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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. 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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  • August 14, 2017
    Papago Park has many attractions, including a botanical garden, restaurant, zoo, and the rock formation called "hole in the rock". The hike to the hole was much quicker than we expected and the views ...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    This is a great place for a short hike that leads to spectacular views. The climb up to the hole in the rock was easy enough for my 4 year old to do. You can get a terrific view of Phoenix from the to...  more »
  • July 13, 2017
    Beautiful site seeing and hiking spot, clime the rocking mountains also take some great pictures of the park and surrounding areas  more »
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  • May 27, 2017
    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.
  • June 20, 2017
    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 🤗
  • June 12, 2017
    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!
  • May 19, 2017
    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!
  • June 13, 2017
    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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