South Mountain Park/Preserve

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View Hiking Maps and Trail Descriptions


Main Entrance:

10919 S. Central Ave., 85042

Driving map to the main entrance

Pima Canyon Entrance:

9904 S. 48th St., 85044
Driving map to the Pima Canyon entrance
Ranger Office Phone: (602) 262-7393
Hours for all trailhead areas and entrances: 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (entrance gates close). Trails remain open until 11 p.m.

Take a Horseback ride

Ramada Map and Information

Mountain Preserve Ramada Guidelines

Ride the Roads on Silent Sundays

Learn Park History

Visit the South Mountain Education Center

Learn about the Hohokam Rock Art in South Mountain Park

​​South Mountain Park Road Closure Information:

Summit Road reopened for public use on Friday, Feb. 20 at 5 a.m.

2015 Road Closure Dates:

2/27/15: Road closure at the 1.0 mile marker, 1 p.m. to close. Access to San Juan Road and lookouts will be denied to hikers, bikers, and vehicles.

2/28/15: Road closure at the front gate, 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Access into the park is restricted to "Climb to Conquer Cancer" participants.

3/19/15: Road closure at the 1.0 mile marker, 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.

3/21/15: Ramadas 1-9, Kiwanis Trail access denied all day.

3/28/15: Road closure at the front gate, 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Access into the park is restricted to race participants.

5/01/15: Road closure Summit Road, 1 p.m. to close. Access to San Juan Road and lookouts will be denied to hikers, bikers, and vehicles.

5/09/15: Road closure at the 1.0 mile marker, 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Access to lookouts will be denied to hikers, bikers, and vehicles.

8/09/15: Road closure at the front gate, 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Access into the park is restricted to race participants.

10/17/15: Road closure at the front gate, 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Access into the park is restricted to race participants.

Silent Sunday (fourth Sunday of every month): The park’s main access roadways are closed to motor vehicles, reserving them for the entire day for non-motorized uses.

San Juan Road is open to vehicles the first full weekend of every month for easy access to the Alta, Bajada and National trails. 

2015 Programming

Hiking 101

Date: April 11, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. to noon
Location: South Mountain Park, Activity Complex
Fee: $8 per person
Ages: 13 and up (any one under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult)

Registration: Online at https://activenet001.active.com/phoenix - type in Activity #4759

Description: This introduction to safe hiking features an approximately one-hour discussion about safety, footwear, hiking equipment, clothing and trail etiquette; followed by a two-mile hike that includes trail discussions about wildlife and hiking techniques. The hike is relatively easy, with several short ascents and descents along the way. There will be short stop for snacks, and a question and answer session. The group will meet at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 602- 262-7393 and ask for Ranger Greg.

 

Full Moon Hike

Date: May 4, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: South Mountain Park, Pima Canyon Trail Head
Fee: $8 per person
Ages: 6 and up (any one under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult)

Registration: Online at https://activenet001.active.com/phoenix - type in Activity #4834

Description: Join park rangers and park stewards on the Eve of Cinco de Mayo for a moderate hike starting at the Pima Canyon Trailhead. This hike will provide great views of sunset and a moon worthy of a Fiesta! Please bring plenty of water, a light snack, closed toed shoes, headlamp or flashlight and clothing appropriate for the weather. No pets allowed. For more information, please call 602-262-7393 and ask for Ranger Liz or Ranger Allyson. Please be parked and ready to go at 5:30 p.m. The hike will wrap up by 7:30 p.m.

About South Mountain Park/Preserve

At more than 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park/Preserve is one of the largest municipally operated parks in the country, according to the Trust for Public Land. It boasts 51 miles of primary trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking for all ability levels. From the park's main entrance, you can drive up the Summit Road 5.5 miles to Dobbins Lookout and spectacular valleywide views or you can continue to the Gila Lookout for a view of the Gila River Valley. This scenic road is shared by bikers and hikers and there are many steep sections and blind curves, so maximum speed is 25 mph and 15 mph on curves. 

To learn more about South Mountain Park/Preserve view an Emmy Award winning video or listen to a podcast with Phoenix parks rangers.

Highest Point:
Mount Suppoa (not accessible to the public) reaches 2,690 feet. Dobbins Lookout, at 2,330 feet, is the highest point in the park accessible by trail or public roadway.

Learn about South Mountain's native plants and animals

It is important to remember that the Phoenix mountain preserves are open, undeveloped desert areas. Please use care when heading out as hikers can encounter rocky terrain, rattlesnakes and other potential hazards native to the Sonoran Desert. If you encounter a rattlesnake, allow it space and time to escape. South Mountain Park/Preserve actually consists of three mountain ranges, the Ma Ha Tauk, Gila and Guadalupe. They stretch diagonally from northeast to southwest. Diagonal mountain ranges that protrude from desert floors, like those of South Mountain, are typical features of the Sonoran Desert. Various minerals were mined in the park in the early 1900s before its designation as a park.

To join the “Friends of South Mountain Park” mailing list, please e-mail Elizabeth Smith with the following information:  last name, first name, e-mail address.

Comments regarding parking and resource management at desert preserves can be submitted by phone at 602-261-8318 or e-mail.

 *Hiking during hot-weather months. Please use extra caution if you’re planning on using trails during hot weather months, try to wait for shade when hiking as full sun temperatures can be more than 20 degrees higher than the official shade temperature. So hike in early morning or near dusk when there’s more shade and less intense heat. Remember, even if you are hydrated you can still suffer from heat-related illness on the hottest days. During excessive heat warnings, consider whether it's safe to hike at all. Follow our full safety guidelines for staying safe on the trail.

 

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