Trail Restrictions for Dogs - Dogs prohibited on trail when temperature is 100 degrees or warmer4Trail Restrictions for Dogs - Dogs prohibited on trail when temperature is 100 degrees or warmer<div class="ExternalClass2CC0A0158ABE4807B10863919E4E57EB"><p>Dogs are prohibited on city of Phoenix hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during warm weather months.</a> #hikeright<br></p></div>5/4/2018 7:00:00 AM9/30/2018 7:00:00 AM
Hiking Safety Heat Message3Hiking Safety Heat Message<div class="ExternalClass0B12337F359B4FDC8525C8706510E9B5"><p>Triple-digit temperatures are in the forecast for the Phoenix area. City of Phoenix Park Rangers advise not hiking during these weather conditions and ask that you always follow these life-saving <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="" 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. #hikeright<br></p></div>5/4/2018 7:00:00 AM9/30/2018 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 ban open fires in the city's desert parks and mountain preserves starting <strong>Tuesday, May 1, 2018</strong>.</p><p>The annual fire ban stipulates the following: Open, wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in any part of Phoenix's preserves; smoking outside of enclosed vehicles will continue 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=""></a>. #hikeright</p></div>4/25/2018 7:00:00 AM10/15/2018 7:00:00 AM



Piestewa Peak Trailhead Improvement Project16Piestewa Peak Trailhead Improvement Project<div class="ExternalClassA8F874FE123D4D668618C3E4C4528B61"><p>​<strong>Project start:</strong> Summer 2018; <strong>Projected completion:</strong> Fall 2019</p><p>Restrictions will be in place at Piestewa Peak Trailhead from summer 2018 through fall 2019, due to ongoing infrastructure improvements. The purpose of the project is to increase and improve access, parking, amenities and public safety. All trails will be accessible during the project.</p><p>Traffic controls will be in place to allow safe entry to the trailhead, but parking restrictions will be in place throughout the project and trail users are encouraged to access Piestewa Peak trails from Dreamy Draw Park and the 32nd St. Trailhead. Trail users are advised that electricity and cold drinking water may not be available at the trailheads, ramadas or parking lots for periods of time during the project.</p><p>This is part of a five-year $23 million infrastructure improved plan for the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, which started in summer 2017.<br></p><p>For more information, contact 602-495-5450 or <a href=""></a>. #PiestewaPeak<br></p></div>9/10/2018 7:00:00 AM9/30/2019 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. The trailheads boast dozens of miles of trails to help you enjoy the glory of the Sonoran Desert in relative solitude.


Trail Map & Descriptions


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:  


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.


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.