Dobbins Lookout: The Phoenix View You Can Drive To! Free things to do with kids in Phoenix!

Get a panoramic view of Phoenix—no hike needed!—at Dobbins Lookout!

We love to explore Phoenix, and Dobbins Lookout at South Mountain Park is a great find: it’s fast, fun, and free! South Mountain Park has tons of hiking trails to the summit but my favorite thing about this daytrip destination is that you can drive up to an amazing view of Phoenix! 

Get a great view of Phoenix you can drive to! Dobbins Lookout at South Mountain Park, Phoenix AZ! Free fun in Phoenix - Things to do with kids in Phoenix - family travel AZ
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I drive past hills crawling with humans every weekend so hiking must be the Arizona state pastime, but this California girl does not understand why anyone would willingly walk through rattlesnake country when there’s a perfectly good paved road you can drive up to reach the same summit.

If you’re a chicken like I am, or if you have kids who because of smallness or whininess may not make it to the top on a real hike, just fill your water bottles and jump into the car—the air-conditioned car—and drive up to a great view of Phoenix!

Location: South Mountain Park is about 13 miles south of downtown Phoenix. 10919 S Central Ave., Phoenix (click for Google map)

Price: Free entrance to South Mountain Park; free parking.

Hours: 5am-7pm daily (South Mountain Park entrance gate hours; trails close at 11pm.)

  • Very important: Don’t try to visit South Mountain Park on a Silent Sunday! Roads are closed to vehicles so you’ll have to [gulp] hike.

Silent Sundays for 2016:

January 24
February 28
March 20 (third Sunday due to Easter)
April 24
May 22
June 26
July 24
August 28
September 25
October 23
November 27
December 18 (third Sunday due to Christmas)

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