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South Mountain Park and Preserve

Map & Directions 10919 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85042
  • Daily 5am-11pm


Phoenix New Times' Description

This positively ponderous municipal preserve -- the nation's largest -- features acres of hiking, climbing and horseback trails, plus picnic and recreation areas.

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  • on 05/06/09

    San who? Exactly. Even we die-hard outdoorsfolk spent many a wasted year in ignorance of this under-utilized section of South Mountain Park before a wrong turn turned out right. Our happy misadventure started at that big fork in the road where nobody turns west 'cause everyone's headed east to the top of the range. And who can blame them? The top of this range, the centerpiece of... More >>

  • on 01/16/09

    I frequently take my dog out running and hiking and while I will not tell you where they are, if you are observant you will see petroglyphs all over South Mountain. If you ever get the chance to hike in the rain, take the Mormon trail off 48th street to Fatmans pass, and follow the water falls back to the road, it is just beautiful. The flowers all bloom in March and after a... More >>

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  • Visit Phoenix on 06/22/11

    Phoenix is home to the largest municipal park in the world. South Mountain Park and Preserve covers more than 16,500 acres and has more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.

  • William W. on 05/13/10

    Work it harder, make it better, do it faster, makes us stronger.

  • Kelly M. on 08/25/11

    Go at night to watch the sunset

  • SMTizzy on 11/06/10

    If you bring your dog please pick up after them.

  • Chrysty H. on 04/04/10

    Beautiful wildflower hikes

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