Papago Park

2017 June 13
tags: Arizona · Photography · Travel
by Brent Jones

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Papago Park is a municipal park of the cities of Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, USA. It has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride. It includes Hunt's Tomb, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Papago Park is a hilly desert park covering 1200 acres in its Phoenix extent and 296 acres in its Tempe extent. Tempe refers to its section of the park specifically as Tempe Papago Park.

Papago Park is notable for its many distinctive geological formations and its wide variety of typical desert plants, including the giant saguaro cactus. The park also features the Desert Botanical Garden, a large zoo (the Phoenix Zoo), picnic areas, several small lakes, hiking trails, bicycle paths, a fire museum, and Hunt's Tomb, the pyramidal tomb of Arizona's first governor, George W. P. Hunt. Tempe Papago Park includes baseball and softball fields, picnic ramadas, a small lake, and other features. Rolling Hills Golf Course is within the park between its Phoenix and Tempe extremities.

If you live in Phoenix I am sure you know this park, and you are extremely lucky to have such a beautiful place in your own backyard. So many miles of trails and the wonderful views of the city and surrounding areas, who could not love a place like this. 

If you are so inclined you can hike all the way to the top of the hilltops. I did not see a clear path up, and do not know how much climbing is involved, but I can tell you I did not like the height of it. I did see plenty of people up at the top though, so more power to them. 

I did like this place so much that I ended up going there twice in 2 days just to enjoy it and walk more of it. I highly recommend when you are in the area that you visit this place. 

Hope everyone likes the pictures. 

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