​Things To Do

With over 200 miles of worldclass trailsReview "Take a Hike. Do it Right." guidelines before visiting our more than 200 miles of desert trails.

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Explore Accessible Barrier-free Trails

Mountain Biking
Mountain biking is allowed at most Phoenix trails; below is a list of several of the most popular trails to explore:

South Mountain Park/Preserve:
Desert Classic Trail

Phoenix Mountains Preserve:
Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail (Trail 100)

Papago Park:
All Trails 

Sonoran Preserve:
Dixie Mountain Loop, Great Horned Owl Trail

Deem Hills Recreation Area:
Ridgeline Trail

*Note:  Mountain biking is prohibited on the Piestawa Peak Summit Trail and on all Camelback Mountain Trails.

Road Biking
Papago Park and South Mountain Park are the most popular locations for road biking. South Mountain Park has over 15 miles of roads, with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet. Dreamy Draw also has a bike path that runs through the preserve. A great  time to road bike is during monthly Silent Sundays at South Mountain Park.

Horseback Riding
With exception of certain accessible and summit trails, horses are allowed on all trails. Guided horseback rides are available at South Mountain Park from Ponderosa Stables.

Look for wildlife and signs of ancient civilizations in Phoenix Preserves:

Discover Desert Wildlife

Bird Watching
Bird Watch ... In addition to the common Sonoran Desert bird species listed above, the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area is an active riparian area that attracts dozens of species of migrating birds that pass through the area. Birders have document sightings of more than 200 species. Rio Salado Bird List  

The city of Phoenix has contracted with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to stock lakes at six city parks: Cesar Chavez (Alvord Lake), Cortez, Desert West, Encanto, Papago, and Steele Indian School.

Arizona Game and Fish operates the urban fishing program at Papago Park.

Learn About the Ancient Hohokam and Petroglyphs (Rock Art)

Educational Facilities:
Visit one of our educational facilities to explore the regions rich history, witness the unique wildlife that calls the Sonoran Desert home, or get up close to flora that defines the picturesque landscapes.

Pueblo Grande MuseumNorth Mountain Visitor's CenterSouth Mountain Environmental and Education CenterAudubon Arizona at Rio SaladoCamp Colley Register for Hikes and Outdoor Nature Programs

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

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