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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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Small-Group Tour: Deluxe Phoenix and Scottsdale Day Trip

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Amazing panoramic view of the greater Phoenix area

It can feel like a really long drive (think, "Are we there yet?"), but that's because the road is narrow, slow, and windy - so it takes longer than you think it should. There is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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120 reviews 120 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

It can feel like a really long drive (think, "Are we there yet?"), but that's because the road is narrow, slow, and windy - so it takes longer than you think it should. There is also a serious change in elevation - but it is worth it, so keep going...all the way to the top. When you arrive, get out... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I liked using the Desert Classic Trail for peace and quiet. Lots of rock to view. The numbered markers can help you remember where you start and finish. Beautiful view of Ahwatukee.

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Victoria
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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Easy to get to, worth an hour or so to drive to the top for awesome views of the Senoran Desert and downtown Phoenix in the distance.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Great sunrises and sunsets and an awesome view of the city. There are great trails for hiking and biking and a really nice educational center.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is sacred hallowed ground according to Native Americans and is also the largest municipal park in the world. Easy access via car. There areas to park and then hike. Where else can you live and go to a mountain right in the city limits! This is probably one of the main things I will miss about living in Phoenix!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Late in day visits to watch sunset and then the twinkling of the lights of the city as they come on.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great place BUT.... Always take a mask for the flies and Gnats as they swarm by the thousands (I saw numerous hikers w masks on - great idea.). Also pack bee spray as people r getting attacked.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Great hiking and mountain biking in a beautiful desert setting. For an additional treat, drive the 5 miles to the mountain summit at sunset for an unparalleled view of Phoenix.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Access to S Mtn Park was a big reason to live in Ahwatukee. 2 block walk and I'm in. Miles of trails. Great views. Desert wildlife. Beware the bikers on the south side valley trails. Coyotes and Javelina at night and an occasional owl that apparently mistakes me for a very large mouse until he's right on top of me.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I love South Mountain Park. Amazing that this treasure is so close to the city. Easily accessible and beautiful place to see sunrise. Extremely difficult to describe but grab a coffee about 4 am, drive to the top. Park and wait for the sun to break the mountains. As the sun appears over the mountains, light explodes, brightening the entire... More 

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