Arizona Day Trips Beat the Heat

As the summer temps continue to climb, Arizonans are lucky to have a diverse landscape where they can beat the heat by driving 2 hours or less. Whether you head north to the Mogollon Rim, east to the White Mountains, or south to the cooler climate of the Tucson mountains, there are plenty of places to camp or simply enjoy a day trip to beat the heat. Before you head out, bring your car to a Chapman Arizona service center for an oil change and complete checkup.

Tonto Bridge a Natural Wonder

Just a few minutes north of Payson on Highway 87, the Tonto Natural Bridge is an easy drive and a spectacular place for a picnic or day of exploration. The natural travertine bridge is believed to be the largest of its kind in the world. It’s a half-mile hike down to the bak of the creek, then several steep steps to get to an observation point. The Tonto Natural Bridge offers a shady retreat usually at least 25 degrees cooler than Phoenix during the height of the summer.

Oak Creek Canyon Delivers Cool Temps

Connecting the south side of Flagstaff with the north end of Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon is an oasis of green with a natural water slide to boot. Slide Rock State Park is an extremely popular spot for Valley dwellers, so make sure and get there early on the weekends. The naturally rock slide is a refreshing ride through the cool waters of Oak Creek. There are a number of cabins and motels on the creek if you want to spend the night.

Red Rocks of Sedona Offer Dynamic Views

If you haven’t been to Sedona, it’s not markedly cooler than Phoenix during the day, but you’ll certainly notice the difference at night. If it’s 110 in Phoenix, it’s probably 100 degrees in Sedona. The nighttime temperatures plummet in the Red Rock territory, though, to a pleasant 80 degrees or less. The stunning Red Rock vistas are worth the drive any time of the year. It’s just an hour and half up Interstate 17 to a world of vortexes, crystals and plenty of tourist options.

Mt. Lemmon Rises Above Tucson

If you’d rather head down south, take a trip to Tucson and then scoot up the hill to the top of Mt. Lemmon. Rising more than 9,000 feet above sea level, temps at the top of the mountain are some 30 degrees cooler than Phoenix. Hiking, camping, fishing and star gazing are all popular activities on or near the summit of Mt. Lemmon. The University of Arizona Sky Center offers educational programs and a great opportunity for visitors to view the night sky without worrying about light pollution. Before heading anywhere across the desert this summer, make sure and get your car inspected at any of the Chapman Arizona Service Centers. A quick oil change, tire rotation and topping off of all your fluids will help you avert disaster on the road.

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