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Sports and Recreation

Recreational opportunities in Greater Phoenix and surrounding areas include a nationally recognized park system, championship golf courses, tennis courts, and miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.

Several lakes just north of Scottsdale, Ariz., are popular places for weekend fishing and boating. Regional attractions include rafting in the Grand Canyon and snow skiing near Flagstaff, just two hours away. Various vacation opportunities are nearby in California, Nevada, Mexico and the ski resorts of northern Arizona and the western Rocky Mountains.

Sports fans will find collegiate and professional football, basketball, baseball and hockey teams in the Phoenix area.

Some regional highlights:

  • Mountain and desert recreational trails
  • More than 200 golf courses
  • South Mountain Park and Preserve, the world's largest municipal park, with more than 16,000 acres
  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a permanently protected 27,800-acre sustainable desert habitat open for nonmotorized trail use

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