South Mountain Park, Phoenix
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 .
South Mountain Park Reviews
We set out at 7 a.m. in mid-April. The sun was already hot. We had chosen to walk the Javelina Canyon and Ridgeline trails, shown on Alltrails.com. It is marked on that site as 3.4 miles. On mapmywalk... more »
I drove through some of the park (it is very large) and up to Lookout Point via a winding mountainous road. The location gives one a panramic view of the city. The drive is scenic with wonderful deser... more »
Gorgeous views, friendly bikers (bicyclists), and excellent roads to run. Sometimes people driving cars go a bit fast and it makes me nervous for those that are biking, but I love coming here early to run! The bathroom at the second gate house off Central is well stocked and clean! Water from drinking fountains is cool, too. Much needed after a run even while carrying water. I'll keep coming back!
This is a cool place to hike & bike apparently! We saw a few bicyclists while we were hiking. Its a rocky trail so I suggest thick soled shoes & hi top boots would probably be the smartest foot wear choice. There were lots of desert flowers in bloom & it was nice & green for desert. The trail is nice & peaceful. We did see other people but it was pretty infrequent which is one of the pros of this area. The dogs seemed to enjoy themselves as well! Always bring lots of water whenever you hike in AZ no matter what the temperature! If you enjoyed this review or found it helpful, please give it a LIKE!
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