Its massive, otherworldly sandstone buttes set Papago Park apart, even in a city and state filled with world-class natural attractions. While visitors to Papago can enjoy its extensive trail network through Sonoran Desert habitat, they can also enjoy the parks two major residents, the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden, world-class attractions that draw millions of visits each year. Oh, and did we mention it's only 10 minutes from downtown Phoenix!
Papago’s desert trails are generally smooth, easy treks with little elevation gain, making it a great place for a family hike or to hone your mountain biking skills. For general information: (602) 261-8318.
Archery Range (62nd and Oak streets) - Open from dawn to dusk everyday.
- Exercise Course - an all metal station exercise course covering 1.7 miles. Located by the Parks Department Central District - East office.
- Fishing lagoons - cover 7.8 acres, stocked with catfish for summer and trout for winter. An Arizona urban fishing license is required.
- Orienteering course
- Papago Park Baseball Facility
- Ranger Station/Information center - located at the intersection of 52nd St and Moreland St.
- Softball Complex (62nd and Oak streets) - four, lighted championship softball diamonds.
The park also is home to:
Tomb of Governor George Wiley Paul Hunt
Hunt’s tomb is a white pyramid that is visible from almost any point in the park. Entombed here is Governor George Wiley Paul Hunt, who set a national record by being elected to the first, second, third, sixth, seventh, eighth and 10th term as Arizona’s governor. Hunt was born in 1859 and died in 1934. Also entombed here are his wife, Helen, her parents, the J. W. Ellisons, and her sister, Lena Ellison. From the tomb, one can enjoy a wonderful view in all directions, including a view of Hole-in-the-Rock.
Governor George Wiley Paul Hunt's tomb and Hole in the Rock