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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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Great hike for a local

This is one of my favorite hiking trails in Phoenix. You could go to Camelback and fight the tourist and local people but i prefer this trail because there are many different... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This is one of my favorite hiking trails in Phoenix. You could go to Camelback and fight the tourist and local people but i prefer this trail because there are many different trails and if you want drive to the top. I think its the best view of Phoenix

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Vancouver, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Went here for a day hike on the Alta trail and a bike ride to the summit. Incredible views on both of the valley! Lots of hiking trail choices. Went on a weekday; saw no one else on the trail. Steady stream of bikers on the road to the summit, but not too many. Easy to get to and we... More 

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Austin, Texas
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

First, South Mountain Park is huge! It contains numerous trails and parks ranging 20 miles southwest from the City of Phoenix. The park map is located here: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/south-mountain/trail-descriptions-and-map. Be sure to talk plenty of water and stay hydrated!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We have hiked South Mountain several times now on two different trips to Phoenix. We really enjoy it! You can take an "easy" trail or go for the more challenging. Parking can be challenging if entering on the East side but you can park in the neighborhood if need be and hike in. This last trip was our most challenging... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Park includes lots of trails that test hikers of many different levels. A great place to take the kids if you want to climb a mountain but aren't exactly sure how the kids will handle it. We have a 4 and 1 year old and visited twice. The four-year-old was determined to get to the mountain peak and we could... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The only experience we had here was a drive to the highest lookout point for sunset. Parking was completely full and there was a steady flow of cars in and out but it didn't feel crowded. Amazing views of the sunset over the mountains to the west while the city lights began to twinkle to the east. This is something... More 

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

Very scenic. Not more than 5 miles in total. Not very windy or hot. Early morning are an ideal time to go for a hike. Scenes from the tip of the mountain are really amazing. Nice place to explore my photography hobby.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Great food, beautiful surroundings. It was a unique experience and a wonderful way to enjoy the views and lovely weather of Phoenix. Strolling the grounds after breakfast concluded a perfect morning.

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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

South Mountain Park is Located off of central in southern Phoenix. You can drive to the top of a small mountain and there are views of the surrounding desert and downtown Phoenix. The are no houses in the park and there are lots of desert plants and saguaro cactus. Hiking trails are available.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

This is a great place to take someone to view the entire city. Once you reach the top of South Mountain you can look down and see the entire city from end to end. There is no cost to enter the park. You can drive to the top, or even bike. There are numerous trails to hike on foot or... More 

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