Piestewa Peak Trailhead Improvement Project16Piestewa Peak Trailhead Improvement Project<div class="ExternalClassA8F874FE123D4D668618C3E4C4528B61"><p>Due to ongoing infrastructure improvements, restrictions are in place at Piestewa Peak Trailhead. The parking lots for the Summit and Navajo trails were closed in October 2018 and will remain closed for several months as construction is done to improve and connect those parking areas. </p><p>While all trails remain open, trail users are encouraged to access them from Dreamy Draw Park and the 32nd St. Trailhead. Trail users also might consider exploring other <a href="/parks/trails/locations">city trailhead locations</a> during this phase of improvements. Additionally, electricity and cold drinking water may not be available for periods of time during this project.</p><p>This is part of a five-year infrastructure improvement plan for the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, which started in summer 2017. </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>For more information, contact 602-495-5458 or <a href="mailto:natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov">natural.resources.pks@phoenix.gov</a>. #PiestewaPeak</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. Those trailheads boast dozens of miles of trails.


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

Natural Resources Office
(Business Hours Only): 

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.