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On Oct. 15, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department lifted the ban on charcoal and wood fires in the city’s mountain and desert preserves but is maintaining the ban on smoking outside of enclosed vehicles. Visitors can now use charcoal in established grills and have open fires in fire rings in picnic areas and can continue to use propane and gas grills.
PICACHO PEAK STATE PARK — "Excuse me, coming through, sorry, thank you!" I kept repeating loudly and urgently as I hiked up Picacho Peak, which rises like a Western saddle from the endless desert just off I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson.
This March 2014 photo shows visitors descending a steep portion of the Camelback Mountain trail in Phoenix, Ariz. The 2,704-foot-high mountain offers 360-degree views of distant mountain ranges and closer views of golf courses and pools, all framed by tall saguaros and blooming wildflowers. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell'Orto)
This March 2014 photo shows spring wildflowers blooming amid the red rocks of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Ariz. The 2,704-foot-high mountain offers 360-degree views of distant mountain ranges and closer views of golf courses and pools. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell'Orto)
Mother’s Day is coming up Sunday, May 11. We’ve put together a list of things to do for Mother’s Day in Phoenix that will make any mom feel like a queen. Reservations are recommend for most of the brunches and dinners.
Even during this time of year when everyone would love a few extra practices, there are only so many drills and intra-squad scrimmages to get through before the stale settles in.
The Desert Vista girls have had a super season, but now it is time for the Super Sectionals.
Here is the schedule of the 2014 boys soccer state tournaments:
There's never a shortage of head-scratching and even jaw-dropping when it comes to logistics around Arizona high school sports these days, most recently in soccer.
Here is the schedule for the annual Nate Johnson memorial wrestling tournament this weekend at Red Mountain High School.
Division I, Section I
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
Here's the schedule for the annual Ojo Rojo cross country invitational on Saturday morning (Sept. 21), one of the larger fall gathering for high school runners during the fall.
Final scores from Week 3 of the high school football season:
The Division I girls volleyball landscape has been dotted with dynasties ever since its inception.
Outlook: Lenny Abt spent last season as the interim coach of the Arcadia football team following Jim Ellison’s resignation in August. Once the year ended, his assistants were anxious to roll out new schemes, but Abt had to pull the reins back a bit.
Winter turns the Valley of the Sun into a destination, luring visitors from colder climates around the world to the warmth of the desert.
Anyone with lingering doubts about the need to complete Loop 202, the South Mountain Freeway — along the edge of the South Mountains to connect the West Valley and East Valley — should have been on Interstate 10 in downtown Phoenix on Thursday.
PRESCOTT — Nineteen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, based in Prescott, Ariz., were killed Sunday when a windblown wildfire overcame them north of Phoenix. It was the deadliest single day for U.S. firefighters since Sept. 11. Fourteen of the victims were in their 20s. Here are the stories of some of those who died:
A Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson said the reasons people get stuck on local mountains is failing to stay on the hiking path and not being prepared.
Now that June is boiling up all over, as a public service this column will provide, especially to new arrivals, unsolicited advice on summer survival in the Sonoran Desert. When you’re not covering yourself in aloe vera juice to relieve a scalding sunburn, when surfaces inside your car are noticeably less than molten, when you’re watching someone else on TV being carried down from Camelback Mountain giving a thumbs-up to the camera — that’s when you’ll thank me, um, I hope.