Best deserts in Phoenix

Check out the top deserts in Phoenix, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Desert Botanical Garden
1. Desert Botanical Garden
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217 local reviews
1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 480-941-1225
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GandS
The Desert Botanical Garden is a 140 acres botanical garden located in Papago Park. Founded by the Arizona…
Albert
The Desert Botanical Garden features the best plants, flowers and wildlife that the Sonoran Desert has to…
L.J. & Peter
The Desert Botanical Garden offers the world's finest collection of arid plants from deserts of the world in a…
1. Desert Botanical Garden
1. Desert Botanical Garden
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217 local reviews
1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix
Open · Closes 11:00 PM
+1 480-941-1225
GandS
GandS
The Desert Botanical Garden is a 140 acres botanical garden located in Papago Park. Founded by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society…
Albert
Albert
The Desert Botanical Garden features the best plants, flowers and wildlife that the Sonoran Desert has to offer. The Garden has multiple…
L.J. & Peter
L.J. & Peter
The Desert Botanical Garden offers the world's finest collection of arid plants from deserts of the world in a unique outdoor setting. The…
2. Desert Botanical Garden
2. Desert Botanical Garden
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130 local reviews
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
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Marcos
When in Pheonix, make sure you visit the desert botanical garden, it’s simply gorgeous! During the months of…
Wayne
Discover the tranquil vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes at…
Mike
The Desert Botanical Garden features the best plants, flowers and wildlife that the Sonoran Desert has to…
2. Desert Botanical Garden
2. Desert Botanical Garden
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130 local reviews
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Marcos
Marcos
When in Pheonix, make sure you visit the desert botanical garden, it’s simply gorgeous! During the months of May to August, make sure you…
Wayne
Wayne
Discover the tranquil vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes at Desert Botanical Garden. Visitors…
Mike
Mike
The Desert Botanical Garden features the best plants, flowers and wildlife that the Sonoran Desert has to offer. The Garden has multiple…
3. Taliesin West
3. Taliesin West
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136 local reviews
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 480-627-5340
UniversityPoint of interestEstablishment
Sylvia
In northeast of Scottsdale, Arizona there is a living memorial to a great American architect, Frank Lloyd…
Kc
Taliesin West is a national historic landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains…
Jeff
Design Milk explores the legacies of Taliesin and Taliesin West, the two properties considered to be Frank…
3. Taliesin West
3. Taliesin West
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136 local reviews
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 480-627-5340
Sylvia
Sylvia
In northeast of Scottsdale, Arizona there is a living memorial to a great American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Nestled in the foothills…
Kc
Kc
Taliesin West is a national historic landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, AZ. It is…
Jeff
Jeff
Design Milk explores the legacies of Taliesin and Taliesin West, the two properties considered to be Frank Lloyd Wright’s autobiography in…
4. Papago Park
4. Papago Park
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171 local reviews
625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 602-495-5458
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Diane
Just minutes from downtown, Papago Park offers exceptional hiking and a wide array of recreational…
Barbara
A moderate trail with stunning views. This is one of Phoenix's most unique formations. Famous for the iconic…
Trisha
The park features the phenomenal Desert Botanical Garden (a must see!), the Phoenix Zoo, lovely picnic areas,…
4. Papago Park
4. Papago Park
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171 local reviews
625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 602-495-5458
Diane
Diane
Just minutes from downtown, Papago Park offers exceptional hiking and a wide array of recreational facilities. Comprised primarily of…
Barbara
Barbara
A moderate trail with stunning views. This is one of Phoenix's most unique formations. Famous for the iconic "hole-in-the rock". Take a hike…
Trisha
Trisha
The park features the phenomenal Desert Botanical Garden (a must see!), the Phoenix Zoo, lovely picnic areas, the Papago ponds for fishing…
5. Desert Botanical Garden
5. Desert Botanical Garden
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45 local reviews
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
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Kris
A beautiful desert botanical garden. They offer different classes and some great music in the garden at night…
Greg And Dorota
Discover the tranquil vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes at…
Angie
Always an event at the Botanical Gardens and a couple restaurants to choose from before or after you stroll…
5. Desert Botanical Garden
5. Desert Botanical Garden
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45 local reviews
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
Kris
Kris
A beautiful desert botanical garden. They offer different classes and some great music in the garden at night. A great spot to just walk…
Greg And Dorota
Greg And Dorota
Discover the tranquil vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes at Desert Botanical Garden. Visitors…
Angie
Angie
Always an event at the Botanical Gardens and a couple restaurants to choose from before or after you stroll the fantastic desert garden…
6. McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trail
6. McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trail
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42 local reviews
18333 N Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale
+1 480-312-7013
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Trisha
Scottsdale is a desert city in Arizona east of state capital Phoenix. It's known for its spa resorts and golf…
Craig
Great hiking trails only 25 minutes from the condo. From easy interpretive trails to moderate and long-distan…
Shannyn
Coming to take in the desert scenery, but don't want to get out of the valley? The McDowell trails offer a…
6. McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trail
6. McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trail
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42 local reviews
18333 N Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale
+1 480-312-7013
Trisha
Trisha
Scottsdale is a desert city in Arizona east of state capital Phoenix. It's known for its spa resorts and golf courses, including TPC…
