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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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South Mountain Park is very scenic and a beautiful place to visit. We only drove through, but saw many areas you could explore on foot. All in all, wonderful scenery and a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

South Mountain Park is very scenic and a beautiful place to visit. We only drove through, but saw many areas you could explore on foot. All in all, wonderful scenery and a wonderful experience.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

You really have to appreciate nature, of the desert type, to go on a walk-about in this area. I absolutely enjoyed every second of it. The cacti tower over you and the mountain is almost ominous and unnerving. Lots of wildlife. The desert wind is calming and clear (watch for dust storms though). Remember that what you carry in -... More 

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

When we have out of town visitors, this trip is an absolute necessity! The views from the top are amazing! You can see the entire "Valley of the sun". All the way to Glendale, Apache Junction, the mountains, lakes, etc. Just gorgeous!

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Glendale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

After a winding, twisting, fun drive to the top. You overlook most of the Valley, a real nice view. Looking down you see the nations largest municipal park of over 16,000 acres. Available are trails for horseback riding(rentals available don't need BYOH.. lol), mountain biking, and hiking. Picnic areas both atop and below the mountain. Also a restaurant at the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

If you don't mind a few switchbacks, then the drive will only take about ten minutes. The views are spectacular both in the day and at night. It also shows a good view of the surrounding mountain ranges in Phoenix. I always take out of town guests there. It's a treat!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I hate heights. I froze, once upon a time, dricing my way up South Mountain. I did it again, and again... There is an amazing view of the Phoenix Valley at the end without having to hike. I certainly cannot hike heights :-) We went up again to show our new Norwegian friend the amazing beauty of the valley and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

First, pick a day (we didn't) where the skies are clear and the haze is minimal. The views from the peak are outstanding. And while we visited on a cloudy day, we still enjoyed the views. If possible, visit on a weekday. Weekends are really, really busy. Also, expect to share the roads (fairly narrow) with bikers. We saw people... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

South Mountain Park has whatever you want in the way of hikes. From challenging (Mormon Trail) to easy (Fat Man's Pass from Buena Vista Lookout). I take beginner hikers on the National Trail from Buena Vista Lookout to Fat Man's Pass, down Hidden Valley and loop back again to Fat Man's Pass on the National Trail, take a break, then... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Somewhat interesting. I was there when the butterflies hatched and saw some just coming out of their cocoon. An OK place but don't count of it being anything special or unusual -- unless you have never been to a butterfly garden. I asked why there were no MORPHO butterflies and they said the park only does ARIZONA butterflies. The MORPHO... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

It is a great view of the Phoenix area up there. They do have short nature walks, a drive and bike path up to the summit, lots of ramadas and cooking facilities. Unfortunately, it is often crowded during the tourist season. It is not so bad during the Summer. It is relatively well-developed and worth a trip.

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Additional Information about South Mountain Park

Address: 10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042
Phone Number: (602) 262-6862
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix>  > South Mountain
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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