279 rescues: the perils of the quest to conquer Camelback Mountain

What might be Phoenix’s most iconic landmark is also one of the Valley’s most sought after activities for local residents and tourists alike: hiking Camelback Mountain. Proper hiking boots, sunscreen, plenty of water and a hat is the minimum preparation someone set out to hike any of Phoenix’s mountains should be armed with. Unfortunately, many tourists and local residents find themselves unprepared and in a dangerous situation as they sit defeated atop a rock somewhere along Camelback Mountain’s 1.5-mile Cholla Trail.

Police: Hiker returns from Camelback Mountain to find car stolen

The Paradise Valley Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a 2011 Hyundai Elantra, with a Tennessee license plate, after it was stolen from the Camelback Mountain area on Wednesday, March 22, officials say. At 2:16 p.m. March 22, Paradise Valley Police Department officers were dispatched to the 5100 block of north Invergordon, in the area of Camelback Mountain Cholla Trailhead, in reference to a stolen vehicle. A hiker had hid their keys in their vehicle and sometime over the last hour an unknown suspect took her 2011 Hyundai Elantra bearing Tennessee license plate, P8963L without her permission, police say.

Spa renovations top off renovations at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa in the Town of Paradise Valley unveiled $2 million worth in renovations to its Spa Casitas and Spa Suites as part of a two-year capital investment. The three-stage campaign also saw the 2016 introduction of Spa House, a mountain enclave for small groups, and a complete redesign of the resort’s […]

Paradise Valley reinvigorates residential parking permit effort

Paradise Valley Town Council reviewed its current Residential Parking Permit Ordinance, which discusses the need for parking permits in specified residential areas, during a Sept. 8 study session meeting. The town council reviewed Ordinance 688, which states the town manager has the right to designate, with the town council’s approval, the need of a police […]

Paradise Valley committee takes first blush at Camelback Mountain home

A number of concerned neighbors attended a concept review meeting hosted by the Paradise Valley Board of Adjustment at Town Hall Thursday, Sept. 8 to voice concerns over plans of a proposed mansion to be built atop Camelback Mountain. The property in question, 5507 E. San Miguel Ave., has drawn ire from nearby residents over safety concerns since construction plans for a driveway to the property became public last March.

Proposed Camelback Mountain home continues to distress neighbors

Residents living around the proposed construction of a home at 5507 E. San Miguel in the Town of Paradise Valley are fighting to push back an initial hillside committee review that is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8. In addition to neighboring residents being unable to attend the review, they are concerned with legal rights of way, and the overall safety of the project due to an extensive amount of construction proposed on Camelback Mountain.

Board of Adjustment continues proposed Camelback Mountain variance

The Paradise Valley Board of Adjustment has granted a 60-day continuance to a variance proposal pursued by TMS Ventures LLC to allow the construction of a driveway that could lead to the largest home ever constructed on Camelback Mountain. The Board of Adjustment voted 5-2 in favor of a continuance Wednesday, March 2 with members […]

Proposed Camelback Mountain variance draws ire of Paradise Valley residents

Lawyers have been retained, concerns expressed and dispute letters filed as TMS Ventures LLC pursues a variance to the Paradise Valley Hillside Development Ordinance to allow the construction of a driveway that will lead to the largest home ever constructed on Camelback Mountain. The Paradise Valley Board of Adjustment 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 is […]

Phoenix Fire Department offers hiking tips after Camelback Mountain death

A middle-aged woman from the United Kingdom went missing on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix Tuesday, July 7, and was ultimately found dead around 6:15 p.m. the same evening. The hiker set out at about 9:30 a.m. with her husband and son. A park ranger reported the woman missing about 2:15 p.m.
Officials believe she was separated from them after reaching the summit. “This is a tragic ending to a long, hard, exhaustive day,” Capt. Mike Billingsley with the Phoenix Fire Department told Catherine Holland of CBS 5 News Tuesday, July 7. “We mourn this tragedy for this family. Somebody lost their mother and their wife today and this is a hard day for everybody.”

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain introduces Sensei therapists

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, known as a gathering point for the country’s most seasoned spa healers, has introduced a new category of therapist to its Asian-inspired Sanctuary Spa: Sensei. “Sensei,” a term that holds tremendous honor and respect in the Japanese culture, is typically reserved for great mentors and teachers, according to a press release. […]