Great Places to Snap a Memorable Moment

By local contributor
Scott McGinty

Ever heard the phrase “picture, or it didn’t happen”? To help you make sure your picture proof of Scottsdale is the best it can be, here are some of the city's best photo ops that are sure to impress your friends back home.


Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve

McDowell Sonoran Preserve View

Towering saguaro cacti, massive boulders, rolling desert foothills and lush riparian washes are just a few of the photo ops that await you along more than 225 miles of hiking trails in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.


Taliesin West

Taliesin West View

Stunning architecture, whimsical art and expansive desert views are the hallmarks of Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece. A variety of guided public tours are offered daily year-round.


Scottsdale Civic Center Park

Civic Center View

From public art and lush landscaping to unique architecture, Civic Center Park is a photographer’s paradise. Don’t miss Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture near the Civic Center Library and James Turrell's "Knight Rise" skyspace at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.


Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden View

Located at the base of the rugged Papago Buttes, the Desert Botanical Garden gives you easy access to thousands of colorful plants and cacti along its five thematic trails. 


Pinnacle Peak Park

Pinnacle Peak View

If you’re in good shape, check out the summit trail at Pinnacle Peak Park. You’ll be rewarded at the top by expansive views of Scottsdale and the surrounding Sonoran Desert.


Orange Sky Restaurant

Orange Sky View

Located on the 15th floor of Talking Stick Resort, Orange Sky offers contemporary American cuisine and panoramic views of the Valley below, including the breathtaking McDowell Mountains and iconic Camelback Mountain.