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Activities

Tempe's warm and irresistible climate makes is easy to step outside to enjoy the many recreational activities the area has to offer in any season. In the midst of this stunning urban community lie mountains, trails, lakes and parks. Great facilities, an ideal location and picturesque landscape make Tempe the perfect place for your next outdoor adventure, including boating, hiking, biking and golf.

Hiking & Biking

The fall is an ideal time to explore Tempe and Phoenix via our Sonoran Desert hiking trails that can easily be accessed within minutes of any Tempe hotel. So dust off those running shoes, grab a water bottle and put on some sunscreen – here's are some of our favorite spots for outdoor adventures.

With its convenient location in the heart of Downtown Tempe, “A” Mountain hiking trails are always popular. From the top, you can get a great view of Tempe Town Lake, downtown and the ASU Tempe Campus. The “A” stands for Arizona State University of course. Learn more about “A” Mountain history at the City of Tempe website. And, if you're in town for ASU Homecoming, don't miss the traditional “A” Mountain lantern walk on November 13 .

Get away from it all at South Mountain Park and Preserve , one of the largest municipal parks in the U.S. with more than 16,000 acres. This South Mountain Park map shows you how to get to Pima Canyon, the closest trailhead to Tempe hotels, near 48th Street and Guadalupe Rd. You can choose a short, easy hike or choose a gradual climb that rewards your efforts with beautiful views of the city skyline. You can find a hiking map and trail descriptions for South Mountain on the City of Phoenix website.

We love our bikes in Tempe. Our city is a a Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly Community Award winner and we are home to 175 miles of bike paths and trails . Arizona State University was also named a gold level bicycle friendly university by the League of American Bicyclists in 2014. You can rent a bike from The Bicycle Cellar or Pedal Bike Shop to explore our city on two wheels.

You can also go on a guided hiking, rock climbing or mountain biking tour with a company like 360 Adventure . Their experts provide all of the equipment that you need. All you have to do is have fun.

Also, check our blog for more information about Phoenix area hiking trails including Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak.

Papago Park

Hiking is one of my favorite things to do and it's the perfect time of year to start off the day with an early morning trek. It's a great way to learn about the Sonoran Desert landscape and mix with the locals too. In the Tempe/Phoenix area, there are so many choices of hiking trails that it can be hard to choose where to go. Here's a quick guide to some of my favorite Phoenix hiking trails. Papago Park and South Mountain Park are also popular for recreational mountain biking in Tempe, AZ . Just remember, take water, wear sunscreen and go with a friend. It's just more safe (and fun) that way!

Papago Park


South Mountain Park


Piestewa Peak


“A” Mountain


Camelback Mountain


Parks & Water Recreation

Tempe, Arizona is known for an active, outdoor lifestyle. Our sunny days are the perfect backdrop for family playtime in a park or splashing around at Tempe Town Lake.

Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park
Go for a run, a leisurely stroll or bike ride at Tempe Beach Park at Mill Ave. and Rio Salado Pkwy. This expansive park features pathways that lead to and encircle Tempe Town Lake and it is home to many festivals and athletic events throughout the year, including IRONMAN Arizona on November 15, 2015 and the Fantasy of Lights Holiday Boat Parade on December 12, 2015.

Visitors can also rent watercraft from Tempe Boat Rentals at Tempe Town Lake. Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and shaded electric boats are just some of the fun options.

Papago Park
This expansive desert preserve is home to playgrounds, a dog park, lagoons, picnic ramadas and hiking and biking trails. It is located just north of Tempe Town Lake.

Kiwanis Park
The 125-acre Kiwanis Park, on Mill Ave. just south of Baseline Rd., features playgrounds, a lake, a batting range, an indoor recreation center, wave pool and a variety of fields for sports.

Daley Park
Kids will also love the large playground at Daley Park located on College Ave. and Encanto Dr. (just south of Apache Blvd.).

 

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