Phoenix Parks and Gardens

(Phoenix, Arizona - AZ, USA)

Although situated in the middle of the desert, Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun are relatively green and leafy thanks to extensive irrigation. A number of parks and gardens can be found throughout the metropolitan area of Phoenix.

It is only a short drive to the larger and untouched mountain and desert parks on the outskirts of the city, which are extremely popular for hiking, mountain bike riding, horseback riding and whitewater rafting on the Upper Salt River.

Desert Botanical Gardens

Address: 1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona AZ, USA
Tel: +1 480 941 1225
Founded in 1937, the Desert Botanical Gardens are home to the most extensive collection of desert plants in the world. Highlights at the gardens include night-blooming flowers, interactive displays spread along the trails and a myriad of wildflowers.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to 20:00, seasonal variations apply
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors, students and children, children under three free

Papago Park

Address: East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Arizona AZ, 85008, USA
Tel: +1 602 256 3220
Located near the famed botanic gardens, Papago Park in Phoenix is a miniature desert landscape of red rock formations and desert flora, as well as boasting several fishing lagoons and covered picnic shelters.
Open hours: daily - 05:30 to 23:00
Admission: free

Patriots Square Park

Address: Washington Street and Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona AZ, USA
Tel: +1 602 262 4627
Patriots Square Park is a conveniently located park in the heart of downtown Phoenix, complete with a performing arts stage used during various festivals held throughout the year.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Center

This park is located on the slopes of Piestewa Peak, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the area. The Phoenix Mountains Park features a trail to the summit offering sweeping vistas of the Valley of the Sun, while numerous other trails allow hikers to absorb the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

South Mountain Park

Address: 10919 South Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona AZ, 85040, USA
Tel: +1 602 495 0222
South Mountain Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the world and offers numerous hiking trails, spectacular views and lovely valley scenery. The park is particular popular during spring when wildflowers bloom as far as the eye can see.
Open hours: daily - 05:30 to 23:00
Admission: free