3. Nature Trail, Piestawa Peak, Phoenix Mountains Reserve
This natural reserve is a great place to see wildlife and get a killer workout. The Nature Trail is only about 1.5 miles long and travels along the eastern side of the mountain. It’s not the easiest trail on this list, but it is suitable for beginners who want to challenge themselves. The trail is rocky, but what’s great about it is that you can learn about native plants and animals from the signage along the way. There are also some benches if you need to take a break. If you’re feeling up to more of a challenge, you can also hike the Piestewa Peak Summit. This is a much more difficult hike that many hikers underestimate and are quickly frustrated. It can also get crowded on weekends. However, the park is also an excellent spot for a picnic with your family.