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First Rate Mountain Biking In Scottsdale

Mountain Biking in Scottsdale at Brown’s Ranch

Scottsdale is probably not the first city you think of when it comes to mountain biking. But it should actually be on your radar. Scottsdale is home to 200 plus miles of trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve ALONE with trails ranging from beginner through to advanced. Some trails like the ones we did at Brown's Ranch are made with crushed granite and compacted soil while others are rocky with loose gravel (and so more…

The Back Side Of Pinnacle Peak

Hiking Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona

Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona is the focal point in Pinnacle Peak Park. From afar the summit of the peak looks far more challenging than it does up close but you do need to be a rock climber to get to the top of it. Hikers must be content with a 3.5 mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of approximately 1300 feet. Hiking Pinnacle Peak on the trail can be done in 75…

The Apache Trail: Arizona’s Most Scenic Drive

My little rental car took me on an extraordinary drive along the Apache Trail in Arizona. And it was only by luck that I was there in the first place. Stunning Apache Lake This post includes some affiliate links. If you make a qualifying purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you. How I ended up riving the Apache Trail I had left…

A Visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home – Taliesin West in Scottsdale

How much do you know about Frank Lloyd Wright? I certainly knew of him but if my life depended on it I wouldn't have been able to provide more than a handful of facts - that is until I did a tour of his winter home in Scottsdale, called Taliesin West. It's a remarkable home and the tour - even if you're not into architecture, is fascinating. Our guide - Skylar was truly outstanding -…

Hiking Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona

A few hours of hiking Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona is a great way to spend part of Christmas day as we recently found out. Normally I'm in the kitchen cooking on Christmas but this year things were different. We were meeting my father and step-mother at the atmospheric Lons in the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley for a 4 pm Christmas dinner. And we had nothing to do. There were no presents to open and…

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