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 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)
Dixie Mountain Loop, Great Horned Owl Trail
Deem Hills Recreation Area:
*Note: Mountain biking is prohibited on the Piestawa Peak Summit Trail and on all Camelback Mountain Trails.
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.
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 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,
Steele Indian School.
Arizona Game and Fish operates the
urban fishing program at Papago Park.