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Hole in the Rock
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Hole in the Rock which includes desert views
Explore a geological phenomenon that has been millions of years in the making. While here, enjoy unbeatable views of Phoenix.

On a small sandstone hill in Papago Park is a distinctive geological formation known as the Hole in the Rock. This intriguing red mound is 6 to 15 million years old. Visit this incredible natural site, learn about its history and enjoy the view.

Notice the number of large holes in the rock. These are natural openings called tafoni and were most likely caused by the erosive action of water. Historians believe that the Hohokam, the prehistoric people of the Sonoran Desert, used the rock formation as a calendar. They are thought to have marked changing seasons by tracking the movement of sunlight on the floor as it passed through the holes.

Hike up to the rock via one of the paths. It only takes a few minutes, but be careful because it is quite steep and the rock underfoot is crumbly in places. One of the easiest routes is via the manmade steps on the eastern side of the hill. Between June and September, it is best to make this trek early in the morning to avoid the summer heat.

Once you are at the top, climb within the main chamber inside the rock where you will easily be able to stand at full height. Take advantage of the elevation to admire views of the park. In the distance, you can see western Phoenix and the mountains that tower above the city.

The Hole in the Rock is located on the east side of Papago Park, close to the main entrance. Just follow the signs. The 1,500-acre (600-hectare) park is approximately 7 miles (11 kilometres) east of downtown Phoenix. There is no public transportation access but on-site car parking is free. 

Papago Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and is free to enter. Explore the rest of the park during your visit. Catch trout in the Fishing Lagoon, make use of the picnic facilities and hike other interesting trails. While you are in Phoenix, enjoy more of its attractions, including the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden.

Explore a geological phenomenon that has been millions of years in the making. While here, enjoy unbeatable views of Phoenix.

On a small sandstone hill in Papago Park is a distinctive geological formation known as the Hole in the Rock. This intriguing red mound is 6 to 15 million years old. Visit this incredible natural site, learn about its history and enjoy the view.

Notice the number of large holes in the rock. These are natural openings called tafoni and were most likely caused by the erosive action of water. Historians believe that the Hohokam, the prehistoric people of the Sonoran Desert, used the rock formation as a calendar. They are thought to have marked changing seasons by tracking the movement of sunlight on the floor as it passed through the holes.

Hike up to the rock via one of the paths. It only takes a few minutes, but be careful because it is quite steep and the rock underfoot is crumbly in places. One of the easiest routes is via the manmade steps on the eastern side of the hill. Between June and September, it is best to make this trek early in the morning to avoid the summer heat.

Once you are at the top, climb within the main chamber inside the rock where you will easily be able to stand at full height. Take advantage of the elevation to admire views of the park. In the distance, you can see western Phoenix and the mountains that tower above the city.

The Hole in the Rock is located on the east side of Papago Park, close to the main entrance. Just follow the signs. The 1,500-acre (600-hectare) park is approximately 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of downtown Phoenix. There is no public transportation access but on-site car parking is free.

Papago Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and is free to enter. Explore the rest of the park during your visit. Catch trout in the Fishing Lagoon, make use of the picnic facilities and hike other interesting trails. While you are in Phoenix, enjoy more of its attractions, including the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden.

6386 Cheap Hotels Near Hole in the Rock

Papago Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
Papago Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
7017 E Mcdowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is NZ$94 per night from 4 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Located in South Scottsdale, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Desert Botanical Garden, Old Town and Phoenix Zoo. Scottsdale Fashion Square and Scottsdale ...
4.2/5Excellent! (958 reviews)
"Such a nice place, staff was friendly and the bar was freaking rad!!!"

Reviewed on 25 May 2021

Papago Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
Free cancellation
The price is NZ$98 per night from 12 Jul. to 12 Jul.
Located in South Scottsdale, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Big Surf, Desert Botanical Garden and Scottsdale Stadium. Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical ...
3.9/5Good! (2,878 reviews)
"Front desk was friendly (Rosalev?), pool was great. Clean and comfortable although a little small"

Reviewed on 16 Jun. 2021

3 Palms
Just Stay at Blue Skies AT Sunrise - Pool, Spa, Putt Putt & Fire PIT
Just Stay at Blue Skies AT Sunrise - Pool, Spa, Putt Putt & Fire PIT
6614 E Moreland St, Scottsdale, AZ
Located in South Scottsdale, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Desert Botanical Garden, Old Town and Phoenix Zoo. Tempe Town Lake and Scottsdale ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Breath of fresh air!!!!
"What a darling and SUPER COMFORTABLE house that is in the perfect location to EVERYTHING you want to do! Grocery store 3 miles away. We WALKED to the Botanical Center. ( a must see) WALKED to start our hike one day! Beds were soooo very comfortable. Grilled hamburgers at the outdoor kitchen! Drank ..."

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

Just Stay at Blue Skies AT Sunrise - Pool, Spa, Putt Putt & Fire PIT
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Papago Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
Papago Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
7017 E Mcdowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is NZ$94 per night from 4 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Papago Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is NZ$98 per night from 12 Jul. to 12 Jul.
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Just Stay at Blue Skies AT Sunrise - Pool, Spa, Putt Putt & Fire PIT
Just Stay at Blue Skies AT Sunrise - Pool, Spa, Putt Putt & Fire PIT
6614 E Moreland St, Scottsdale, AZ
Just Stay at Blue Skies AT Sunrise - Pool, Spa, Putt Putt & Fire PIT
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Kid-friendly Getaway in the Heart of Scottsdale
6626 E Belleview St, Scottsdale, AZ
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Central & Contemporary Getaway W/ Backyard Oasis 4 Bedroom Home
Central & Contemporary Getaway W/ Backyard Oasis 4 Bedroom Home
3.5 out of 5
6720 E Moreland St, Scottsdale, AZ
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331 E Continental Dr, Tempe, AZ
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Modern 3-bed 2-bath w/ Pool - Right Between Old Town Scottsdale & Tempe
Modern 3-bed 2-bath w/ Pool - Right Between Old Town Scottsdale & Tempe
351 E Beatryce St, Tempe, AZ
Modern 3-bed 2-bath w/ Pool - Right Between Old Town Scottsdale & Tempe
The Mckinley II 3br2ba II Pool II Fire pit
The Mckinley II 3br2ba II Pool II Fire pit
428 E McKinley St, Tempe, AZ
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