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    The largest city park in the United States, South Mountain Park in Phoenix, Arizona, has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride.

    The 16,300-acre park covers much of the Salt River Mountains along with a variety of native desert flora and fauna. Lookout point stands over 1000 feet above the desert floor.

    Park Trails: Beyond the roads leading to ramadas and the summit, the park features 58 miles (93 km) of trails for cycling, hiking and horseback riding.

    The landmark Mystery Castle is located within its foothills.


    Bursera microphylla Elephant Tree
    One of the most notable flora is the Elephant tree, Bursera microphylla, which exhibits multiple contorted trunk architecture. It grows into a distinctive sculptural form, with a trunk resembling that of an elephant. The Elephant Tree is quite rare but is a landmark feature of South Mountain.
    chuckwalla Carrot Tailed Chuckwalla

    With an average of 65 chuckwallas per hectare, South Mountain has the highest density of chuckwallas that has ever been reported. South Mountain Park is home to the only group with the carrot tail feature.
Heard Scout Pueblo BSA

    Heard Scout Pueblo Heard Scout Pueblo - GCC
    Cub Scout Day Camp

    1901 East Dobbins Road, Phoenix, AZ 85042; 602-955-7747;
    Camp Website;
    Phoenix Boy Scouts

    The Heard Scout Pueblo has a wide variety of program areas for you and your Scouts. Activities range from hiking to camping, COPE, swimming, rifle shooting and archery. The adobe style architecture of the entry way is reflected throughout the camp. Remote desert campsites are also available.

    This camp is named for Heard Family, publishers of the Arizona Republic, that donated the land and facilities in the early 1920s.


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