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Scottsdale


Arizona

The outdoors: Scottsdale Rocks

The popularity of rock climbing has reached impressive heights and, true to form, Scottsdale is no slacker. Opportunities for climbers of all levels abound here in some of the most dramatic settings to be found anywhere. Particular favorites for enjoying scenery from an eagle's eye view include the McDowell and Granite mountains and Pinnacle Peak Park.
Another signature climb is Camelback Mountain, with its famous Praying Monk formation a special challenge. Not quite sure if you can swing it on your own? No problem, as guides and gear are plentiful in this climber's paradise.

Rock-Climbing Resort-Style
Visitors enjoying the five-star environs of The Boulders Resort have the added benefit of classes and climbs (beginners a specialty) on the property's legendary namesake – majestic granite formations estimated to be two billion years old. Under the guidance of expert instructors, climbers benefit from the rock's sturdy, abrasive consistency, which makes for sure footing. Savvy climbers take note: the renowned Golden Door Spa is on property just steps away, perfect for a post-climb treatment!

Rock Climbing & Rappelling
Have you ever walked along the base of a tall cliff or rock formation and wondered what the view looks like from the top? Don’t just wonder, find out! Professional climbing guides can help you experience the thrill of recreational rock climbing and rappelling. You’ll experience some of the desert’s most beautiful scenery from new heights, while building your self-confidence and enjoying a great sense of accomplishment. On any given weekend, the granite cliff-faces will be dotted with tiny figures in bright clothing dangling at the ends of long ropes.
The McDowell, Granite and Cholla mountains are hot spots for the booming sport of recreational rock climbing.

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