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South Mountain Park

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Address: 10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042
Phone Number: (602) 262-6862
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Activities: Biking, Hiking, Horseback riding
Description: This, the largest municipal park in the world, is a popular hiking, biking...
This, the largest municipal park in the world, is a popular hiking, biking and horseback riding trail area.
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A great gem

We went to Pueblo Grande and I looked for something else on the south side of Phoenix after driving to that side of town. South Mountain was well worth the extra drive. So nice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went to Pueblo Grande and I looked for something else on the south side of Phoenix after driving to that side of town. South Mountain was well worth the extra drive. So nice to drive to the top and then what a view of Phoenix and all the mountains. I would recommend this to eveyone

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The long and winding road, to borrow a phrase from Lennon-McCartney, is a journey well-worth the trip to the top of South Mountain to get a glimpse at The Valley Of the Sun in all its glory. The basin is crowded with civilization and that means smog and an obstructed view when the winds aren't doing their thing. This is... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Entrance to this park is FREE and you can drive throughout to get absolutely fantastic views of downtown Phoenix as well as the greater Phoenix area, North, South East and west. If that is all you do it is well worth the effort to come here. Quite stunning and unforgettable.There are picnic areas and horse riding opportunities as well as... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Hiked South Mountain with local friend. Trails are easy to follow and range and difficulty, some areas were steep but generally easy hiking. Area was beautiful and views were awesome. parking during the week is easy, have fun.

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London, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We were brought here by our hosts. It was our first full day in Arizona. The weather and the scenery were fantastic. The view of the Phoenix basin were wonderful. It would have been great to do some hiking but two members of our party have mobility problems. The road to the top has many hairpin turns around rocks that... More 

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Fort Erie, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

There are several trails leading into the South Mountains of Phoenix. As I understand, this park is the largest preserve within the confines of a major city. I hiked with my daughter and 3 granddaughters as far as we could up the stoned path which gave us great views of the city of Phoenix. Didn't make it to the top,... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

South Mountain is dry and barren compared to the Superstitions, but there are plenty of trails, good wide trails, and the access is great from anywhere in the valley

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Best view of Phoenix accessible by car (most others require steep trail climbs). You can also get on the other side of the range for a South view. A lot of trails are also available to hike around.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Many trails to choose from and great views of downtown Phoenix. I chose the Mormon trail and was mostly flat once you reach the top. There is an extra 3 miles if you want to turn the hike on Mormon trail into a Mormon loop. Check out the Hidden Valley as well.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Daughter who lives in Tempe took us hiking here (we are from NC and avid hikers). My first time at South Mountain park. Lots of free parking. A whole network of trails from fairly flat and wide to more vertical up's and downs. We did the ridgeline trail and it was a good workout but no boulders to climb over... More 

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