South Mountain Park

South Mountain Park, Phoenix: Hours, Address, South Mountain Park Reviews: 4.5/5

South Mountain Park
4.5
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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This, the largest municipal park in the world, is a popular hiking, biking and horseback riding trail area.
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MBC300
Guelph, Canada164 contributions
Couples
We hiked the Holbert Trail up to Dobbins Lookout. It is a good workout with a 300m climb over a 6.5 Km out and back (according to Alltrails) I thought that the views of the canyons and vistas from the trail were better than the view from Dobbins. Good fun.
Written March 28, 2022
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Chris K
Seabeck, WA309 contributions
Couples
Our annual visit to Chandler we always pick a trail to hike. So many to choose, from easy to hard, short or long. Take your pick. We park at pima canyon and start there. Get the early on weekend crowded and limited parking. Today we're hooked 7.5 miles, and stopped to watch a coyote traverse a ravine, avoiding the hikers. Spring is best with the sprouts, new growth and wildflowers bloom. You see bikers, serious runners, joggers to families with kids and infants in pack carriers. A must to get to the outdoors of phoenix.
Written February 15, 2020
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Jim M
Muncie, IN375 contributions
Couples
Beautiful city park with lots of scenery on the valley floor and mind blowing views from the top of the mountain. Narrow, twisty road to the top, but highly worth the effort.
There are multiple overlooks and take the time to visit them all for views to the north (city) and south.
Written January 16, 2021
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The views were awesome, you can see for probably 30 miles in each direction, the drive a bit trecherous, woudl not want to do it in the rain. Plenty of parking and restrooms, although you need a respirator to enter them. The men's room was 3 stalls, one with a toilet (pretty much a bucket with the top and bottom cut out so the waste falls into a pit below), one with a urinal and the other with nothing (guess you pee against the wall and it flows to the drain), and there was only like a 3ft high wall and no door around any of them. The smell was unbearable, my daughter stepped into the women's room and I heard "Nope" and she walked out and my father-in-law commented that even in Viet Nam during the war did the have such disgusting facilities.
Written January 6, 2022
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Jmits1
Raleigh, NC429 contributions
While visiting Phoenix where we stayed very close to SMP so I was excited to do a hike and then view the valley from the top. We entered the park looking for a visitor center or some information. Nada. We had read that there were hikes of all levels and wanted to do a simple 1-2 mile hike (I like to hike, my husband amuses me with short ones.) The only map available was a large, faded one that was not easy to read but it did have a QR Code. Ha! It was outdated so we went to the city map online (This is one of the largest municipal parks in the US.) We figured signage would point us in the right direction for the hike we'd like to do. Trial head signage was few and far between and then quite a few trails were blocked off. It was a twisty, turvy ride to the top and that was worthwhile. The view was great but I couldn't imagine driving it at night so I'll just settle for the day view. You may want to take binoculars and your own toilet paper. Also the restrooms were dirty.
Written February 28, 2020
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Robert A
Phoenix, AZ3,466 contributions
The drive up South Mountain on a clear day is well worth your time. Just go south on Central Avenue about six miles from the city center, the main central north-south Phoenix boulevard...it enters the park and goes all the way to the top of South. Mountain, to the lookouts near the multiple communications towers. We visited on a Friday after touring the nearby Mystery Castle at the south end of 7th St. east of Central (Hint-Super!). There were no active gates nor fees on the day of our visit...easy drive in/out. Recommended.
Written January 15, 2020
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Christine F
Rapid City, SD39 contributions
Family
We were able to go during the week when it was not as busy as some other reviewers mentioned. It is quite a unique park. I can see why it is a busy place. We went to Dobbin's Lookout and the view can not be beat. You get to see the whole area and see somethings that are hard when you are down in the city! Drive carefully to the top. The road is narrow and bikers, hikers and traffic make it a busy place
Written March 2, 2020
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GlobalGirlie
Scottsdale, AZ179 contributions
Friends
I hike South mountain at least once a month. You can go on either side of the mountain and there's multiple trails on either side. I've done hikes that are an hour at sunset and I've done hikes that are 3 hours. It's not too high of a inclined so it's not terribly bad.
Written November 19, 2021
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Mike S
Winnipeg, Canada63 contributions
Great place to spend a couple hours and enjoy a beautiful view of the whole city. Multiple look out points to check out, it will take you about 15-20 minutes to drive up to the look outs depending on the amount of traffic. I'd recommend going on a sunny day, as the day we went it was overcast and was quite cold with the wind. Pack a picnic lunch and extend your time up there.
Written January 11, 2020
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TwoEurophiles
Beaufort, SC459 contributions
There are so many options for hiking, mountain biking or just drinking in the view, but do your research so you don't overestimate your resilience in the dry heat. Catch the petroglyph rock at the bottom of the south mountains, catch the incredible views at the top of Dobbins Lookout. Bring plenty of water with you and enjoy!
Written February 17, 2020
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  • Fri - Fri 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Sat - Thu 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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