Hiking Safety Heat Message3Hiking Safety Heat Message<div class="ExternalClass0B12337F359B4FDC8525C8706510E9B5"><p>City of Phoenix Park Rangers advise hiking during the early morning or evening hours this time of year when it is cooler and there is more shade. Always follow these important <a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Take%20a%20Hike%20-%20Do%20it%20Right.pdf" target="_blank">"Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> safety guidelines.</p><p>Monitor the <a href="https://weather.com/weather/today/l/USAZ0166:1:US" target="_blank">local forecast</a> and understand that all<a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Trail%20Rating%20Guide.pdf" target="_blank"> trail difficulty ratings</a> are raised one level when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#hikeright</span></p></div>4/25/2019 7:00:00 AM10/25/2019 7:00:00 AM
Fire Ban for Desert Parks and Mountain Preserves9Fire Ban for Desert Parks and Mountain Preserves<div class="ExternalClass9BD9996AE1234347B07E288EB7C4F430"><p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will lift its ban on open fires in the city's desert parks and mountain preserves on <strong>Friday, Nov. 1, 2019</strong>. The ban went into effect on <strong>Wednesday, May 1, 2019</strong>. <a href="/news/parks/2332">Learn more about the fire ban</a>.</p><p>The annual fire ban stipulates the following: Open, wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in any part of Phoenix's preserve land; smoking outside of enclosed vehicles continues to be prohibited; propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas.</p><p>For additional information contact 602-495-5458 or <a href="mailto:natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov">natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov</a>. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#hikeright</span></p></div>4/29/2019 7:00:00 AM11/3/2019 7:00:00 AM

 

 

Piestewa Peak Trailhead Improvement Project16Piestewa Peak Trailhead Improvement Project<div class="ExternalClass8A47C923E9694CF6A8F0ADCB0BAA0CFE"><p class="ExternalClassA8F874FE123D4D668618C3E4C4528B61">On October 4, 2019, the community celebrated the grand opening of new and upgraded amenities in the trailhead's Brittlebush and Mesquite areas. Improvements include reconfigured and expanded parking areas, a new 104-foot-long vehicle/pedestrian bridge, restrooms, ramadas, ranger station and 60-foot-tall entry monument. <a href="/news/parks/2423">Learn more about the new amenities</a> </p><p class="ExternalClassA8F874FE123D4D668618C3E4C4528B61">Improvements to the trailhead's Mojave area will begin in October 2019. Due to construction, parking and traffic restrictions will be in place in this area. <font color="#171717">Additionally, electricity and cold drinking water may not be available for periods of time during this project.</font> </p><p class="ExternalClassA8F874FE123D4D668618C3E4C4528B61"><span style="color:#171717;">All trails remain open during this five-year infrastructure improvement plan for the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, which started in summer 2017. </span></p><p class="ExternalClassA8F874FE123D4D668618C3E4C4528B61"><a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Access_Adaptive_Management_Plan.pdf" target="_blank">View the complete Phoenix Mountains Preserve Access and Adaptive Management Plan</a> </p><p class="ExternalClassA8F874FE123D4D668618C3E4C4528B61">For more information, contact 602-495-5458 or <a href="mailto:natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov">natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov</a>. <span style="color:#e0e0e0;"><span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#PiestewaPeak</span></span></p></div>9/10/2018 7:00:00 AM1/31/2020 7:00:00 AM

Piestewa Peak / Dreamy Draw

 

Surrounding the base of 2,608-foot Piestewa Peak, Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area, and Dreamy Draw Recreation Area are gateways into diverse desert landscapes that offer everything from fantastic views to secluded valleys. Those trailheads boast dozens of miles of trails.

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Trail Map & Descriptions
 

​Trailheads:

302 Trailhead
5994 E. Squaw Peak Dr.

304 Trailhead
7200 N. Squaw Peak Dr.

32nd St. Trailhead
6511 E. Sierra Vista Dr.

40th St. Trailhead
9200 N. 40th St.

Dreamy Draw Recreation Area
2421 E. Northern Ave.

Myrtle Tunnel Trailhead
1823 E. Myrtle Ave.

 

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

*Extended summer hours in effect annually from June 1 to September 30 at Piestewa Peak Trailheads. Trailheads open until 9 p.m.

 

Trail Hours:
5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


 

Dog Restrictions:

Dogs are prohibited year-round on the Piestewa Peak Summit Trail.

 
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Contact Information:

Ranger Office
602-261-8318

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

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:  

History

Long used for mining and grazing, it did not become a city of Phoenix possession until 1959, when the area was annexed and a long-term lease agreement was signed with the state of Arizona. It later became one of the major rallying points for mountain preservation efforts.

Geology

While the actual rocks of the Phoenix Mountains (including the areas around Piestewa Peak and North Mountain) are very old, the mountain shapes are, geologically speaking, quite young. They were formed about 14 million years ago as the crust of the earth was gradually stretched from northeast to southwest, elevating mountain ranges and down dropping the basins between them. Much of the area’s rock is a metamorphic type of granite known as schist. Mercury mines were worked in the area of today’s Dreamy Draw Recreation Area.