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South Mountain Park, Phoenix

(4.7/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
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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  • My friend who lives in the area took me just to look around. It is amazing to find this enormous park so accessible. Lots of cactus, sort of busy where we were, but we did not wander far on purpose.  more »
  • It was worth the drive up the side of South Mountain for the view and I'm glad we went. The facilities on the top of mountain are modest and the area for viewing requires you to be somewhat careful wa...  more »
  • I recently got back from spending a few incredible days in Arizona exploring the Phoenix area with my niece Alex. While we were there, we were able to visit beautiful South Mountain Park. Apparently i...  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 dog🐶. 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.!!!