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Summer outdoor recreations you should try in Phoenix

Alistair Dominguez
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PHOENIX, AZ — The heat of summer has arrived in Phoenix. Instead of just sitting inside the house with the air condition blaring all day, let's explore some fun outdoor recreations that can make your scorching summer as delightful as the rest of the year.

  • Tubing and kayaking at Salt River
    The Salt River, located only minutes from Phoenix in the magnificent Tonto National Forest, is a recreational paradise that will keep you cool all day or simply for the afternoon (depending on which adventure you choose). The Lower Salt River is ideal for a relaxing float, while the Upper Salt River has class III whitewater. For some tubes, head to Arizona's Salt River Tubing & Recreation, or learn how to spot some wild horses grazing by the river.
  • Go and have fun at the lake
    Though many people enjoy Phoenix for its beautiful desert scenery, a trip to an aquatic oasis may be a refreshing change of pace in the summer. Phoenix offers a variety of lakes within a short drive that provide exciting activities for both thrill-seekers and those seeking leisure. Six lakes in Greater Phoenix, ranging from Lake Pleasant to Canyon Lake, are there for swimming, boating, kayaking and more.
  • Take a hike under the moonlight
    After sunset, take in the cool desert nights under the stars as you experience Phoenix's greatest hikes, such as Blevins Trail, Waterfall Trail or Echo Canyon Trail, to name a few. Stunning scenery, including night-blooming cactus, city light vistas, animals as well as stargazing, are all available for you to marvel at.
  • Camp up north
    During the summer months, a fast trip north of Phoenix is an easy way to escape the heat, and what better way to appreciate the beauty than camping. For your next overnight in nature, Arizona has six national forests, thirty one state parks and more than twelve million acres of public property maintained by the US Bureau of Land Management. Some of the places are, Usery Mountain Regional Park, Coon Bluff Campground, Cave Creek Regional Park and many more. So get out the tents, gather the s'mores ingredients, and check out the finest locations to camp around Phoenix.
  • Take a slide in the water park
    For those who are not really into nature-based activities, don't worry, you can still enjoy your summer by visiting one of the state's many water parks. There is a water experience for everyone, from lively and family-oriented water slides, to Zen and peaceful lazy rivers. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor or Great Wolf Lodge are great places to try.

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