We absolutely love hiking at Papago Park because of its great location. I mean it couldn’t get any better to have a park with great hiking trails right across the street from the Phoenix Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. This could be a great starting point if you’re putting together an all-day itinerary with your family.
625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA
The north side of Papago Park runs along Mcdowell Road which can get a lot of traffic from time to time. To be honest, the passing cars never really bothered us. We get so caught up into our hiking we just don’t pay attention to the traffic. Plus the awesome views really take your mind away from all that.
Papago Park is just minutes from the 202 Freeway so you can start your day with a nice, easy hike around Papago Mountains, then you can head over to the Phoenix Zoo and check out the Botanical Gardens while you’re there. After all that, you’re probably going to be hungry so why not hit Old Town Scottsdale which is about ten minutes away or jump on the 202 Freeway and head towards downtown Phoenix. There are plenty of restaurants over there as well.
The parking lot at Papago Park can get pretty crowded on the weekends. We had to wait five minutes for someone to leave. You may be able to park across the street at the Phoenix Zoo if you don’t mind the trek to cross Galvin Parkway to make it back to Papago Park.
We hiked 2.3 miles doing the Double Butte Loop and passed by the amphitheater.
The ampitheater at Papago Park is very popular. Every morning you can see lots of people running up and down the steps to get in their morning work out. It’s a great way to work those calf muscles.