Trail Restrictions for Dogs - Dogs prohibited on trail when temperature is 100 degrees or warmer4Trail Restrictions for Dogs - Dogs prohibited on trail when temperature is 100 degrees or warmer<div class="ExternalClass2CC0A0158ABE4807B10863919E4E57EB"><p>Dogs are prohibited on city of Phoenix hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during warm weather months.</a> #hikeright<br></p></div>5/4/2018 7:00:00 AM9/30/2018 7:00:00 AM
Hiking Safety Heat Message3Hiking Safety Heat Message<div class="ExternalClass0B12337F359B4FDC8525C8706510E9B5"><p>Triple-digit temperatures are in the forecast for the Phoenix area. City of Phoenix Park Rangers advise not hiking during these weather conditions and ask that you always follow these life-saving <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.</p><p>Monitor the <a href="" 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. #hikeright<br></p></div>5/4/2018 7:00:00 AM9/30/2018 7:00:00 AM
Fire Ban for Desert Parks and Mountain Preserves9Fire Ban for Desert Parks and Mountain Preserves<div class="ExternalClass9BD9996AE1234347B07E288EB7C4F430"><p>​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will ban open fires in the city's desert parks and mountain preserves starting <strong>Tuesday, May 1, 2018</strong>.</p><p>The annual fire ban stipulates the following: Open, wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in any part of Phoenix's preserves; smoking outside of enclosed vehicles will continue to be prohibited; propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas.</p><p>For additional information contact 602-495-5458 or <a href=""></a>. #hikeright</p></div>4/25/2018 7:00:00 AM10/15/2018 7:00:00 AM



South Mountain - Roadway Restrictions7South Mountain - Roadway Restrictions<div class="ExternalClass984C09AF1B1F4DD8B24EDA29AE56EF9F"><p><strong>Silent Sunday - 4th Sunday of Every Month</strong><br>During the 4th Sunday of every month the park’s main, Central Ave., entrance roadways are closed to motor vehicles, reserving the roadways for the entire day, from 5 a.m. thru park closure, for non-motorized activities. Visitors that would like to park near the main entrance and walk to nearby trailheads, there will be vehicle parking at the South Mountain Activity Complex, which is located just inside the entryway and is within close proximity to several popular trails. Trailheads not accessed via the main, Central Ave., entrance are not impacted by Silent Sundays. If a holiday falls on the 4th Sunday of a month, Silent Sunday will be held on the 3rd Sunday of that month.</p><p><strong>San Juan Road Access</strong><br>Will only be opened to motor vehicles the 1st full weekend of every month; providing easy access to the Alta, Bajada and National trails. #SouthMountain</p></div>3/1/2018 7:00:00 AM12/31/2018 7:00:00 AM

South Mountain Park/Preserve


At more than 16,000 acres, the South Mountain Park/Preserve actually consists of three mountain ranges; the Ma Ha Tauk, Gila and Guadalupe; and is one of the largest municipally operated parks in the country.  It boasts over 51 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.  Additionally, the roadways that traverse the area are a favorite amongst road bicyclists.  Dobbins Lookout, at 2,330 feet, is the highest point in the park that is available to the public.  Accessed by both hiking trail and by Summit Road, the lookout is popular with tourists, and locals alike, who want to get an unobstructed panoramic view of the valley. 

Note: The scenic roadways are shared by motor vehicles, bikers and hikers; due to the many blind corners, narrow sections and treacherous drop-offs, we ask that extreme caution be maintained and a strict adherence to the speed limits be followed. 


Trail Map & Descriptions


South Mountain Park/Preserve
10919 S. Central Ave.

​Main Entrance
10211 S. Central Ave.

Pima Canyon Entrance
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.

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 at South Mountain Park:

The ramadas at South Mountain are available for public use, however unlike most City of Phoenix ramadas, there are several ramadas that require a reservation.  Please see the helpful links below to learn more about reserving a ramada at South Mountain.  Ramada reservations must be made in person at one of our local Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department facilities.

Ramada Map and InformationMountain Preserve Ramada Guidelines

Park Improvement Information:

Conceptual South Mountain Park Design GuideSouth Mountain Park Trails Master Plan Project Page