Desert Gardens and Parks

Desert Botanical Garden
Arid climates can produce beautiful landscapes and the Desert Botanical Garden proves it. Established in 1939 and covering more than 50 acres, visitors can identify and enjoy 139 rare and endangered plant species from around the world. Hike one of five desert trails. Reserve a spot for dinner in the garden and then head over to one of the outdoor concerts. Host a wine tasting in the garden. Learn more about the desert at a seminar or workshop. Get into the holiday spirit at Las Noches del las Luminarias.

Carefree and Cave Creek
These communities are less than 30 minutes from Scottsdale. Hike the Spurcross Trail, which is three miles long, or the Schoolhouse Trail, two miles long, in Cave Creek. Climb on a horse and ride the trails throughout the 2,900-acre Cave Creek Recreation area.

Venture into the foothills of Carefree. Spot coyotes, javelinas, red-tailed hawks and roadrunners. Pull out the binoculars. You just might spot cardinals, mourning doves and horned owls in the Carefree foothills.


Its location evokes mystery – situated in a remote area of the Sonoran Desert near Superstition Mountain. Try to find the reputed Lost Dutchman Mine. Pick up a map at the visitor’s center. Then venture out onto one of the nature trails. 


This spectacular 21,099-acre park is a sight to behold. Situated along the Lower Verde River basin, visitors can enjoy more than 50 miles of trails. Scan the beautiful McDowell Mountains that make up the park’s backdrop. Break out the telescope and star gaze. Spot javelinas, coyotes and more. Train for a bike race, using one of three competitive loops.


Slip on your hiking shoes and head over to this 150-acre park. Contemplate the dramatic views 1,300 feet up. Push your abilities to the limit with a day of rock climbing. Sign up for an interpretative program to learn about the predominant cacti and other native plants in the area. Hike the 3 ½ mile trail.

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For more information, please call 480-444-1234
Concierge ext. 5603

Email: Concierge

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