5 Great Places to Have a Picnic in Phoenix, AZ

When the weather cooperates, we all love to get outside and explore the world around us. There is nothing more refreshing and soothing to the soul than a picnic in the sun, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Every city in the United States has incredible locations for picnicking. Below are 5 Great Places to Picnic in Phoenix.

Granada Park

Puescana Lake and Pholx Lake cover a large portion of Granada Park. Settling yourself next to them for a picnic offers lovely water views with palm trees and mountains towering in the distance. There are several picnic facilities, a playground, and tennis courts at the park as well. The majority of Granada Park is open land with trees dotted throughout for shade, making nearly every portion of the park a great place to picnic.

Papago Park

One of the largest parks near Phoenix, home to the Phoenix Zoo and Botanical Garden as well as the famous Hole in the Rock Formation. Papago is perfect for hiking and picnicking. Hiking up to the Hole in the Rock Formation can be difficult with the rocks and elevation, but the trails are well-marked and the view at the top is incredible. There are also covered picnic tables near the zoo and the bottom of several hiking trails that offer fantastic views of the Rock Formations throughout the park.

Steele Indian School Park

A well landscaped park with a large pond at the center. The Circle of Life monument, surrounded by three historic buildings from the old Phoenix Indian School, is one of the must-see sights in this park. 24 interpretive columns depict the history of the school and a poem on the water cistern at the center explains the Native American design of the park. Its picnic facilities are beautiful, nestled under ramadas. Overall, the park is stunning and carefully designed, full of rich history and rich nature.  

South Mountain Park and Preserve

A 16,000 acre park with fabulous trails up and down the mountain. And, it you’re looking for stunning views and a mountain top picnic, but don’t want to walk the long trails, there is a drivable road to a lookout with city views. Some of the great places to stop for a picnic and a picture are Dobbins Lookout, Holbert Lookout, and Piedras Grandes Picnic Ground. 

North Mountain Park

The crowning jewels of this park are two summit peaks that offer dramatic views of the city and wild landscape of Arizona for as far as the eye can see. At the bottom of the mountain are picnic tables and along the trails there are several benches to stop for a rest or a bite to eat. Whether you’re at the bottom of the mountain or the summit, the scenery of this park cannot be missed. 

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