SOME GREAT PLACES TO BE COOL IN ARIZONA
Prescott to the North, Bisbee to the South
Both mile-high cities, the elevation causes these cities to stay 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix. In addition to the milder climates, both are great places to visit, and have much to interest and entertain visitors.
Water Parks in Phoenix
If you are stuck in Phoenix for the summer, there are three water parks in the area where you can cool off. Big Surf, located in Tempe, has the distinction of having the first wave pool in the U.S.. Mesa, Arizona sports an amusement/water park (water features and slides only open during the summer). Wet ‘n’Wild, located in North Phoenix is the area’s largest water park, and has 30 water attractions.
Salt River Tubing
Salt River tubing, located in the Salt River Recreation Area, is an Arizona tradition, and a great way to beat the heat of summer. Here’s how its done: you can take a bus up to a higher place in the river, rent inner tubes, and float down the river. This is a “floating party” which is popular among families, student and adventure groups. It takes from 2 to 6 hours to take the floating trip, depending on where you start on the river and how well the river is running.
Lake Powell/Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Lake Powell is the second largest lake in the United States. Its shoreline is nearly 2,000 miles long. The summers are hot here, but think swimming in cool blue waters, renting a houseboat, going water or jet skiing, snorkeling or fishing and you have a recipe for beating the heat and enjoying a beautiful place where water sports are “king”.
Slide Rock State Park, Sedona, AZ
Designated as an Arizona State Park in 1987, Slide Rock was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. Located in the popular Oak Creek Canyon area of Sedona, Slide Rock attracts visitors from all over who seek a respite from the summer heat. Also known as “slick rock” for obvious reasons, the Slide provides a wet ride true to its name. Oak Creek is a lovely vacation spot with many other swimming holes along its length, but Slide Rock is the main tourist attraction.
At an altitude of 7,000 feet visitors find relief from the heat of Phoenix in the cool mountain area of Flagstaff. Surrounded by the largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the world, it is a cool and inviting camper’s paradise.
Payson Arizona, at an altitude of 5,000 feet, named itself the “Cool Mountain Town”Downtown is Green Valley Park, where the visitor can enjoy concerts and jog around paved trails near many man-made lakes. Payson’s real allure, however is the nearby Mogolion Rim, a wilderness of forest lands where one can experience camping, hiking trails and swimming. When in Payson, hike the beautiful and scenic Water Wheel trail along the Verde River, which boasts of the best swimming holes in the area.
Lake Havasu State Park
Lake Havasu boasts of some of the nicest beaches in Arizona. Some prefer to swim and relax on the beach. Fishermen come here for the bass and other varieties of fish that can be caught here. Both RV and tent camping are available by reservation, and there are many hotels nearby.