bartlett Lake
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12 local reviews
Bartlett Lake
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Jennifer & Jeremy
Rent a kayak, SUP, pontoon or fishing boat from the Marina. Scottsdale Triathlon club does open-water swim t…
Colein
Lake in the desert -- rent a boat for the day, go fishing, kayak, swim, hike etc.
Bill & Marty
Nice drive, pretty views and lake
10. Bartlett Lake
10. Bartlett Lake
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12 local reviews
Bartlett Lake
Jennifer & Jeremy
Jennifer & Jeremy
Rent a kayak, SUP, pontoon or fishing boat from the Marina. Scottsdale Triathlon club does open-water swim training location. The Marina a…
Colein
Colein
Lake in the desert -- rent a boat for the day, go fishing, kayak, swim, hike etc.
Bill & Marty
Bill & Marty
Nice drive, pretty views and lake
11. Saguaro Lake Marina
11. Saguaro Lake Marina
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3 local reviews
14011 North Bush Highway, Mesa
+1 480-986-5546
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Bill & Marty
Great food at Marina. Good views. Pretty drive. Hiking trails. Boat rentals and Desert Belle tour boat tha…
Debra
Amazing desert views. You can rent a small boat for about $25 an hour. I saw big horn sheep when I was there…
Bill & Marty
Great food at Marina. Good views. Pretty drive. Hiking trails. Boat rentals and Desert Belle tour boat tha…
11. Saguaro Lake Marina
11. Saguaro Lake Marina
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3 local reviews
14011 North Bush Highway, Mesa
+1 480-986-5546
Bill & Marty
Bill & Marty
Great food at Marina. Good views. Pretty drive. Hiking trails. Boat rentals and Desert Belle tour boat that is 90 min long and lovely.
Debra
Debra
Amazing desert views. You can rent a small boat for about $25 an hour. I saw big horn sheep when I was there.
Bill & Marty
Bill & Marty
Great food at Marina. Good views. Pretty drive. Hiking trails. Boat rentals and Desert Belle tour boat that is 90 min long and lovely.
12. Cave Creek
12. Cave Creek
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18 local reviews
Cave Creek, Cave Creek
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Barbara
See the great western town of Cave Creek! Grab some lunch, check out local shops, and be immersed in the beaut…
Jane
Phoenix as it was 40 years ago. Shops, restaurants, sights of the Sonoran Desert en route.
Tina
Many trinkets you would like to purchase from Mexico or the Native American Reservation you can pickup right h…
12. Cave Creek
12. Cave Creek
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18 local reviews
Cave Creek, Cave Creek
Barbara
Barbara
See the great western town of Cave Creek! Grab some lunch, check out local shops, and be immersed in the beautiful desert landscape!
Jane
Jane
Phoenix as it was 40 years ago. Shops, restaurants, sights of the Sonoran Desert en route.
Tina
Tina
Many trinkets you would like to purchase from Mexico or the Native American Reservation you can pickup right here in Cave Creek in the many …