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Papago Park, Phoenix

4.6
#6 of 20 in Parks in Phoenix
Offering a safe way to explore the Sonoran Desert, Papago Park attracts visitors with its rock formations and wide variety of desert plants, including giant saguaro cacti. In addition to its extensive network of dirt and paved trails, the hilly desert park houses a botanical garden and a large zoo. The park contains sandstone formations created at least 6 million years ago, and they are notable, but its signature feature remains a small pyramidal tomb of Arizona's first governor, built in 1931 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. To orient yourself in the undeveloped desert areas, download or print a tri-fold trail map from the park's website before you visit. To visit Papago Park and get the most from your holiday in Phoenix, create itinerary details personal to you using our Phoenix tour itinerary planning website .
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  • This is a free park, short easy hike and worth a trip. It’s slightly different from a couple others I’ve hit while I’ve been here. It’s about 3 miles round trip - bring your water!! Watch for dog poop...  more »
  • Worth a stop...easy desert walk...some trails accessible....nice views from hole in the wall. Lots of other interesting things to see at this same location.  more »
  • This is a quick walk/hike, and easy to do with young kids. We really only spent 30 minutes there as we were passing through to head to other plans of the day. Next time we may make a day of the park. ...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful Park in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The park itself is beautiful desert landscape. Also in the Park area there is the Desert Botanical Garden which is a great stop for anyone and one of the best Desert Botanical Gardens in the world. There is also the Phoenix Zoo here which is a world-class zoo and worth a visit if you enjoy going to them. It's also a great place to play games like Pokemon go as there are a lot of markers around. If you are vacationing in Arizona this is a great all-in-one stop where you can enjoy the desert landscape, the botanical garden and the zoo all within a convenient distance of each other.
  • This treeless bare "mountain" has decent views. It is a great place for a quick hike to clear your head. Just enough height to get your heart rate up, but no so much to tire you out. 360 views from the top are good. We did the hike in late December, weather was perfect. In the summer, it would be too hot with no shade.
  • Great stop for hikes and picnics! The hike to the hole in the wall is doable for all ages. It is a great hike to get your heart rate pumping and the views are fantastic. The picnic areas looks like an Oasis, ponds surrounded by palm trees, sand and shaded picnic tables. There are horse shoe pits and an open theater. Lots of ducks to feed in the pond. Very close to the airport, great stop to kill some time!
  • This is an Uber popular hiking and tourist destination. I have been here many times. The hike up too the hole is very simple. There are quite a few surrounding trails to enjoy. It seems to be a popular place to watch the sunset. The location is great to do other things like botanical gardens, zoo, hunts tomb, etc. Don't miss out on this amazing geologic formation and historical site.
  • Really cool and pleasant attraction to be a part of. Plenty of room to park since there is a big store close by. The hike to the cave is roughly 150 meters and very easy to walk on. Once you go through the hole you can just chill and enjoy the views. Very easy and quick :) it took us maybe 10 minutes to get up to the hole.
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