Things to do / Travel Guide
Make sure you charge some extra batteries because the southern Arizona desert scenery is so spectacular that you'll probably need to restock your supply. There's more amazing scenery for you to take pictures of here than you can shake a memory stick at.
For a great panoramic view of the “Valley of the Sun,” drive up the paved, winding Central Avenue that leads to the top of South Mountain Park, the largest park in the Phoenix park system.
Head east of Phoenix to the Superstition Wilderness and the Apache Trail. Along the trail there are several outstanding views:
- Mile 7.3: Needle Vista Viewpoint - Weaver's Needle, the strikingly high pinnacle that rises above the Superstition Mountains, is a landmark that is often recalled in the many legends about lost gold mines in these hills.
- Mile 14.8: Boulder Canyon Trail #103 - Climb up the ridge for fantastic views of the Superstition Mountains and Canyon Lake area.
- Mile 24.4: Fish Creek Hill - As you go down the steep road, you'll be treated to spectacular views of the canyon below.
Windy Point is located at roughly 6,600 feet above sea level and marks the halfway point between the base of Mt. Lemmon and its peak. Ten different mountain ranges can be seen from this point along with all of Tucson, making this the perfect place to end the day and watch the sunset. There is also a visitors center here, but be advised that due to the stunning views traffic around this bend is often heavy.