Who says hiking is a warm-weather activity? Some of the most spectacular hiking in Tempe takes place when the air turns crisp and crowds diminish. Check out these cold-weather hot spots to keep your spirit refreshed and energy levels up.
Hayden Butte (“A” Mountain)
The little-big mountain rising from the center of Tempe offers the most accessible hiking trails without even leaving the city. That means you can tromp up Hayden Butte, also called “A” Mountain for its ties to Arizona State University, just before breakfast or dinner to snag the best views of sunrise and sunset over downtown Tempe and Tempe Town Lake. Bring along visiting family or friends to show off centuries-old rock art scattered across the mountain.
Yes, you can actually reach that “Hole in the Rock” when traversing trails through Papago Park. Surreal sandstone buttes frame slowly ascending paths through the park, which spans 1200 acres and includes the Desert Botanical Garden. Wind your way around the mountain to reach the top, where you can peer through nature’s porthole to spy on the city and desert.
South Mountain Park and Preserve
With 16,000 acres and three mountains, South Mountain Park and Preserve thrives in the colder months, offering multiple trailheads leading to 51 miles of hiking trails. Go on the weekend for “Silent Sundays” when the main roadway through the park is closed to vehicle traffic at specific times, letting you enjoy an unfettered romp with nature. Choose from hiking, cycling, jogging or just a leisurely walk. Check the park’s website for Silent Sundays hours. Whenever you go, don’t miss hiking the Marcos De Niza for sweeping views – but expect a steep descent and bring along some warm clothing!
Trails at Singh Meadows
Yes, Singh Meadows is a farmer’s market – but that’s just a fraction of the draw during the off-season. Known alternately as a pastoral retreat, free-form park and urban oasis, the 75-acre property sprawls with rolling open spaces and walking trails perfect for a family outing or leisurely meadow walk. Grab a healthy drink at the market’s juice bar or stay after your walk for wholesome eating from The Kitchen at Singh Meadows.
Whether roaming nature’s hiking trails or binge-watching your favorite films, it’s easy to enjoy life in one of our Tempe apartment communities. Stop by for a look around and to hear about our move-in specials.