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Papago Buttes - Papago Park, AZ

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Distance Multi-Loop 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,327 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 - 2 hour
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Author mttgilbert
author avatar Guides 5
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Trips 240 map ( 1,752 miles )
Age 38 Male Gender
Location Denver, CO
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Seasons   Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:15am - 6:26pm
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by mttgilbert

This park is mostly for mountain biking, though it gets some equine use also. I use the park as a proving-ground for new backpacks, boots, etc... The park stretches from the north side of Tempe Town Lake all the way to the Phoenix Zoo. From the zoo you can also get to the Papago Buttes trails. There are so many trails cut through this area that you need not worry about losing your way. Eventually all these trails find their way to the zoo or to the actual park at the southern part of the range. These trails are heavily used, especially on weekends, and are easy to find and follow. There are facilities (bathrooms and drinking fountains) at the southern end of the park and at the zoo.


There are various difficulty levels of trails available; it all depends on how hard you want to work. Even though this area is in the middle of the city there are still a number of wild-life viewing opportunities. If you are out early in the morning, close to sunset, or any time few people are around, you can see coyotes, jackrabbits, ground squirrels, and a variety of plant life along the trails.

This trail system is a nice connector between some of the other various parks in the area. The Scottsdale Greenbelt Park and Papago Park are connected by the trails around Tempe Town Lake. You can also get to Camelback from Papago via the canal that cuts through Papago. Aside from the Zoo, there are also the botanical gardens just up north and east of the zoo, also accessible from Papago. This is a good hiking (or mountain biking) area for short inner-city jaunts down the trail or for getting into shape for those longer, more difficult hikes.

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2003-06-02 mttgilbert
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent of 60 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Papago Buttes - Papago Park
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    easy hike around papago
    was kinda bummed to find my loop fenced off near the golf course, which they are expanding
    oh well, i've beat that loop to death lately, time for some elevation gain
    hit both buttes after backtracking from the fence
    note to self: no more chorizo


    Papago Buttes - Papago Park
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    late day at work
    went out my gate into papago park
    did the walking path and circled both buttes
    hit the amphitheater steps a half dozen times
    hard to get any elevation gain in the park
    a beautiful afternoon just to be outside :)
    Papago Buttes - Papago Park
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    Wanting to change it up, I passed on Camelback tonight and went over to Papago. Parked over by the mini amphitheater and headed southwest around the northern butte. Great views of Phoenix and Tempe at sunset here. Headed over to the south butte and climbed up to the top. Quite an angle at some points but it was pretty easy to get up there. With a good viewpoint, I tried to scout a route up the higher northern butte. I made my way back down and headed back across the valley over to the north butte. Climbed up to a spot in between the ridges and thought I found a good route up to the top top, but the angle was too vertical and I decided to find another way. After searching the north side, I still could not find a way up to the true top. Still had a great time exploring this area.
    Papago Buttes - Papago Park
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    after work, early game and a nap, just went out into papago
    walking path, both buttes, three times up the amphitheatre steps
    lots of people in the park
    enjoyed one more 80 degree afternoon
    Nebraska 28 Maryland 7 :y:
    Papago Buttes - Papago Park
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    sick all weekend, even called in this morning :stretch:
    thought i would stick to papago park this morning, just in case
    figure 8 around the buttes, up the amphitheater steps half a dozen times
    a surprising number of people on the trails
    tomorrow a real hike
    Papago Buttes - Papago Park
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    afternoon trail run in papago park
    took my phone so i could have route scout track mileage
    usually bill these out at ten minute miles
    nice to learn i was going a little faster than that
    i have a small nathan pack (nathansports.com/ge ... -pak) for phone, keys, license that i use for shorter hikes
    seemed to be fine for running, too
    nice to know the mileage on random routes
    Papago Buttes - Papago Park
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    Phoenix Day Trip
    4am departure from Safford to Phoenix.
    Started the day with Lookout Mountain Summit - Short & sweet with a great early morning view from the top.
    Then a drive over to Papago Park - Tomb Trail, Hole in the Rock & a walk up to Desert Botanical Garden. It was free admission day, but way too many people crowding in so we skipped the garden and headed back to Papago for a walk around the park.
    Next up was a drive out to Tempe - Parked and walked up & down Mill Ave stopping at Starbucks for a quick energy boost before climbing up Hayden Butte. We then ended with a walk across Mill Ave bridge and down along Tempe Town Lake.
    Last stop of the day was dinner at Nando's Mexican Cafe (A+) in Gilbert before the drive back home.
    Pulled back into Safford just before 8pm ending a very enjoyable day trip!
    :D
    Papago Buttes - Papago Park
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    nice morning in papago park with my mom :)
    half on the easy trails, half on the park road
    off to one of our favorite days, breakfast at the brass rail and an afternoon at turf paradise with my brother
    :y:
    Papago Buttes - Papago Park
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    Went out for a couple runs around the park with Cider. Around the golf course and then the main buttes a couple times, and then just sorta tooling around on some other hills and such nearby. Still getting used to the bike. It was a bit hot in the middle of the day, but around 5:30/6 it started to get nice. I foresee this being a nice after-work activity in a couple weeks here.
    Papago Buttes - Papago Park
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    parked at college and curry, and hiked around Papago park both south and north of curry
    south is trashy
    the group campsite was taken ;)
    north was better
    mostly wandered around on some of the trails and hit some high points
    nice afternoon

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    From Chandler/Awatukee/South Tempe: Priest(56th St) north runs right through the park!

    The Red Mountain Freeway (202) in Tempe:

    Travel north on Scottsdale Rd to Curry Rd.
    Turn left (west) on Curry Rd.
    The Parking area for Papago is on the left (south) side of Curry Rd.
    (for those comming from Phoenix, Curry road turns into Washington at the Phx/Tempe border
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