Best canyons in Phoenix

Check out the top canyons in Phoenix, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals

1. Echo Canyon Recreation Area

1. Echo Canyon Recreation Area

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19 local reviews
4925 East McDonald Drive, Phoenix
+1 602-261-8318
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Victor
Camelback Mountain is a mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The English name is derived from its shap…
Lisa
This is where you go to hike up one side on Camelback Mountain. We have hiked this and it is a challenge, but …
John
Moderate to difficult hike...not to be underestimated. Bring plenty of water, and wear proper shoes. Do not hi…
1. Echo Canyon Recreation Area

1. Echo Canyon Recreation Area

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19 local reviews
4925 East McDonald Drive, Phoenix
+1 602-261-8318
Victor
Victor
Camelback Mountain is a mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The English name is derived from its shape, which resembles the hump an…
Lisa
Lisa
This is where you go to hike up one side on Camelback Mountain. We have hiked this and it is a challenge, but worth it if you are in good ph…
John
John
Moderate to difficult hike...not to be underestimated. Bring plenty of water, and wear proper shoes. Do not hike after 9am in the hotter mon…
2. Camelback Mountain

2. Camelback Mountain

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171 local reviews
Camelback Mountain, Phoenix
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Terry
Camelback Mountain, with an elevation of 2,704 feet, is an excellent hike or climb in Arizona. Hiking Camelbac…
Kelly
If you're looking for a great workout, hit the trails on Camelback Mountain. There are two challenging hiking…
Tanner
Camelback Mountain is probably the most iconic spot in Phoenix, Arizona. Nestled near the heart of the city, t…
2. Camelback Mountain

2. Camelback Mountain

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171 local reviews
Camelback Mountain, Phoenix
Terry
Terry
Camelback Mountain, with an elevation of 2,704 feet, is an excellent hike or climb in Arizona. Hiking Camelback Mountain is perfect for a to…
Kelly
Kelly
If you're looking for a great workout, hit the trails on Camelback Mountain. There are two challenging hiking trails that go all the way to…
Tanner
Tanner
Camelback Mountain is probably the most iconic spot in Phoenix, Arizona. Nestled near the heart of the city, the mountain has two climbs to …
3. Piestewa Peak

3. Piestewa Peak

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75 local reviews
Piestewa Peak, Phoenix
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Mary
'Stairmaster' hike that ends with an incredible 360 degree view. The second most popular hike in the state aft…
Scott
'Stairmaster' hike that ends with an incredible 360 degree view. The second most popular hike in the state aft…
Johnny
Great workout. Will take 1.5 - 2.0 hours approximately to climb to the summit and back. Moderate trail.
3. Piestewa Peak

3. Piestewa Peak

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75 local reviews
Piestewa Peak, Phoenix
Mary
Mary
'Stairmaster' hike that ends with an incredible 360 degree view. The second most popular hike in the state after the Grand Canyon. If the lo…
Scott
Scott
'Stairmaster' hike that ends with an incredible 360 degree view. The second most popular hike in the state after the Grand Canyon. If the lo…
Johnny
Johnny
Great workout. Will take 1.5 - 2.0 hours approximately to climb to the summit and back. Moderate trail.
4. Saguaro Lake

4. Saguaro Lake

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13 local reviews
Saguaro Lake
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Julie
Beautiful spot where the lake is up against the canyon. Rent a boat and go to the end of the lake (about 1 mi…
Ryan
Lake in the canyons, good for boat rental, fishing, swimming in certain spors
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…
4. Saguaro Lake

4. Saguaro Lake

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13 local reviews
Saguaro Lake
Julie
Julie
Beautiful spot where the lake is up against the canyon. Rent a boat and go to the end of the lake (about 1 mile). Rent jet skis or take a …
Ryan
Ryan
Lake in the canyons, good for boat rental, fishing, swimming in certain spors
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.
5. Desert Canyon Golf Club

5. Desert Canyon Golf Club

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5 local reviews
10440 North Indian Wells Drive, Fountain Hills
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+1 480-837-1173
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Roger
Desert Canyon Golf Club
Brandon
Desert Canyon Golf Club
Lore
A wonderful course with great views. A course with a lot of personality! A lot of fun to play. Also a great pl…
5. Desert Canyon Golf Club

5. Desert Canyon Golf Club

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5 local reviews
10440 North Indian Wells Drive, Fountain Hills
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+1 480-837-1173
Roger
Roger
Desert Canyon Golf Club
Brandon
Brandon
Desert Canyon Golf Club
Lore
Lore
A wonderful course with great views. A course with a lot of personality! A lot of fun to play. Also a great place to catch a drink and have …
6. Tortilla Flat

