graphicWith an average rainfall of less than 12 inches per year, residents of North Phoenix know a little bit about spending time outdoors. Their problem is that with so many options to enjoy the outdoors, it isn’t easy to decide what to do.

For bicyclists, the area is a bit of paradise. Major city roads accommodate bicyclists with well-marked bike lanes. Most cyclists prefer to hop on their mountain bikes and head to the trails. Parks such as Camelback Mountain and Squaw Peak have mountain biking trails to challenge even expert cycling enthusiasts.

Hikers, of course, also can enjoy the trails. If biking or hiking isn’t a direct enough way to get up the mountains, rock climbers are allowed to scale them.

graphicHunters can get plenty of practice at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, the country’s largest target shooting facility, which is located in North Phoenix. Ben Avery has 33 ranges. Gun and archery are allowed. In 2000, the facility, run by the Arizona Department of Fish and Game, serviced more than 120,000 people. Skeet and trap shooters also can practice at the facility. Ben Avery doubles as a campground with 125 sites.

Fishermen can find big bass and trout at Lake Pleasant, which is just west of North Phoenix. Boats and personal watercraft are rented at the lake’s marina. Camping also is available at the lake.


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