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Papago Park, Phoenix

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Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • We were in the area and grabbed a to-go lunch and thought this would be a great place to check out over lunch. All of the picnic tables were closed due to covid, but we had fun anyway - eating out...  more »
  • Little crowded but plenty of space for all. Great scenic vista on top of the rock with easy access to the top. Plenty of free parking.  more »
  • We went to the zoo and then wanted to have a picnic here. It was beautiful and the weather was really nice. But despite the picnic tables being very far away from each other you couldn’t use any of...  more »
  • Located right in Phoenix and it's amazing! Climb up to the hole in the rock - it's an easy hike. There is a lake where people were fishing and small, stone buildings to sit and have lunch in. I thoroughly enjoyed my morning here! Nice trail... water and bathroom accessible and it’s not far from hole in the rock which is a great tourist attraction. I came at 7 am and there were 10 other tourists! Highly recommended. Plenty to see and it's all free! It's now added to our list for our annual trip to AZ! Warning: bring water :)
  • When I visited here (the beginning of August), it was 135 degree F. I would like to go to desert botanical park but the bus only went to the zoo due to road construction, so I walked 20 minutes by the trail from the zoo to desert botanical park. The photos which I posted here are taken on the tail. It is the most unforgettable experience for me in Phoenix, and I really like the park, the scene, the animals, and the plants inside.
  • Beautiful. Serene. Nature. Are the words to describe this place. Would have loved if there was less crowd, but hey can't complain as am in that too. Must go during sunset, you can get an awesome view from up there. Wonderful.
  • Great place to hike even by yourself as there ate lots of people and traffic, nearby. Easy to moderate trails and easy parking off McDowell (if your lucky enough to get a spot there). Happy Trails...💙🌏🤸‍♀️ :D
  • This park is like a tropical paradise! Palms and water, just like a hidden oasis! When I came there were few people around but it added to the enchantment! I honestly love bringing my little ones here they love watching the baby ducklings waddle along with their families. It’s like going to a tropical island in your own backyard albeit in the middle of the desert!

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