Sonoran Desert Nature Walks & Hiking Trails in Phoenix


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On our trails, you’ll experience the unique and beautiful plants that thrive in some of the hottest and driest parts of the world. Walk one or all of these Sonoran Desert nature paths and hiking trails in Phoenix, and you’ll see why we’re so passionate about desert plants.

Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail

Take this trail to the top for sweeping mountain views, telescopes and an organ pipe cactus forest. Then look closer to gain insight to the resilience and survival strategies of Sonoran Desert plants and animals. 

Center for Desert Living Trail

Fragrant herbs, vegetable beds and shady spots to relax make this trail a delight for the senses. Come see what’s growing this season and discover tips for creating a robust, water-wise home garden. 

Desert Discovery Loop Trail

Explore the Garden’s main trail and discover the many ways desert plants from around the world have adapted to the environment. Featuring a diverse array of cactus and succulents as well as historic plant collections, this central route connects visitors to the beauty of the desert. 

Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail

Stroll along this meandering trail where you’ll encounter brightly colored blooms as well as the pollinators they attract, like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Find out how flowers, insects and birds play an essential role in thriving desert ecosystems.

Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert Loop Trail

Wander through five diverse desert habitats and discover the variety of ways indigenous people have used native plants for food, fiber and shelter.

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