Cooler weather is right around the corner, and if you’re like most people, you’re looking for ways to enjoy our beautiful scenery this fall. Check out the five best fall picnic spots in Scottsdale so you can have a mini-getaway on a weekend afternoon this month!
The 5 Best Fall Picnic Spots in Scottsdale
Whether you’ve just moved to Scottsdale or you’ve lived in the area all your life, these hidden gems are the perfect places to bring a few sandwiches to enjoy solo or with friends and family:
- Scottsdale Waterfront
- McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
- Pinnacle Peak Park
- McDowell Sonoran Preserve
- Bartlett Lake Recreation Area
Here’s a closer look at each.
Best Picnic Areas in Scottsdale, #1: Scottsdale Waterfront
Downtown, just near Scottsdale Fashion Square, the Scottsdale Waterfront is a great place for a picnic lunch or romantic dinner for two. You’ll find plenty of grassy spots ideal for picnic blankets, as well as benches overlooking the water, seasonal flowers and beautiful shade palms.
Best Picnic Areas in Scottsdale, #2: McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is known for being a perfect place to spend an afternoon. Kids and adults love the space, which spans 30 acres and features the Paradise & Pacific Railroad narrow-gauge train. The carousel is currently operational, too, and there’s plenty of shade to enjoy your lunch.
Best Picnic Areas in Scottsdale, #3: Pinnacle Peak Park
The best picnic spots feature sweeping views and take a little work to reach. If you agree, you’ll love having a picnic at Pinnacle Peak Park, where you’ll need to hike 3.5 miles out and back. There are several picnic tables at the park, but no grass – so leave the blanket behind. Remember, too, that you have to leave the park by dusk and bring plenty of water.
Best Picnic Areas in Scottsdale, #4: McDowell Sonoran Preserve
There are lots of fabulous picnic spots at McDowell Sonoran Preserve. You’ll find beautiful winding trails that afford you a beautiful view of the Sonoran Desert and its gorgeous array of cactus and wildlife. Exercise caution and watch out for snakes, and enjoy your picnic lunch at a table or on a bench rather than on the ground.
Best Picnic Areas in Scottsdale, #5: Bartlett Lake Recreation Area
The Bartlett Lake Recreation Area, tucked in the Tonto National Forest, is part of the Bartlett Reservoir. Known for spectacular mountain views and Sonoran Desert plant life, this secret fishing spot also makes for great picnicking. You’ll find plenty of spots to unroll a picnic blanket or sit at a table under a ramada.
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