​​​​​South Mountain Park/Preserve​

 

 

Parks and Recreation Services Update44Parks and Recreation Services Update<div class="ExternalClassF4C339E2F6614BDCBBABE70657A06CB7"><p>City of Phoenix recreation facilities are <strong>open</strong>​​. That includes all community and recreation centers, parks, trails, sports complexes, golf courses and <a href="/pgm">Pueblo Grande Museum</a>.<br></p><p>Indoor facilities are operating at limited capacity and indoor sports leagues are paused.<br></p><p>Additionally, the City of Phoenix is following CDC guidelines and are requiring a mask or face covering when inside city facilities, regardless of vaccination status.​ <span style="color:#efefef;">#homepage #allpks​</span>​</p><p><span style="color:#efefef;"><a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1068" target="_blank" style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Learn more about Parks and Recreation impacted services</a>​</span></p></div>9/1/2021 7:00:00 AM12/31/2021 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>​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. <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1929">Read more about extended summer hours at city trailheads​</a>.​</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. <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>IMPROVEMENT PROJECT UPDATES</strong><br></p><p>A multi-year <a href="/parks/trails/projects" 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>ROADWAY EVENTS INFORMATION</strong></p><p><strong>Silent Sunday</strong> <span style="color:#efefef;">#SouthMountain</span><br></p><p>Held every Sunday of the year, our “Silent Sundays" provide an opportunity to enjoy the park without the impacts of motor vehicle traffic. During Silent Sunday times, the park's roadways are closed to all motor vehicle traffic and are reserved for activities such as walking, cycling, jogging, hiking, etc. <br></p><ul><li><p>1st Sunday of Every Month – Access restricted 5 to 10 a.m.</p></li><li><p>2nd Sunday of Every Month – Access restricted 5 to 10 a.m.</p></li><li><p>3rd Sunday of Every Month – Access restricted 5 to 10 a.m.</p></li><li><p>4th Sunday of Every Month – Access restricted the entire day, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (All park gates are closed at 7 p.m.)</p></li><li><p>5th Sunday of Every Month – Access restricted 5 to 10 a.m. </p></li></ul><p>Parking is available at the South Mountain Activity Complex, which is accessed via the Central Ave. entrance and located immediately​ following the park's main entrance gate. From the South Mountain Activity Complex, there are several popular trailheads that are available to hikers with only a short walk. Trailheads that are accessed via other park entrance gates, such as Pima Canyon, are not impacted by the Silent Sunday closures.​</p><p><strong>​San Juan Road Access</strong><br></p><p>San Juan Rd. is open to motor vehicle traffic on the first full weekend of every month, providing access to Alta, Bajada and National trails. The San Juan road will be accessible from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.  San Juan parking is extremely limited. Illegal parking or off-road driving will result in a citation.<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 Trails Master Plan
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Current Trail ProjectsTrail 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 Information