South Mountain Park
10919 S. Central Ave.
Park Hours of operation:
5 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Trails will remain open until 11 p.m.
South Mountain webpage for general information on the
At over 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park/Preserve often is
referred to as the largest municipal park in the country. It
boasts 51 miles of primary trails for horseback riding, hiking and
mountain biking for all ability levels.
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Beginning April 5, 2010, all gated roadways
and trailhead parking areas will operate under new hours -- 5 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Though gated parking areas, including restrooms and ramadas, will close at 7 p.m., the trails
remain open until 11 p.m.
Mount Suppoa (not accessible to
the public) reaches 2,690 feet. Dobbins
Lookout, at 2,330 feet, is the highest point in the
park accessible by trail.
The history of South
Mountain Park/Preserve as a city of Phoenix park dates back to 1924.
Prominent local citizens, with the help of Sen. Carl Hayden, bought
13,000 acres from the federal government for $17,000. In 1935 the
National Park Service developed a master plan for the park with
riding and hiking trails, picnic areas and overlooks, all in rustic
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built many
of the facilities in the park, based on this master plan. Visitation
at the park has gone from 3,000 a month in 1924 to three million a
year today. Photos and artifacts at the South Mountain Environmental
Education Center give a glimpse into the early history of the park
and the CCC's construction work.
Silent Sunday returns each month in 2010!! Starting at 5 a.m.
the park's roadways will be reserved for non-motorized use.
- BIG RAMADA
Tables 8, Grills 7
platform, Water faucet
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 150
- LITTLE RAMADA
Tables 4, Grills 4
Available Parking 30
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 80
- LAS LOMITAS
*Closed until further notice
Please contact 602-495-5458 for more
First Come First Served Ramadas
- RAMADAS # 1-9
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 30-60 each
- RAMADA # 10
Available Parking: 10
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 25-30
Mountain Park Ramada Guidelines
- Reservations can also be made at any City of Phoenix
Community Center or district office. For questions contact
Natural Resources Division District Office at 602-495-5458,
Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm.
- Only one reservation per day between 8am and 6pm, per ramada
allowed. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Beer permits are only allowed with a ramada reservation.
They cannot be sold separately for the parks and preserves. A
beer permit is required for consumption of beer at the ramadas.
Hard liquor or glass containers are not permitted in any city
park. Permit holder must be present. Beer permits are
- No amplified music/sound (PA Systems, music, microphones,
etc) is permitted in the mountain preserve ramadas.
- No bounce houses are allowed in the parks and preserves.
- The permit and a responsible party (18 years of age or
older) must be on-site when the ramada is being used. The permit
holder will leave the ramada in a clean and neat condition. The
total reserved time includes any time needed by the permittee
for set up and cleans up.
- Ramada Reservations are not allowed more than 6 months out
and only 3 reservations in a 3 month period are allowed per
person or group. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance.
- Special events such as runs, walks, etc. must be coordinated
with the individual Park Supervisors.
- Some ramadas are first come, first serve and do not require
a reservation. (Please refer to the area to the left - middle
section for information). Parks containing ramadas not listed
are not available for reservation and are first come first
- Maximum capacity guidelines for each area will be strictly
- Ramadas are not reservable on Easter but are first come,
- Parks and ramadas are closed on Memorial Day, Independence
Day and Labor Day holidays. No reservations or park visitors are
allowed that day.
- Smoking is not allowed outside of vehicles.
- Observe fire and grilling restrictions during Fire Ban
- No dunk tanks, piņatas, confetti or inflatables are allowed
in mountain parks.
- Ramadas can be decorated, however the use of tape, nails or
staples are prohibited.
- Catering is permitted at reservable ramadas, however the
caterers must be made aware that all that is brought in must be
removed. No dumping of waste or trash is allowed in the parks
and preserves. Food must be prepared off site as there are no
- Only parking lots may be used for loading an unloading.
Vehicles may not be driven or parked on turf areas, sidewalks,
service driveways, or emergency zones. Parking lots may not be
used as serving areas from catering vehicles. Unloaded trailers
must park in the remote parking lots. Parking is limited and not
guaranteed for ramada reservations.
- Some ramadas may have electrical outlets and water, however
electricity and water are not guaranteed.
- Domestic animal owners must comply with the park rules and