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Interpretive Tours

Pinnacle Peak Tours

Discover the Sonoran Desert! Participants will learn interesting facts about the park flora and fauna, Hohokam history, and park geology while hiking to the Grandview Lookout area, where the tour ends.

Be prepared to hike portions of steep, rocky trail at a leisurely pace with many stops along the way. Wear comfortable outdoor clothing, hiking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and carry plenty of water.

 

 

Schedule

  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Days Offered: Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from November - March
  • Duration: Two hours
  • Distance Covered: Approximately 1.5 miles
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate

Information

  • Contact Pinnacle Peak Park at 480-312-0990 for more information.  Tours will resume in November 2017.
  • No Registration required
  • Tour is limited to 20 participants
Tours are not offered during inclement weather, holidays or holiday weekends. 

Full Moon Hikes

Join staff and volunteers on a guided walk to the Grandview area as the moon rises. This cool evening hike will include a starlight night and chance to be in the park after hours. Program duration is approximately one and a half hours and 1.5 mile of moderate hiking. No fee but registration is required.

Upcoming Dates

2017

  • 5:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3
  • 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3

2018

  • 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31
  • 6:45 p.m. Thursday, March 1
  • 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 31
  • 7:15 p.m. Sunday, April 29
  • 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 29
  • 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 28
  • 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24
  • 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24
  • 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22

Registration & Information

  • Contact Pinnacle Peak Park at 480-312-0990 to register or for more information.
  • Registration is required
  • Registration will begin one week prior to the date
Moonlight hikes are canceled if rainy or overcast conditions exist. Call the afternoon of the event to reconfirm.

Astronomy Evenings

Pinnacle Peak Astronomy

Participants aged 8 and older are invited to enjoy a beautiful desert evening under the stars and learn about some of the objects visible in the night sky. A short talk explaining the solar system and galaxy is followed by observing the moon, several planets, multiple star systems, globular clusters and nebulae through a celestron telescope.

Beginners are welcome as the explanations will be kept at a novice level. No hiking is required. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and a small penlight flashlight. Program duration is approximately one and a half hours.

Upcoming Dates

2017

  • 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18
  • 5:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15

2018

  • 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6
  • 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20
  • 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9
  • 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 16
  • 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 4
  • 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 18
  • 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15
  • 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6
  • 6:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2
  • 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7
  • 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29

Registration & Information

  • Contact Pinnacle Peak Park at 480-312-0990 to register or for more information.
  • Registration is required
  • Registration will begin two weeks prior to the date
  • Everyone must be 8 years or older
Astronomy Evenings are canceled if rainy or overcast conditions exist. Call the afternoon of the event to reconfirm.

Special Events and Exhibits

Nature Walks and Tours at Pinnacle Peak 

Free Guided Nature tours offered every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, November thru March beginning at 10 a.m. Come prepared to walk the trail at a leisurely pace for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, to our Grandview Overlook, a round-trip distance of about 1.5 miles. No reservations needed, as tours are done on a drop-in basis!

Geology Tour

Join us on a journey through over a billion years of geologic time as we examine the forces of the earth that created the rocks and landforms of Pinnacle Peak and the surrounding area of the Sonoran Desert. We will be taking a close look at some spectacular geologic features in the rocks at the park, as well as looking out and observing the geology of the surrounding land.

Bring water and a snack, wear a hat and sturdy shoes. We will be hiking the trail which includes uneven terrain and an elevation gain of approximately 300 feet to the Grandview Overlook, returning the same way. This tour will be making several stops along the way, so please allow 2 hours for this activity. The round-trip distance is approximately 1.5 miles.

Tours are on a drop-in basis and free. Geology tours will start back up in the fall.

Wildlife Programs

During the cooler season, Pinnacle Peak Park will host partnering organizations in the trailhead ramada – no hiking is required. Wildlife programs are ongoing throughout the allotted time period.  Guests of all ages are welcome. These free presentations will be offered from 10 a.m. - Noon, Saturdays, on the following dates:

  • Oct. 28th, 2017 - Phoenix Herpetological Society
  • Nov. 11th, 2017 - Liberty Wildlife
  • Dec. 9th, 2017 - Southwest Wildlife
  • Jan. 13th, 2018 - Liberty Wildlife
  • Feb. 3rd, 2018 - Liberty Wildlife
  • Feb. 17th, 2017 - Southwest Wildlife
  • March 3rd, 2018 - Southwest Wildlife
  • March 24th, 2018 - Phoenix Herpetological Society
  • May 5th, 2018 - Phoenix Herpetological Society

Native American Flute

Pat Rickard will play her original compositions on the Native American Flute in the ramada from 10 a.m. - Noon on the following Saturdays:

  • Oct. 14th, 2017
  • April 7th, 2018

Game and Fish Wildlife Presentations

These free talks are held in the ramada beginning at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required and begins 2 weeks prior to the activity. Call 480-312-0990  to register or for more information.

No presentations are currently scheduled.

Park Information

Pinnacle Peak Park
26802 N. 102nd Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
P: 480-312-0990

Yvonne Massman 
Natural Resources Coordinator
P: 480-312-7901
ymassman@ScottsdaleAZ.gov

Map
Trail Map (PDF)

Hours (PDF)

NOTE: The evening trail closure routine begins on the west end of the park one hour prior to the posted closing time. If you are not at the end of the trail one hour prior to closing, you will need to turn around when you meet the trail rangers.