Phoenix Park and Preserve Picnic Areas

Want to reserve a ramada/picnic area for a family or group gathering? The Parks and Recreation Department offers a limited number of reservable ramadas in traditional city parks as well as the more quiet setting of our desert preserves. Dozens of additional parks throughout the city also have ramadas that are available for day use on a first-come, first-served basis.  You can reserve ramadas at administrative offices and department community centers  Consumption of beer and use of amplified music and inflatable bounce houses require permits. Visitors also can purchase permits at centers and administrative offices. Beer permits cost $28, amplified music and bounce house permits cost $10 each. Please note that beer permits are NOT refundable. Amplified music is not allowed in desert preserves. There are additional guidelines, listed below, for ramada reservations in desert preserves.


Desert Preserve Ramada Reservation Guidelines

  • Reservations can be made in person at any Parks and Recreation Department community center or administrative office. For questions call (602) 495-5458, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please Note: There are no ramada reservations on major holidays including Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving (and the Friday following), July 4, Christmas, Memorial Day, Labor Day and any other official holiday recognized by the City of Phoenix. On these holidays, all desert-preserve based ramadas are available on a first come, first served basis.

  • Only one reservation per day between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., per ramada allowed. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Beer permits are only allowed with a ramada reservation. They cannot be sold separately for the parks and preserves. A beer permit is required for consumption of beer at the ramadas. Liquor or glass containers are not permitted in any city park. Permit holder must be present. Beer permits are non-refundable.

  • No amplified music/sound (PA Systems, music, microphones, etc) is permitted in the mountain preserve ramadas.

  • Bounce houses are NOT allowed in preserves and non-traditional desert parks.

  • The permit and a responsible party (18 years of age or older) must be on-site when the ramada is being used. The permit holder will leave the ramada in a clean and neat condition. The total reserved time includes any time needed by the permittee for set up and clean up.

  • Ramada reservations are not allowed more than six months in advance and only three reservations in a three month period are allowed per person or group. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance.

  • Special events such as runs, walks, etc. must be coordinated with the individual park supervisors.

  • Some ramadas are first-come, first-served and do not require a reservation.  Ramadas not listed in the reservation section are first-come, first-served.

  • Maximum capacity guidelines for each area will be strictly enforced.

  • Smoking is not allowed outside of vehicles.

  • Observe fire and grilling restrictions during fire bans when they are in effect, which include a ban on wood and charcoal fires and smoking outside of enclosed vehicle.

  • No dunk tanks, piñatas, confetti or inflatables are allowed in mountain parks.
    Ramadas can be decorated, however the use of tape, nails or staples are prohibited.

  • Catering is permitted at reservable ramadas, however the caterers must be made aware that all that is brought in must be removed. No dumping of waste or trash is allowed in the parks and preserves. Food must be prepared off site as there are no facilities available.

  • All loading an unloading must be done from parking lots only. Vehicles may not be driven or parked on turf areas, sidewalks, service driveways, or emergency zones. Parking lots may not be used as serving areas from catering vehicles. Unloaded trailers must park in the remote parking lots. Parking is limited and not guaranteed for ramada reservations.

  • Some ramadas may have electrical outlets and water, however electricity and water are not guaranteed.

  • Domestic animal owners must comply with the park rules and regulations

Please Note: There are no ramada reservations on major holidays including Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving (and the Friday following), Independence Day, Christmas Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and any other holiday recognized by the city of Phoenix. On these holidays, all desert-preserve based ramadas are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

View our Ramada Rules and Guidelines for everything you need to know about using a park for a party or gathering.

Picnic Areas in the Phoenix Parks and Preserves
This is a complete list of Phoenix park ramadas available for reservation. Any ramada not listed here is available on a first come first served basis.

Papago Park
625 North Galvin Parkway
Questions: (602) 495-5458
Park Hours of Operation:
Papago Park East Side of Galvin Parkway
6 a.m. - 7 p.m.

West Park Trails/Trail Head
(West Side of Galvin Parkway)
Sunrise to Sunset or 7 p.m.
(Whichever comes first)

Reservable Ramadas

Ramada #2
4 Tables, Each 18' Long
3 Grills
Restrooms across Roadway
Available Parking: 24
Fee: $35*

Ramadas 9&10 Island
Stage with Grass Seating Area
2 Horseshoe pits
Available Parking: 42
Maximum Capacity: 250
NOTE: Large groups must use Zoo Parking Lot for additional spaces.
Fee: $60*

Ramada #16
4 Tables Each 21' Long
3 Grills
Restrooms at SE end of Lake WL
Available Parking: 20
Maximum Capacity: 80
Fee: $35*

South Mountain Park
10919 S. Central Ave.
(602) 495-5458
Park Hours of operation:
5 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Trails will remain open until 11 p.m.

