Sonoran Preserve​

 

 

Parks and Recreation Services Update41Parks and Recreation Services Update<div class="ExternalClassAAF05150334C447D8616046CD40FBFA4"><p>A ​mask or face covering and physical distancing protocols are no longer required in a city facility for those who are fully vaccinated.​​​<br></p><p>City outdoor and indoor recreation facilities are open​​. That includes all community and recreation centers, parks, trails, sports complexes, golf courses and <a href="/pgm">Pueblo Grande Museum</a>. Indoor facilities are operating at limited capacity. <span style="color:#efefef;">#allpks ​​​</span><br></p><p><span style="color:#efefef;"><a href="/parks/pools">Select city pools and all splash pads are open.</a><br></span></p><p>FREE <a href="/parks/classes-and-programs">PHXPlays Sports Clinics​</a> for youth ages 4 to 17 will be offered during the month of August. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#Com<span style="color:#efefef;">munity​Cen</span>ters</span>​<br></p><p><a href="/parks/pac">Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC)​</a> returns for the 2021-22 school year and <a href="/parks/pac">registration</a> is open. <br></p><p>Community members also are encouraged to stay active by participating in FREE <a href="/parks/fitphx">FitPHX​</a> virtual workout​s. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">#Homepage</span><span style="color:#f2f2f2;">​<span style="font-stretch:normal;line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;color:#444444;">​​​​</span></span>​</p><p>City-operated youth and adult sports leagues are paused until further notice.​</p><p><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068">Learn more about Parks and Recreation impacted services </a><br></p></div>3/13/2020 7:00:00 AM12/1/2021 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. <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.</p><p><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1929">Read more about extended summer hours at city trailheads​</a>.​<br></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. </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/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

 

 

​The Sonoran Preserve, in North Phoenix, comprises more than 9,600 acres. Three trailhead locations - Desert Vista, Desert Hills and Apache Wash - offer 36 miles of trails.

Please "Take a Hike. Do it Right." when enjoying the preserve.


Trail Map & Descriptions

Trailheads:

Apache Wash Trailhead
1600 E. Sonoran Desert Dr.

Desert Hills Trailhead
705 W. Carefree Hwy.

Desert Vista Trailhead
1900 W. Desert Vista Tr.

 

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

Trail Hours:
5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

 
Register for Hikes and Outdoor Nature Programs
 

Contact Information:

Ranger Office:
602-495-6939

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:

Sonoran Preserve Master Plan