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Piestewa Peak, Phoenix
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2701 E. Squaw Peak Drive
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
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Family Hiking Piestewa Peak, Phoenix


Photo by City of Phoenix

Piestewa Peak, a Phoenix Point of Pride, is more than just a craggy crest offering 360-degree views of the Valley of the Sun. It is an icon of the metro area's outdoor culture. But the trek to the top is not for the casual walker. The 1.2-mile (2 km) Summit Trail boasts an elevation gain of 1,200 feet (366 meters). All steps! The longer 3.75 mile (6 km) Circumference Trail with its more gradual ascent offers families with active, younger children an opportunity to take in the views with less fatigue. No matter which hiking trail you take bring a map and help the kids identify Phoenix peaks. On a clear day Pinnacle Peak, McDowell Mountains, Four Peaks, Superstition Mountains, Mount Lemmon, Tabletop Mountain, Estrella Mountains, Woolsey Peak, White Tanks Mountains, Harquahala Mountains and Bradshaw Mountains are all visible.
Fun Facts about Rattlesnakes
Marking a Rattlesnake

Marking a Rattlesnake

National Park Service


There are lots of fun facts about rattlesnakes. Did you know that:

  • Rattlesnakes are venomous snakes and are members of the Pit Viper family. And they get their name from the noise their tail makes.
  • There are more than 20 different kinds of rattlers in the world and while some species can be identified by the pattern and color of their skin not all have field markings.
  • Rattlesnakes feed on rodents such as mice, rabbits and squirrels as well as other small animals. Rattlers stun their prey with their venomous bite and swallow them whole.
  • A rattlesnake gets a new button or rattle on its tails each time it sheds its skin but we can't tell a rattlers' age by the number of buttons it has. Food and temperature determine who often a rattler sheds its skin.
  • A baby rattlesnake is born with one button on its tail but can't make its tail rattle until it has at least two. Unlike toy rattles a rattler's buttons are empty. The rattle sound is made when one button clicks against another.
  • Rattlesnakes may be deaf but they have lots of other senses to detect danger and prey. A rattler uses its eyes to see during the day and its pit organ to sense heat at night. Rattlesnakes smell through nostrils and interpret scents through the Jacobson's organ found on the roof of their mouth. And they pick up sound through the vibration of the ground.
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