The Best City Parks: South Mountain Park, Phoenix, Arizona

I travel a lot for work, mostly to major American cities, and don’t get as much opportunity to get outdoors as I’d like. What are some of the best urban parks for outdoor exercise?

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South Mountain Park via Shutterstock     Photo: Andrew Yahin


Stumble just a couple miles from downtown Phoenix, and you’ll quickly find yourself in a broad, desert mountain preserve. There are ridges to climb, more than 50 miles of trails to conquer by mountain bike or foot, and 15 miles of pavement for road riding.

HIGHLIGHT: Bike the 9.2-mile (one-way) technical, rocky Desert Classic Trail. It’s like riding a roller coaster on fat tires. 

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