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Papago Park, Phoenix
(4.6/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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. Papago Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Phoenix Edition.
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  • I have always loved this little lagoon tucked behind the papago out cropping. Fun place to fish and they have some nice catfish in there. A must go 
  • From the zoo to the geographical wonder, this was an enjoyble visit. Closed toe shoes , sunscreen and hats are a must. Parking as complimentary . The signage from the main road was difficult to find. 
  • Great way to spend a couple hours with kids, family, or visitors. A small amount of hill climbing can get you some great valley views thru the "hole in the mountain". Also a walk around the lake can b...  more »
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  • One of my favorite places to walk and hike. The large red rock formations are striking in their Mars-like appearance, yet sprays of creosote and friendly Saguaros remind you that you're in the Southwest . This park is diverse in that it's got a paved road for anyone to walk on, sandy desert trails for jogging, and the buttes to climb if you want a real workout. People if all fitness levels can enjoy. Papago Park offers the peace and beauty of the Sonoran right in the middle of the city. Easy and quick to get to.
  • Great place to go for a quite walk with beautiful desert landscape! This park is centrally located right next to the Phoenix Zoo and Botanical Gardens. It's great place to take the family!
  • I've hiked here for nearly 40 years since I was a little guy. It is a close place to get out and stretch your legs. Trails range from easy to moderate. Great place for a picnic. It is a bit noisy on the McDowell Rd side.
  • Nice trails and many options. Great park on the zoo side with a lake and picnic areas. The other side (west) are the best trails.
  • Fantastic views , very scenic , this is a beautiful park , I go there to walk . There are many different trails some more difficult than others.