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South Mountain Park

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Address: 10919 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042-8302
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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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A must at sunset!!

You must do this at sunset! The drive is a little scary going up the hill side but well worth it. City light up at night is pretty cool.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You must do this at sunset! The drive is a little scary going up the hill side but well worth it. City light up at night is pretty cool.

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Thank Ryan L
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This park has awesome views of Phoenix and the entire valley from the top. It only takes a short 15 minute drive to get all the way to the top, so it's not a huge time commitment. We saw lots of great hiking trails along the way, so next time I definitely want to stop long enough to enjoy some... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved this set of trails. Well-maintained and well-marked. They have trails for all types of walkers. We did the Pima Wash and Ridgeline Trails - a circular loop of about 3 miles (5 km). The Ridgeline trail involves some elevation gain but the views of Phx from the tops are well worth the work. Has bathrooms at the trailhead.

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Calgary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We hiked the Holbert Trail. About 4 miles round trip. Moderate hike, few steep places, yet lots of switchbacks to lessen the grade. Bathrooms at the bottom of the trail, and at the top of the trail. You can drive to the summit, but why would you, hiking is much more fun. Great views from the top.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome view of the whole city! Road was windy but taking it slow was just fine and not too sleep. Worth the drive up.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit and reach higher heights! The view of the city was very nice. It's a good place to bring your out of town guests.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took a hike on the parks original trail called the Kiwanis trail. Was a little rocky a points but only moderate as far as hikes go. Great views of Phoenix and the valley as you keep going up in elevation. The parks rangers were very helpful in giving directions for the best hikes. Finished the morning by driving up to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park is about 30 minutes from central Phoenix so easily accessible. The park has multiple trails across beautiful scenery so just pick the one that suits your experience. We did the Bajada Trail which follows the valley floor and is easy to moderate, The only feedback I would give is that you need to download the maps and be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove to the Summit and were astonished by the most amazing views of the city below. The road is in excellent shape and plenty of parking at the top. Trails are plentiful. We will be heading back soon for a trail walk. Sunrise and sunset would provide excellent photographic opportunities

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Wooldridge, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Windy roads, tough trails, and a quarter midget track! Lots of fun driving to the top and a great reward when you get there. Can't wait to go back at night.

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