Craig
Craig
Great hiking trails only 25 minutes from the condo. From easy interpretive trails to moderate and long-distance hiking you'll enjoy this…
Shannyn
Shannyn
Coming to take in the desert scenery, but don't want to get out of the valley? The McDowell trails offer a huge range of sight seeing,…
7. Phoenix Mountains Preserve
7. Phoenix Mountains Preserve
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36 local reviews
2701 E Squaw Peak Dr, Phoenix
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 602-261-8318
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Joshua
Although surrounded by civilization, the Phoenix Mountains Preserve provides a variety of hikes with amazing…
Charles
Entrance to the preserve and it’s many trails are a 5 minute walk from the Casita. You can choose leisurely/f…
Artur
With miles of hiking and mountain biking trail this is a popular place to get exercise, see the desert or get…
7. Phoenix Mountains Preserve
7. Phoenix Mountains Preserve
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36 local reviews
2701 E Squaw Peak Dr, Phoenix
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 602-261-8318
Joshua
Joshua
Although surrounded by civilization, the Phoenix Mountains Preserve provides a variety of hikes with amazing city views and secluded…
Charles
Charles
Entrance to the preserve and it’s many trails are a 5 minute walk from the Casita. You can choose leisurely/flat hike or climb to over 2300…
Artur
Artur
With miles of hiking and mountain biking trail this is a popular place to get exercise, see the desert or get away from the city, inside the…
8. Desert Ridge Marketplace
8. Desert Ridge Marketplace
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85 local reviews
21001 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 480-513-7586
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Michael
You can find everything minutes away, from a sports bar (Marley's) to a Steakhouse (The Keg) Healthy eating …
Rebecca
Desert Ridge Marketplace has a store for nearly anything you could need.... Albertsons (grocery store),…
Taylor
This is our favorite movie theater in town because it was recently upgraded to have 3D recliners, 3D IMAX, and…
8. Desert Ridge Marketplace
8. Desert Ridge Marketplace
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85 local reviews
21001 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 480-513-7586
Michael
Michael
You can find everything minutes away, from a sports bar (Marley's) to a Steakhouse (The Keg) Healthy eating (Flower Child) Nightlife (Sand…
Rebecca
Rebecca
Desert Ridge Marketplace has a store for nearly anything you could need.... Albertsons (grocery store), Target, Kohls, Barnes & Noble..…
Taylor
Taylor
This is our favorite movie theater in town because it was recently upgraded to have 3D recliners, 3D IMAX, and 2D recliners. We love going…
9. Cave Creek
9. Cave Creek
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82 local reviews
Cave Creek, Cave Creek
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Alex
Cave Creek is a town located in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, and the elevation is 2129 feet above sea…
Barbara
See the great western town of Cave Creek! Grab some lunch, check out local shops, and be immersed in the…
Jane
Phoenix as it was 40 years ago. Shops, restaurants, sights of the Sonoran Desert en route.
9. Cave Creek
9. Cave Creek
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82 local reviews
Cave Creek, Cave Creek
Alex
Alex
Cave Creek is a town located in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, and the elevation is 2129 feet above sea level.Its a cowboy town- 30 minutes…
Barbara
Barbara
See the great western town of Cave Creek! Grab some lunch, check out local shops, and be immersed in the beautiful desert landscape!
Jane
Jane
Phoenix as it was 40 years ago. Shops, restaurants, sights of the Sonoran Desert en route.
10. Taliesin West
10. Taliesin West
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35 local reviews
Taliesin West, Scottsdale
Colloquial areaPolitical
Lisa
This is Frank Lloyd Wright’s world famous home and architectural laboratory. Built in 1937 by the famous…
Monica
Taliesin West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his…
Barbara
Taliesin West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his…
10. Taliesin West
10. Taliesin West
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35 local reviews
Taliesin West, Scottsdale
Lisa
Lisa
This is Frank Lloyd Wright’s world famous home and architectural laboratory. Built in 1937 by the famous architect himself, it is now a…
Monica
Monica
Taliesin West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 91…
Barbara
Barbara
Taliesin West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 91…
11. South Mountain Park
11. South Mountain Park
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123 local reviews
10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 602-495-5458
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Liz
Get into the desert and out of town quickly. Great hiking trails for all kinds of hikers. Sweeping views of…
Kristi
Great hiking trails for enjoying the beauty of the desert. You'll want to get there early for parking as it is…
Eric
Largest city park in the country. Many miles of great hiking around the mountain rim. Great place to see…
11. South Mountain Park
11. South Mountain Park
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123 local reviews
10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 602-495-5458
Liz
Liz
Get into the desert and out of town quickly. Great hiking trails for all kinds of hikers. Sweeping views of the city. Plus you can stop for…
Kristi
Kristi
Great hiking trails for enjoying the beauty of the desert. You'll want to get there early for parking as it is a popular spot with locals…
Eric
Eric
Largest city park in the country. Many miles of great hiking around the mountain rim. Great place to see desert flowers in the spring…
12. Desert Ridge
12. Desert Ridge
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37 local reviews
Desert Ridge, Phoenix
NeighborhoodPolitical
Elizabeth & Cesar
Desert Ridge is a huge shopping and restaurant complex. Spend an entire day wandering around the shops. Make…
Erin & Russell
With 1.2 million square feet of retail space featuring outdoor fireplaces and unique water features, Desert…
Kellie
Desert Ridge is a great area to go for basic shopping- Target, Bookstore, Movies & lots of choices for…
12. Desert Ridge
12. Desert Ridge
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37 local reviews
Desert Ridge, Phoenix
Elizabeth & Cesar
Elizabeth & Cesar
Desert Ridge is a huge shopping and restaurant complex. Spend an entire day wandering around the shops. Make your own pottery at "As You…
Erin & Russell
Erin & Russell
With 1.2 million square feet of retail space featuring outdoor fireplaces and unique water features, Desert Ridge Marketplace delivers an…
Kellie
Kellie
Desert Ridge is a great area to go for basic shopping- Target, Bookstore, Movies & lots of choices for restaurants. It is at Tatum & the…