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Camelback Mountain

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Camelback Mountain

Enjoy a day of adventure against a breathtaking backdrop at this spectacular site in the Sonoran Desert.

A 25-minute drive north of downtown will bring you to Camelback Mountain, a stunning display of nature just outside of Phoenix. This mountain was a sacred site for the Hohokam people who lived there from the 5th century until the 15th century, when they abandoned it without any apparent reason. Today, it’s a sought-after adventure destination like no other.

Camelback Mountain is so-named because it resembles a camel at rest in the Sonoran Desert. This red sandstone marvel with its granite peak stands an impressive 824 metres above sea level. As the highest mountain in Phoenix, it has one of the best panoramic views in all of Arizona.

Today, hundreds of thousands of hikers take to its slopes each year. Walking or climbing the trails is a popular way to spend the day and offers visitors some spectacular photo opportunities. Visitors can reach the summit by ascending 365 metres from the base in Echo Canyon. This can be a challenge, especially in the Arizona heat. The Cholla Trail is a longer journey, but an easier one. For those looking for something more adventurous, Echo Canyon Summit Trail is the way to go. Keep an eye out for snakes and sharp rocks, and wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Water should be carried on your back because you’ll need both hands for climbing.

Rock climbers come to Camelback Mountain for a strenuous but rewarding day’s climbing. Whether you hike or climb, the beautiful 360-degree views of the Valley of the Sun makes it all worth it. Visitors will enjoy the pretty but rugged landscape along the way. Look out for cacti, gardens of lichen, wildflowers, and rocks of all shapes and sizes—the result of millennia of erosive forces.

Plan on packing a lunch and spending the entire day at Camelback Mountain—it can take a few hours to make it to the summit and a few hours to return to the base, depending on the difficulty level of your chosen trail.

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7237 Cheap Hotels Near Camelback Mountain

The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
5 out of 5
6000 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is NZ$476 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
This family-friendly Scottsdale resort is located in the suburbs, within 2 mi (3 km) of Old Town, Scottsdale Fashion Square and Scottsdale Waterfront. Camelback ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (990 reviews)
"Beautiful pools, friendly staff, luxury rooms."

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
5700 E McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ
The price is NZ$819 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Located in Camel Dale Properties, this luxury resort is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Camelback Mountain and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Old Town. Scottsdale Fashion Square and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (569 reviews)
"Our favorite place! Stunning views all around! Amazing food, spa and fitness classes are amazing too! Can’t go wrong staying here! Will not disappoint 😍"

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2021

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
The Villa famous amongst the Stars
The Villa famous amongst the Stars
5259 North Dromedary Road, Phoenix 85018, Phoenix, AZ
Located in Camelback East, this villa is within 6 miles (10 km) of Scottsdale Fashion Square, Old Town and Camelback Mountain. Scottsdale Waterfront and Biltmore ...
The Villa famous amongst the Stars
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Camelback Mountain Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
5 out of 5
4949 E Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ
The price is NZ$273 per night from 19 Aug. to 19 Aug.
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
5700 E McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ
The price is NZ$819 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
5 out of 5
6000 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is NZ$476 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
The Villa famous amongst the Stars
The Villa famous amongst the Stars
5259 North Dromedary Road, Phoenix 85018, Phoenix, AZ
The Villa famous amongst the Stars
Royal Palms Resort and Spa, part of Hyatt
Royal Palms Resort and Spa, part of Hyatt
5 out of 5
5200 E Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ
The price is NZ$380 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Royal Palms Resort and Spa, part of Hyatt
Camelback Mountain Mansion - Micro-resort, Views, Golf, Heated Pool, 90's Themed
Camelback Mountain Mansion - Micro-resort, Views, Golf, Heated Pool, 90's Themed
5309 E Valle Vista Rd, Phoenix, AZ
Camelback Mountain Mansion - Micro-resort, Views, Golf, Heated Pool, 90's Themed
Red Rock by AvantStay | Sleeps 18! Mid Century Modern Home w/ View, Pool&Hot Tub
Red Rock by AvantStay | Sleeps 18! Mid Century Modern Home w/ View, Pool&Hot Tub
3.5 out of 5
5719 E Starlight Way, Paradise Valley, AZ
Red Rock by AvantStay | Sleeps 18! Mid Century Modern Home w/ View, Pool&Hot Tub
Red Rock by Avantstay Desert Hideaway w/ View, Pool & Hot Tub
Red Rock by Avantstay Desert Hideaway w/ View, Pool & Hot Tub
5719 E Starlight Way, Paradise Valley, AZ
Red Rock by Avantstay Desert Hideaway w/ View, Pool & Hot Tub
Camelback Mountain Mansion
Camelback Mountain Mansion
6031 N 52nd Pl, Paradise Valley, AZ
Camelback Mountain Mansion
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.