Papago Park is one of the most scenic and easily accessible desert areas in the Phoenix metro area. It is located in the heart of the city, where Tempe, Scottsdale and Phoenix meet. Papago Park has 1,200 acres filled with rolling hills, hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, lagoons and attractions. Desert Botanical Garden, the Phoenix Zoo, Arizona Historical Society Museum, Hall of Flame Fire Museum, Rolling Hills Golf Course and Pueblo Grand Museum are all located within the park. Rolling Hills Golf Course is a favorite for both visitors and locals.
Among the famed saguaros and other cactus, don’t miss a quick hike to “Hole in the Rock,” a local favorite spot to watch the sunrise or sunset. Access this trail from the north side of the Phoenix Zoo parking lot. Other trail heads are located near College and Curry and Mill Avenue and Curry.
The desert preserve of Papago Park is a true local treasure located in the middle of Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale. The Park is the perfect place to picnic, hike, mountain bike, rock climb and just enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Within the park are several of the area’s top attractions that are a must-see during any trip to Tempe.
Plan your next vacation with the Tempe Visitor's Guide.