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The Greater Phoenix metro area is defined by its signature red-rock peaks, most notably 2,704-foot Camelback Mountain. Popular with trail runners and hikers, the best route to the summit (1.2 miles one-way) starts out through scenic Echo Canyon.  
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There are over 50 rock-climbing routes in Camelback Mountain/Echo Canyon Recreation Area, the best of which is the 5.7-rated Praying Monk. Go with a local outfitter like 360 Adventures for instruction and the beta on the best routes for your skill level.  
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With more than 50 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, 16,500-acre South Mountain Park & Preserve is the world's largest municipal park. Yet despite its proximity to the country's fifth-largest city, you'll find yourself in desert wilderness within minutes. Hike to Hidden Valley and through Fat Man's Pass for great views, wildflowers, and ancient petroglyphs.  
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McDowell Mountain Regional Park is a 21,099-acre preserve that's home to deer, javelina, coyotes, and a pair of mountain lions who occasionally wander down from the higher elevations of the nearby McDowell Mountains. It's also home to some excellent mountain-biking trails along cactus-lined doubletrack and down into the dry washes of the lower Verde River basin. Hook up with Arizona Outback Adventures for top-notch guiding and equipment.  
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Water is a constant topic of conversation in the thirsty valley that comprises Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, and Glendale. Out of town, local rivers like the Verde and Salt aren't just for drinking, however, with whitewater ranging from easy Class I riffles to more strenuous Class III-IV as you get higher into the surrounding hills.  
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Saguaro Lake Ranch sits in a tranquil spot just beneath the dam that holds back ten-mile-long Saguaro Lake in central Arizona. Downstream, the Salt River twists beneath the striking Bulldog Cliffs and Goldfield Mountains before flexing some mild Class I muscles on its passage toward the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Kayaking, horseback riding, and hiking are some of the activities on tap from the ranch.  
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A Grand Canyon flightseeing tour from Phoenix will take you on a spectacular 90-minute flight over the red-rock canyons of Sedona and northerly Flagstaff before banking over the Big Ditch itself, a marvel from the air and the ground. Phoenix-based Westwind Air Service offers a once-in-a-lifetime flight-hike package for $469 per person.  
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Dropping into the Grand Canyon is an experience that shouldn't be missed. Grand Canyon National Park's Bright Angel Trail is the most popular route, though slightly less-trafficked Kaibab Trail (trailhead pictured here) is another spectacular way to enjoy this 1.7-billion-year-old natural wonder of the world.  
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Greater Phoenix is a sprawling urban enclave that somehow manages to meld with its environment despite its ever-growing reach. Local municipal parks like Scottsdale's 150-acre Pinnacle Peak Park provide locals and visitors alike with a taste of the diverse Sonoran Desert landscape while enjoying outdoor activities like hiking, trail running, and rock climbing.  
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