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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 89 Attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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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West Springfield, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

So sad that the summit trail wasn't open! went here to watch the sunset and was having a hard time finding a trail with a good view!

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Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

It's possible we were amazed only because we were new to the desert and to large foothills/mountains, haha. We went for the scenic outlook that you can apparently drive to, but it was closed because of recent flooding that washed out roads, SAD! So we drove until we found a little spot where you could park and walk up into... More 

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North Branch, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

My husband and I planned for a late lunch at a local restaurant in Tempe, and then headed over to South Mountain Park for an early afternoon hike. We entered via the 46th St/Baseline Road trail head and opted for the Javalina Canyon Trail to the Beverly Canyon Trail loop. Just under 2 hours at a leisurely pace. Not too... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Many different trails and great views from the top and all around. Great walk alone or with family..

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Manchester, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We love to stay near South Mountain park when we visit Phoenix/Tempe -- there is great hiking here, and world class mountain biking (some of it pretty challenging), only a stones-throw away from the city.

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Placentia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Every time we go to Phoenix we go up absolute Mountain. On weekends there may be a lot of bicyclists. Fantastic scenery, views. Mbeautiful!

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We enjoy hiking South Mountain because it is easily accessible, has a variety of trails, and is a safe place to explore. We have hiked there many times while visiting the Phoenix area. The trails can accommodate lots of folks but be on the lookout for the bikers!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Located about 5 miles from the heart of downtown Phoenix, South Mountain Park/Preserve is not only one of the largest Municipal parks in the country it's location makes it one of the easiest ways to experience the beautiful Sonoran Desert. For those of you not familiar with the deserts of the southwest and think that deserts are all sand, the... More 

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VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

took the Mormon trail and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of phoenix and surrounding areas. Not too difficult, but still challenging.

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Phoenix AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Do your research and select the trail based on the level of difficulty. Open to biking, hiking, running or use one of the many picnic areas. They are first come first served. South Mountain Park offers fantastic view of the city and desert plant life. A must see!

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