Ahwatukee is blessed with great weather for 9 months of the year, so get out and do something!
If you aren't trying one of our featured outdoor activities above, why not just go hiking
on some of the great trails throughout the Valley. There are many places to get out and explore
but please keep some basic safety tips in mind. Try to hike with at least one other person.
Make sure you always let someone know where you will be and when you expect to be back. Pay attention
to what season it is, if it is summer you should plan on leaving and returning very early - carrying
enough water to stay hydrated in summer is very difficult. If it is monsoon season or if there is
any chance of rain, watch for flash flooding, not only where you are hiking, put where you park your
car. Most problems involve people getting lost, injured or stuck somewhere. Remember if you're lost, stay
where you're at and don't panic if you can't use a cell phone or GPS, sometimes you won't be able to get a
If you are hiking off the beaten path take the usual survival items along:
Map and Compass (make sure someone knows how to use it)
In your car you will also want to be prepared whether you are hiking, camping, traveling cross country or
just across Arizona. Make sure you have the following:
If something does happen, you will need to assess your specific situation and determine what you should be
most concerned with. Setting priorities is extremely important. Remember to stay calm.
Make sure you know exactly what you have available to use and what you will need.
Depending on the situation, your priorities may be shelter, fire, food or water. Keep everything you have
clean and working well (including yourself - hygiene is very important). Make sure you boil your water and don't eat
any wild plant if you don't know what it is, many plants can be poisonous. Being prepared is the most important
part of any trip or vacation.