Visit Phoenix to explore more than 41,000 acres of mountain parks and desert preserves. This area consists of 40 trailheads that provide access to 88 trails totaling approximately 200 miles. Parking lots for most preserve areas are open daily from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click the links in the column to the left for specific hours for each area. All preserve trails (South Mountain, North Mountain, Piestewa Peak and the Sonoran Preserve) are open until 11 p.m. Hours for trails in desert parks (Camelback Mountain and Papago) vary.
Watch this video about hiking South Mountain Park to get a snapshot of the wonders of the Phoenix desert preserve system.
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 holiday recognized by the city of Phoenix. On these holidays, all desert-preserve based ramadas are available on a first come, first served basis.
To submit comments regarding parking and resource management at desert preserves, call at 602-261-8318 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. View a Parks and Recreation Board informational report on these issues.
1972 Open Space Plan for the Phoenix Mountains.pdf
1989 South Mountain Master Plan.pdf
1998 Sonoran Preserve Master Plan.pdf
2010 Papago Park Regional Master Plan.pdf