Less than an hour’s drive from Phoenix, near Wickenburg, the Vulture Peak Hiking Trail is a 3.8-mile loop trail that runs through the Sonoran Desert, among ocotillo, saguaro barrel, cholla, and hedgehog cactus and other desert vegetation. Moderately difficult, the trail starts flat and easy, running through small forests of teddy bear cactus. After about a mile, the hike climbs up to the saddle, which is a bit more challenging, with a few switchbacks. The views from the saddleback are spectacular. You can reach the peak from the saddleback by climbing about 250 feet on an unmaintained, steep trail, but the view you will enjoy at the top is 360 degrees and out of this world, encompassing the entire desert and surrounding mountain ranges. Sign your name in the book provided by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce.
Wickenburg, Arizona, Phone: 623-580-5500
More: Things to do in Arizona, Romantic Weekend Getaways in Arizona, Places to visit in Arizona, Enchanted Island Castles in Arizona, Arizona Resorts with Waterparks, Decatur, Benson, Avondale, Elgin