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Our Favorite Arizona

Parks&Trails The Inside Scoop from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Staff Members

With so many incredible parks and scenic trails to explore

Who we asked: Chandler, Mesa-Gilbert and Tempe-

Why they love it: Right off the 101, this is a great way

all over this beautiful state – whether you’re hiking, biking

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to spend the afternoon! On a clear day you can see

or simply looking for a great picnicking spot – it’s difficult to know where to get started. To help point you in the right direction, we have put together a handy list of our favorite places to check out here, there and everywhere.

forever. A few switchbacks make it a little challenging, Where they go: Just south of Phoenix, South Mountain Park/Preserve boasts more than 16,000 acres of gorgeous terrain.

but the trail is very nice – wear good shoes. It is about four miles round-trip. It’s one of the best hikes that is fast and easy in the Phoenix metro area.

Why they love it: It’s one of the most overlooked

Who we asked: Oro Valley/Marana, Tucson Foothills

places, but it’s right in the heart of it all. It has terrific

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views, something for everyone of any skill level and great history on Arizona.

Where they go: Saguaro National Park East and West lie on either side of the city of Tucson and shelter the

Who we asked: Prescott Office

Where they go: Watson Lake is a lovely escape j u s t f o u r m i l e s o u t s i d e o f P re s c o t t , i d e a l f o r boaters, kayakers and (summertime) campers.

indisputable mascot of the Southwest – the iconic saguaro cactus.

There are tons of hiking trails in both parks

and an eight-mile drive for saguaro viewing. Great during the cooler months! Educate yourself at

Why they love it: Since we are “up the hill” from

the visitor center or learn additional information

Phoenix, we can enjoy the spring a little bit longer, stay

about the parks from on-site rangers.

local and go for a nice walk or fish at Watson Lake. The

rock formations are amazing and really take you back

Where else they go: Located in the northwestern face

to nature, where you can truly unplug and detach from

of the Santa Rita Mountains, Madera Canyon is part of

everyday stresses.

the sprawling Coronado National Forest.

Who we asked: Phoenix Metro Office

Why they love it: It’s perfect for hiking and bird watching, with beautiful scenery. And it’s only 25 miles

Where they go: Near Scottsdale, the popular Tom’s Thumb Trailhead is known not only for its fabulous views, but also for allowing leashed dogs to join in the trek. Scenery of Cathedral Rock at sunset in Sedona

southeast of Tucson!

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