Winter Activities in the West Valley

The winter season is one of the best times of year in Arizona, when the weather gets cooler and festive events pop up all over the valley. We’ve listed some of our favorite winter activities in the West Valley below.

Scorpion Bay Marina at Lake Pleasant

Scorpion Bay Marina at Lake Pleasant is a perfect spot to relax on the water or enjoy dinner with scenic views year-round. Scorpion Bay offers boat and water-sport rentals and features Scorpion Bay Grill with delicious food options for everyone in the family. Fishing is also a popular spring activity at Lake Pleasant.


Another wonderful winter outdoor activity for you to enjoy across Arizona is the abundance of mountains and hiking trails. After the scalding hot summers, winter and spring are welcome and ideal times to go on a hike in the Valley. From Camelback Mountain to Black Mountain Trail to Superstition Mountain, there are a wide range of options for every level of hiker.

Wigwam Festival of Fine Art

Arizona’s premier fine art venue, situated in the center of Litchfield Park’s historic district, this legendary exhibition plays host to three days of nationally recognized artists, dancers, musicians and much more. The 2022 edition runs from February 18th to the 20th.

Arizona Balloon Classic

A three-day event at Goodyear Ballpark featuring hot air balloon rides, a family fun zone, tether rides and a plethora of festival food to try. During the evening, Desert Glow will take place, where tethered balloons will glow in synch to music January 28-30.

Maricopa County Events

Fun events include sunset and full moon hikes, scorpion hunts and more. There’s even a chance in mid-January to join Ranger Terry on his last paddle adventure! Click the subtitle for more updates.

Scorpion Bay is Arizona’s premier floating playground, offering everything from daily pontoon and ski boat rentals to slips for harboring your yacht (or dinghy). Come for the fishing or come for the frolicking—either way, incredible mountain views, fantastic dining and world-class marina services await less than an hour out of Phoenix.