South Mountain Park
South Mountain Park
4.5
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 7:00 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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Jmits1
Raleigh, NC420 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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 It was outdated so we went to the city map online (This is one of the largest municipal parks in the US.)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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Mike S
Winnipeg, Canada77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
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, SC433 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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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Jim M
Muncie, IN474 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • 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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1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
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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MBC300
Guelph, Canada158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • 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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Alice Maniyar
Mumbai, India2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
South mountain 🏔 park is one of the largest municipal park in the state of Arizona. Every time I try to cover one state park and this time I tired covering the Holbert Trailhead which is a moderate to difficult one. It took about 1.5 hours from start till the end with a company of lots of people on the trail about 2.5 miles of track. On the way you can see variety of flora and fauna on the way. Operating time are from Wednesday to Sunday during winter from 9am to 1pm and Saturday it’s open till 6 pm. Carry Sunglasses, hat, tissue paper, enough waters and energy bars.. Look at the map before you start the trek as there aren't multiple sign board.. Do start early in the morning before to avoid direct sun
Check for program on smeec.org as there various winter programs for the timing and fees.
Written April 2, 2020
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GlobalGirlie
Scottsdale, AZ236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • 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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RoxieV
Bradford, PA202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
We loved hiking South Mountain and Pima Canyon. There are many trails, so we went back a couple days hiking different directions. The scenery from various points is breathtaking. There were trails for most every athletic ability, although, it could be difficult if a person has walking difficulties. There was plenty of parking when we were there, but I am sure it fills up quickly at various times of the year and/or day. Well worth the hikes for the beauty!
Written May 5, 2021
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michiganpete7
Grand Rapids, MI250 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
On our first full day in Phoenix, we chose to hike the Hidden Valley Trail via Mormon Loop Trail, which we found highly rated on the AllTrails app. A 5+ mile hike that took us 2.5 hours, as we’re ‘moderate’ hikers, it was a lot of fun. Bring plenty of water, backpack, sun screen, lip balm and a hat. The low ‘50’s temps were perfect mid-morning, feeling warmer than that as the sun was out. Hard sole shoes or boots will greatly help your hike!
Written February 21, 2021
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