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“A surprisingly lovely preserve”

Phoenix Mountain Preserve
Ranked #23 of 230 things to do in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Offers more than 23,000 acres crisscrossed with trails.
San Francisco, California
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A surprisingly lovely preserve”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

We came here for a morning hike before going to a spring training game. There are many trails to choose from. Since this was our first time here, we decided to hike the closest trail to the parking lot. Since the weather can get up to the high 80's and 90's, it's best to start early. There were many people here at 8am, some with their dogs. It's too bad we only had a few hours to explore the Preserve.
We will be back next year to hike and explore more trails on the Preserve.

Thank ljc5855
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Cotopaxi, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
681 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
“Mountains in the middle of town”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

We like this park since it near out house. There are a variety of mountains and trails to hike, Piestewa Peak is a separate entry so check it for more details. Lots of trails and some benches with nice views. Right now there are lots of wildflowers so bring your camera.

Several notes, bring lots of cold water, sturdy boots, sunscreen and a hat. Also remember where you parked in case you need to ask for directions back. Be safe and enjoy.

Visited March 2013
Thank bssc
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Must see”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

In what other major city can you get out of your car and hike paths lined by multiple species of cacti and other desert vegetation? The Preserve is what makes Phoenix unique. It's our Empire State Building, our Golden Gate Bridge and, for you midwesterners, it's our arch on the Mississippi. Go in the spring and see the desert flowers. Go in the winter, and watch the rain stir up the desert. Go in the fall and enjoy the weather. Go in the summer, but go early. If you're not back in the shade before noon, you'll regret it. There are lots of birds, only rare sightings of rattlesnakes and scorpions, an ocassional coyote, and a good number of friendly folks on foot, riding bikes, or on horseback, many of whom will tell you that the Preserve is the recreational hub of the city. I've been here 20 years and the multi-armed saguaros never cease to amaze me.

Visited February 2013
Thank michjas
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Level 6 Contributor
428 reviews
246 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“For beginners”
Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

This is a good place for beginners like me.I consider this place less challenging than piestewa.Dont forget your camera for pictures once You make It To the top u'll have a great view ! Also this place have a variety of ramadas for picnics and a playground.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
177 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great Hiking”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

So many different trails to choose from, for all levels of hikers and fitness. Desert hiking with great views from the higher elevations.

Visited December 2012
Thank 2kwaldo
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