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Outdoor Desert Adventures

Reserve a Quiet Desert Escape

The quiet season between late summer and early fall is the perfect time to get outside and explore the desert in Phoenix, Arizona and Palm Desert, California. Days are sunny and dry. Evenings are cool and refreshing. And the crowds are light, so you’ll have plenty of space to practice social distancing.


Phoenix mornings are ideal for walking, hiking and biking across the stunning landscape before the temperatures rise later in the day. Observe the falls while you traverse the canyon of Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, where waters splash more than 180 feet over the world’s largest natural travertine bridge.

To see desert vegetation, consider a trip to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, where you can hike and bike, or the Desert Botanical Garden, where you can engage in guided outdoor experiences.

At the end of the day, catch the rosy highlights of the setting sun at the sprawling South Mountain Park and Preserve.


Begin your day in Palm Desert with a morning oasis, complete with palm trees and trickling creeks at Indian Canyons. Or if you’re traveling with young children, the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens blends native foliage with animal sightings. You may experience a hot air balloon ride or jeep tour, affording you unparalleled views of the sunset over the mountains.

Marriott's Canyon Villas

Marriott's Shadow Ridge Villages


While exploring Arizona, make Marriott’s Canyon Villas your home base. This Sonoran Desert resort is the ideal destination where you may spend a day beside the pool waterfall.

Your Palm Desert vacation begins when you check in to one of the nearby Marriott Vacation Club resorts. At Marriott’s Shadow Ridge, you’ll find yourself in the midst of the Santa Rosa and Jacinto mountains. Or, explore the recreation opportunities at Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas, where you may swim and explore — all with spectacular mountain vistas.