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Papago Park

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Neighborhood: Camelback East
As featured in 3 Days in Phoenix and 3 other guides
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Address: 625 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone Number: (602) 495-5458
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 7:00 pm

This park offers runners both paved and dirt trails.

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This is a great park to get a taste of the desert; also a great park for running

This is a great park to give visitors a taste of the desert and to see some interesting terrain that looks like you are in a Flinstones cartoon. My running group uses this park... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great park to give visitors a taste of the desert and to see some interesting terrain that looks like you are in a Flinstones cartoon. My running group uses this park for Saturday morning practice in the fall/winter and it has great topography for running on pavement or on trails with some slight elevation. The park is... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We enjoyed going to Papago Park. Its the main park for Phoenix full of very fun attractions. We went to the Zoo and had a good time. There is the Hole in the Rock archeological site. There is the botanical park. We also went to the Hall of Flame, which is a major museum on fire engines and fire fighting.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a small gem near the airport. The park is often shown in Phoenix magazines and it is very easy to access. If,you are on a business trip and have minimal time to spare, you can make this a quick stop and still enjoy it. There is a small trail for you to walk up to the top of... More 

Thank Kimberly F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Papago Park is centrally located in east Phoenix just north of the zoo. It rests in and on the mountains and from Hunt's tomb you can see the whole zoo with a nice south west view of central Phoenix. Building skylines and south mountain. Also don't miss hole in the rock. You can see it from the road. It is... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you walk into the desert area of Papago Park (Southside) of curry you find a totally non native area.. Filled with Garbage, shopping carts and housing challenged. Take a look at the photo attached, it only shows a small portion of what's in beautiful Papago Park

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to the Phoenix Zoo and saw signs for Papago Park, which was not even 10 minutes away. I had read somewhere before that Papago Park had a Hole in the Rock sightseeing destination that I wanted to see. Since I just had a day at the zoo and was exhausted, I did not fish or do much hiking.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must if you are taking a city tour of Phoenix. Don't try to climb to the Hole In the Rock. It is very steep

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome area and an even better view, with different rock variations, designs, heights and not to forget to mention an amazing up close and personal view of mother natures wonderful creatures.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's not a destination site but rather a stop by. It's next to the zoo and close to the Botanical Gardens. It's a 5 min walk up the hill and provides a surprisingly nice view atop the rock.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Papago Park - joining the cities of Phoenix and Tempe - is the gateway both to the Phoenix Zoo and to the Desert Botanical Gardens. It is also a major attraction in its own right: the heavily eroded red sandstone formations are like nothing you are likely to see elsewhere. These lumpy hills date back several million years to a... More 

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