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 Phoenix - Central
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Difficulty 0.5    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,300 feet
Elevation Gain 50 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.25
Course Muli-Loop Hike
OhOh7
Descriptions 15
Routes 2
Photos 1,591
Trips 81 map ( 435 miles )
Age 78
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
paulshikleejr
Descriptions 17
Routes 70
Photos 458
Trips 337 map (1,195 Miles)
Age 49
Location Scottsdale, AZ
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7  2014-05-17 Crzy4AZ
44  2014-03-20
 Chihuly in the Garden
 FLYING_FLIVER
40  2014-03-19 New2hyk
12  2014-01-30 trekkin gecko
27  2013-10-24 Outdoor Lover
4  2013-07-06 Crzy4AZ
15  2013-03-13 nahimana222
21  2013-03-13 nahimana222
8  2012-09-01 Rob del Desierto
13  2012-08-30 jochal
37  2012-04-27 nahimana222
33  2012-04-15 jochal
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Backpack - No
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Dogs not allowed
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Water
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
0.4  Papago Buttes - Papago Park
0.5  Tomb Trail
1.9  Tempe Town Lake
2.1  Hayden Butte Summit (HBP)
2.2  Pueblo Grande
3.3  Scottsdale Greenbelt
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Fauna
     Abert's Towhee
     Anna's Hummingbird
     Black-chinned Hummingbird
     Cactus Wren
     Cardinal
     Common Buckeye Butterfly
   Common Kingsnake - California
     Common side-blotched lizard
     Costa's Hummingbird
     Curve-billed Thrasher
     Desert Cottontail
     Desert Spiny Lizard
     Desert Tortoise
     European Starling
     Flame Skimmer
     Flower Crab Spider
     Gambel's Quail
   Giant Swallowtail Butterfly
     Gila Woodpecker
   Great Southern White Butterfly
     Greater Roadrunner
     Harris Antelope Squirrel
     Honey Bee
     House Finch
     Julia Heliconian Butterfly
     Lesser Goldfinch
     Monarch butterfly
     Mourning Dove
     Northern Mockingbird
     Painted Lady Butterfly
     Pipevine Swallowtail
     Queen Butterfly
     Round-Tailed Ground Squirrel
     Spicebush swallowtail
     Sweat Bee
   Unidentified Frog
     Verdin
     White Peacock
     White-winged Dove
     Yarrow's Spiny Lizard
     Zebra Heliconian Butterfly
Space
Flora
     African Daisy
     Agave varietals
     Banana Yucca
   Bishop's Cap, Bishops' Hood
     Blanketflower
     Cardon
     Chain Fruit Cholla
     Claret Cup Cactus
     Dune Primrose
   Euphorbia
     Fairy Duster
     Fleabane
     Gilled Mushrooms
     Mexican Gold Poppy
 Mountain laurel
     Organ Pipe Cactus
     Parry's Penstemon
     Penstemon
     Pincushion Cactus
     Saguaro - Crested
     Yellow Columbine
     Yerba Mansa
Space

Lush and amazing
by OhOh7 & paulshikleejr

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A beautiful surprise awaits anyone who visits the Desert Botanical Garden located just east of downtown Phoenix where Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix come together. After visiting the nearby Phoenix Zoo recently I became aware of this 145 acres of desert plants just up the road from the zoo and part of the Papago Park. We spent almost 4 hours there and all I can say is that I am very, very impressed with the presentation of every possible type of desert flower and plant that exists. Hundreds of desert plants are here; many that are endangered and, as photos show, many that are quite distinct and interesting looking.

At the admission gate you are given a very detailed trail map. There is a main trail that winds its way through the center of the garden and then there are 8 sub trails that one can take off of the main brick pathway. Each of the sub trails features special interest plants like herb gardens, flowers, cactus and succulents.

Although the trails are only about 2 miles for all of them, you must take your time to really inspect the many interesting plants. Of course there are lots of little lizards and butterflies and hummingbirds. I was told by a groundskeeper that they seldom see a rattlesnake because there are a number of King snakes on the property and they see to it that the rattlers are kept away. I guess they know their job!

We were extremely impressed with the upkeep and condition of the garden that show a great deal of care. While similar to the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum near the town of Superior, this beautiful area is basically right in the middle of a city. The trail network is not quite as long but the plant selection is excellent. Other than a constant stream of planes taking off and landing at Sky Harbor Airport, there is lots of quiet. At times you feel you are really in a desert oasis.

We think this entire display is very tastefully done and top quality. Every plant has a little sign telling what it is and it's botanical name. We noticed lots of school groups touring. Don't miss this great desert display. I am so used to the rocky trails in the Superstitions that I approached this with just mild interest until I got there. Now I am sorry I did not come here before. There is an entrance fee for adults. Very worthwhile!

2010-08-08 paulshikleejr
The Garden comprises five main loops (narrative text from official DBG literature, distance and AEG from GPS track):

Desert Discovery Loop Trail: 0.36 mile, 21 AEG
Follow the brick path: take the Garden's main trail and learn the unique characteristics of desert plants from around the world. The loop trail features outstanding displays and exhibits including the Sybil B. Harrington Cactus and Succulent Galleries and the Berlin Agave Yucca Forest. Along the way, explore the great diversity of form, texture and color found in this wondrous array of cacti and succulents from around the world.

Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert Loop Trail: 0.41 mile, 26 AEG
Discover how Sonoran Desert plants have been used for food, fiber, medicine and other cultural purposes. Pound mesquite beans into flour and step inside a traditional Akimel O'odham Roundhouse. Closed at sunset.

Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail: 0.24 mile, 29 AEG
Change your point of view on this trail which features dramatic vistas of distant mountains and up-close views of the surrounding desert. A variety of fascinating exhibits focus on both the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert. Closed at sunset.

Steele Herb Garden: 0.12 mile, 7 AEG
Become familiar with a variety of desert-adapted herbs. Highlights include: A Wildlife Garden, Picante Garden, Tea and Culinary Garden, and a Medicinal Garden. Closed at sunset.

Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail: 0.41 mile, 15 AEG
On this trail, you will see how wildflowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies (and people, too). Discover the beauty, color and diversity of wildflowers in North American deserts, and how they play a role in the desert's ecosystem. Closed at sunset.

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Directions Preferred Months Jan Feb Mar Apr
Water / Source:Plenty of options
Preferred Start9 AM Cell Phone SignalYes Sunrise5:39am Sunset7:28pm
Road / VehiclePaved - Car Okay
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Directions
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To hike
From the south off freeway 202, north on Priest drive that changes into Galvin Parkway as it enters Papago Park. From the north take McDowell and turn south on Galvin Parkway. There are many sign and the zoo and garden are at the base of the Papago buttes visible from all angles in Phoenix. Also see map.
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