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Papago Park, Phoenix

4.6
#6 of 14 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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  • The Hole in the Rock is a nice little spot to climb up. We especially enjoyed visiting at sunset, where you can get a little higher to see the sun set over the city and the mountains.  more »
  • I came out to Phoenix to spend time with some old friends from church and this was one place I had seen on TripAdvisor and thought ... "Hmmmmm, this looks okay!" The closer I got to the Park the more ...  more »
  • This park reminds me of an oasis in the desert. There are 2 or 3 small ponds surrounded by palm trees with picnic areas. You can drive around it, bike it or hike it. We went up to Hunt memorial which ...  more »
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  • Love this park I've been coming here with my wife and kids for 10 years now. Great place to hike awesome view once you get to the top of the mountain. There is great covered picnic areas with grills and a few small lakes. This park is also right next to the Phoenix zoo and the botanical gardens. It gets busy during the fall, winter and spring. Not so busy during the summer due to Arizonas triple digit heat and would recommend to take your hike before 8am and after 6pm during summer.
  • This zoo gets better and better! The 4D attraction was fun and a sweet escape from our lovely 120°f heat.. Also the new EBT museum special where families can come and only pay $3 is an awesome reach to welcome everyone to come and enjoy a lovely adventure at the zoo. Been bringing my kids for 10 years now.. Love coming here 🤗
  • A scenic little get-a-way that's not very far from downtown Phoenix. Its a nice place to walk around and relax, or bring the kids and a bag of oyster crackers to feed the ducks. You can also climb the rock formations and get a magnificent view of South Mountain, especially at dusk. And, there is no admission; zero dollars!
  • Great photo ops and hiking! This spot has so many areas to take professional photos in and is easy to get too. Right in the middle of town and easy hike to good views. There's a cool hole in the rock on the zoo side that is fun to hike to. Check it out!
  • Sunrise view is special. Walk up and see. It's a 2 min walk to the cave and as easy as it gets. Beautiful RED rock. You can imagine being under the sea and hiding in this cave. It's well traveled and always has a human presence around BUT it's a local landmark. Must be seen 1× at the least. 100-400 lb folks can walk the 2-3 min walk. It's practically paved. Always a stunning sunrise here....and sunset from the cave (facing downtown) is spectacular.

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