Parks and Recreation Services Update36Parks and Recreation Services Update<div class="ExternalClass3A02F640594B462A825B0E331261CE79"><p>The city's <a href="/parks/pools" target="_blank">public pools and splashpads​</a> are closed for summer 2020​​​​​. <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1227" target="_blank">Read a statement about the summer 2020 pool season</a>. ​</p><p>The city's <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1039" target="_blank">indoor recreation facilities are temporarily closed</a>.​​ </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">The city's outdoor recreation facilities are open normal hours of operation. That includes parks, trails and golf courses​. Some <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068" target="_blank">park amenities are temporarily closed</a>. Encanto and Rose Mofford sports complexes are temporarily closed. Sports fields are closed for organized activities. <span style="text-align:left;color:#f2f2f2;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui","segoe",tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">#allpks</span>​</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">All large gatherings and events on city park property have been canceled or postponed until further notice. This includes groups and organizations that have a sports field reservation or special activity request. <font color="#f2f2f2">#Homepage <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#phxaquatics</span></font>​</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">​<a href="/parks/classes-and-programs" target="_blank">Registration​</a> for in-person classes, programs and activities is postponed until further notice. Learn about the FREE <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1383" target="_blank">PHXPlays at Home</a> and <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1395" target="_blank">FitPHX Virtual</a> recreation programs being offered this summer. <font color="#f2f2f2">#CommunityCenters </font></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;"><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068" target="_blank">Learn more about Parks and Recreation impacted services </a></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;"><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1082" target="_blank">Review physical distancing guidelines for public parks and trails</a> ​​</p></div>3/13/2020 7:00:00 AM9/1/2020 7:00:00 AM

 

 

"Take a Hike. Do it Right." Hiking Safety Message3"Take a Hike. Do it Right." Hiking Safety Message<div class="ExternalClass0B12337F359B4FDC8525C8706510E9B5"><p>City of Phoenix Park Rangers advise hiking during the early morning or evening hours this time of year when it is cooler and there is more shade. Regardless of the weather or time of year, always hydrate before, during and after a hike. Follow important <a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Take%20a%20Hike%20-%20Do%20it%20Right.pdf" target="_blank">"Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> safety guidelines.</p><p>Monitor the <a href="https://weather.com/weather/today/l/USAZ0166:1:US" target="_blank">local forecast</a> and understand that all<a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Trail%20Rating%20Guide.pdf" target="_blank"> trail difficulty ratings</a> are raised one level when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#hikeright</span></p><p><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1331" target="_blank">Extended summer hours are in effect from June through September </a>at North Mountain Park, Piestewa Peak Trailhead and Pima Canyon Trailhead. Parking lots are open until 9 p.m. and trails until 11 p.m. at those locations.</p><p>Dogs are prohibited on City of Phoenix hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. </p><p><a href="https://www.azhumane.org/events/dont-leave-pets-kids-hot-cars/" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during warm weather months</a>.</p><p>​The <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1171" target="_blank">annual ban of open fires in Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves​</a> went into effect May 1, 2020.​</p></div>4/18/2020 7:00:00 AM10/1/2020 7:00:00 AM

 

 

Camelback Mountain - Cholla Trail Maintenance Project40Camelback Mountain - Cholla Trail Maintenance Project<div class="ExternalClassAAD09A2334DE4A8F911BC28C7927A55D"><p>Effective March 28, 2020, and until further notice, Camelback Mountain's Cholla Trail will be temporarily closed for maintenance.​</p><p>Camelback Mountain's Echo Canyon Trailhead is open normal hours. <span style="text-align:left;color:#f2f2f2;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui","segoe",tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">#Camelback</span></p></div>4/30/2020 7:00:00 AM1/1/2021 7:00:00 AM

 Follow national guidelines for safe social distancing in parks and on trails

Social Distancing on Public Trails 


Camelback Mountain

 

Camelback Mountain gets its name from the unique silhouette it casts on the Valley skyline. It is considered one of the nation's top hiking destinations and attracts visitors from around the world. However, the two main trails that comprise the vast majority of hiking opportunities are rated Extremely Difficult; subjecting hikers to steep elevation gains, uneven terrain, and a path that is unprotected from the elements. Only experienced hikers, whom are following "Take a Hike. Do it Right" guidelines, during optimal weather conditions, should attempt to hike to the summit that sits 2,704 feet above sea level and provides exceptional views of the Valley. 

 

Trail Map & Descriptions
 

Trailheads:  

Cholla Trailhead
6131 E. Cholla Ln.

Echo Canyon Trailhead
4925 E. McDonald Dr.

 

Trailhead & Trail Hours:

Sunrise to Sunset

 

Dog Restrictions:

Dogs are prohibited on all Camelback Mountain trails year-round.

 

Parking Restrictions:

Parking is limited at Camelback Mountain tailheads. Parking is not permitted along the majority of roadways near the trailheads. Vehicles parked in violation of posted signs will be towed at the owner's expense.  Additionally, tickets will be issued to any visitors who idle their vehicle along the roadways near the trailheads.

 
Register for Hikes and Outdoor Nature Programs
 

Contact Information:

Gatehouse:
602-534-5867

Natural Resources Office
(Business Hours Only): 
602-495-5458

Contact Natural Resource staff regarding resource management at desert preserves
or call 602-261-8318


Take a hike, do it right logo 

Review "Take a Hike. Do it Right." guidelines before visiting the trail.  The symbol to the right of each trail name represents the difficulty rating.

Trail rating guide 

*Add an additional level of difficulty when the temperature is in the triple digits. 

 


Additional History and Area Information:

Camelback Mountain saw increased encroachment from private development until the 1960s. The Preservation of Camelback Mountain Foundation, led by Barry Goldwater, helped to ensure the area's protection in 1968. By that time much of the mountain was already surrounded by residential development which cut Camelback Mountain off from other natural spaces, thus limiting the number of large animals found in the area today.  However, Smaller animals including cottontail rabbits, lizards, Harris antelope squirrels, a variety of birds and snakes (including venomous rattlesnakes) are regularly encountered. 

Plant species found at Camelback Mountain are typical of those found in the lower Sonoran Desert and are dominated by the cacti species such as the saguaro, barrel, hedgehog, pincushion, jumping cholla, christmas, staghorn, cholla and prickly pear. Tree species include palo verde, mesquite and ironwood, along with the ocotillo plant.