Trails on the west side of Galvin
The parking lot located on the western end of Papago
Park Drive has a drinking fountain, bike rack and picnic ramada with a few
tables (not reservable). There are no restroom facilities on the west side of
Park Accessible Trail
Length: about 1.2 miles
Difficulty: easy. The second half of the trail becomes more
difficult for wheelchair users with a few slopes that exceed 5 percent
The trailhead is located on the Papago Park Road – head west on the road from
Galvin Parkway just north of Van Buren Street. (Heading east on Papago Park Road
off of Galvin Parkway leads to the main park entrance).
This is an asphalt surface that follows accessible guidelines for the first
.6 of a mile. There are three benches along the way and this first part of the
trail goes near Eliot ramada. The second part of this trail has the same surface
but has a few slopes that exceed 5%.
Park Loop Trail
Length: 4 miles
Elevation gain: minimal, about
This trail begins from the parking lot on the west side of Galvin Parkway. To
the east of the parking lot is a single track, dirt trail that heads north
towards the big buttes. It continues counterclockwise around the big butte and
heads south around the smaller butte. It continues west around the golf course
eventually leading back to the parking lot. This is an easy trail for hikers and
Trails on the east side of Galvin Parkway
This is the main part of the park.
There are restrooms, drinking fountains, picnic ramadas, and fishing
Length: .25 mile
This trail begins at the ranger
office (follow the signs from the park entrance. This easy trail features
interpretive signs that describe Sonoran Desert plants and animals.
short, about 1/10 of a mile.
Elevation gain: about 200 feet
This very short trail leads to a
very popular landmark with some very good views. Even though this trail is very
short it gains all of its elevation in a very short distance.