West Papago Park Loop Trail

Phoenix, Arizona

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The unusual pink sandstone buttes in Papago Park have always caught the fancy of visitors and area residents, making the park’s history as colorful as its trademark geologic oddities. A thousand years ago, the Hohokam used the park’s most distinctive landmark, Hole-in-the-Rock, to mark solstices and equinoxes. In the nineteenth century, the federal government used the area as a temporary reservation for the Maricopa and Pima tribes. The area was designated a national monument in 1914 (Congress revoked monument status in 1932). During WWII, the park was still well outside Phoenix city limits, so the military erected a German prisoner-of-war camp on site; some of those buildings remain in use at the Phoenix Zoo.

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"The unusual pink sandstone buttes in Papago Park have always caught the fancy of visitors and area residents, making the park’s history as colorful as its trademark geologic oddities. A thousand years ago, the Hohokam used the park’s most distinctive landmark, Hole-in-the-Rock, to mark solstices and equinoxes.

In the nineteenth century, the federal government used the area as a temporary reservation for the Maricopa and Pima tribes. The area was designated a national monument in 1914 (Congress revoked monument status in 1932). During WWII, the park was still well outside Phoenix city limits, so the military erected a German prisoner-of-war camp on site; some of those buildings remain in use at the Phoenix Zoo."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Phoenix
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 77 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best October through April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,250 feet
Top Elevation: 1,347 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Papago Park
Local Maps: Tempe USGS Map
Driving Directions: Directions to West Papago Park Loop Trail

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