​Piestewa Peak / Dreamy Draw​

 

 

 

 

Parks and Recreation Services Update44Parks and Recreation Services Update<div class="ExternalClassF4C339E2F6614BDCBBABE70657A06CB7"><p>City of Phoenix recreation facilities are <strong>open</strong>​​. That includes all community and recreation centers, parks, trails, sports complexes, golf courses and <a href="/pgm">Pueblo Grande Museum</a>.<br></p><p>Indoor facilities are operating at limited capacity and indoor sports leagues are paused.<br></p><p>Additionally, the City of Phoenix is following CDC guidelines and are requiring a mask or face covering when inside city facilities, regardless of vaccination status.​ <span style="color:#efefef;">#homepage #allpks​</span>​</p><p><span style="color:#efefef;"><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068" target="_blank" style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Learn more about Parks and Recreation impacted services</a>​</span></p></div>9/1/2021 7:00:00 AM12/31/2021 7:00:00 AM

 

 

Piestewa Peak Trailhead Improvement Project / Drought Pipeline Project16Piestewa Peak Trailhead Improvement Project / Drought Pipeline Project<div class="ExternalClass8A47C923E9694CF6A8F0ADCB0BAA0CFE"><p> <strong style="text-decoration:underline;">PIESTEWA PEAK TRAILHEAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT</strong><br></p><p>Renovation of the trailhead's Apache area is underway. Completion of work in this area (renamed as the Ocotillo Ramada Area) is scheduled for fall 2021. ​</p><p>Due to the construction, access to the Circumference/Freedom Trail (#302) and Nature Trail (#304) is impacted and hikers will need to access both trails from the Summit Trailhead connection or the newly completed Saguaro Ramada Area (formerly named Hopi). There is no access to the Ruth Hamilton Trail (8B​) via the Mohave Trail (#200) to complete the loop to the 32nd St. Trailhead. Additionally, hikers wanting to take the loop into the Phoenix Mountains Preserve from the 32nd St./Lincoln Dr. access point will be unable to complete that loop through the Ocotillo area​.<br></p><p>As these renovations progress, parking, traffic and trailhead restrictions will be in place. Renovation of the trailhead's Cholla Ramada Area (formerly named Mohave area) was completed in summer 2020. Renovation of the Saguaro Ramada Area (formerly named Hopi) was completed in spring 2021. <br></p><p>In October 2019, the community celebrated the grand opening of new and upgraded amenities in the trailhead's Brittlebush (formerly an unnamed parking area) and Mesquite sections (formerly the Summit and Navajo 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>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:#f2f2f2;">#PiestewaPeak</span>​<br></p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> <strong>DREAMY DRAW PARK DROUGHT PIPELINE PROJECT</strong></span><br></p><p style="text-align:left;"> <a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/Dream_Draw_Park_Closure.jpg" target="_blank"> <img src="/parkssite/MediaAssets/PKS_NRD/Dream_Draw_Park_Closure.jpg" alt="" style="margin:0px;width:329px;height:170px;vertical-align:baseline;" /></a> <br> </p><p>​Work on the City of Phoenix Drought Pipeline Project is currently impacting the Equestrian/Perl Charles Memorial Trail (#1A), and that trail is being re-routed around the construction site via the 22nd St. access. The Myrtle Tunnel is open, but will be closed for brief temporary periods of time throughout the project. The Pleasant Tunnel and Dreamy Draw Park hard surface path/bike route will be closed during the duration of the project. The Charles Christianson Trail (#100) will remain open, as will preserve trails east of the bike path. Trails can be accessed at the 40th St. Trailhead. The park roadway into Dreamy Draw Park at Northern Ave. will be closed to all public vehicle travel. ​<br></p><p>Concurrent to the pipeline project, a renovation of Dreamy Draw Park will be completed to include new parking lots, ramadas and restrooms. The bike lane will be redesigned to include a natural surface walking path option. Both projects are scheduled to be completed in fall 2022.​<br></p><p>The Drought Pipeline​ Project will ensure all residents have access to safe, reliable, clean drinking water during future times of shortage on the Colorado River.​ As part of this project, the city will update and replace existing infrastructure and install new infrastructure needed to serve all customers in the city's service territory. ​ <a href="/waterservices/droughtpipeline">Learn more about the Drought Pipeline Project​</a>.<br></p><p>For more information, call the Project Hotline at 602-235-2666 or e-mail <a href="mailto:waterworks@phoenix.gov">waterworks@phoenix.gov</a>.<br></p></div>9/10/2018 7:00:00 AM12/1/2022 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><span style="font-size:19px;font-weight:700;box-sizing:border-box;color:#ff0000;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Effective July 16 to September 30, 2021:</span> Use of trails on Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak will be restricted when the National Weather Service issues an Excessive Heat Watch or Warning. <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1987">(Learn more about this pilot program.)</a>​​</span><span style="font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif;font-size:19px;font-weight:700;background-color:#ffffff;color:#ff0000;"> </span><br></p><p>City of Phoenix Park Rangers educate trail users to 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.​ Regardless of the weather or time of year, always hydrate before, during and after a hike.​ </p><p>During Arizona's warm weather months, Phoenix Park Rangers and the Phoenix Fire Department recommend hiking during the early morning or evening hours when it is cooler and there is more shade.<br></p><p>Trail users are encouraged to take advantage of extended summer hours at <a href="/parks/trails/locations/north-mountain">North Mountain Park</a> and <a href="/parks/trails/locations/piestewa-peak">Piestewa Peak Trailhead</a> in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, and <a href="/parks/trails/locations/south-mountain">Pima Canyon Trailhead​</a> in South Mountain Park/Preserve. Parking lot entrances are open until 9 p.m. at those locations from June 1 to September 30, 2021. <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1929">Read more about extended summer hours at city trailheads​</a>.​</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 all City of Phoenix hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. <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/1858" target="_blank">annual ban of open fires in Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves​</a> went into effect May 1, 2021.​</p></div>4/18/2020 7:00:00 AM1/1/2022 7:00:00 AM

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

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Trail Map & Descriptions
 

Trailheads:

302 Trailhead*
5994 E. Piestewa Peak Dr.

304 Trailhead*
7200 N. Piestewa 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 are in effect annually from June 1 through September 30 at Piestewa Peak Trailhead. The trailhead parking lot entrance is 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.