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Papago Park, Phoenix/Tempe

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Orange-red
sandstone geological rock formations like Hole-in-the-Rock have been a fixture
of this 1,200-acre park for millennia. The Desert Botanical Garden, a more
recent addition, nurtures cacti, succulents, and other desert plants—amid a
rotating collection of modern art that has ranged from steel sculptures by
Ludvic to a 17-piece glass installation by Dale Chihuly. The park is also home
to the Phoenix Zoo, which opened a new exhibit for its orangutan family in
April 2011.

Coolest Time to Visit: Sunset, when the sandstone buttes
take on a deeper, more fantastic color. Arrive before 7 p.m., when entrances
close (trails remain open until 11 p.m.). While the
city skyline is visible from Hole-in-the-Rock, the most sweeping views are from
South Mountain. Don’t forget your camera!

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Papago Park, Phoenix/Tempe

Orange-red
sandstone geological rock formations like Hole-in-the-Rock have been a fixture
of this 1,200-acre park for millennia. The Desert Botanical Garden, a more
recent addition, nurtures cacti, succulents, and other desert plants—amid a
rotating collection of modern art that has ranged from steel sculptures by
Ludvic to a 17-piece glass installation by Dale Chihuly. The park is also home
to the Phoenix Zoo, which opened a new exhibit for its orangutan family in
April 2011.

Coolest Time to Visit: Sunset, when the sandstone buttes
take on a deeper, more fantastic color. Arrive before 7 p.m., when entrances
close (trails remain open until 11 p.m.). While the
city skyline is visible from Hole-in-the-Rock, the most sweeping views are from
South Mountain. Don’t forget your camera!

Courtesy of Papago Park

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