7 Secrets Why People Love Winters in the Arizona Desert
With highs of 67°F and lows of 45°F, it’s no secret winter months are one of the main reasons we love living in Arizona. Check out these 7 secrets that make Arizona the perfect winter travel destination!
Let it snow! Let snow! Let snow!
With summer temperatures soaring to 110°F+, it does not seem feasible but Arizona actually gets snow and a lot of it! Take a two and a half hour drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff and enjoy a fun filled day of playing in the snow.
While in Flagstaff, be sure to check out Arizona Snowbowl which offers the longest ski season in Arizona. Skiers and snowboarders are treated with over fifty-two trails, five lifts and two surface conveyors. Snowbowl offers daily rentals for both snowboarding and skiing. Private and group ski/snowboarding lessons are available for children and adults. Be sure to checkout Snowbowl's website for daily specials.
Every winter the Grand Canyon Railway Train makes a magical transformation into the timeless story, The Polar Express by Chris Vanallsburg. Riders of all ages are taken on a mystical ninety minute train ride while enjoying hot chocolate, chocolate chip cookies and listening to the Polar Express story read by Santa’s helpers. Visit Santa’s workshop for a special appearance by Mr. & Mrs. Clause. Oh and don’t forget to wear your pajamas!
Where else can you go play in the snow and in the same day, go hiking in the desert? During summer months hiking can be grueling but in winter months like December, temperatures are fantastic for hiking in Arizona. Check out these Phoenix Metro area hiking hot spots.
- McDowell Mountain (Easy to Difficult)
- South Mountain (Easy to Difficult)
- Pinnacle Peak (Moderate)
- Camelback Mountain (Extremely Difficult)
December is also the perfect time of year to take advantage of outdoor shopping malls. Outdoor shopping malls provide upscale specialty stores, restaurants and entertainment. Check out these premier outdoor shopping locations for our Chandler, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe communities.
- Desert Ridge Market Place
- San Tan Village
- Scottsdale Quarter
- Tempe Market Place
- Westgate/Tanger Outlets
During December these particular outdoor malls get festive with movie nights, ice skating rinks, snow, hot chocolate and much more!
Grab your ice skates and head over to CitySkate for a celebrated tradition of ice skating. Rental skates are provided for a minimal fee. After skating, stay and enjoy hot chocolate and shop the stores around CityScape. Get into the holiday spirit with double movie features and don't forget to bring chairs and blankets!
Lights and Hot Cocoa and Santa, oh my! Every year, the Phoenix Zoo luminates with millions of lights and hundreds of displays. Nightly snowfall, rides, festive food & drinks and photos with Santa are a few of the activities in store. Though animal viewing is limited during ZooLights, guests may visit during the day to see their favorite zoo animals.
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