South Mountain Park, Phoenix

4.7
#4 of 102 in Parks in Phoenix & Central Arizona
Park · Nature / Park
Preserved in its natural mountainous state with native desert vegetation, South Mountain Park represents the largest municipal park in America. The park offers 82 km (51 mi) of primary trails for cycling, hiking, and horseback riding. Head to Dobbins Lookout, 9 km (5.5 mi) from the park's main entrance to see desert vistas and views of the valley. The park is home to a wide range of impressive plant and animal life; watch for chuckwalla, a large-bodied lizard. There are an average of 65 of them per 1 hectare (2 acre) in the park. You can visit the Environmental Education Center for trail maps and hiking advice. A small museum housed inside the center also gives information on the Sonoran Desert and its ecosystems. Arrange to visit South Mountain Park and other attractions in Phoenix using our Phoenix planning website.
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  • Lots of options for hiking. Can drive to various parking lots to enjoy the views. Sunset is particularly enjoyable.  more »
  • Beautiful hike and views. The first bit was steep. Bring lots of water. It was warm in the morning. We had a good time.  more »
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  • This is a huge preserve with lots of trails to hike and explore. Since it's super popular over the weekends, a lot of the parking lots do get filled to the brim. The last time I was here, I drove to 2 parking lots- all full. Best bet, is to get here around sunrise or at least by 7-8 am to snag your spot. The views are pretty good, but the hike feels more "urban" because I can still see the streets and city. Also, too many people here for my liking. I prefer more tranquil hikes...
  • Its a great place for a walk or run, NO wheelchairs. Just remember that you need to be stable and have a good heart as its demanding but not dangerous. You will get nice views of the surroundings. I have been there very early in the morning for a run with a headlamp and during the day for a walk. You might want to bring water, especially if you are walking.

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