Hot-weather hiking advisory. We have
entered the hot weather season in the Sonoran Desert. Please use extra caution
if you’re planning on using trails. During hot weather months, try to wait for
shade when hiking as full sun temperatures can be more than 20 degrees higher
than the official shade temperature. So hike in early morning or near dusk when
there’s more shade and less intense heat. Remember, even if you are hydrated you
can still suffer from heat-related illness on the hottest summer days. During
excessive heat warnings, consider whether it's safe to hike at all. Follow our full safety
guidelines for staying safe on the trail.
The Phoenix desert preserves are a wonderland of nature,
recreation and fitness, but they're also wild desert areas with rocky terrain
and other natural hazards. The links on this page will help you plan your visit
and keep it safe and fun.
Please Note: There are no ramada reservations on major
holidays including Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving (and the Friday following), July
4, Christmas, Memorial Day, Labor Day and any other official holiday recognized
by the City of Phoenix. On these holidays, all desert-preserve based ramadas are
available on a first come, first served basis.