South Mountain

4.71191 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 11:00 pm]
  • Address: Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 85042, United States
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  • Timings: 05:00 am - 11:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-6024955458
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Park, River, Observatory, Educational Site, Family And Kids, Adventure, Nature, Landmarks, Parks

This is the largest municipal park in the city and also one of the largest urban parks in North America as well as the whole world. This park has been designated to the position of the “Phoenix Point of Pride”. The park was earlier known as the Phoenix Mountain Park or the Salt River Mountains.

The park was formed when President Calvin Coolidge sold thousands of acres of his estate and the park is since being expanded with the help of bonds. The park gives way to a fantastic view of the whole city and is thus one of the major lookout areas of the city.

The native flora and fauna of the area are added attractions here. The most remarkable tree here is the Elephant tree and another notable feature is the large population of chuckwallas. The Mystery Castle is another attraction on the foothills of the park. Hiking is a major activity that can be enjoyed here.

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  • South Mountain Address: Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 85042, United States
  • South Mountain Contact Number: +1-6024955458
  • South Mountain Timing: 05:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Best time to visit South Mountain(preferred time): 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit South Mountain: 04:00 Hrs
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  • 41.79% of people who visit Phoenix include South Mountain in their plan

  • 38.38% of people start their South Mountain visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs to see South Mountain

Monday, Thursday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting South Mountain

People normally club together Arizona Science Center and Papago Park while planning their visit to South Mountain.

People also prefer to end their day with South Mountain.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

South Mountain Reviews & Ratings

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  • Our favorite hiking place! It has multiple levels of trails, easy hike, moderate hike, short hike, long ones too and the best part is it's in the city! It's pet friendly too. You can see beautiful spring flowers during spring. We have seen rabbits, squirrels, Chipmunks, lizards and many other living creatures.

  • Great views, the road has many curves and is really narrow. Be cautious when driving, a lot of people were going too fast and the corners are sharp so couldn't see oncoming traffic. We went on Sunday around noon, not many people present. Sometimes they have food/jewelry vendors on the summit. It was a nice experience with my family.

  • There were definitely some pretty views. There weren't many places to go off trail that were worth it and there were quite a few people on this trail. I typically like to hike alone so this was a bit off-putting for me. However the views of the city were gorgeous and it would be somewhere I might go again.

  • This is a huge preserve with lots of trails to hike and explore. Since it's super popular over the weekends, a lot of the parking lots do get filled to the brim. The last time I was here, I drove to 2 parking lots- all full. Best bet, is to get here around sunrise or at least by 7-8 am to snag your spot.

  • This is a huge preserve with lots of trails to hike and explore. Since it's super popular over the weekends, a lot of the parking lots do get filled to the brim. The last time I was here, I drove to 2 parking lots- all full. Best bet, is to get here around sunrise or at least by 7-8 am to snag your spot. The views are pretty good, but the hike feels more "urban" because I can still see the streets and city. Also, too many people here for my liking. I prefer more tranquil hikes...

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