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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
Accumulated Gain 100 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 - 2 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4.5
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Trips 240 map ( 1,752 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Denver, CO
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Sun  6:55am - 6:25pm
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by mttgilbert

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Papago 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 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 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 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 several wildlife 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 various plant life along the trails.

This trail system is a helpful connector between some of the other various parks in the area. The trails around Tempe Town Lake connect the Scottsdale Greenbelt Park and Papago Park. 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. Papago is a good hiking (or mountain biking) area for short inner-city jaunts down the trail or getting into shape for those longer, more challenging 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.

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    Paved - Car Okay

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    From Chandler/Ahwatukee/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 coming from Phoenix, Curry road turns into Washington at the Phx/Tempe border

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