It’s been said that you’re not a true Phoenician until you hike Camelback Mountain. So what better way for you to act like a local on your vacation? To Phoenix residents, Camelback is like the Eiffel Tower to Parisians or Statue of Liberty to New Yorkers. It’s the beach to Los Angeles. You get it yet? It’s an iconic landmark that sits (almost) smack in the middle of the Valley and offers some of the most fantastic views around. It’s also shaped like a resting camel, hence the name. Camelback Mountain offers challenging hiking and biking trails.