Best jogging paths that your neighborhood never gave you
So, your apartment community didn’t think walking trails were a worthwhile amenity? No worries, there are a few places around Phoenix where you can enjoy a scenic jog without straying far from your rental.
My apartment complex has a fantastic pool, a pretty decent view of Camelback Mountain, and a passible amount of community activities throughout the year. What it’s missing: jogging trails, simple little paths of beaten earth (or even pavement) that help residents get a bit of exercise without mowing down pedestrians on sidewalks or—worse—toughing it on the streets with Hell’s Angels and all those others who can’t seem to understand that red means stop.
A neighbor of mine mentioned that she jogs the nature trail at a nearby resort. While I first raised an eyebrow at this idea it’s apparently quite common and acceptable under certain conditions. Just sayin’…
The interpretive desert trails at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass run 2.5 miles along a river. Improve your mind as well as your body as you learn more about plant and wildlife species that are native to Phoenix. End your experience with a meal at any of the Sherton’s multiple dining venues.
Cyclists will enjoy the paved bike trails at Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. The paths wind through the golf courses and desert landscape. I recommend this excursion the most for those with free hours in the evening—locals don’t like to admit it but the sunsets really are breathtakingly beautiful. Bike rentals are available through the resort. After your work out, relax your muscles with a trip to the spa.
Arizona Grand Golf Course is by far the best option for those who want a serious workout. The trail traces 60 miles along the South Mountain Preserve. I personally think it’s the most scenic trail of the three. You can rent bikes and reserve a personal tour guide through the resort. Another thing I like about this resort is that they often offer affordable packages for girls’ weekends and other staycations.