Drive through one of largest parks in the United States that covers a staggering 16,500 acres (6677.3131 hectares). With many ... More
South Mountain Park
Drive through one of largest parks in the United States that covers a staggering 16,500 acres (6677.3131 hectares). With many lookout points, South Mountain Park, offers fantastic views of Phoenix and the surrounding valley. Summit Lookout is at 2,330 feet (710.18 meters) and highlights the enormity of this sprawling desert area. For visitors, the Interpretive Center takes you through the heritage of the area including mining and botanical history. If you prefer an experience out of the car, hike by the marked trails and study the preserved petroglyphs. Carry lunch and enjoy the park's picnic areas with kids in tow. Remember your sunscreen, hat and drinking water when visiting Arizona's best park.
I live in Phoenix and take my motorcycle to ride South moutian alot! The views are amazing the sunset over the mountians behind the city lights is breathtaking. The road is in good shape and fun to ride. But they close the gates at 7pm which is rediculious! In the summer you have to sit and wait what seems like forever for the sun to set. They need to extend summer hours!
I'm a student from NZ visiting my girlfriend who lives in Phoenix, I was here 6 months ago and had asked about the big red lights on top of the hill. This time around we decided to head straight for them and see what we can see. The results of which was this park. We visited three view points while there, two looking to the east over the city and the third looking north west giving a view of the sunset behind the mountains. All provided quite stunning views. Beware that despite its enormity the park is very popular so if your plan is to shoot up and watch the sunset don't be disappointed it's a little congested. Have a little patience and you will be rewarded. Make sure you hang around untill after the night falls and phoenix lights up. So if your ever looking to kill a night, grab a pizza with someone you love and head towards the big red lights.
There are also extensive walking tracks which i will review when done.
I was born and raised in Arizona . my family and I have good family gathering memories celebrating birthday partys and just hanging out there
for a family cook out. Arizona will always be #1 . I moved to kansas 19 yr's ago and i have many regreats there is no place like home.
Arizona I plan to move back soon.
You can truly appreciate the beauty that God has put before us. It is a place of security and solitude. If you go to Phoenix and you dont go to South Mountain.. you are missing out on one of God's beautiful tapestries.
I grew up in Phoenix, living there until my mid-thirties, and can remember the many times I drove with family and friends up to the top. The view of the Valley at night is spectacular and not to be missed. Enjoy!
My lovely brother who died this last November/07, used to take me up this incredible mountain. We would ride in his Jeep Wrangler, and go up the twist and turns of the mountain. Higher and higher, and then when you get to the top, the view is so wonderful. And not only that there is a cool old fort up there, that people sit in, and look out at the gorgeous view. This place is so special that I am taking some of my brothers ashes and releasing them up there.
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