Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain featuring landscape views, mountains and tranquil scenes

Camelback Mountain

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A distinct “hump” in the landscape offers panoramic views over the Valley of the Sun.

Camelback Mountain resembles a camel at rest in the Sonoran Desert. The “head” of the camel is made up of red sandstone. Its “hump”, the peak of the mountain, is a granite formation that rises 2,704 feet (824 meters) above sea level. This makes it the highest mountain in Phoenix with one of the best panoramic views in Arizona.Walking or climbing the trails is a popular half-day trip.

For millions of years the huge landform stood deserted until the Hohokam people took up residence here in the first century. They abandoned the site some 1,450 years later for unknown reasons. The ceremonial cave they left behind gave Camelback its folk name: Sacred Mountain. Today, hundreds of thousands of hikers tackle the slopes each year.

To reach the summit, you have to ascend roughly 1,200 feet (365 meters) from the base at Echo Canyon. Steep narrow paths and rough surfaces can make it a challenge, especially on hot days. The Echo Canyon Summit Trail, a 2.3-mile (3.7-kilometer) round trip, is one of the more strenuous. The longer Cholla Trail is more gradual, but joins up with the final steep section of the Summit Trail. It is worth the effort to get a 360-degree view over the Valley of the Sun. Allow a few hours for the return trip. Watch out for snakes and sharp rocks, wear adequate clothing and carry your water on your back because you’ll need your hands for climbing.

There are plenty of great ascents for rock climbers. After a relaxing walk with a view, try one of the trails around Camelback’s base. Check out the rugged landscape of cacti, wildflowers, gardens of lichens, and rocks that have been beaten into a myriad of shapes by millennia of erosive forces.

Camelback Mountain is a 25-minute drive northeast of downtown. Come early, because parking near the base is very limited.

Please note that in January 2013 work began on an upgrade of the Summit Trail, Echo Canyon Recreation Area, parking area and restrooms, making future access easier but closing the trail for a large part of the year.

Top Hotels Close to Camelback Mountain

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
5 out of 5
4949 E Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ, 85253
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $283 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Paradise Valley. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (991 reviews)
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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, 85253
The price is $424 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Paradise Valley. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (581 reviews)
"This was one of the best hotel experiences I’ve ever had. Stunning views, nestled right into the mountain there, very friendly and attentive staff, and just overall so relaxing and fun!"

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2022

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
Stunning 360 degree Camelback View Home
Stunning 360 degree Camelback View Home
Paradise Valley, AZ
Stay at this vacation home in Paradise Valley. Enjoy free WiFi, a spa tub, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Camelback Mountain and Scottsdale Fashion ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Beautiful property on Camelback!
"Wonderful long weekend! The views are stunning and we had everything we needed. Pool table was brand new and impeccable. The owner is wonderful and responded within minutes with any inquires;) Beds were very comfortable, sheets and linens also very impressive."

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2022

Stunning 360 degree Camelback View Home
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Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale
Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale
4.5 out of 5
5445 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ, 85253
The price is $263 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Mountain Shadows 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, 85253
The price is $424 per night from May 30 to May 31
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
5 out of 5
4949 E Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ, 85253
The price is $283 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Stunning 360 degree Camelback View Home
Stunning 360 degree Camelback View Home
Paradise Valley, AZ
Stunning 360 degree Camelback View Home
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, 85253
Red Rock by AvantStay | Sleeps 18! Mid Century Modern Home w/ View, Pool&Hot Tub
Red Rock
Red Rock
3.5 out of 5
Paradise Valley, AZ
Red Rock
Red Rock by AvantStay | Desert Hideaway w/ View, Pool & Hot Tub
Red Rock by AvantStay | Desert Hideaway w/ View, Pool & Hot Tub
Paradise Valley, AZ
Red Rock by AvantStay | Desert Hideaway w/ View, Pool & Hot Tub
Stunning Camelback Views, 4 bdrm 3 bath + Office w/ Futon, Firepit, B-Ball Court
Stunning Camelback Views, 4 bdrm 3 bath + Office w/ Futon, Firepit, B-Ball Court
Paradise Valley, AZ
Stunning Camelback Views, 4 bdrm 3 bath + Office w/ Futon, Firepit, B-Ball Court
Celebrity Mansion at Camelback Mountain
Celebrity Mansion at Camelback Mountain
Paradise Valley, AZ
Celebrity Mansion at Camelback Mountain
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