South Mountain Park/Preserve - Roadway Improvement Project17South Mountain Park/Preserve - Roadway Improvement Project<div class="ExternalClass4569AED32B154E1781F5A74C6FD43F40"><p>Starting in October 2018 and running through the end of the calendar year, improvements will be made to sections of the park's roadway. These improvements will take place in three phases (Phase I – San Juan Rd., Phase II – Big and Little Ramada area, Phase III – Ranger Office area). The park will remain open to the public during the construction, but project areas will have limited access during different time periods.</p><p>This is part of a five-year infrastructure improvement plan for South Mountain Park/Preserve, which started in 2017.</p><p><a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_NRD/PKS_NRD_South_Mountain_Design_Guidelines.pdf" target="_blank">View the complete South Mountain Park/Preserve Design Guidelines Manual</a></p><p>For more information contact, 602-495-5458 or <a href=""></a>. ​#SouthMountain</p></div>10/19/2018 7:00:00 AM12/31/2018 7:00:00 AM
South Mountain Park/Preserve - Roadway Events7South Mountain Park/Preserve - Roadway Events<div class="ExternalClass984C09AF1B1F4DD8B24EDA29AE56EF9F"><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Take the South Mountain Park/Preserve Silent Sunday Public Survey</strong></a></p><p><strong>Silent Sunday<br></strong>Silent Sunday is held on the fourth Sunday of every month. On those days, the park’s roadways are closed to motor vehicle traffic from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (park closure time), reserving them for non-motorized activities such as walking, cycling, jogging, hiking, etc. </p><p>From December 2018 through March 2019, the Parks and Recreation Department will operate a pilot program that expands the Silent Sunday event to every Sunday of the month. Through the pilot program, the park’s main roadway will be closed at the one-mile mark into the park from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first, second, third and fifth Sunday; while the fourth Sunday will operate as it has in the past, with all roadways closed from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (park closure time). </p><p><span aria-hidden="true"></span>On Silent Sunday, park visitors who would like to park near the main Central Ave. entrance can do so in the Activity Complex, which can be accessed just inside the entry gate and within proximity to several popular trails. Trailheads not accessed via the main Central Ave. entrance are not impacted by the Silent Sunday closures.</p><p><strong>San Juan Road Access</strong><br>San Juan Rd. is open to motor vehicle traffic on the first full weekend of every month only, providing access to the Alta, Bajada and National trails. #SouthMountain</p></div>3/1/2018 7:00:00 AM12/31/2019 7:00:00 AM

South Mountain Park/Preserve


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 51 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 alike, 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. 

Take the Silent Sunday Public Survey

Infrastructure Improvement Project Information:

South Mountain Park/Preserve Design GuideSouth Mountain Park/Preserve Trails Master Plan

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 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 InformationMountain Preserve Ramada Guidelines