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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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  • 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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  • Amazing views and right in the middle of the city so it's not a far drive. Great place to take kids or go walk dogs. Would be a great way to spend a few hours. Also a great place to take professional pictures so keep in mind it's a popular location so if you don't want random strangers in your pictures go during a less popular time like when the kids are in school. There's a lake that's nice and lots of fun palm trees also the hole in the Rock which is a very popular tourist attraction.
  • Nice outdoor recreational park. Went for hiking . Climbing the small mountain is easy. Live bees warning so be careful. Views from the top are nice. Surrounding park has beautiful lake and good desert trees and plants. Lots of ducks and other birds around. Overall clean, beautiful recreational facility. Wasn't overtly crowded when we went. Parking was ample.
  • Beautiful park with great views and photo opportunities. Very easy to climb up in the rock even if you aren't athletic... If you are athletic I've watched people climb from the front of the formation but there is an easy step way towards the back. It's nice and cool in there nice place to sit back and relax on a nice sunny day.
  • Spent most of the day next door at the phoenix zoo spending most of our money, so it was very nice going and climbing up to the hole in the rock without having to pay for admission. Easily accessible climb up the backside with a much more challenging climb up the front. Worth the climb just for the experience of walking through the hole. View from the very top of the rock is also well worth it.
  • I was at Zoo Lights and it's wonderful. I go with friends who have kids but it's hard to enjoy the experience with them. Instead I enjoy the family experience, visit a bit with the parents between bouts of frantically chasing their child or sessions of behavior and manners talks. Then once they tire out and leave so do most of the other families with little kids, then I and friends with no kids walk the zoo again and truly enjoy the displays. If you want to avoid the kid time come about 8pm, but keep in mind the time they close. Do not miss out on the talking tortoise and giraffe.

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