Papago Park
Papago Park
4.5
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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This park offers runners both paved and dirt trails.
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  • IndieBajan
    New York City, New York95 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Desert Oasis
    Just a little walk away from Hole in the Rock is Papago Park. A must-see location in the Phoenix area that is free and centrally located in close proximity to other sights like the Desert Botanical Garden and Hole in the Rock. It is a beautiful desert oasis where I saw people fishing, riding bikes, or just relaxing in the comfort of a palm tree. There is a bathroom and a water fountain by the parking area close to Hole in the Rock but I would recommend bringing your own bottled water. A beautiful location to spend a few hours relaxing or participating in an activity.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, Massachusetts38,590 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning red rocks and no crowds
    Papago Park offers several easy and moderate hikes, which are clearly signposted and not difficult to follow. You really cannot get lost there even if you want to. The park is a short walk from the Hole in the Rock and Phoenix Zoo parking lot. We had done part of the the Fitness Loop and the Little Butte Loop; the latter surprised us with unexpected challenges on the descent only because we deviated from the path and climbed all the way up the steep hill. Nothing too difficult, but do descend with caution. The views are simply stunning; especially on a bright sunny day.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 January 2024
  • Don Hummer Jr
    Dublin, Ohio1,077 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short Brisk Walk with Fun Sights
    I was working in Tempe for the week and wanted to get a hike in before I headed to the airport so went to Papago Park. While here, I checked out the Hole in the Rock which was pretty much in the same parking lot, walked across the street and did a few trails around the water oasis. Nothing too crazy or long hikes but still it was fun to walk around and enjoy nature. I did see a roadrunner which was fun.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 March 2024
  • Jane P
    Region of Waterloo, Canada488 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike & terrific bird watching. Free.
    The hike up to the Hole in the Rock is a bit challenging - especially at the very top. Beautiful park. We spent some time bird watching at the ponds - saw many species. Free and worth a visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 March 2024
  • Michele J
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views and short hike!
    My husband and I went to the Hole in the Rock. It was a climb but it was a very doable one because it winds around. We were so pleased we did this. We are both over 60. After we descended we walked over to another hill and climbed that. The views are great. There are also a number of other trails in the park to enjoy. Highly recommend!!!!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 March 2024
  • Th3HappyTraveler
    Reynoldsburg, Ohio313 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views for minimal effort
    Decided to stop here for a quick look before checking into our AirBnB after arriving in Phoenix. It’s close to the airport and next to the Phoenix Zoo. It reminds me of an oasis in the desert. Small desert animal-themed playground and short nature trail for those unable to climb to Hole In The Rock. Or just watch the waterfowl on the pond—very tranquil. Only the trail to the “Hole” was busy on a weekday AM.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 March 2024
  • W4835TAsandral
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Popago Park in Phoenix
    This is a great place to go for a short hike. It is scenic and right next to the botanical gardens, with a good location in Phoenix. Our trip was perfect as February is not too hot in Arizona; summer months may be a little trying so bring water. There are also picnic tables available.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 May 2024
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Alyssa S
Phoenix, AZ4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great park with lots of trail and beautiful scenery, IDK why but there is plenty police patrol in there ATV when I'm there
Written 6 June 2024
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W4835TAsandral
runsl@yahoo.com30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is a great place to go for a short hike. It is scenic and right next to the botanical gardens, with a good location in Phoenix. Our trip was perfect as February is not too hot in Arizona; summer months may be a little trying so bring water. There are also picnic tables available.
Written 14 May 2024
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benbarton31875
Ramsey, MN35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
First time in AZ and wanted to hike. This place came highly recommended and did not disappoint. Great options from easy to difficult.
Written 20 April 2024
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Heidi G
Moses Lake, WA167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Love this park. I’ve visited it a few times. Pretty fish pond, walking trails, lots of parking and great place for sunset view.
Written 30 March 2024
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Th3HappyTraveler
Reynoldsburg, OH313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Decided to stop here for a quick look before checking into our AirBnB after arriving in Phoenix. It’s close to the airport and next to the Phoenix Zoo. It reminds me of an oasis in the desert. Small desert animal-themed playground and short nature trail for those unable to climb to Hole In The Rock. Or just watch the waterfowl on the pond—very tranquil. Only the trail to the “Hole” was busy on a weekday AM.
Written 8 March 2024
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Michele J
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
My husband and I went to the Hole in the Rock. It was a climb but it was a very doable one because it winds around. We were so pleased we did this. We are both over 60. After we descended we walked over to another hill and climbed that. The views are great. There are also a number of other trails in the park to enjoy. Highly recommend!!!!
Written 7 March 2024
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Jane P
Region of Waterloo, Canada488 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The hike up to the Hole in the Rock is a bit challenging - especially at the very top. Beautiful park. We spent some time bird watching at the ponds - saw many species. Free and worth a visit.
Written 3 March 2024
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Don Hummer Jr
Dublin, OH1,077 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I was working in Tempe for the week and wanted to get a hike in before I headed to the airport so went to Papago Park. While here, I checked out the Hole in the Rock which was pretty much in the same parking lot, walked across the street and did a few trails around the water oasis. Nothing too crazy or long hikes but still it was fun to walk around and enjoy nature. I did see a roadrunner which was fun.
Written 3 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,590 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Papago Park offers several easy and moderate hikes, which are clearly signposted and not difficult to follow. You really cannot get lost there even if you want to.

The park is a short walk from the Hole in the Rock and Phoenix Zoo parking lot. We had done part of the the Fitness Loop and the Little Butte Loop; the latter surprised us with unexpected challenges on the descent only because we deviated from the path and climbed all the way up the steep hill. Nothing too difficult, but do descend with caution. The views are simply stunning; especially on a bright sunny day.
Written 7 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

IndieBajan
New York City, NY95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Just a little walk away from Hole in the Rock is Papago Park. A must-see location in the Phoenix area that is free and centrally located in close proximity to other sights like the Desert Botanical Garden and Hole in the Rock. It is a beautiful desert oasis where I saw people fishing, riding bikes, or just relaxing in the comfort of a palm tree. There is a bathroom and a water fountain by the parking area close to Hole in the Rock but I would recommend bringing your own bottled water. A beautiful location to spend a few hours relaxing or participating in an activity.
Written 25 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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