Papago Park in Arizona

The oddly shaped buttes of Papago Park are easily recognized natural landmarks within central Arizona. The park preserves a small piece of the Sonoran Desert within the urban metropolis that is Phoenix, Arizona and its suburbs. The land is shared between two cities with most of Papago Park located in southeastern Phoenix and the remaining 20 percent spilling into northern Tempe. The landscape is filled with a collection of distinctive red sandstone buttes that formed between 15 to 6 million years ago. The surface of the buttes are marked by a number of crevices and holes that formed from weathering […]

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Piestewa Peak in Phoenix, Arizona: Part 2, The Hike to the Summit

In my previous article on Piestewa Peak, “Part 1, The Name Controversy,” I discussed the heated debates surrounding this Phoenix landmark as it went from the early name of “Squaw Tit Peak,” to simply Squaw Peak, and finally to Piestewa Peak in 2003. In this second part I’ll be discussing the hike to the summit of the peak, the third tallest point in Phoenix. Hiking the Peak Piestewa Peak is one of my favorite day hikes in the Phoenix area and is often one of my go-to hikes when I don’t have anything else planned. It’s less intense than Camelback […]

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