Downtown Tempe is home to some of the best outdoor amenities Arizona has to offer. From paddle-boarding on Tempe Town Lake to scootering around town and hiking up A Mountain, there are endless possibilities. Test your limits by participating in the A Mountain Challenge. Challenge yourself to climb A Mountain, earn exciting rewards, and support downtown merchants at the same time!
How it Works
Complete our registration online and pay an entry fee of $20. Your registration includes a special Challenge t-shirt and access to our online portal where you will record your hikes. The more you climb A Mountain, the more prizes you will earn from downtown Tempe businesses. Prizes will be available for pick up on the dates/times listed below. * Please note that participants will be able to select the prize they would like, based on availability at the time of claiming the prize.
Registration will be open until May 15, but the deadline to complete the Challenge is May 31. The sooner you register, the more time you have to complete the Challenge.
We want to see your progress! Tag us in your social posts and use #AMtnChallenge2021 to win additional entries for the grand prize as you (figuratively speaking) hike up Mt. Everest! Please note: your account must be public through June 4, 2021 for us to verify your posts and activity.
April 1 - Start of A Mountain Challenge
April 17 | 8 am - 10 am - Round 1 Prize Distribution at the Original Chop Shop
May 8 | 8 am - 10 am - Round 2 Prize Distribution - May 8 at Morning Squeeze
May 15 - Last Day to Register
May 20 | 5 pm - 7 pm - Round 3 Prize Distribution (Location TBD)
May 31 - Final Day of the A Mountain Challenge
June 4 - Winner of the Grand Prize will be notified
June 5 | 8 am - 10 am - Round 4 Prize Distribution at the Hayden House
Elevation Achievement Milestones
A Mountain is 1,496 ft. in elevation. Below is a breakdown of the number of times you will have to climb A Mountain in order to reach the height of a larger mountain. You will also find the corresponding prize that goes along with the achievement once it has been accomplished.
Camelback: 2,707 ft. = 4 times | Prize: A Mountain Sticker
Mt. Humphrey's: 12,633 ft. = 10 times | Prize: $5 Gift Card to a Downtown Merchant
Mt. Rainer: 14,411 ft. = 25 times | Prize: $5 Gift Card to a Downtown Merchant
Mt. Everest: 29,032 ft. = 40 times | Prize: Entry Into the Grand Prize Package ($200 Value)
*The base elevations, peak elevations, and the number of climbs are close estimates and may not be 100% accurate, but this is all for fun!
We would like to acknowledge that Tempe Butte and the land surrounding it is sacred to local tribal communities and is part of the ancestral homelands of the O'odham (Pima) and Piipaash (Maricopa) peoples. Tempe Butte is known as Oidbaḍ Do’ag (oyd∙bət daw∙ahg) in O’odham and Xwe Nykuuly (khwe nyə·kool) in Piipaash.
You can find the City of Tempe’s resolution recognizing the lands that comprise present-day Tempe as being culturally affiliated with the O'odham and Piipaash HERE. The land continues to be spiritually and culturally important to these communities and we ask that you respect the butte as you enjoy the views by staying on the trail, not disturbing the landscape, and leaving no trace.