Having fun outdoors in AZ is easier said than done.
It’s absolutely colder in the mountainous regions, especially on the Colorado Plateau in the north, however the rest of AZ is desert land. It gets excruciatingly warm for a giant portion of the year, & our winters are mild as well. I have friends that live in Flagstaff & Sedona who all see snow in the mountains during the Winter time holidays, however it is largely absent from Phoenix most years. The last time there was a notable snowfall at lower elevations was in 1998, when Sky Harbor Airport recorded a mere trace of snow at 0.22 inches of precipitation. Like many of the locales in FL where my extended family is located, Phoenix has highs in the 60s & 78s during the Winter time & lows in the 40s most mornings. Once all of us roll into summer time weather, things change extremely. Temperatures climb above 100 degrees, occasionally above 110 degrees. If you go out hiking & the weather is too intensely warm for you to handle, refusing to turn around & go lake house could result in a extreme emergency. I went hiking with my girlfriend in the South Mountain Park & Preserve yupterday appreciate all of us do any other time all of us come. Usually all of us wait to go hiking until the weather starts to cool off in October & September, despite the fact that I was being stubborn & wanted to go in early October. Needless to say the temperature was 110 degrees outside & all of us had to turn around & head back to my lake house in Phoenix.