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The desert can kill - photo hike

Phoenix, United States

Experience hosted by L J

90 minsHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

You will die, a half dozen times, in the Arizona desert.
In photos, at least. We hit the trail for a 90 minute nature walk and photo extravaganza! But, be careful . . . the desert can kill ya!
Your friends will think you're crazy, when they see your pics from the desert! "You couldn't just pose NEXT to a saguaro", your mom will ask. "You had to lay on a rock, to be sacrificed?"
This year, we will have amazing blooms, from the abundance of rain. We always have plenty of thorns, rocks, hawks and coyote. The birds love it and so do the predators who eat the birds! Everything about the desert is gorgeous! It even smells great! The rocks are lovely. Just make sure you aren't bowled over, or tripped, by one.
The statuesque saguaro just love posing for the camera. Put your arms around it, for a great big hug! Spiny, long needles? It'll only hurt for a minute. Hold still. Say 'Cheese'!
There are always quite a few birds. Eagles. Hawks. Cactus Wren, Road Runners and more. You'll enjoy the flashes of color, as the warbler darts from bush to branch.
If we get lucky, we'll run into Chuck, the chuckwalla. The second largest lizard, native to Arizona. If he's not feeling photogenic, he'll try to run us off. Yep! It's happened to me. Let me introduce you to the surly little fella.
No matter what, we'll enjoy our trek through the desert and get some fun shots while dodging spiny thorns.
Other things to note
This is not a paved path! It's rocky. Wear hiking boots, or good tennis shoes, with new tread. We will walk/hike about a mile.
If it rains, (rare) you can decide if you'd like to refund, reschedule, or donate your funds to the Arizona State Parks.
You will die, a half dozen times, in the Arizona desert.
In photos, at least. We hit the trail for a 90 minute nature walk and photo extravaganza! But, be careful . . . the desert can kill ya!
Your friends will think you're crazy, when they see your pics from the desert! "You couldn't just pose NEXT to a saguaro", your mom will ask. "You had to lay on a rock, to be sacrificed?"
This year, we will have amazing blooms, from the abu…

What's included

  • Equipment
    We'll get plenty of fun photos, of you trying to stay alive, in the desert....

Meet your host, L J

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 8 Reviews
  • Identity verified
The desert is beautiful and it can kill ya. We'll take some 'different' photos. I'll show you what I enjoy about the desert. What to steer clear of and what I've learned, living here, since 1973. I hike 5 or 6 miles a week and love everything about the desert. Even the 120 degree heat.
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Where you'll be

This beautiful trail, with lovely 360 degree vistas, is in the middle of Maricopa county. It's called the Quartz Trail and you will see why. It's easy to get to and has convenient parking. Parking is located on the north east corner of 32nd Street and Lincoln Dr., in Phoenix (Closest GPS address is 3165 E Lincoln Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85016) or: E Lincoln Dr & 32nd St Or: 32nd Street Trail Head. I will help you find it.
Linda
December 2019
LJ was a fantastic guide! She was very knowledgeable, engaging, witting, very friendly & outgoing, and very sensitive & caring about how we were doing physically during the hike. She is very likable, & passionate about her love of nature & protecting it & our Earth. We felt as though we gained a friend! We highly recommend going on this guided hike with her, you will not be disappointed!
LJ was a fantastic guide! She was very knowledgeable, engaging, witting, very friendly & outgoing, and very sensitive & caring about how we were doing physically during the hike. S…
Melissa
March 2019
My hiking experience with LJ was awesome! She took me to a great spot and shared a lot about the area and vegetation. She showed interest and care for my enjoyment, provided me the extra time I needed while giving me the space to challenge myself. LJ is one cool cat! id highly recommend this!
My hiking experience with LJ was awesome! She took me to a great spot and shared a lot about the area and vegetation. She showed interest and care for my enjoyment, provided me the…
Ruth
March 2019
The host was very passionate & knowledgable about hiking the mountain! There was very little parking at the hike site which could be an issue if you had a tight schedule that day which we didn’t!
Lynne
March 2019
Being my first time in AZ, it was great to get a hike in to truly see (up close) the beauty & wonder. LJ shared her enthusiasm & knowledge. What a fun hike, thanks LJ!
Sarah
March 2019
This was fun! I got to see a natural side of Phoenix and learn about its cacti and natural ecosystems. LJ was very passionate and had lived in Phoenix all her life, so she knew a lot about the nature there. We went for a hike around dinnertime, and by the time we came back down the trail, there was a wonderful cool breeze. I packed a hoodie in my backpack which worked out perfectly. Remember to bring extra water! I am glad I did this, and LJ was the perfect guide!
This was fun! I got to see a natural side of Phoenix and learn about its cacti and natural ecosystems. LJ was very passionate and had lived in Phoenix all her life, so she knew a l…
Marilyn
February 2019
As we get older, it's wise to accept our limitations. I was disappointed we were unable to finish this walk. LJ was wonderful and understanding. She was also very helpful for my partner. Unfortunately, we left with bruised egos, having nothing to do with LJ's fun and professional leadership.
As we get older, it's wise to accept our limitations. I was disappointed we were unable to finish this walk. LJ was wonderful and understanding. She was also very helpful for my…

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Cancellation policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 5 and up can attend.

What to bring

Hiking shoes, with good tread.

Water bottle, or hydration pack, filled with water.