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Holidays in Camelback Mountain

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Camelback Mountain

Make it to the “hump” of Phoenix’s highest point for amazing views across the Valley of the Sun.

Camelback Mountain gets its name from its distinctive profile, resembling a camel. With a head made of red sandstone and a granite body, this easily identifiable formation towers over the Sonoran Desert. The highest peak in Phoenix, the unmissable views make it a popular destination for walkers and rock climbers.

For almost 1,450 years, Camelback Mountain was the home of the Hohokam people, who lived in this part of Arizona from the first century AD. The magnificent caves in this landmark were used for religious ceremonies. It is not known why the Hohokam left this site, but the mountain remains popular today, thanks to its unusual shape and proximity to Phoenix.

Thousands of walkers come here every year to reach the summit, which stands at 824 metres above sea level. There are several routes to choose from—the Echo Canyon Summit Trail is quite short at less than 4 kilometres for the round trip, but this way is quite steep. For a more gradual ascent and some spectacular views across the Valley of the Sun, try the longer Cholla Trail. The total climb is around 365 metres, but be aware that whichever path you choose, the final ascent is always steep.

The paths are well signposted, but bear in mind that Arizona’s hot, dry climate makes this steep climb challenging, and there are other hazards such as snakes, narrow paths and sharp rocks to watch out for. Make sure you bring plenty of water and supplies in a backpack to keep your hands free for scrambling.

Rock climbers have plenty of options too, and get to enjoy the awesome views and fantastic desert flora, including cacti, lichen and wildflowers, from a different perspective.

Camelback Mountain is 25 minutes northeast of Phoenix. There is parking available, but it is limited, so get here early.

Please be aware that work began in January 2013 to upgrade several of the facilities and trails here to make future access easier, but closing the trail for a large part of the year.

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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 AU$439 per night from 25 Aug. to 25 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! (987 reviews)
"Great"

Reviewed on 20 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 AU$780 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 AU$260 per night from 18 Aug. to 18 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 AU$780 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 AU$439 per night from 25 Aug. to 25 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 AU$362 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.