Tower Road Improvement Project6Tower Road Improvement Project<div class="ExternalClass3B78C6696B6C4AA7A7518CE319EB3F19"><p><strong>Project start:</strong> Winter 2018, <strong>Projected completion:</strong> Summer 2019</p><p>North Mountain Tower Road and 7th Street Tower Road (only) parking area will be closed to all user traffic throughout the duration of this project. Trail users may still hike to the top of North Mountain from Trail 44 from the Quechan Ramada in North Mountain Park, but must return on the same trail.</p><p><span style="color:darkred;"><strong>A temporary weekday only closure of Tewa Ramada will be in effect starting on April 8, 2019 for approximately three weeks due to construction activity.</strong></span></p><p>For more information and project updates call 623-825-3444 or e-mail <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. <span style="color:#e0e0e0;"><span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#NorthMountain</span></span></p></div>2/15/2018 7:00:00 AM6/30/2019 7:00:00 AM

North Mountain & Shaw Butte​

At 2,104 feet, North Mountain, and 2,149 feet, Shaw Butte, are easily recognizable landmarks in the north valley skyline.  The mountains offer a wide array of trail options for hikers of all abilities and bolsters two of the best summit climbs in Phoenix.  The North Mountain Visitor Center provides hikers and nature lovers with detailed information on the trail system, Sonoran wildlife, and regional history.  One of the many volunteers who run the visitor center will share stories of how at the turn of the century the area served as a campground for Phoenix Indian School’s pupils and their families.  You may also hear stories of numerous, and potentially undiscovered, mining shafts and pits that harken back to the long history of copper mining in our state. 

Trail Map & Descriptions


Maricopa Trailhead
10600 N. 7th St.

Mountain View II Park
9901 N. 7th Ave.

North Mountain Park
10608 N. 7th St.

North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.

Shaw Butte Trailhead
12898 N. Central Ave.

Parking/Entrance Hours
5 a.m. to 7 p.m.*

*Extended summer hours in effect annually from June 1 through September 30 at North Mountain Park. Trailhead open until 9 p.m.

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. 


Ramada Usage at North Mountain Park:

The ramadas at North Mountain are available for public use, however unlike most City of Phoenix ramadas, they do require a reservation.  Please see the helpful links below to learn more about reserving a ramada at North Mountain.  Ramada reservations must be made in person at one of our local Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department facilities.

North Mountain Ramada MapMountain Preserve Ramada Guidelines