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South Mountain Park, Phoenix

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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. Make South Mountain Park a centerpiece of your Phoenix vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Phoenix vacation builder.
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  • Brought the kids (10 and 7) to Arizona and hadn't planned on all the hiking we ended up doing. The kids loved it, we loved it. The views were amazing. We choose a path that wasn't too challenging, but...  more »
  • Park where you can go hiking. We cannot because of physical limitations but the scenic drive to the top, 5 miles is also beautiful. You have beautiful view over while Dobbis Point, there are benches and a toilet. The access was/is free.
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  • The park can be quite beautiful and you do get good views to Phoenix and the south. It also has the benefit of being able to drive to the summit. It is howver not as good an experience as Camelback or...  more »
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  • Hundreds of miles of trails for mountain biking and hiking. They also have Ramadas that can be reserved for free! No where else do you get these views for free.
  • We are blessed to have a city park that contains great trails for both hiking and biking. Wide variety of difficulty levels. Good for all skill levels.
  • It's a great view from the top. The way up doesn't have much. If you're disappointed looking at the bare barren incline around you, you should get to the top. Also, summers are hot. Better go early if you're going in the summer. I think anytime from October to April should be a good time to visit
  • Great place to hike ! Moderate to difficult hiking depending on your fitness level. About 4 miles with a steady climb up for 1.5 miles. Can bring a dogšŸ¶. I recommend plenty of water 2 liters and couple of healthy snacks. There are plenty of other hikers on the trail, but i recommend going with a friend. Early in the morning is the perfect time to hike during cooler months. It's free and parking is free but limited.
  • Beautiful place to hike. Muy bonito lugar.!!!