Papago Park


​Papago Park
625 N. Galvin Pkwy.

Papago West Park
626 N. Galvin Pkwy.


Parking & Vehicle Entrance Hours:

5 a.m. to 7 p.m. - East of Galvin Pkwy.

Sunrise to Sunset - West of Galvin Pkwy.


Trail Hours:
5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Contact Information:

Ranger Office: 602-495-5458
Natural Resources Office
(Business Hours Only):  602-495-5458

Contact Natural Resource staff regarding resource management at desert preserves or call 602-261-8318



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. 

​Papago Park Important Notices:

Ramada usage at Papago Park:

To make a ramada reservation you can go to any City of Phoenix Community Center or Division Office.

  • Reservations are made for, and charged for, and an entire day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Available parking is for all park users and is not guaranteed as part of your ramada reservation.  Parking is very limited.
  • Alcohol is prohibited, unless you purchase a separate Beer Permits; granting permission to have beer only.  Glass bottles are prohibited.
  • Amplified music and inflatables are prohibited in the park. 
  • All ramadas and picnic areas not requiring a fee to reserve are available on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Maximum Capacities for Ramadas and other Picnic Areas will be strictly enforced.

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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 Information:

Recreation Facilities:

  • Archery Range  - Open from Sunrise to Sunset
  • Exercise Course - an all metal station exercise course covering 1.7 miles. Located near 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.
  • Hall of Flame Museum
  • Papago Park Baseball/Softball Complex
  • Papago Golf Course
  • Ranger Station/Information center - located at the intersection of 52nd St and Moreland St.

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.papbottm.jpg


Papago Park’s orienteering course is located south of the archery range in the Papago Sports Complex on the northwest corner of McDowell and 64th Street.  Orienteering is a form of land navigation in which participants use a map and compass to navigate through fields, woods, hills or desert terrain. The new course is geared toward the beginner and has 11 control points. The course is open from   daily.

Orienteering Course Map