11 Reasons to Love Summer in Arizona

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Andrew Pielage
Photos: First Major Haboob of 2012 Swallows Up the Valley

Bemoan the sweltering heat, requisite sunburns, and incessantly blazing sunshine all you want. There's plenty to love about Arizona in the summertime. The season officially arrives Friday, June 21, and here are 11 reasons we love it.

As the mid-summer clouds begin to form and the winds kick up, Phoenix's signature storm season means some mild relief from the heat. The fantastic lightning shows are a photographer's dream, and we're partial to the random torrential downpours that would be a bummer in most other climates. Leave it to desert dwellers to get psyched about rain. After a couple months of 100-plus temps, monsoon season is nature's cure for summer burnout. So soak it in; you've earned it.

See also:
8 Tips for Summer Hiking in Arizona
15 Must-Attend Summer Events in Arizona
50 Reasons Why Arizona is the Best State in the Country

Victor Palagano
Photos: Salt River Tubing on Fourth of July Weekend
Salt River Tubing
Contrary to popular belief, Salt River Tubing isn't just for drunken college kids (but if you're into that, bring marshmallows). Pro tip: If you go on a weekday, right when the park opens at 9 a.m., you'll get to enjoy the natural landscape in relative solitude.

See also: How to Tube the Salt River

Katie Warren/Arizona Diamondbacks

Chase Field's Roof
Even when it's smoldering outside, Diamondbacks fans don't have to sweat it out while catching a game, thanks to Chase Field's 9 million pound retractable steel roof. At Chase, hats have become a summer fashion statement rather than a necessity since most 100-plus-degree days mean they've shut that baby and are blasting much-needed air conditioning. For those seated in the upper levels, the blowing air can make it downright cold.

See also: The 10 Best Things to Eat and Drink at Chase Field

Location Info



Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Arizona Science Center

600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Burton Barr Central Library

1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Chase Field

401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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Bob Marsh
Bob Marsh

And Number 12: 100 degree water coming out of the cold water tap.


I don't know if I can judge properly by last year's monsoon season, my first in the Valley. But coming from Louisiana (and having lived in a couple of other locations with truly severe weather) I was underwhelmed by the storms.

The dust storms were interesting, but what's deemed a violent thunderstorm in the Valley would be a simple thundershower pretty much anywhere else I've lived. And in Louisiana, more rain can come down—and frequently does—in the space of ten minutes than I've seen in weeks of intermittent storms here.

I suppose it's all relative? Native Phoenicians, I'm all ears.

Brenda Smith
Brenda Smith

Uh, sure. And did I mention I will NEVER come to visit again in the spring or summer? Well, unless I stay in a pool and can be served the whole time. :)

Tim O'Connor
Tim O'Connor

I think I'll continue to whine. Thanks anyway.

Greg Watson
Greg Watson

the summers there are not the summers here Vt

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Number 12: too hot for these pinche piasas to have parties in their front yards with DJs and lives bands, in a residential neighborhood.

Monica Socci
Monica Socci

12th reason: my adorable hubby Charles Visser


it is not a HABOOB!

it is a MONSOON!

a haboob is a SAND storm. a monsoon has DUST. 

a haboob is in SAUDI ARABIA. 


it is not a haboob, boob!


your link for pool parties & night hiking is the same


@username I'll have to look at the websites, but aren't the mountain parks and trails closed pretty early? From the looks of the photo accompanying the night hiking item, it appears you'd have to have hiked up as high as you're going to go well before nightfall, and then watch the splendor develop for a short time before heading back down.

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