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Reviewed September 5, 2016

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. The only hiking I did was up the back of the Hole in the Rock to get to the top.

Definitely worth going to for a picnic, to sightsee, to get some exercise, etc. It gets hot though so bring sunscreen, water, a hat and even an umbrella if you burn easily.

This park is not only near the zoo which you can do in 2-3 hours, it's near the Botanical Garden as well, which you can do in 1-2 hours. Make a 1/2 to full day of two to three of these destinations - Papago Park, Zoo, and Botanical Garden.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank phillygem
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Reviewed September 5, 2016

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

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank baseballcardassassin
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Reviewed September 2, 2016 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.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Christopher M
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Reviewed August 31, 2016 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.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank skhs14
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Reviewed August 29, 2016

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 time when the Valley of the Sun was at the bottom of the sea. Formed of compressed sediment form precambrian granite, they were sculpted and hollowed out by moving water over countless years while the continents shifted, valleys and mountains swapped roles, and we came down from the trees to walk upright.
Now the hills provide a unique experience for hiking and climbing. Parking is free at Papago, and a number of trails wind through the desert between and around the rocky outcroppings. Climbing around on the rocks is good fun but requires caution, as the surface is unpredictable: solid in places, loose and crumbling in others. The unusual shapes and unsure footing make for challenging work, even for experienced climbers. Do not take chances, as any number of small mistakes could be fatal in this unforgiving environment. In case I have not made it clear already, I do not recommend climbing here. You are at your own risk. That being said, going up to the peaks affords a fantastic view in all directions and more wind than you will feel on the valley floor. Bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen and use caution at all times, and Papago Park can be one of the best places in the Phoenix area.

Date of experience: August 2016
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