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Papago Park, Phoenix

Categories: Nature & Parks
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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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  • Good place to connect to excellent biking and walking trails. Great picnic tables with shade. Excellent place to relax for a few minutes or a few hours. Convenient to the Phoenix Zoo. 
  • I was photographing the reflection of the Palm Trees off of the Lake at sunset (first time here), while waiting I looked around and saw park benches, picnic tables, facilities and great looking rock f...  read more »
  • A very pretty view with an easy hike to the hole in the rock. Great for kids (who will listen and stay within the boundaries). Our kids loved the hike up, the climb on the rocks and it's a fun thing t...  read more »
  • I love this park. You have pounds to fish in with your kids. Great scenery with the zoo right here. Great picnic spots with covered ramadas. Always lots of room. Hole in the rock is a nice and easy hike up. If you live in Phoenix this is a must stop place.
  • Went to see the Tempe fireworks, up on the pyramid. It's a bit of a walk but nothing difficult by any means. It was a pretty nice view and the weather was nice, but there were a lot more people there than I expected. Lots of families, flashlights, but still nice.
  • Lots of trails, varying and variable degrees of length and difficulty along with multiple ponds (stocked urban fishing), bike trails, picnic tables, restrooms, Phx. Zoo, Botanical Garden, and archery range amongst the things to do. Beautiful views in all directions of the valley's growth.
  • This place is breathtaking! Such gorgeous views with all the red rock, palm trees, cacti, and lagoons. Perfect place to bring visitors to showcase the beauty of the valley. Plenty of ramadas for parties or just to stop and "smell the roses". Amazing views of downtown Phoenix and surrounding mountains. Great place to watch the planes take off and land. Beautiful at sunset, but very crowded especially at hole in the rock.
  • Great little park in the middle of so many other attractions. Reserve a cabana, feed the ducks, go hike the Hole in the Rock, visit the Phoenix Zoo or Botanical Gardens or take a hike up any of the other peaks nearby. It's not a bad way to spend a lazy day in Phoenix.
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