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Some of the best memories with your children are made on a family-friendly adventure. Papago Park in Phoenix is such an adventure. With close to 1,700 acres across two mountain ranges, this park offers something for everyone. A must see is the scenic loop drive which takes visitors through beautiful desert scenery and up to panoramic views of metropolitan Phoenix below. Families can spend hours exploring the trails and picnic areas that dot the park or head straight for one of its many attractions: museums, golf courses, lakeside restaurants – all without having to leave home! What more could you ask for?

History of Papago Park in Phoenix

    After Papago Park was acquired by Maricopa County in the 1930s, it became known as Papago County Park. The park’s name has been debated over the years and other names have included Papago Indian Reservation and Papago Playground.

Papago was originally part of an ancient Indian reservation, but became a camp for Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers during World War II. The CCC built Papago Golf Course and Papago Lake to provide recreation for these young men while they served their country. Today, Papago still offers some of the best golfing around as well as leisure activities such as swimming at Papago Pool or boating on Papagoro Lake. You can also enjoy our Desert Living Museum which tells about living off-the-grid with solar power and windmills!

Papago Park Today

    The present-day Papago is a result of multiple renames with Papago being accepted after pressure from citizens to be named for its heritage. In 1991, Phoenix voters approved changing the park’s legal designation back to Papago Park because many people were unaware that “Pap”aga means “father” in O’odham (the language spoken by some Native Americans living on or near the Gila River) while others thought this sounded like an insult toward fathers.

The Papago Golf Course features two 18-hole courses designed by world famous golfer Scott Simpson. One course was designed around the red butte formations

Things to Do in Papago Park

    Papago Park offers a welcome mix of avid hikers, fishing enthusiasts and golfers. Papago is centrally located in Phoenix with easy access to downtown and the airport. In addition Papago has plenty of amenities nearby such as museums, lakeside restaurants – all without having to leave home!

  • Located in a beautiful, soothing natural environment
  • Close proximity to downtown Phoenix and the airport
  • Plenty of variety in outdoor recreation (hiking, fishing, golfing)
  • Wide variety of amenities nearby including Zoo and Botanical Garden

What activities are recommended in Moon Valley Park?

Moon Valley Park offers plenty of different ways to entertain visitors during their stay! Visitors can try out new sports like disc golfing, mountain biking and bike riding along paved pathways throughout the park. Moon Valley Park also offers children’s play areas, a pet area and picnic shelters

The best way to enjoy one of Arizona’s most popular parks is by taking advantage of its diverse activities–biking around Lake Mary Jane while admiring the beautiful scenery will help anyone get their daily dose of exercise. There’s no better feeling than being outdoors amidst nature’s beauty.

The park is home to over 40 acres of trails that offer plenty of options for those who want some time outside without worrying about the weather. 

Moon Valley Park is a great place for family picnics, hiking, and biking. However, you should be aware of the precautions before visiting this park in order to have an enjoyable time. For example, there are many animals that call it home (including coyotes), so make sure to keep your eyes peeled when walking through the woods or if you plan on camping overnight with your friends and family!

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Phoenix, Arizona is blessed to be the home of so many amazing parks.  Here’s a short list of our favorites: 

  • Encanto Park
  • Granada Park
  • Papago Park
  • North Mountain Park
  • Altadena Park
  • Kachina Park
  • El Oso Park

All of these wonderful parks are located just a short distance from our location located at 7319 North 16th Street in Phoenix, Arizona! Stop by for a visit anytime!

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