Great Phoenix Natural Landmarks to Visit

Contrary to what many are convinced, the city of Phoenix, Arizona is located in one of the most geographically beautiful areas in the US. Definitely, there is a ton of desert and cactus all over the area. But Phoenix and areas within an hour or two driving distance from Phoenix, are filled with a massive topography that includes lmountain ranges, lakes and desert. Though the the city of Phoenix and its swift surroundings can be extremely hot during much of the time, there are plenty of Phoenix natural landmarks that offer recreational opportunities. Such places as Piestewa Peak, situated in Phoenix Mountains Park, and Gatlin Site (found near Phoenix) are great Phoenix natural landmarks.

Piestewa Peak

In the gigantic Phoenix metropolitan area with a population of 1 million people is a mountain range called the Phoenix Mountains. It is one of the highest points in Arizona where you can hike to the peak and enjoy breathtaking perspectives of the Phoenix area and beyond. Visitors can never believe being in the middle of one of the biggest built up areas in the US and yet you can visit here for several hours feeling like you are miles and miles away from any the city of Phoenix. There is an abundance of plant life to enjoy, including wildwood and mesquite trees. Fauna as well as flora is also bounteous on the top and the encircling Phoenix Mountains Park which include coyotes, jackrabbits, and gila monsters. Though hiking is the most important activity here, the trek averages from comparatively straightforward to a touch tricky. It’s easy enough for a family to enjoy on an outing.

Gatlin Site

This is another one of the natural landmarks in Phoenix that is both resplendent with natural beauty and history. Much of it has been aimed towards those with an abiding interest in archeology though there’s a sense of wonder for anyone that has never seen it. There are old ruins such as mounds and irrigation canals that once served a much earlier civilization here. Nature has reclaimed much of it. Hikers are permitted to bring trowels to dig through the ruins. A lot of the exploration is done on the interpretive trail where visitors will find plenty of the old ruins.

Camelback Mountain

Like Pietswa Peak, a good portion of this mountain is in Phoenix. It received its name from the peak’s semblance to the form of a camel which encompasses the head and the hump. As among the natural landmarks in Phoenix, there's a lot of foliage and animal-life to see. The largest activity is hiking. But unlike Piestewa Peak, the hiking here is for the sturdier adventurer. The terrain is extremely steep and it can take nearly 3 hours solely to hike a trail that is hardly more than a mile long. It's extremely significant that anybody hiking anyone of the two trails here carry enough water water in the hike and not risk dehydration or major sickness.

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