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Papago Park

With plenty of green spaces throughout Scottsdale and Phoenix, these towns not only offer a vibrant downtown life but also opportunities for outdoor recreation right near the heart of the city. With the ability to enjoy the best of both worlds, Scottsdale makes an excellent getaway location!

Explore the Grounds of Papago Park

Offering stunning scenery right near the heart of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Papago Park is home to dramatic red butte formations, include the popularly photographed site Hole-in-the-Rock. Laced with hiking and biking trails and dotted with seven acres of stocked fishing lagoons, an outdoor adventure awaits in Papago Park!

You don’t always have to tackle tough terrain and massive summits to enjoy beautiful views. The Papago Park trails offer relatively smooth surfaces with little elevation gain, while at the same time weaving their way through eye-catching desert scenery. The accessibility of the trails makes this a popular location for a variety of outdoor activities, including walking, running, and biking. Perhaps the park’s most iconic feature is Hole-in-the Rock, which can be accessed from a trail on the east side of the park, taking hikers through an interpretive nature trail to learn more about local flora and fauna on the way. Once you’ve arrived at Hole-in-the-Rock, find a spot to sit and take in the views. Framed by the arching rock formation, this is a great spot to view an Arizona sunset or to capture photos of the Phoenix skyline in the distance.

In addition to providing a place for outdoor recreation, Papago Park also houses the oft-visited Phoenix Zoo. The Phoenix Zoo provides entertainment and interest for the whole family, housing over 3,000 animals that range from Sumatra tigers to stingrays. Up-close animal encounters make visiting the Phoenix Zoo a memorable experience!

With the Papago Golf Course as well as the Desert Botanical Garden also situated within Papago Park, you’ll find multiple days’ worth of activities all located within this beautiful parkland!

Planning Your Visit to Papago Park

Papago Park is located just south of downtown Scottsdale at 625 N. Galvin Pkwy in Phoenix. Trail hours are 5 am-11 pm. The ranger office can be contacted at 602-495-5458 with any questions you may have.

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Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain is one of the most recognized area landmarks. With an elevation of 2,700 feet, it is an excellent venue for a hike or climb. In fact, hiking Camelback is considered one of the top 10 things to do in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. There are two main trails/climbs — Cholla and Echo Canyon. Please be advised that these hikes and climbs are not generally considered “easy” or beginner level.

Papago Park

Papago Park is a municipal park that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is plenty to do in this gorgeous park including hiking, fishing and even golfing on the Papago Golf Course.
625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Hole in the Rock

Hole in the Rock is a wonderful destination for those wanting to see a terrific example of Arizona Red Rock. This is a natural geological formation located in Papago Park. This formation is actually a series of openings eroded into a small red stone hill. The openings and main chamber are accessible via a smoothly ascending path that passes behind the hill.

Taliesin West

Taliesin West was the winter home and school of Frank Lloyd Wright from 1937 until his death in 1959. Currently, it is the main campus of The School of Architecture at Taliesin and also houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. It is open to the public for tours, where you’ll be taken through indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as Wright’s private quarters, the gracious “Garden Room”, the drafting room and more.
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale is one of the Southwest’s most vibrant and unique downtown areas. It offers pedestrian-friendly streets lines with world-class galleries, museums, restaurants and shops, plus an exciting nightlife scene.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is the gateway to the Sonoran Desert and has one of the most diverse environments on earth. Located on more than 30,000 acres along the eastern edge of the city, the Preserve offers more than 100 miles of trails with six trailheads. Enjoy an array of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, wildlife and bird watching, and guided rock climbing and off-roading tours. Each trailhead provides expansive views of Pinnacle Peak and the Valley, and the Bajada Nature Trail offers a variety of games and activities for kids of all ages.
18333 N. Thompson Peak Rd, Scottsdale