Papago Park is a a municipal park of the cities of Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, Papago Park is notable for its many distinctive geological formations and its wide variety of typical desert plants, including the giant saguaro cactus. The park also features the Desert Botanical Garden, a large zoo (the Phoenix Zoo), picnic areas, several small lakes, hiking trails, bicycle paths, a fire museum, and Hunt's Tomb, the pyramidal tomb of Arizona's first governor, George W. P. Hunt. Tempe Papago Park includes baseball and softball fields, picnic ramadas, a small lake, and other features. Rolling Hills Golf Course is within the park between its Phoenix and Tempe extremities.
Hiking around "hole-in-the-rock" was a blast on this perfect Arizona winter day. All the kids (ages 18 months-10years) were able to hike up to the hole on their own (well, the baby may have had a little help). Once on top, we were all able to enjoy a spectacular view. The older kids hiked up to the top of the rock to be adventurous and we kept the little ones in the hole where they enjoyed sitting in the little crevices and playing king and queen. There were lots of places to hike around the bottom to and little caves and crevices all around that were fun for all of us to explore. We stayed and ate a picnic lunch at one of the many picnic tables. We also fed the ducks at the lake. There are trails if you want to explore further. We did stop by a small Arizona themed playground that was on the nature trail, but didn't actual do the nature trail. I wouldn't recommend going in the summer (because it's outdoors in Arizona) but going on a Saturday afternoon in early February wasn't busy and was perfect weather. It does get cold at the top so if it's a little chilly out you'll want a jacket. Bring a camera! Great photo ops.
Our family loves Papago Park. The desert scenery is gorgeous with red rock buttes and cacti dotting the landscape. The park is home to both the Desert Botanical Gardens and the Phoenix Zoo. Both places are great places to take the kids. There is a fun trail up to Hole in the Rock, a sandstone butte with a large hole in the middle. The climb up is easy and the view is really nice. There are several other trails throughout the park, including one up to this odd pyramid shaped tomb that hold Arizona's first governor. There are also a few little ponds stocked with fish. I highly recommend adding this park to your Phoenix itinerary.