Fall is a great time to get outside, and you won’t find a better place than the city of Scottsdale if your goal is to get back in touch with nature. With miles of desert vistas to hike and explore, the city has something to offer for anyone who’s looking to get away from it all. Here are a few ways you can enjoy the great outdoors the next time you’re in town:

Phoenix ZooGo on a Horseback Tour at MacDonald’s Ranch. MacDonald’s ranch is Scottsdale’s premier Western adventure outlet, and it’s the perfect place to live out those cowboy dreams. Located on 1,280 acres of idyllic Sonoran desert, the ranch offers horseback and stagecoach rides to parties of any size. What’s more, all of their services can be custom-tailored to fit your needs and budget. You can even schedule a cookout with live entertainment for you and your friends!

Visit the Phoenix Zoo. There are thousands of different animals in the Scottsdale area, but not all of them live in the desert. The Phoenix Zoo is home to over 1,300 species, and it’s the only place in Arizona where you can play with a family of squirrel monkeys or ride a camel. With over 125 acres to explore, you could stay for an entire day and still not see everything.

Hike the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. If you want to see some pristine, untouched desert, the best way to do it is to take a trip to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Here you’ll find over 100 miles of natural trails and some great hiking, climbing and mountain-biking. Be sure to see the award-winning interpretive Bajada Nature trail.

Ride a Train at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is a renowned family-oriented attraction featuring all sorts of interactive railroad exhibits. The best thing? Your family can take several different rides on any of several different minature trains. It’s one of the most unique railroad attractions in the country.

Rugged, rustic, and fun for the whole family, the city of Scottsdale is the perfect place to get outside. The stunning views and award-winning parks guarantee that your experience with nature will be both beautiful and meaningful.