Hole in the Rock
Hole in the Rock
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Enjoy breathtaking views from the top of this unusual rock formation in Phoenix’s Papago Park after an easy 10-minute hike from the parking lot. Drop by right before sunset for milder temperatures and an even more stunning vista. The place can get quite crowded at this time of day, though. You can also picnic in the shade or visit other must-see attractions within Papago Park, such as Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden. There are other trails in the park that are great for walking or hiking. If you’re traveling in the warmer months, bring plenty of water to endure the desert climate. – Tripadvisor
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  • SnappleSpice
    New York City, New York535 contributions
    Crowded
    It always feels a bit strange to review natural spaces, so I'll focus on the man-made elements. It's a popular space, so parking was a bit tough, but not impossible, to find. The bathrooms were out of order, so that was a bummer. The crowds make this spot a bit hard to fully appreciate.
    Visited December 2022
    Written January 7, 2023
  • Margaret D
    8 contributions
    Very fun
    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
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 11, 2023
  • Ben F
    Elkhart, Indiana88 contributions
    Amazing sunset and skyline views
    We try to make this a must when visiting Phoenix. Great little fifteen minute hike if you take it real easy ... the views from here are spectacular for the little effort it takes to get there. Highly recommend,
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 16, 2023
  • CassAlby
    Minnesota8 contributions
    Easy Adventure, Great View
    Hole in the Rock has meandering trails to a spectacular mountain top experience. Good shoes are an asset & a camera to capture some views. (Especially sunset or sunrise) Very close to the Zoo & the Desert Botanical Gardens. Make a day of it!!
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 18, 2023
  • Fireweed25
    Edmonton, Canada231 contributions
    Great view
    It was a quick walk to the unusual rock formation. Super easy for the younger crowd and not bad for the rest, though still watch your footing due to uneven ground and gravel/shale like areas. Nice views, but not a long stop and very crowded. We did see some wildlife - rabbits and road runners as well. Something you really only need to do once.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 29, 2023
  • Kathleen O
    Calgary, Canada21 contributions
    A must see in the area
    An unique experience. The climb up to the top is easy, suitable for children and those who have minor mobility issues. I took the advise of others and went earlier in the day, and it wasn't too crowded. There's plenty of parking as it is located near the zoo. There are also washrooms in front of the site.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 30, 2023
  • sd2travel
    South Dakota661 contributions
    too many people
    Stopped here 2 times trying to get that great view - photo experience. Ample parking, quick walk up to the view point, but way too many people at the top both times we were there. We saw it and simply walked back down. If you could find a time few people were there it would be a great place to sit and admire the views.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 12, 2023
  • kingofthehill81
    Allen, Texas293 contributions
    Amazing Views
    What a beautiful view. When my wife and I were in town for the weekend I told her I really wanted to see the infamous hole in the rock. We arrived late afternoon when it started to cool down just a bit and before the sunset crowd would have arrived. The parking lot is easy to get in and out of and seemed to be plenty of spots available. The hike to the hole is fairly easy if you are wearing the correct shoes. My wife unfortunately did not pack sneakers and hiked in sandals. Their appeared to be a few trails to the top, but it would have been nice if they were a little better marked. The ground was fairly smooth and it definitely was not too challenging. It was really cool to see some of the wildlife in the area as well. We saw several ground squirrels, pretty birds, lizards and some cool cactus on the way up. The view at the top was amazing. There were some "influencers" taking pictures and getting frustrated if you walked in there line of sight, but overall there was plenty of space for the few people up there to enjoy the amazing views. It was great to see the desert and Phoenix from that perspective. I would say this is a must if you are in the area but bring water and be aware of the temperatures.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • IndieBajan
    New York City, New York47 contributions
    A hole with a view
    A must-see location when in the Phoenix area. The best thing is that the sight is free and centrally located in close proximity to other sights like the Desert Botanical Garden and Papago Park. The hike is short but mild to moderate due to the steep rocks when approaching the entrance of the rock. It's best to wear shoes with good grip because the rocks inside the hole can be a bit slippery due to the slant positioning. The location provides a beautiful view of the Northern Phoenix. There is a bathroom and a water fountain by the parking area but I would recommend bringing your own bottled water. Just a little walk away is Papago Park which is also a must-see.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 25, 2023
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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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Neelee
Seattle, WA141 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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Brown_Samantha
Kennewick, WA1,577 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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MyTravel3
Purcellville, VA40 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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TwoEurophiles
Beaufort, SC459 contributions
Feb 2020
Pretty easy hike up this lovely red rock formation just outside the Phoenix Zoo is a nice bit of exercise after lunch. Hiking shoes aren't absolutely essential, but wear sturdy one to avoid slipping on smooth and crumbly paths as well. Nice perspective viewing from either direction of the "hole." Plenty of parking, and the park has picnic tables, restrooms and water fountains.
Written February 17, 2020
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tjbales
Austin, TX254 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Veru unique place. Parking is close, no cost to park or walk the short 10 minutes hike up to the hole in the rock. Does get busy at the top. Good walking shoes a must and balance is needed as some parts are a little tricky. If you are near, take the hour and visit this place and then maybe go to zoo next door.
Written February 12, 2020
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Mike X
Chicago, IL2,006 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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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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2020worldtraveler2020
Los Angeles, CA871 contributions
Oct 2020
Set your expectations accordingly: it's a hole, in a rock. But it's a nice easy hike to the tafoni (see, you learn something every day), around the back of the ridge and through the hole. Views are pretty nice from up there. Make sure you don't park all the way at the Phoenix Zoo as there is closer parking once you find the route to the closer lot.
Written November 29, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

kingofthehill81
Allen, TX293 contributions
Jun 2023
What a beautiful view. When my wife and I were in town for the weekend I told her I really wanted to see the infamous hole in the rock. We arrived late afternoon when it started to cool down just a bit and before the sunset crowd would have arrived. The parking lot is easy to get in and out of and seemed to be plenty of spots available. The hike to the hole is fairly easy if you are wearing the correct shoes. My wife unfortunately did not pack sneakers and hiked in sandals. Their appeared to be a few trails to the top, but it would have been nice if they were a little better marked. The ground was fairly smooth and it definitely was not too challenging. It was really cool to see some of the wildlife in the area as well. We saw several ground squirrels, pretty birds, lizards and some cool cactus on the way up. The view at the top was amazing. There were some "influencers" taking pictures and getting frustrated if you walked in there line of sight, but overall there was plenty of space for the few people up there to enjoy the amazing views. It was great to see the desert and Phoenix from that perspective. I would say this is a must if you are in the area but bring water and be aware of the temperatures.
Written June 19, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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