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