Ramada Map

Reservable Ramadas

Big Ramada
Tables 8, Grills 7
Dance platform
Water faucet
Restrooms nearby
Available Parking 70
Maximum Capacity: 150
Fee: none

Little Ramada
Tables 4, Grills 4
Dance platform
Restrooms nearby
Available Parking 30
Maximum Capacity: 80
Fee: none

Activity Complex
This large-group area can accommodate up to 3,000 people and features:
65 - 14' long, 34" wide picnic tables
10 Grills
3 Circular concrete  platforms/dance floors
Electrical outlets are at or near all ramadas (operation is not guaranteed)l
2 Men/Women restroom buildings
A special user permit application, deposits and fees are required to reserve the Activity Complex. Please contact 602-262-7393 for more information on reserving the Activity Complex.

North Mountain Park

10600 N. 7th St.
Questions: (602) 495-5458
Park Hours of Operation:
5 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Reservable Ramadas

Havasupai Ramada
Tables 8, Grills 10
Available Parking: Yes
Maximum Capacity: 150

Pima 1 & 2 Ramada
Tables 6, Grills 2
Restrooms nearby
Available Parking: Yes
Maximum Capacity: 50

Yavapai Ramada
Tables 12, Grills 6
Available Parking: Yes
Maximum Capacity: 100

City Park Reservable Parks (parks not listed are first come/first served)

Encanto Park

2605 North 15th Ave.
For reservations call:
(602) 261-8443




Features: There are two picnic areas that may be reserved at Encanto Park. They are located on Amphitheater Island and are called Amp Island 1 and Amp Island 2. They can be reserved separately, or together. Each side is comprised of six picnic tables and one grill. Reserved together, the two picnic areas can accommodate up to three hundred people. Currently, there is no charge for reserving Amphitheater Island. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance.  For more information and/or to make reservations, please call 602-261-8991 Guidelines:  A Special Activity Request form may be required to be submitted for reservations. Amplified sound is permitted only in this location of the park with the purchase of a sound permit. The fee for a sound permit is $10.00. Inflatable bounce houses are permitted with the purchase of an inflatable permit. A permit must be purchased for each inflatable brought onto park property. The fee for each inflatable permit is $10.00. Beer is allowed only with the purchase of a beer permit. The fee for a beer permit is $28.00. There is no access to electricity in the parkBeer is allowed only with the purchase of a Beer permits.

Margaret T. Hance Park

67 W. Culver
For reservations call:
(602) 534-2406

Features: This park, also located in central Phoenix, has two ramadas, each with a capacity of 75 people available for reservations seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Ramadas are not reservable on most holidays and when large special events are scheduled at the park. Inflatable moonwalks and on-site catering require prior approval from park manager by calling (602) 262-4634.
Fee:  None  
Guidelines:  The ramadas must be reserved two full working days prior to reservation.  Reserved ramadas must be claimed within 30 minutes of requested start time or they will lose their reservation and park staff will not be available to open gates, ramada and/or restrooms. Piñatas and water balloons are not allowed.  No amplified music is permitted in the ramada areas. Ramadas are lighted, fenced, gated and locked. When not reserved, the ramadas are available for walk-in use between Monday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  There is no driving or skating of any kind on park grounds.   Use of any type of tape is prohibited.  Reservations can be made no more than 6 months in advance. Beer is permitted with an alcohol permit.

Steele Indian School Park  
300 East Indian School Road
3rd Street and Indian School Road

For Reservations: 602-534-8659 or e-mail

Large Ramada Reservations  

• Rentals are allowed for a minimum of one up to all seven ramadas. Each Ramada has four tables which seat approximately eight per table, for a total capacity per ramada of 32. Total capacity of all seven ramadas is 224+. Each table is ADA compatible for wheel chairs.
• Group one includes ramadas Verbena, Willow (shared grill and counter) and Saguaro (grill and counter) on the west side of the group ramadas.
• Group two on the north side of the area are ramadas Yucca and Agave, with a shared grill and counter
• Group three on the south are ramadas Cholla and Acacia, with a shared grill and counter  
• Four ramadas have grills, sinks, counter top/serving area and electrical outlets

• Ramadas are $25 per hour (two hour minimum) in addition to a $25 deposit per ramada
• Rental party is responsible for cleaning and trash removal, failure to clean the ramada will result in a charge to deposit at $59 hourly maintenance rate
• Ramada reservations accepted up to six months in advance
• Reservations accepted at Parks and Recreation Department Community Centers and division offices
• All seven ramadas must be reserved to purchase a sound permit for live music or amplified sound
• The large group ramada is available by reservation only.
• The large group ramada was part of Steele Indian School Park’s master plan  
• Private donations were raised by community partner Phoenix Community Alliance to build the large group ramada