​South Mountain Park/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 and golf courses. <a href="/pgm">Pueblo Grande Museum</a> reopened July 20. <span style="color:#efefef;">#allpks ​​​</span><br></p><p><a href="/parks/classes-and-programs">Registration for in-person summer youth camps and programs at community and recreation centers is open</a>. Camps for youth ages 6 to 12 run thru July 30. <span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#Com<span style="color:#efefef;">munity​Cen</span>ters</span>​<br></p><p>Registration for <a href="/parks/pac">Phoenix Afterschool Center (PAC)​</a> for the 2021-22 school year is open. <br></p><p><a href="/parks/pools">Select city pools and all splash pads are open.</a><br></p><p><a href="/parks/pools/programs">Registration for summer swim lessons is open</a>. Four sessions of FREE lessons are available for youth ages 3 to 12 throughout the summer.<span style="color:#f2f2f2;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p><p>Community members also are encouraged to stay active by participating in the FREE <a href="/parks/classes-and-programs">PHXPlays at Home</a> and <a href="/parks/fitphx">FitPHX​</a> virtual recreation programs. <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

 

 

South Mountain Park/Preserve - Improvement Project Updates and Roadway Events Information7South Mountain Park/Preserve - Improvement Project Updates and Roadway Events Information<div class="ExternalClass984C09AF1B1F4DD8B24EDA29AE56EF9F"><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">IMPROVEMENT PROJECT UPDATES</strong><br></p><p>A multi-year <a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/PKS_NRD_South_Mountain_Design_Guidelines.pdf" target="_blank">infrastructure improvement plan </a>in South Mountain Park/Preserve started in 2017. The improvements are funded by the voter-approved Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative (PPPI).​<br></p><p><strong>Dobbins Lookout</strong><br>An improvement project for Dobbins Lookout was completed in December 2020 and the lookout has reopened. The project included construction of a new ramada, repaving of the parking lot, installation of a new walking path, ADA improvements and refurbishment of the historic overlook structure.<br></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>ROADWAY EVENTS INFORMATION</strong></p><p><strong>Silent Sunday </strong><span style="color:#e0e0e0;"><span style="color:#f2f2f2;">#SouthMountain</span></span><br>Silent Sunday is held each Sunday year-round. On those days, the park’s main roadway will be closed to motor vehicle traffic at the one-mile mark into the park from 5 to 10 a.m. on the first, second, third and fifth Sunday of the month. From 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (park operating hours) on the fourth Sunday of the month, the park roadway will be closed to vehicle traffic after the main Central Ave. entrance. During those times on those days, the park’s roadways are reserved for non-motorized activities such as walking, cycling, jogging, hiking, etc. <br></p><p><span aria-hidden="true"></span>On Silent Sunday, park visitors who would like to park near the main Central Ave. entrance can do so in the Activity Complex, which can be accessed just inside the entry gate and within proximity to several popular trails. Trailheads not accessed via the main Central Ave. entrance are not impacted by the Silent Sunday closures.​<br></p><p><strong>2021​​ Summit Road Special Event Closures</strong><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">July 4</span> - closure at entry gate at 3 p.m.; Due to COVID-19 restrictions, additional events have yet to be scheduled.<br></p><p><strong>San Juan Road Access</strong><br>San Juan Rd. is open to motor vehicle traffic on the first full weekend of every month only, providing access to the Alta, Bajada and National trails. Due to the Silent Sunday program (explained above), San Juan Rd. will open at 10 a.m., after that weekend's Silent Sunday event has concluded. <br></p></div>1/1/2018 7:00:00 AM12/31/2021 7:00:00 AM

At more than 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park/Preserve is one of the largest municipally managed parks in the nation and consists of three mountain ranges - the Ma Ha Tauk, Gila and Guadalupe. The park boasts more than 50 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Additionally, the roadways throughout the park are a favorite for bicyclists.  

Dobbins Lookout, at 2,330 feet, is the highest point in the park that is available to the public. Accessed by both hiking trails and Summit Rd., the lookout is popular with tourists and locals, who want to get an unobstructed panoramic view of the Valley.

Note: The park's scenic roadways are shared by motor vehicles, bikers and hikers. Due to the many blind corners, narrow sections and treacherous drop-offs, extreme caution should be maintained and adherence to the speed limit followed. 

 

Infrastructure Improvement Project Information:

South Mountain Park/Preserve Design GuideSouth Mountain Park/Preserve Trails Master Plan
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Trail Map & Descriptions
 

Trailheads:

South Mountain Park/Preserve
10919 S. Central Ave.

​Main Entrance
10211 S. Central Ave.

Pima Canyon Trailhead*
4800 E. Pima Canyon Rd.

Mormon Trailhead
8610 S. 24th St.

Beverly Canyon Trailhead
8800 S. 46th St.

​Buena Vista Trailhead
N. Buena Vista Rd.

(Accessed via South Mountain Park/Preserve Main Entrance)

Desert Foothills Trailhead
14251 S. Desert Foothills Pkwy.

Chandler Blvd. and 19th Ave. Trailhead
15451 S. 19th Ave.

19th Ave. (Ma-Ha-Tauk) Trailhead
10484 S. 19th 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 Pima Canyon Trailhead. The trailhead parking lot entrance is open until 9 p.m.


 

Trail Hours:
5 a.m. to 11 p.m.


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. 

 


Ramada Usage in South Mountain Park/Preserve: 

The ramadas in South Mountain Park/Preserve are available for public use, and several require a reservation. Please view the information provided by the links below to learn more about reserving a ramada.  Ramada reservations must be made in person at a Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department facility.

Ramada Map and InformationMountain Preserve Ramada Guidelines