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Papago Buttes - Papago Park, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Multi-Loop 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,327 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 - 2 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4.5
Backpack No
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Feb, Mar → Any
Seasons   Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  7:32am - 5:45pm
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Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden
0.4 mi away
2.0 mi
50 ft
Papago Park Walking Path
Papago Park Walking Path
0.5 mi away
3.1 mi
136 ft
Hole in the Rock - Papago Park
0.6 mi away
0.1 mi
71 ft
Tomb Trail
Tomb Trail
0.9 mi away
0.2 mi
50 ft
Pueblo Grande
Pueblo Grande
2.0 mi away
0.7 mi
30 ft
Tempe Town Lake
2.2 mi away
Hayden Butte Summit (HBP)
Hayden Butte Summit (HBP)
2.5 mi away
0.3 mi
291 ft
Scottsdale Greenbelt
3.4 mi away
Camelback Summit - Cholla TH
Camelback Summit - Cholla TH
3.5 mi away
2.7 mi
1,340 ft
Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon TH
Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon TH
4.2 mi away
2.3 mi
1,300 ft
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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.

    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.

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    Paved - Car Okay

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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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