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

 

 

​​Road Closure Information

*** South Mountain Road is closed at the 1.0 mile mark, restricting access to Summit Road, for evaluation following August 2015 monsoon storms

2015-16 Road Closure Dates:

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

1/23/16: Road closure at the 1.0 mile marker, 5 a.m. to 1  p.m. Access to San Juan Road and lookouts will be denied to hikers, bikers and vehicles.

1/23/16: Partial lot closure at Pima Canyon Trailhead 5 to 9 a.m. Expect increased hiker activity on National Trail.

2/26/16: 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.

2/27/16: 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.

3/19/16: Ramadas 1-9, Kiwanis Trail access denied all day.

3/26/16: Road closure at the front gate, 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Access into the park is restricted to race participants.

5/07/16: 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.

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

Holbert Trail - Phoenix Summit Challenge Training

Date: Sept. 13, 2015
Time: 6 to 9:00 a.m.
Location: South Mountain Park, Holbert Trail
Fee: $8
Ages: 15 and older 
Registration: Online - type in Activity #7143

Description: Enjoy a beautiful five-mile round trip hike, while preparing for the Phoenix Summit Challenge (PSC). Ranger Christine will be able to answer all your questions and help you prepare to have a successful PSC experience. The hike will take you to Dobbins Lookout, with breath taking views of the city (be sure to bring a camera). Registration for the PSC is not required to participate in this activity. Bring plenty of water and snacks. This is a moderate to difficult hike.

South Mountain Park/Preserve map

For information, please call or e-mail Ranger Christine at 602-262-7393 or christine.romo@phoenix.gov.


Trail Run Series - Ease Into It Run #1

Date: Sept. 20, 2015
Time: 6 to 7:30 a.m.
Location: South Mountain Park, 5 Tables parking area, ranger trailhead
Fee: $8
Distance: Approximately 3.0 miles (moderately easy)
Registration: Online - type in Activity #6386

Description: A beginner-paced trail run that is designed for those who are new to trail running or want to try out a new trail route. Refreshments and running tips included.


Trail Run Series - Ease Into It Run #2

Date: Oct. 20, 2015
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Location: South Mountain Park, 5 Tables parking area, ranger trailhead
Fee: $8
Distance: Approximately 4.0 miles (moderately easy)
Registration: Online - type in Activity #6741

Description: A beginner-paced trail run that is designed for those who are new to trail running or want to try out a new trail route. Refreshments and running tips included.


Specialized Bike Demo and Bike Activities

Date: Oct. 25, 2015 (Silent Sunday)
Time: 6 to 11:00 a.m.
Location: South Mountain Park, Activity Complex
Fee: Free
Ages: All (anyone under age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Registration: Online - type in Activity #7219

Description: Come on out for the fourth Sunday in October for this free monthly event. Silent Sunday is a time to enjoy the mountain without motorized vehicle traffic.

October's theme is BIKES and Global Bikes shop will be represented to provide specialized free road bike demos. The event also will include free basic bike maintenance, refreshments and an obstacle course. Representatives from the city's FitPHX initiative also will be on hand.

Silent Sunday is always the fourth Sunday of the month.

Park your car at the Activity Complex parking area, the first left just past the main entrance, then bike, run, skateboard, hike, ride and walk your way on the roadways closed to motorized vehicles. For information, please call or e-mail Ranger Allyson at 602-262-7393 or allyson.pacini@phoenix.gov.


Trail Run Series - Ease Into It Run #3

Date: Nov. 20, 2015
Time: 7:30 to 10 a.m.
Location: South Mountain Park, San Juan junction parking area
Fee: $8
Distance: Approximately 4.6 miles (moderately difficult)
Registration: Online - type in Activity #6742

Description: A beginner-paced trail run that is designed for those who are new to trail running or want to try out a new trail route. Refreshments and running tips included.


URock Festival

Date: Nov. 14, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: South Mountain Park, Activity Complex
Fee: Free
Ages: All (anyone under age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Registration: Online - type in Activity #7337

Description: Join us for a free day of fun at the URock Festival. Park rangers and local agencies will be out with activities, live animals, programs, hikes, live music and information on the wonderful hiking available around the city and state. Food and drink, including beer, will be available for purchase. The Leave No Trace traveling trainers will be playing games and the REI Village nationwide tour, celebrating the good life, will be on site as well.

For information, please call or e-mail Ranger Liz at 602-262-7393 or elizabeth.smith@phoenix.gov.

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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