South Mountain Park/Preserve - Roadway Events7South Mountain Park/Preserve - Roadway Events<div class="ExternalClass984C09AF1B1F4DD8B24EDA29AE56EF9F"><p><strong>Silent Sunday</strong><br>Silent Sunday is held every Sunday year-round. On those days, the park’s main roadway will be closed to motor vehicle traffic at the one-mile mark into the park from 5 to 10 a.m. on the first, second, third and fifth Sunday; and from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (park operating hours) on the fourth Sunday. During those times on those days, the park’s roadways are reserved for non-motorized activities such as walking, cycling, jogging, hiking, etc. </p><p><span aria-hidden="true"></span>On Silent Sunday, park visitors who would like to park near the main Central Ave. entrance can do so in the Activity Complex, which can be accessed just inside the entry gate and within proximity to several popular trails and the <a href="" target="_blank">South Mountain Environmental Education Center</a>. Trailheads not accessed via the main Central Ave. entrance are not impacted by the Silent Sunday closures.</p><p>Provide feedback about non-motorized activities in South Mountain Park/Preserve by completing this <a href="" target="_blank">survey</a>.</p><p><strong>2020 Summit Road Special Event Closures</strong><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Jan. 25</span> - closure at 1-mile gate from 5 to 11:30 a.m, access to lookouts will be denied to vehicles; <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Feb. 28</span> - closure at 1-mile gate from noon to close, access to road and lookouts will be denied to hikers, bikers and vehicles; <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Feb. 29</span> - closure at entry gate from 5 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., access to road and lookouts will be denied to hikers, bikers and vehicles; <span style="text-decoration:underline;">March 28</span> - closure to ramadas 1-9, Kiwanis Trailhead and equestrian areas from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., access to road and lookouts will be open to hikers, bikers and vehicles; <span style="text-decoration:underline;">April 4</span> - closure at 1-mile gate from 5 to 10 a.m., access to lookouts will be denied to hikers, bikers and vehicles; access to road will be open for bikers and hikers; <span style="text-decoration:underline;">May 15</span> - closure at 1-mile gate at noon; <span style="text-decoration:underline;">July 4</span> - closure at entry gate at 3 p.m.; <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Aug. 2</span> - closure at entry gate from 5 to 10 a.m.; <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Oct. 18</span> - closure at entry gate from 5 to 10 a.m.</p><p><strong>San Juan Road Access</strong><br>San Juan Rd. is open to motor vehicle traffic on the first full weekend of every month only, providing access to the Alta, Bajada and National trails. Due to the Silent Sunday program (explained above), San Juan Rd. will open at 10 a.m., after that weekend's Silent Sunday event has concluded. <span style="color:#e0e0e0;"><span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#SouthMountain</span></span></p></div>1/1/2018 7:00:00 AM12/31/2021 7:00:00 AM

​Lookout & Shadow Mountains


​These mountains are smaller cousins to the more popular North Mountain area, located just to the south. Though lower in elevation than nearby summits, these two mountains provide a chance to hike to a peak and enjoy vistas without the crowds and steep elevation gains of nearby Piestewa Peak and North Mountain.


Trail Map & Descriptions


Lookout Mountain Park
1898 E. Evans Dr.

Lookout Mountain Trailhead
15600 N. 16th St.

Shadow Mountain - Acoma Dr. Access
2601 E. Acoma Dr.

Shadow Mountain - 28th St. Access
13800 N. 28th St.

(No parking or defined trailhead.)


Parking/Entrance Hours:

Lookout Mountain Park:
5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Lookout Mountain Trailhead:
Sunrise to 7 p.m. or Sunset, whichever comes first.


Trail Hours:

5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Register for Hikes and Outdoor Nature Programs

Contact Information:

Ranger Office:

Natural Resources Office
(Business Hours Only):

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 Area Information:

Lookout Mountain Preserve Trail Assessment