While in Arizona this weekend I got a chance to hike in the McDowell Gateway Sonoran Preserve, a short distance from my hotel in Scottsdale, AZ. This area is great for hiking and full of trails. I especially loved how all the desert flora is so completely different from what we have out on the east coast. All thorns and spines and focused on preserving water. I highly recommend a visit here and a hike; just be sure to bring a lot of water.