Best nature in Phoenix

Check out the top nature 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
Open · Closes 8:00 PM
+1 480-941-1225
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Marla
Well marked trails tell the story of plants throughout the Southwest with lots of opportunities for nature pho…
Toby
See the Desert by day and the Desert by night! A must for green-thumbs, garden-lovers, photographers and zen m…
Bianca And Cameron
This is a natural exhibit and museum. If you want to experience all that is desert in nature, this is your go…
1. Desert Botanical Garden
1. Desert Botanical Garden
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140 local reviews
1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix
Open · Closes 8:00 PM
+1 480-941-1225
Marla
Marla
Well marked trails tell the story of plants throughout the Southwest with lots of opportunities for nature photography.
Toby
Toby
See the Desert by day and the Desert by night! A must for green-thumbs, garden-lovers, photographers and zen masters. Plenty-o-plant life fo…
Bianca And Cameron
Bianca And Cameron
This is a natural exhibit and museum. If you want to experience all that is desert in nature, this is your go to. Beautiful at sunrise or …
2. Camelback Mountain
2. Camelback Mountain
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185 local reviews
Camelback Mountain, Phoenix
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Ken & Betsy
Popular for hikers... one of many lovely spots for getting out in nature in the middle of the city.
Jonathan
Great hiking and nature!
Eddie N Dale
Very popular hiking location great views of the city and a fun terrain to hike through.
2. Camelback Mountain
2. Camelback Mountain
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185 local reviews
Camelback Mountain, Phoenix
Ken & Betsy
Ken & Betsy
Popular for hikers... one of many lovely spots for getting out in nature in the middle of the city.
Jonathan
Jonathan
Great hiking and nature!
Eddie N Dale
Eddie N Dale
Very popular hiking location great views of the city and a fun terrain to hike through.
3. Piestewa Peak
3. Piestewa Peak
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80 local reviews
Piestewa Peak, Phoenix
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Barbara
One of the best hiking trails in Arizona! Amazing city and desert views! A must for avid hikers and nature ent…
Brian
Another one of Phoenix's signature hikes
Eddie N Dale
Hiking trails take Glendale East turns into Lincoln and the second drive on the left goes into the park. Rent …
3. Piestewa Peak
3. Piestewa Peak
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80 local reviews
Piestewa Peak, Phoenix
Barbara
Barbara
One of the best hiking trails in Arizona! Amazing city and desert views! A must for avid hikers and nature enthusiasts!
Brian
Brian
Another one of Phoenix's signature hikes
Eddie N Dale
Eddie N Dale
Hiking trails take Glendale East turns into Lincoln and the second drive on the left goes into the park. Rent bikes at the ZenYard to ride u…
4. Olive & Ivy
4. Olive & Ivy
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37 local reviews
7135 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 480-751-2200
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Mandy
Dining under the shady trees on Olive and Ivy’s massive patio feels more like southern France than southern Sc…
Patti
This is an amazing restaurant located on the Scottsdale Waterfront. Hip and european all mixed together! Try…
Cindy
Stylish California-Mediterranean Food ! Beautiful patio, feels like Southern France
4. Olive & Ivy
4. Olive & Ivy
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37 local reviews
7135 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 480-751-2200
Mandy
Mandy
Dining under the shady trees on Olive and Ivy’s massive patio feels more like southern France than southern Scottsdale. If you are looking f…
Patti
Patti
This is an amazing restaurant located on the Scottsdale Waterfront. Hip and european all mixed together! Try the artichoke cream dip with …
Cindy
Cindy
Stylish California-Mediterranean Food ! Beautiful patio, feels like Southern France
5. McDowell Mountain Regional Park
5. 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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Molly
Mountain biking, hiking, nature tours. The largest county owned park in the nation.
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.
5. McDowell Mountain Regional Park
5. McDowell Mountain Regional Park
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14 local reviews
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive, Scottsdale
+1 480-471-0173
Molly
Molly
Mountain biking, hiking, nature tours. The largest county owned park in the nation.
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.
6. Trader Joe's
6. Trader Joe's
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28 local reviews
6202 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 480-948-9886
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Jia-Li
Grocery chain with a variety of signature items, plus produce, dairy & more (most sell wine & beer).
