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Free Things to Do: One of the most popular hiking trails in the valley is the Echo Canyon trail at Camelback Mountain. The Echo Canyon Recreation Area is made up of layered sandstone and comprises the "head" of Camelback Mountain. Prepare to catch of glimpse at some of the smaller animals of the Sonoran Desert, including cottontail rabbits, snakes, lizards, Harris antelope squirrels as well as a variety of birds. Rattlesnakes are also common on the trail. Native desert flora include saguaro, barrel, hedgehog, pincushion, jumping cholla, christmas, staghorn, cholla and prickly pear cacti. Be warned that parking is extremely limited, so it pays to come early and carpool.

Romantic Things to Do, Best Attractions & Activities, Outdoor Activities: One of the most popular hiking trails in the valley is the Echo Canyon trail at Camelback Mountain. The Echo Canyon Recreation Area is made up of layered sandstone and comprises the "head" of Camelback Mountain. Prepare to catch of glimpse at some of the smaller animals of the Sonoran Desert, including cottontail rabbits, snakes, lizards, Harris antelope squirrels as well as a variety of birds. Rattlesnakes are also common on the trail. Native desert flora include saguaro, barrel, hedgehog, pincushion, jumping cholla, christmas, staghorn, cholla and prickly pear cacti. The Echo Canyon trails were recently upgraded with new restrooms and drinking fountains.

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Local Expert Patricia Escarcega Says:

Free Things to Do, Romantic Things to Do, Best Attractions & Activities, Outdoor Activities: "This is a busy hiking spot with very little parking. Carpooling to the area is recommended."

Best for Free Things to Do, Best Attractions & Activities Because: Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation area is one of Phoenix's most iconic hiking spots.

Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Phoenix's most iconic natural landmark also happens to be one of the city's most romantic sunset viewing spots.

Best for Outdoor Activities Because: The Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area offers one of the city's most quintessential urban hiking experiences. Hikers are rewarded with sweeping city views.

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