South Mountain Park Scenic Drive

Phoenix city lights from South mountains at night
Photo by: Ehiris, Creative Commons

The state of Arizona offers a lot of sights for people who love the outdoors. One of these places that guarantee a lovely time for those who live for the outdoors is the South Mountain Park. The South Mountain Park is considered as the largest city park in the world, conveniently located within the city of Phoenix itself. As part of the Phoenix Mountains preserve system, the park has well-maintained greenery perfect for a number of outdoor activities. There is just so much space in this nearly 17,000-acrefacility, that it is a perfect place for both active outdoor activity people and folk who just want to relax and take in the beauty of the mountains.

For the active type, hiking, mountain biking and trail rides are to be enjoyed here. Close to 58 miles of trails are at the disposal of any hiker, with more than 10 different trails in the park, ranging from 1 to 14 miles long. The trails are a challenge, as they have been rated from moderate (the Javelina Canyon Trail) to very difficult when it comes to difficulty, so sturdy shoes and sun block are recommended. There are also guided trail rides (limited in the summer, though) for those who like to ride horse-back.

For the more passive, laidback outdoors person, the park has meeting areas and ramadas (shelters) available for small parties, barbecues and parties. The larger ramadas are available for reservations, and can hold up to 50 people. For those who want to just take in the natural beauty of the park, a South Mountain Park scenic drive is a definite must-do. The road is winding, which should be handled well by expert drivers. The key to enjoying this drive is to take it slow and just enjoy the spectacular view. There is clear signage for drivers to follow in terms of direction. Particularly recommended is the view from the mountains’ highest peak, Dobbins Point.

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