South Mountain Park and Preserve in Phoenix, AZ is comprised of astounding averages. At more than 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park is one of the biggest municipally-managed parks in the nation. The preserve has over 50 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking and is accessible from many different locations, offering some of the most-highly trafficked trails in Phoenix.
You can walk the ridgeline or the valley to find incredible views of sunrises, sunsets, and the Arizona mountain ranges on the horizon. For the lucky trail-goer, you may even see coyotes, rattlesnakes, and desert rabbits among the landscape. For those tourists and locals who want to get unobstructed panoramic views of the valley, you can reach many different peaks within the boundaries of the park.
A visit to the park will cost you nothing and garbage cans at the trailheads prevent litter from tarnishing the desert routes. Dogs are allowed on some of the trails but it is advised that you check prior to your visit and come prepared to clean up after your pet. For those looking for parking, lots can be found at the trailheads and on designated streets. You will see lots of people on these trails but it will never feel too crowded. It is hard at times to determine where the park ends because of the vast acreage. With the park being the desert, the landscape and recreation possibilities are endless.
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