January 2017

Phoenix Mountain Preserve

The Phoenix Mountains Park & Recreation Area was the first of these parks to be preserved & has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride. It includes the following mountains: Piestewa Peak, Camelback Mountain, Papago Park, Lookout Mountain Preserve, North Mountain & Shaw Butte Preserve, Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, & South Mountain is sometimes included in this group. They are small mountains that reach 2,000 feet.

Phoenix, Arizona.

"There's something wonderfully healing in Arizona air."

--Zane Grey, The Call of the Canyon, 1924

In the beginning...

The park system began with Piestewa Mountain & Park North Mountain Park as county parks. Most of the existing municipal park system were acquired in the early 1970s.

My boyfriend enjoying a break & some breath taking views💙

The mountains pictured in this story are from the Dreamy Draw Recreation area. The highest point in this Recreation area is Piestewa Peak at 2,608 feet. Originally, this area was used for mining & grazing, & it did not become a possession of the city of Phoenix until 1959. During this time, the area was annexed & a long-term lease agreement was signed with the state of Arizona.

A beautiful cloudless sky & 75• to hike to.🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻

Dreamy Draw

The name originated from the neurological effects suffered by miners who worked the area's cinnabar (mercury sulfide) mine.

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