- Where to Go
- The Best of the Valley of the Sun
- Wild West Adventure
- Let Scottsdale Rock Your World
- Finding Water in the Sonoran Desert
- Spring Training
- Arizona Family Road Trip
- Phoenix Points of Pride
- Southwestern Culture and Heritage
- Nocturnal Scottsdale
- Exploring Phoenix’s Architecture
- Unexpected Arizona
- Desert Chic
- Chilly Drinks and Cool Eats in Scottsdale
You can see Papago’s rounded, red-hued buttes from the surrounding communities of Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale, but the sandstone formations should be explored up close, especially the unique “holes,” which were formed by water erosion over millions of years.
Be sure to make the short, easy trek to the landmark Hole-in-the-Rock, a natural formation through which you can survey the city. Phoenix’s first residents, the Hohokam, used the formation for astronomy and to track the seasonal movements of the sun.
You can also make the short walk to Hunt’s Tomb, a white pyramid that serves as the final resting place of Arizona’s first governor.
© Jeff Ficker from Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona, 1st edition