Hole in the Rock
Hole in the Rock
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Brown_Samantha
Kennewick, WA1,394 contributions
Nov 2021
We drove right to the trail head and found parking. People come and go; and even if no spots available, you can drive down the loop and find spots in the 2 overflow lots that are close. Last resort is to park in the far corner of the zoo parking lot, walk a little bit on the road.

The trail is short and easy, until you get to the opening. Be sure to wear some good shoes with gripping soles. You can step right out to the hole for a good view, it has steps so that part is actually very easy. The trail is a loop, you ascend on the right, descend on the left.

Did not spend much time. The view is absolutely stunning. The area is fairly small and always full of people.
Written November 13, 2021
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Nichole
Orlando, FL83 contributions
May 2021 • Family
This was a great short hiking trail to see the Phoenix skyline. From the parking lot, it’s about a ten minute hike up to the Hole-In-The-Rock. There is a small incline, but perfectly doable for children and adults. If you only have a small amount of time to spend in Phoenix or area, I would recommend doing this short hike and watching the desert sunset.
Written June 9, 2021
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WBJM2009
Little Rock, AR768 contributions
Mar 2022
My kids' favorite part of our trip! We parked at the corner of the zoo parking lot, but there is parking much closer if you enter the park from a different direction. Our three year old had no difficulties walking up to the hole in the rock. Great view from the top!
Written March 28, 2022
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Travel19711482395
4 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Looks in person exactly as all of the pictures shown here. It was neat to see but nothing amazing, would have enjoyed it more if we could have gotten some decent pictures but there were too many people to even get a pictures of just the two of us. The walk up I would consider moderate and took 10 minutes or so. Decent amount of parking but some of the lots are farther away than others. In the same area as the zoo and botanical gardens, it’s all together in a traffic circle type parking area.
Written May 29, 2022
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MyTravel3
Purcellville, VA38 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
My family visited back in 2012 and decided to go back for another visit. More for a then and now picture of my now 10 year old daughter. It’s a small little hike that takes you up to a hole in the rock. Depending on when you go, it can be a quiet place to sit and look at the view. Overall it’s something to do when you don’t have a lot of time, want to enjoy some outdoor time or when you are going to the zoo.
Written October 25, 2020
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Diane B
Edmonds, WA736 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Nice walk to this outlook with sweeping views of the city below. The sign detailing the local Indians use of this natural wonder is worth the read. This is part of the bigger Pagoda park system.
Written October 30, 2021
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Mike X
Chicago, IL1,938 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Despite the huge influx of people to Phoenix this week, this place was relatively quiet still. Lots of parking along route. Not challenging to get up to the hole. Afterwards, head down to go check out the pond and the palm trees.
Written March 21, 2021
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Margaret D
8 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
This was super cool. Probably one of my husband’s fav things he did in AZ. He and my son went to the very top. My son was in Birkenstocks… totally don’t recommend lol I stayed below with our 4 year old to take pics
Written January 12, 2023
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Neelee
Seattle, WA131 contributions
Dec 2019
Parking can be a challenge. I don't know why they gated/blocked several parking lots during the holiday season when attendance would be high. They have pathways toward the rock but some people opted to go off path which is really sad because they disturbed the eco-system. Didn't matter there were dozens of signs that said to stay on the path.

We visited on the first sunny day in Phoenix in several days after Christmas. Everyone else had the same idea! Can't imagine walking up to the hole in the rain.

As others have mentioned, the pathway is not paved. Someone in my party, non-hiker, took a minor stumble.

What makes it really challenging is all the little kids trying to push their way up to the hole and get in the way of trying to take a picture. (Note to parents - tell your kids to not push folks, especially us older folks. This is not Disneyland!)

The view is just of Phoenix area. There were a couple of restrooms there. Not clean at all.
Written January 1, 2020
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cep4079
Vallejo, CA55 contributions
Dec 2020
Hole in the Rock is in the Papago Park. It’s a nice park. It has the Hole in the Rock. You can climb the hard way on the front of the rock or you can walk around to the back of the rock and it’s much easier to get on the rock. It has a nice view. The park has a pond that you can fish in. It’s next to the Zoo, so you can get a sneak peek at a few of the animals. We really enjoyed the park.
Written December 28, 2020
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