Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona is a stones throw away from Phoenix airport. There are a number of activities available including hiking, fishing, running, golf, orienteering mountain biking and sight seeing. Some interesting things to see include George Hunt’s Tomb, the resting place of the first Governor of Arizona. While he was not mummified, George Hunt rests in his very own pyramid that is sat on top of a hill. There’s also a very intriuguing geological feature called the hole in the rock. A huge chamber that is carved out of the sandstone rock where you can sit and peer out in to the surrounding landscape. Pro tip – visit at sunset for the best possible views and photo opportunities.
As far as hiking there are two very easy going trails, which is a great alternative if Camelback Mountain sounds too daunting to tackle. Encanto Park is a lovely oasis nestled among a bustling urban environment, however, Papago Park is a more natural desert landscape which envelops Phoenix.
It’s also worth mentioning that you have the Phoenix Zoo and Botanical Gardens conveniently located beside the park, though both charge admission, they are free for children under the age of 3 at the Botanical Gardens and all children under the age of 2 at the zoo.
General admission is free of charge. However, activities such as golfing and fishing are paying. Parking is free of charge.
The road ways and parking facilities are open from dawn until dusk. The trails can be explored up until 11pm and they are open 7 days a week, 365 days a year.