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South Mountain Park

10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042 (South Mountain)
(602) 262-6862
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Ranked #5 of 128 attractions in Phoenix
Type: Parks
Activities: Biking, Hiking, Horseback riding
Description: This, the largest municipal park in the world, is a popular hiking, biking and horseback riding trail area.
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south yorkshire
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Good for walking.Great trails well marked. plenty of parking. Good views of Phoenix from some points.

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Vancouver, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Was looking for a hiking trail and was told South Mtn Park was the place to go. Easy drive from town (just follow the cell phone towers on the hill to the south). Plenty of parking with dozens of trails to choose from: easy jaunts to viewpoints, all the way up to challenging hikes of several hours. Lots of people... More

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Mesa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

many different levels of trails, bathrooms may seem a bit primitive but not if you are a hiker. Gorgeous views.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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48 reviews 48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I live near the park. Out my front door, two blocks, and I'm there. This is a beautiful urban park, but it's actually just desert. Lots of trails so the hiking is great!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

South Mountain is part of the National Trail Trek which is 15.5 miles from the eastern side to western side along the ridgeline. It's a huge park in Phoenix with lots of different levels of hiking and mountain biking available. You can drive to the top and enjoy the views of Phoenix. There is horseback riding available at the foot... More

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Maricopa, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

South Mountain trails are accessible, challenging, and can provide anything from a quick work out to a day of great hikes and great views. My favorite is the Mormon Trail combined with the Hidden Valley Loop. I like "bushwhacking," and South Mountain affords plenty of opportunity to explore off-trail. If you can't afford the time to hike the Superstitions, South... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Make sure you have a true mountain bike for these trails not a road bike or cross as they are rough going but lots of fun!

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

A great place to visit! Many hiking trails of varying difficulties. We hiked the Holbert Trail to Dobbin's Lookout. This hike is listed as moderately difficult, but we (mid-50's in age) found it to be "moderate" -- especially compared to Camelback that we hiked the day prior! The hike up and back took nearly 3 hours, but was very enjoyable.... More

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The park is great for hiking and is free. Gate closes at 7pm but visitors are allowed to stay until 11pm once in the park. Definitely go at least 1 hour before sunset time to watch the sunset as climbing to the top (end of North Summit Road) takes some time and you will want to watch the colors change... More

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

16,000 acres of nice rolling hills and good views of the greater Phoenix area. Took a 2 hour hike but you can tailor your hike to how ever much time you have. The desert was just starting to bloom.

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