- In southern Phoenix
- City Park-Neighborhood
DescriptionSouth Mountain Park is the world's largest municipal park. This 16,500 acre park encompasses a vast, rugged mountain range that is part of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve system. Its rich and varied history includes use as a Hohokam hunting ground, mining camp and Depression-era work camp.
In 1924, President Coolidge made available 13,000 acres of South Mountain to the city of Phoenix for $17,000. Over the years, the park has increased by 3,500 acres saving the scenic and natural features for the benefit of the entire community, protecting wildlife and natural ecological communities, preserving historic and archaeological sites and providing outdoor recreation opportunities as well as enhancing the community identity of the city of Phoenix.
South Mountain has 58 miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking to enjoy the flora, fauna and panoramic views of the pristine desert. All trails vary in length and difficulty. Trail heads and markers are located throughout the park..