An EASY HIKE with other opportunities…. This will depend on you.
We will walk about 3 miles over very level red desert and around the exotic red buttes in Papago Park. We will walk the circumference of two buttes. …Meanwhile, adventurous among us will choose to climb one or more of the buttes along the way. There will be several photo opportunities and resting stops… but this can be a very easy hike.
We will meet at the parking lot immediately west of the Phoenix Zoo.
Reach it by turning west off of Galvin Parkway just north of Van Buren Rd.
We will meet at the covered staging area next to the trailhead and next to the handicap parking spots.
This walk is dog and kid friendly…. Always carry water in the desert.
Here are photos from our previous trips:
Here are some links to information about the park and its geology:
full tilt .. re Papago Buttes
breakdown … erosion of local landforms
With its otherworldly sandstone buttes, Papago Park has graced the city of Phoenix park system since 1959. Papago trails are generally easy treks with little elevation gain making it a great place for a family hike
The history of Papago Park begins back in 1879 with the area being designated as an Indian reservation for the Maricopa and Pima tribes. The park today covers 1,200 acres and has numerous picnic sites with ramadas, tables, grills, water and electricity. The park also contains fishing lagoons and bike paths as well as a zoo, a botanical garden, fire museum and a golf course.
The red rock (iron oxide-hematite) of Papago Park was formed six to 15 million years ago. The Papago Buttes are a sedimentary formation. The holes, called tafoni, were formed by water breaking up the minerals in the rock.
Throughout the park, a thin veneer of sand and rock overlie a bedrock landform, with some areas worn away to reveal the outcropping of bedrock.
Following the walk, we will meet up again for lunch at Papago Brewing Co. nearby at McDowell Rd and Scottsdale Rd:
Go here for menu and info…
7107 East McDowell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257