South Mountain Park, Phoenix

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#4 of 84 in Parks in Central Arizona
Preserved in its natural mountainous state with native desert vegetation, South Mountain Park represents the largest municipal park in America. The park offers 82 km (51 mi) of primary trails for cycling, hiking, and horseback riding. Head to Dobbins Lookout, 9 km (5.5 mi) from the park's main entrance to see desert vistas and views of the valley. The park is home to a wide range of impressive plant and animal life; watch for chuckwalla, a large-bodied lizard. There are an average of 65 of them per 1 hectare (2 acre) in the park. You can visit the Environmental Education Center for trail maps and hiking advice. A small museum housed inside the center also gives information on the Sonoran Desert and its ecosystems. Arrange to visit South Mountain Park and other attractions in Phoenix using our Phoenix planning website .
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  • Had a great time on a self-guided mountain hike. Trails of all difficulty levels and lengths, be sure to check out the trail descriptions online before you go.  more »
  • Just taken my family here for a weekend outing. Admission is free. Park is A+++ clean, great atmosphere for families and a nice place to bring light outdoor meals. We drove to the summit. The view was...  more »
  • My husband and I visited AZ to explore and hike. All of our hikes varied greatly in terrain and vistas. See my reviews! Here's our list: Treasure Loop in the Superstitions, Peralta in Gold Canyon, Cat...  more »
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  • Wow! It felt like it took forever to reach the top. The View along the way was absolutely beautiful. Once we reach the South Mountain peak it boasted a small Park area that was well kept and populated by people simply coming to enjoy The View, there were people selling homemade jewelry, there were plenty of hikers and lovers enjoying the scene. Visitors should be aware that by 7 p.m. The gate that takes you to the top of a mountain is closed. South Mountain Park is always a great place to visit whether it's two lovers in the entire family or an individual you'll have the grandest time if you are Outdoors person.
  • This is a very beautiful place to visit. The view are absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking! The winding roads go up the mountain and are very fun. There are lots of hiking trails and also a horse farm that you can rent horses and ride the trails. From the top you can see all of Phoenix. There is also another road that goes to the South side of the mountain and you can see another smaller town. There is a limited amount of parking at the top but there is enough. This park is my favorite in Phoenix and I definitely recommend seeing it if your on vacation out here!
  • Great weather in January for hiking trails. Clean area and nice view of the valley when you get high enough. Met other hikers going up and coming down. Lovely that others don't mind stopping to share tips on the paths or ways to see something spectacular. I am looking forward to returning.
  • Go to summit for beautiful view of the valley. Their was a little haze but still great views. Lots of other roads to take on mountain for different views of the mountain and area. Well worth the time and trip. No cost to enter park. Roads are narrow and lots of curves so pay attention and used by people riding a bicycle.
  • South Mountain is one of the lesser visited parks in the Phoenix Valley. There's not much parking so if you want to get in prepare to go on off peak times or wait for one of the parking spaces. There is more than one parking lot there so don't just drive to one. The major trails are well-maintained and the elevation gradients are pretty gentle. This is not a boots only hiking area. There's an excess fire road that runs through the park which is an option to hike as well. This is a trail that you can accommodate dogs on.
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