South Mountain Park, Phoenix

Directions: Just 4 miles south of Downtown Phoenix right down Central Avenue into South Mountain Park.  Go past the entry gate (FREE and OPEN 5AM to 10PM) and there are multiple access points to the rolling Equestrian (Horse) trails at the foot of the mountain.  An Equestrian trail map is available at the gate, at the Ranger office down the main road, or from Rangers all around the park in their City of Phoenix vehicles.  Don't waste time going up the mountain in your car like everyone else (unless you really want a mountain view of the city).  The very runnable trails are in the little foothills at the bottom.

Trail Information: Maintained and well-marked desert Equestrian trails, dusty with some rocks and loose sand, look out for some manure, rolling topography up and down short hills and in and out of arroyos (dry creek beds).  There are multiple restrooms (clean) and drinking fountains available year round right off the trails.

Miscellaneous Information
: You will get dusty, very dusty.  And if you want very COLD water you will need to carry your own.  This place is wonderful--God's perfect desert running track.  Coyotes, foxes, jackrabbits, and little lizards are seen DAILY.

Mark Voss