Camelback Mountain is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Phoenix. Camelback Mountain has two peaks, Camelback East and Camelback West. Camelback East is the highest point in Phoenix at 2,704 feet above sea level. There are a variety of trails within Camelback Mountain Park to choose from, including Echo Canyon Trail which leads to both Camelbacks. The summit offers great panoramic views of Downtown Phoenix and other Valley landmarks like Piestewa Peak (formerly Squaw Peak) and South Mountains State Park. Here are some fun things to do at the mountain.
1. Go to the top of Camelback Mountain and enjoy the view
The view from Camelback Mountain is one of the best in Phoenix. The summit offers great panoramic views of Downtown Phoenix and other Valley landmarks like Piestewa Peak (formerly Squaw Peak) and South Mountains State Park.
2. Ride the chairlift up to Echo Canyon for a scenic tour
The chairlift ride up to Echo Canyon will take you up Camelback Mountain with views of the city and the golf course below. The ride will take you up to an elevation of over 2100 feet.
Echo Canyon Trail is a scenic hike that leads down Camelback Mountain from the summit, with views of Phoenix’s skyline and golf courses below
At Echo Canyon Trailhead on Camelback Mountain, there are two easy hiking trails: Echo Canyon and Cholla Lane Loop Trails.
3. Have lunch at The View, an outdoor restaurant with 360-degree views of Phoenix
The View offers spectacular views of Phoenix with Camelback Mountain in the background.
The View features a Chef’s Table, open for breakfast and lunch. Visitors will also find an elevated patio on the roof overlooking Camelback Mountain.
Also located at The View is the Camel Bar, which serves cocktails to guests during happy hour from noon until six pm Tuesday through Saturday.
4. Take in Arizona’s natural beauty on a hike through one of our many trails
A hike through Camelback Mountain offers many opportunities to see cacti, mesquite trees, saguaro, and other desert plants. Camelback also features a variety of animal life like coyotes, palo verde tree snakes, and tortoises.
The Echo Canyon Trailhead is located at Camelback’s southern foot in Phoenix (near 24th Street and Camelback Road). The trailhead features parking, restrooms, and a station where you can fill up your water bottle.
The Echo Canyon Trail is the most popular hike at Camelback Mountain with its two-mile loop to the summit of Echo Canyon (over 1700 feet above sea level) which offers sweeping views of Scottsdale’s desert-scape as well as Camelback Mountain.
After the hike, you can go get a beer or some tacos at one of the many restaurants nearby or take an hour outside in our beautiful desert sunshine!
5. Explore our cacti garden and learn about desert plants
Camelback Mountain is home to a cactus garden with almost 50 different types of desert plants.
The Camelback Mountain Conservancy has created this oasis in the Sonoran Desert for you and your family to explore, learn about desert plants and enjoy our beautiful views.
Bring water bottles or purchase them at the mountain store because it can get pretty hot out here!
At Camelback Mountain, you have a chance to explore our cactus garden with almost 50 different types of desert plants and see what it is like to live in this arid region close up.
6. Enjoy ice skating or snow tubing down Camelback Mountain during the winter months
During winter, Camelback Mountain offers two fun activities for everyone. Camelback Palms is a day-long ice skating rink that you can enjoy from early morning until the sun sets, and Camelback Snow Park has snow tubing lanes where kids as young as three years old are welcome to join in on the wintery festivities!
7. Zipline Tour
While at Camelback Mountain, you can also take a zipline tour that will whisk you high up in the air over Camelback Mountain and across to Camelbak Ranch. The Zipline experience lasts around 45 minutes and will take you from Camelback Mountain to Camelbak Ranch.
Whatever fun activity you can imagine, Camelback Mountain has it! Camelback Mountain is a year-round destination with activities for everyone. Whether you are visiting or a native Arizona resident, Camelback Mountain is a must-visit place! You will be glad you did visit the mountain and all it has to offer.