For the first time in a few years, I was able to take a break from life as a publicist in Miami and escape to the desert of Arizona.
Visiting for the first time since I was a child was bittersweet. Memories of my grandfather, who owned a condo in Paradise Valley which has since been left to my mother, overwhelmed me during the trip. The region itself has transformed — nearly unrecognizable compared to when I was last there 20 years ago.
If you’re like me and love fitness, this city is perfect. It’s filled with incredible hiking spots with ridiculous views (and perfect for taking arm balance photos of course).
Every local I encountered in Phoenix — grocery store clerks, baristas or fellow yogis — were incredibly kind, which as a Midwesterner, made me feel right at home. Most people you meet immediately have suggestions on where to hike, like Camelback Mountain, an absolute must with breathtaking views. (Fun fact: If you’re wondering why it’s named Camelback, the name is derived from its shape, which resembles the hump and head of a kneeling camel).
Next up —Piestewa Peak, at 2,610 feet is the second highest point in the Phoenix Mountains, after Camelback Mountain, and the third highest in the city of Phoenix, Arizona. It is located in the Piestewa Peak Recreation Area within the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, near Piestewa Parkway. It’s nestled beyond a residential neighborhood. The trails or wrap around the mountain, and toward the top, you have to squeeze yourself two tight boulders.
… And it’s well worth the sunset.