Phoenix Rising

Phoenix is the capital of the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona. Known for its year-round sun and warm temperatures, it anchors a sprawling, multicity metropolitan area known as the Valley of the Sun. It’s known for high-end spa resorts, golf courses and vibrant nightclubs. The following are some of the points of interest that can be seen from the summit of Camelback Mountain.

Camelback Mountain

Elev. 2,706 feet

A prominent landmark of the Phoenix metropolitan area, is located in the Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area between the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix and the town of Paradise Valley. It is a popular recreation destination for hiking and rock climbing.

Piestewa Peak

Elev. 2,610 feet

Piestewa Peak, is the second highest point in the Phoenix Mountains, after Camelback Mountain, and the third highest in the city of Phoenix, Arizona. It is named in honor of Army Spc. Lori Ann Piestewa, the first known Native American woman to die in combat in the U.S. military, and the first female soldier to be killed in action in the 2003 Iraq War.

Mummy Mountain

Elev. 2,264 feet

Bought by miner and businessman Charles Mieg in the 1940s for a mere $12,000, this mountain is now some of the most desirable real estate in the Valley. Originally known as Horseshoe Mountain, it was renamed “Mummy Mountain” by Mr. Mieg because he thought the profile of the mountain resembled an Egyptian Mummy.

The Sanctuary on Camelback

This sophisticated and luxurious resort and spa started life in 1957 as the exclusive Paradise Valley Racquet Club, before being sold off by it’s Hollywood-based owners in 1967. Hollywood stars still frequent it’s 53-acres of private mountainside, with a top-rated spa, refined dinning and some of the best sunset views in all of Phoenix.

Talking Stick Resort

This luxury hotel and casino resort is located on the Salt-River Pima Maricopa Indian Reservation near Scottsdale, Arizona. The hotel houses 496 deluxe rooms with 15 luxury suites and 30 executive king suites, while the gaming floor covers 98,000 square feet and includes more than 850 slot machines and 54 tables.

Paradise Valley Country Club

Voted the best private club in Arizona by Club Leader Forum, this prestigious and meticulously maintained golf course does not disappoint when it comes to providing a superb game of golf with an exclusive, serene setting.

The Phoenician

This prestigious 5-diamond resort is built on the grounds of the historic Jokake Inn. It sits on 250 acres, with eleven restaurants, nine swimming pools, eleven tennis courts (and the only resort in Arizona with four different playing surfaces), and a 27-hole golf course designed by Ted Robinson and Homer Flint. The course is designated a USGA Championship Course.

Papago Park

Papago Park is notable for its many distinctive geological formations and its wide variety of typical desert plants, including the giant saguaro cactus. The park also features the Desert Botanical Garden, the Phoenix Zoo, picnic areas, several small lakes, hiking trails, bicycle paths, a fire museum, and Hunt’s Tomb, the pyramidal tomb of Arizona’s first governor, George W. P. Hunt.

Sky Harbor Airport (PHX)

This civil-military public airport is Arizona’s largest and busiest, and one the largest commercial airports in the United States. It’s 326-foot tall air traffic control tower is among the tallest in North America.

Downtown Phoenix

Vibrant Downtown Phoenix is a business and entertainment district, with shopping at the CityScape Phoenix complex and art galleries on Roosevelt Row. Brewpubs, cocktail bars, cafes, pizzerias and breakfast spots cluster around the downtown ASU campus. Chase Field baseball park is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

State Farm Stadium

Although 17-miles away, the enormous silver State Farm Stadium can just be made out from the summit of Camelback Mountain (conditions permitting). Designed to resemble a coiled rattlesnake, this multi-purpose stadium is located in Glendale, Arizona, west of Phoenix. It is the home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and the annual Fiesta Bowl.

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