Parks and Recreation Services Update36Parks and Recreation Services Update<div class="ExternalClass3A02F640594B462A825B0E331261CE79"><p>The city's public pools and splashpads are temporarily closed. <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1227" target="_blank">Read a statement about city pools opening this summer</a>. </p><p>The city's <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1039" target="_blank">indoor recreation facilities are temporarily closed</a>.​​ </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">The city's outdoor recreation facilities are open normal hours of operation. That includes parks, trails and golf courses​. Some <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068" target="_blank">park amenities are temporarily closed</a> and​​<a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1096" target="_blank"> access at high-traffic trailheads is temporarily limited</a>. <span style="text-align:left;color:#f2f2f2;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"segoe ui","segoe",tahoma,helvetica,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">#allpks</span>​</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">All large gatherings and events on city park property have been canceled or postponed. <font color="#f2f2f2">#Homepage <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#phxaquatics</span></font>​</p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;">​<a href="/parks/classes-and-programs" target="_blank">Registration​</a> for 2020 summer programs, classes and activities has been postponed. <font color="#f2f2f2">#CommunityCenters </font></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;"><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068" target="_blank">Learn more about Parks and Recreation impacted services </a></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;line-height:1.6;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:13px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;"><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1082" target="_blank">Review physical distancing guidelines for public parks and trails</a> ​​</p></div>3/13/2020 7:00:00 AM7/1/2020 7:00:00 AM

 

 

"Take a Hike. Do it Right." Hiking Safety Message3"Take a Hike. Do it Right." Hiking Safety 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 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><p>Dogs are prohibited on City of Phoenix hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. </p><p><a href="https://www.azhumane.org/events/dont-leave-pets-kids-hot-cars/" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during warm weather months</a>.</p><p>​The <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1171" target="_blank">annual ban of open fires in Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves​</a> went into effect May 1, 2020.​</p></div>4/18/2020 7:00:00 AM10/1/2020 7:00:00 AM

 

 

Piestewa Peak Trailhead Improvement Project16Piestewa Peak Trailhead Improvement Project<div class="ExternalClass8A47C923E9694CF6A8F0ADCB0BAA0CFE"><p>Renovation of the trailhead's Mojave area is underway and will continue throughout 2020. Due to construction, parking and traffic restrictions will be in place in this area. Additionally, electricity and cold drinking water may not be available for periods of time during this project.<br></p><p>In October 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="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/736">Learn more about the new amenities</a> ​<br></p><p>All trails remain open during this multi-year infrastructure improvement plan for the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, which started in summer 2017. The project is funded by the voter-approved Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative (PPPI).</p><p><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 AM1/1/2021 7:00:00 AM

 Follow national guidelines for safe social distancing in parks and on trails

Social Distancing on Public Trails 


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. This area boasts dozens of miles of multi-use trails. ​

 

Infrastructure Improvement Project Information:

Phoenix Mountains Preserve Access and
Adapative Management Plan
Learn about the Drought Pipeline Project

 

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.

 
Register for Hikes and Outdoor Nature Programs
 

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.