Our Favorite Places to Sleep Under the Stars Around Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix. Between the Sonoran Desert, low mountain ranges and rapid growth, this southwestern city only gets more exciting with every year. Between an increasingly young and diverse population and breathtaking landscapes, there’s something for everyone here in the Valley of the Sun. So whether you’re a visiting tourist, returning to see friends and family or a curious local, read on for our favorite places to take photos and capture the highlights of your trip around Phoenix, and get ready to explore!

Lost Dutchman State Park

Come enjoy the views of Arizona’s iconic landscape and the skies over the Sonora here at the Lost Dutchman State Park. Named so for the fabled hidden gold mine of German immigrant Jakob Waltz, Lost Dutchman State Park features campsites, dramatic cliffs, views of the Superstition Mountains, the Tonto National Forest, and the wide open spaces of the Sonoran Desert. Here, visitors can undergo all sorts of outdoors activities, and enjoy views over Arizona and the open desert skies, a great location for stargazing. 

Dobbins Lookout

Enjoy the view over Phoenix and Arizona here at this iconic attraction, a striking observation point of a number of stone shaded lookouts providing views in all directions. This is great for landscape and nature photographers, as well as suitable for families and solo projects alike, showing to all in great fashion that in fact, you were here in Arizona. 

Papago Park and the Desert Botanical Garden

We’ve put these two together due to their proximity, Papago Park is another of these lookouts over Phoenix celebrating the natural beauty of Arizona, while also making for a great viewpoint and project on its own. The Desert Botanical Garden is a further celebration of the natural beauty of this state, showcasing its native variety of flora in a colorful and lush backdrop sure to make the most of any photography project.

Kartchner Caverns State Park

This series of campsites, cabins, hiking trails, and caves is your gateway to the wonders of Arizona, above and below ground! This is a great trip, daytime, nighttime, or for the whole day, and the night photography of the starred sky at this location is famously stunning, providing plenty of views of our neighboring constellations and beyond. 

Japanese Friendship Garden

Find your zen and unwind here in this verdant and peaceful corner of Phoenix, the Japanese Friendship Garden! Among footpaths, streams, ponds, gardens and a Tea House, this is a great shoot for casual purposes, especially for solo projects and couples. 

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