Carl Jester , Aug 26, 2004; 08:44 a.m.
I used to go out there frequently for business, but not so much recently. Personally, I always enjoyed a drive up South Mountain, which has an overlook at the top.
I don't know the area parks very well, but here's a link for some of them. http://www.ci.phoenix.az.us/PARKS/hikemain.html
The Desert Botanic Gardens could be worth a visit. The Heard museum is very much worth visiting, unfortunately they have limited hours (maybe go for lunch, even without a camera). http://www.heard.org/