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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
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
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This park offers runners both paved and dirt trails.

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Fantastic park close to downtown

This is a great park very close to downtown. We zipped out here for a couple hours of fun. Hiked up to Hole in the Rock and enjoyed the different landscape. 8 year old daughter... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 14, 2015
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Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

This is a great park very close to downtown. We zipped out here for a couple hours of fun. Hiked up to Hole in the Rock and enjoyed the different landscape. 8 year old daughter had a great time.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2015

I love the rock formations in this park. I enjoyed hiking up the back trail to the whole in the wall. It's a must see.

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Mesa, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

Very nice park, free entry to most except the zoo and botanical garden. We hiked up to the hole in the rock - very nice views of Phoenix from there. Easy trail to navigate. Also checked out the ponds where there were people catching fish and plenty of ducks and other birds. Peaceful park so close to city.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2015

It's our "Ayers Rock", a series of sandstone hills and overlooks with a deep red hue, this is one of the best places to catch sunset in the Valley. Great hiking and mountain biking in the area, the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden next door but really the nicest thing is a pretty sunset over the 3 small ponds... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

We stopped by on our way to the airport to watch the sunset at Hole in the Rock. It was beautiful to watch it set over the city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2015

Its a spectacular view from top of the solid Red Rock hills and different kind of rock formation cause of erosion of the softer parts of the rocks, which is not that difficult to climb as well and some of them got some trail to get up. Papago Park is pretty big itself and you can access it from different... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2015

OK, it's not the real actual desert, but given that it's only tram ride away from downtown Phoenix, it's worth the experience. There's a lot of greenery (not all cacti) and some lakes, there's the Hole In The Rock, the Phoenix Zoo, and much more besides. And ramadas if you take a picnic or BBQ. Worth the trip on the... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2015

I specifically visited Papago Park to see the "Hole in the Rock," but I came away impressed with the park as a whole. It's very peaceful, and you are surrounded by beautiful palms and desert plant life. There are several small ponds and picnic areas where you can relax on a nice day. There is ample parking and there are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2015

As you land in Phoenix, these red bulbous mounds dominate the cityscape. It's also near the botanical garden and zoo so you could spend a full day in this area. Be sure to bring lots of water. It can get very hot even in fall and spring.

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Goodyear, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

Papago park has the "hole in the rock" that you can easily hike to (even in street shoes) up a well-maintained trail with log steps as appropriate. For new visitors to Phoenix: this is a nice way to get perspective and a view, don't climb Camelback unless you're experienced and prepared.

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