Today we went and explored Papago Park in Phoenix.
Our first stop was Hole in the Rock. I can’t believe I’ve lived here a very long time and never been to this spot! It’s rated really high on Trip Advisor. It’s a short trail that isn’t too steep. You come up the behind the hole and then walk through it. It’s pretty cool and there is a great view of Papago Park, Phoenix skyline and Hunt’s Tomb.
Then we drove to Hunt’s Tomb. Again, I can’t believe I hadn’t been up to it before. I’ve seen it tons of times from the zoo and from the road. You drive on back through the park by the fishing lakes and park in a little lot. It’s a short hike up to the Tomb where Arizona’s first governor is buried. He was also elected 7 times as governor. A record! And not all in a row.
Next onto hike the Double Butte Loop in another section of Papago Park. This hike is rated easy and I wasn’t expecting much, but it was a beautiful day and really nice hike. The hike takes you around two of the buttes in the park and by a really cool amphitheater. It’s huge! I’m not sure if it’s ever used, but it’s neat. There are a number of places you can hike right up to the buttes and sit inside them. If you take some of the side trails that go up to the buttes it’s a much harder workout. If you stay on the trail, it stay on the perimeter of the buttes and is pretty flat. Make sure you go up and explore the buttes. Papago Park is a fun place to explore!