The town of Paradise Valley encompasses approximately 16 square miles. Temperatures run an average of 86º F throughout the year. Camelback Mountain supplies the town with many of its well known scenic views. With red rocks jutting up to an elevation of 2,704 feet, the mountain's summit is striking. The Echo Canyon Recreational Area?which is part of Camelback?attracts more than 300,000 hikers and climbers each year. Echo Canyon was voted the best free local attraction by Citysearch Phoenix in 2002.
Camelback Mountain is just one of several well-known natural landscapes in Arizona. Other stunning destinations include the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Sedona in Northern Arizona, Tombstone and the Old West Territory in southern Arizona.
For city-goers, there are a variety of activities in and around Paradise Valley to enjoy. High-end shoppers may wish to visit one of several major retail centers in Scottsdale, including the Borgata, Fashion Square, Old Town Scottsdale, the Fifth Avenue Shops or the Biltmore Fashion Park. Art enthusiasts will want to check out live theater performances at the Herberger Theater and the art collections at the Heard Museum and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. The Scottsdale Museum's collection includes more than 1,900 paintings, photographs, sculptures, architectural renderings and other items. Rawhide Wild West Town, also in Scottsdale, provides a little history and a lot of fun as Arizona's largest Wild West attraction.
Sports fans can watch the Phoenix Suns or the Arizona Diamondbacks play in Phoenix, and attend the horse races, greyhound races, Wild West shows and rodeos. Scottsdale is home to WestWorld, a public equestrian and special events facility. The largest Arabian horse show in the world is held annually at WestWorld, as is the largest Quarter Horse show. If that's not enough excitement, one can brush up on driving skills at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix.
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