Ann & Lars
Grocery chain with a variety of signature items, plus produce, dairy, wine & beer.
Francesca
It's Trader Joes
6. Trader Joe's
6. Trader Joe's
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28 local reviews
6202 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 480-948-9886
Jia-Li
Jia-Li
Grocery chain with a variety of signature items, plus produce, dairy & more (most sell wine & beer).
Ann & Lars
Ann & Lars
Grocery chain with a variety of signature items, plus produce, dairy, wine & beer.
Francesca
Francesca
It's Trader Joes
7. Papago Park
7. Papago Park
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70 local reviews
625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 602-495-5458
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D
Many people like to go here an hour before sunset, right after work for some nature, quiet and a beautiful glo…
Sheryl
Mountain Biking, hiking, and nature are a short jaunt away...
Tim
This is great for running, mountain biking, or an easy hike.
7. Papago Park
7. Papago Park
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70 local reviews
625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 602-495-5458
D
D
Many people like to go here an hour before sunset, right after work for some nature, quiet and a beautiful glow of a sunset; many trails mos…
Sheryl
Sheryl
Mountain Biking, hiking, and nature are a short jaunt away...
Tim
Tim
This is great for running, mountain biking, or an easy hike.
8. Encanto Park
8. Encanto Park
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18 local reviews
Encanto Park, Phoenix
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Patty
2605 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007 (1 mile) Encanto Park is a public park in central Phoenix, Arizona. The par…
Steve
This 222-acre city park oasis with picnic areas, a lagoon, boat house, swimming pool, nature trail, urban fis…
Nancy
Beautiful urban park with stocked ponds for fishing, paddle boats, kiddie park with rides/train, lots of nice …
8. Encanto Park
8. Encanto Park
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18 local reviews
Encanto Park, Phoenix
Patty
Patty
2605 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007 (1 mile) Encanto Park is a public park in central Phoenix, Arizona. The park is composed of 222 acres of …
Steve
Steve
This 222-acre city park oasis with picnic areas, a lagoon, boat house, swimming pool, nature trail, urban fishing and two golf courses with…
Nancy
Nancy
Beautiful urban park with stocked ponds for fishing, paddle boats, kiddie park with rides/train, lots of nice walking paths.
9. D'Lite Healthy On The Go
9. D'Lite Healthy On The Go
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3 local reviews
1135 Apache Boulevard, Tempe
Open · Closes 4:00 PM
+1 480-517-1111
CafeRestaurantFood
Kingsten
Their Signature Breakfast Buzz is amazing! Healthy and fast breakfast. The best in town.
Ben
Great breakfast/lunch spot with a driveway. Try their signature breakfast smoothie the "Breakfast Buzz" or th…
Ben
Great breakfast/lunch spot with a driveway. Try their signature breakfast smoothie the "Breakfast Buzz" or th…
9. D'Lite Healthy On The Go
9. D'Lite Healthy On The Go
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3 local reviews
1135 Apache Boulevard, Tempe
Open · Closes 4:00 PM
+1 480-517-1111
Kingsten
Kingsten
Their Signature Breakfast Buzz is amazing! Healthy and fast breakfast. The best in town.
Ben
Ben
Great breakfast/lunch spot with a driveway. Try their signature breakfast smoothie the "Breakfast Buzz" or the croissant breakfast sandwich…
Ben
Ben
Great breakfast/lunch spot with a driveway. Try their signature breakfast smoothie the "Breakfast Buzz" or the croissant breakfast sandwich…
10. Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
10. Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
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10 local reviews
2757 East Guadalupe Road, Gilbert
+1 480-503-6234
ParkNatural featurePoint of interest
Terry & Sheri
Great for a nice nature walk.
Jessica
Walking paths and beautiful nature walk seeing unusual birds and such!
Querida
Excellent park for walking, sightseeing, and enjoying nature. Library is near by for quiet reading or informat…
10. Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
10. Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
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10 local reviews
2757 East Guadalupe Road, Gilbert
+1 480-503-6234
Terry & Sheri
Terry & Sheri
Great for a nice nature walk.
Jessica
Jessica
Walking paths and beautiful nature walk seeing unusual birds and such!
Querida
Querida
Excellent park for walking, sightseeing, and enjoying nature. Library is near by for quiet reading or information exploring.