​​​​South Mountain Park/Preserve

saguaros and ground cover at south mountain park

South Mountain Park/Preserve
10919 S. Central Ave.

​Main Entrance
10211 S. Central Ave

Pima Canyon Entrance
4800 E. Pima Canyon Rd.


Trailhead Hours:

5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

*Gated entrances will close.  Trails remain open until 11 p.m.


Other Trailhead Access:

Hours may vary.

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 Avenue (Ma-Ha-Tauk) Trailhead
10484 S. 19th Ave.


Contact Information:

Ranger Office: 602-262-7393
Natural Resources Office
(Business Hours Only):  602-495-5458

Contact Natural Resource staff regarding resource management at desert preserves or call 602-261-8318



At more than 16,000 acres 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 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. 

Note: The scenic roads are 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.

South Mountain Important Notices:

  • San Juan Road

    • Is open to vehicles the first full weekend of every month for easy access to the Alta, Bajada and National trails.

  • Silent Sunday (4th Sunday of every month):

    • During Silent Sunday events, the park’s main access roadways are closed to motor vehicles, reserving them for the entire day (5 a.m. to 7 p.m.) for non-motorized uses. Vehicle parking is available at the Activity Complex, which is located at the main entrance and within close proximity to several trails.

    • Trailheads not accessed via the main entrance and roadways will remain open to vehicles.

    • If a holiday falls on the fourth Sunday of a month, Silent Sunday will be held on the third Sunday that month.

South Mountain Trail System-planning and preservation