Hole in the Rock Trail

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Papago Park

Hole in the Rock Trail is a 0.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.3 miles Elevation Gain: 32 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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scramble
2 days ago

A short hike to hole in the Rock. On the top, a good view of Downtown Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale and Chandler.

hiking
3 days ago

Extremely easy, quick, and fun. A great place for pictures and a fun little thing to do if you’re not looking for a real hike. There’s also a lot to see in the park making it a fun afternoon activity.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful Views and perfect for pictures :)

hiking
5 days ago

Great for kids! Limited shade, great views

8 days ago

A very short uphill hike with amazing views! It is so worth it and my younger kids had fun climbing on the rock structure.

hiking
9 days ago

Nice short hike especially for a beginner trying to get in shape.

hiking
10 days ago

Easy walk with great views!

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike w lots of shade !

hiking
15 days ago

Too crowded. Beautiful, but crowded.

hiking
no shade
15 days ago

Very crowded.

rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very popular spot for sunset, so it can be crowded. Very short, easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Provides a nice view. It’s basically just a semi-steep walk up to the rock hole, so this would be nice for a family or getting some cool photos. This whole general area was enjoyable for trail running! I ran around by all the water, hills, and various paths.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Went as a family with a 5 and 8 year old and they had a ball. Park rangers were stationed to help people stay spread out and support social distancing. Flowers were in bloom giving some pretty scenery along the way. Plenty of parking, too.

hiking
2 months ago

Super easy and great place to watch the sun rise or set!

hiking
2 months ago

Super easy, a little crowded, but great view for a sunset!

walking
2 months ago

Super kid-friendly; short and easy hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Great spot to catch sunset. If you want more true hiking, there are lots of trails in Papago to explore. I run through here often and it is beautiful! Do know that it will be busy around sunset, so maybe get there a little early.

hiking
2 months ago

We loved this big rock to climb around on. We visited during quarantine and although there were many people up near the hole we found lots of space for our large family to climb around on we’ll away from others. It was one of my kids favorite things to do in Arizona.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

This is a very easy 15min hike up to an interesting overlook. A great place to watch the sunset.

hiking
2 months ago

Eh. More like a trudge up a steep hill to an over-crowded Instagram Post look-out, ha. Couldn't take a decent pic because there were so many people there. Couldn't enjoy the view because of all the people in such close quarters, and all the kids running around and yelling.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy kid friendly climb

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice and easy hike. I’m cautious from an ACL surgery this year and it was a great hike for me!

hiking
2 months ago

An enjoyable outing. Don't be like me and fight for parking at the Phoenix Zoo (unless you just want more of a walk). There seemed to be plenty of parking at the actual trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

There were tons of people of all ages so it’s pretty accessible to walk up the rocks to the hole for a view. There is no clear pathway as to where you should and shouldn’t go here. There appear to be other trails around the rock but the primary draw is the short walk up to look out over the city. Anyway, we went on a Monday evening and it was full of families, photographers, and even off-roading remote control car fans. It gave me a little anxiety watching some people climbing on top of the rock. No one died but I hope if I come here again I can avoid the crowds. The view was nice.

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike but great view!!!

3 months ago

I wouldn’t consider this a hike, more of a lookout viewpoint. Very crowded, but interesting to see.

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