South Mountain Park, Phoenix

4.7
#4 of 52 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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  • Had not been to South Mountain Park for many years. Had forgotten how spectacular this desert mountain complex was. The entire Valley of the Sun is laid out before you from the first lookout and if you go to the antenna lookout you can see all of the East valley - Gilbert, Awatukee, Mesa and more. The mountains are a geology lesson leaving you wanting to learn more about the forces that formed these ranges. Did not take advantage of the extensive trail system, instead relaxed and enjoyed the remarkable views. On the way down, we followed some skateboarders that were flying down the very curvy road. Ah, to be young and daring.
  • Challenging hiking esp if you go off trail, lots and lots of rocks. But fun hiking - great scenery from the top of any peak, trails run along the ridges once you're up there. Mountain bikers love the park, helmet absolutely required. Lots of geocaches to discover if you are into location based games.
  • Pretty awesome. Love the trails here. You can find from beginners to advance. What ever your legs are capable of the mountains will provide. Clean park as well l. Very dog friendly as well.
  • I always love hiking on South Mountain. There are so many trails and is a popular destination for many hiker per year. It has great sunsets and views of the sunsets over the Estrella mountains. It has great views toward Tucson to the south, downtown Phoenix to the north and the Four Peaks and Superstitions to the West. It currently divides the city of Phoenix and once the new freeway is built the South side of the mountain will become a major truck route.
  • This park is practicality my back yard. There are many trails to hike. Or you can drive on a paved road to the top and look over the valley. Best of all it's a city park and no cost entry. It's a great place to enjoy a day in the desert outdoors.

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