6. Tortilla Flat

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18 local reviews
Tortilla Flat, Tortilla Flat
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Janette
Fun unusual Restaurant in the dessert. Not far past Canyon Lake
Chris
It's a few older buildings just a few miles past Canyon Lake. Nice scenic drive with a few shops, very small …
Julie
Take a day trip up to Canyon Lake. The views are stunning. Stop at the famous Tortilla Flat authentic remnan…
6. Tortilla Flat

6. Tortilla Flat

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18 local reviews
Tortilla Flat, Tortilla Flat
Janette
Janette
Fun unusual Restaurant in the dessert. Not far past Canyon Lake
Chris
Chris
It's a few older buildings just a few miles past Canyon Lake. Nice scenic drive with a few shops, very small museum and ice cream shop with…
Julie
Julie
Take a day trip up to Canyon Lake. The views are stunning. Stop at the famous Tortilla Flat authentic remnant of an old west town. Have l…
7. Cholla Trailhead Camelback Mountain

7. Cholla Trailhead Camelback Mountain

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18 local reviews
6131 East Cholla Lane, Paradise Valley
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This is the backside entrance to Camelback Mountain. Good for a warm up to the peak and then you can go down t…
Lisa
WE have hiked this side of Camelback and it a a challenge. This summits at the same location as the Echo Canyo…
Eddie N Dale
Great hike and views is a challenging hike, just put in new parking areas
7. Cholla Trailhead Camelback Mountain

7. Cholla Trailhead Camelback Mountain

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18 local reviews
6131 East Cholla Lane, Paradise Valley
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This is the backside entrance to Camelback Mountain. Good for a warm up to the peak and then you can go down the Echo Canyon Trail and walk …
Lisa
Lisa
WE have hiked this side of Camelback and it a a challenge. This summits at the same location as the Echo Canyon Trail. Cholla Trail (the ‘ea…
Eddie N Dale
Eddie N Dale
Great hike and views is a challenging hike, just put in new parking areas
8. Canyon Lake

8. Canyon Lake

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10 local reviews
Canyon Lake
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Cindy
We spent our summers boating on Canyon Lake. Take a nature tour on the Dolly Steamboat. Right across the str…
Tanner
Canyon lake is about a 30 minute drive from Tempe with great views of the desert and the lake.
Molly
Boating rental, Steamboat cruise, swimming, beach BBQ, hiking. Short drive from Fountain Hills and the views …
8. Canyon Lake

8. Canyon Lake

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10 local reviews
Canyon Lake
Cindy
Cindy
We spent our summers boating on Canyon Lake. Take a nature tour on the Dolly Steamboat. Right across the street from the marina is the Bou…
Tanner
Tanner
Canyon lake is about a 30 minute drive from Tempe with great views of the desert and the lake.
Molly
Molly
Boating rental, Steamboat cruise, swimming, beach BBQ, hiking. Short drive from Fountain Hills and the views are spectacular. A mini Grand…
9. The Dolly Steamboat

9. The Dolly Steamboat

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5 local reviews
16802 Arizona 88, Apache Junction
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+1 480-827-9144
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Barbara
Sightseeing and Dinner Steamboat Cruises on Arizona's Beautiful Canyon Lake. Nestled in the heart of the Super…
Amber & Scott
This is a fun 2-3 hour boat ride on Canyon Lake. The views are beautiful with a chance to see some wild life. …
Wes
Nice drive and a great boat cruise.
9. The Dolly Steamboat

9. The Dolly Steamboat

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5 local reviews
16802 Arizona 88, Apache Junction
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+1 480-827-9144
Barbara
Barbara
Sightseeing and Dinner Steamboat Cruises on Arizona's Beautiful Canyon Lake. Nestled in the heart of the Superstition Mountains lies spectac…
Amber & Scott
Amber & Scott
This is a fun 2-3 hour boat ride on Canyon Lake. The views are beautiful with a chance to see some wild life. To get there you drive though…
Wes
Wes
Nice drive and a great boat cruise.
10. SunRidge Canyon Golf Club

10. SunRidge Canyon Golf Club

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6 local reviews
13100 Sunridge Drive, Fountain Hills
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+1 480-837-5100
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Brandon
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
Roger
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
Ciel
Golf course just down the hill. You could walk from the villa with a few clubs to go to the driving range. A …
10. SunRidge Canyon Golf Club

10. SunRidge Canyon Golf Club

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6 local reviews
13100 Sunridge Drive, Fountain Hills
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+1 480-837-5100
Brandon
Brandon
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
Roger
Roger
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club
Ciel
Ciel
Golf course just down the hill. You could walk from the villa with a few clubs to go to the driving range. A 2 minute drive.