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Arizona is known for its deserts, cacti, and endless natural beauty. If you’re a PT, OT, or SLP on assignment in Arizona — here are 5 Instagram worthy spots to check out while you’re there.



McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Located in Maricopa County, this 21,099 acre park is a considered a desert jewel. With elevations going up to 3,000 feet along the western boundary,  you can experience over 50 miles of various trails and see desert creatures such as deer, javelina, and coyotes.

Sonoran Desert

The Sonoran Desert covers 100,00 miles from Arizona, all the way to California and even into Mexico. Hiking is one of the best ways to experience all the different cacti and flora the area has to offer. Though if you’re not up to walking, you can also take part in off-road desert tours or horseback riding. Want to take it all in from high above? Hot air balloon adventure is the way to go.

Cave Creek Regional Park

This park sits atop the upper region of the Sonoran Desert. The trails here are very popular because of their dramatic elevations and breathtaking views. If you’re interested, there are guided trails that take visitors to the sites where gold seekers tried to strike it rich.

Saguaro National Park

Named after the nation’s largest cacti, the Giant Saguaro, this park is the place to go if you want to photograph these enormous cacti. The Saguaro National Park is divided into two districts. The Rincon Mountain District has over 128 miles of trails and the Tucson Mountain District has a denser saguaro forest. You can also experience the park after dark with evening and night walks, as well as star watching parties.

Desert Botanical Garden

With over 50,000 plant displays and outdoor exhibits, this is a great way to fully immerse yourself in the desert’s natural beauty. They also have year round events so no matter when you go, there is always something new to explore. You can enjoy a fresh seasonal dinner series showcasing the best local flavors, tequila sampling stations, and during their Corks & Cactus event, you can taste 40 different wines from nearby wineries.