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“Beautiful Scenery, Limited Parking”

Phoenix Mountain Preserve
Ranked #24 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.
Reviewed April 3, 2013

We stopped here to hike before heading to a spring training game. Once we entered the preserve, it was extremely difficult to find a parking space. We had to drive all the way to the back of the preserve to find one. Since we were so far back, we just hiked one of the trails near the parking lot, although we would like to go back and try the summit. The scenery and wild life were beautiful They do a nice job of marking the trails as well. The hikes seem to be a little more strenuous than they appear on the maps, especially if you aren't used to hiking on loose rocks.

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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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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.

Thank bssc
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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.

Thank michjas
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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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