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South Mountain Park

Address: 10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042 (South Mountain)
Phone Number: (602) 262-6862
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Ranked #8 of 94 Attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Biking, Hiking, Horseback riding
Owner description: This, the largest municipal park in the world, is a popular hiking, biking and horseback riding...
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Type: Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Biking, Hiking, Horseback riding
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Owner description: This, the largest municipal park in the world, is a popular hiking, biking and horseback riding trail area.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This is a great way to get some exercise, have fun and see a beautiful view at the top! Go in the morning when the sun's heat is not so intense.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We visited on a Sunday afternoon in November. The road to the summit was closed due to maintenance, but we parked in the ramada area and were able to hike up one of the mountains. The views of Phoenix and surrounding areas are breathtaking and we stayed for the sunset. It was amazing. The park is well maintained, has plenty... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Even though the road to the summit was closed due to rain we were able to get a nice view of the valley from the Ramada look out. Better than nothing! The park service personnel was super friendly. Great place for a picnic.

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Rocky River, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This is a great park with fantastic views of Phoenix and surrounding areas. We spent about 2 & 1/2 hours hiking up and back on the Holbert Trail from the parking lot near the Environmental Education Center to Dobbin's Lookout, a moderately difficult, but well-marked and easy-to-follow trail. Lots of great scenery and views along the way, and a nice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

South Mountain Park is only a few miles from Phoenix downtown were I stayed. There is a lot of great trails for mountain biking & hiking with a good view of Phoenix. I had spend 3 of my 6 days trip on that pak !

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is one of the largest city parks in the country, and has a unique representation of native plant life. Picnic areas are near the bottom. The place has a great system of trails. The summit views are beautiful, but be careful: The roads are windy and there are usually runners and bicyclists on them. Should you choose to hike,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

From a distance the mountains of South Mountain Park look dry and barren. But you are in for a treat once you get on a trail! Plants and wildlife abound! There are many trails and a number of entrances. The one we frequent the most is the entrance on 48th Street. On beautiful Saturday and Sunday mornings the parking lot... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The scenery was nice, but it's an area that seems more oriented for horseback riding. The day we visited (Friday), the park was practically deserted.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Nice area for those wanting to get out and enjoy the Phoenix fall weather, designated hiking trails and great photo opportunities. Make sure to take plenty of water!! And let someone know you are going there and when to expect you back, unfortunately many people every year get lost at the park, fall off a no hiker area, or become... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you happen to be in Phoenix between November and March for any reason and itching for a desert mountain hike , you cannot beat this. It is right in the city and has numerous trails depending on how far you want to go. The flora and fauna is typical Southwest, cacti, jojoba, ocotillo and all that. You get good... More 

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