I’ve been staying in Tempe, AZ and finally decided to make the short, five minute drive over to Papago Park in Phoenix. Although Papago is located in the city, you get that true desert park vibe. Papago offers mountain biking, running and hiking trails.
I took a hike along the Double Butte Loop trail, a fairly easy 2.3 mile trail that circles around both Little and Big Butte’s. I made a short climb to the top of Big Butte as well and snapped a few photos. While exploring Papago I also found that the park is home to both the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Gardens. I didn’t have time to explore those two attractions today, but I do plan to return and visit both soon.