Tours and Events

Interpretive Tours

Pinnacle Peak Tours

TOURS WILL START BACK UP IN NOVEMBER. 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.




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


  • Contact Pinnacle Peak Park at 480-312-0990 for more information.  
  • 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


  • 6:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13
  • 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13
  • 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12
  • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11
  • 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12

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

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. NASA Solar System Ambassador Mark Johnston will highlight that evening's visible objects, including planets, multiple star systems, globular clusters and nebulae through a high end refractor telescope, while providing a running commentary and fielding questions from the group.

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.

Pinnacle Peak Astronomy


Upcoming Dates


  • 7:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6
  • 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4
  • 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2
  • 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16
  • 5:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20
  • 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28

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 

TOURS WILL START BACK UP IN NOVEMBER. Free Guided Nature tours offered every 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 resume next Spring.

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 or Sundays.


  • Saturday, Oct. 19 Phoenix Herpetological Society
  • Sunday, Nov. 3 Liberty Wildlife
  • Saturday, Nov. 23 Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

Native American Flute

Pat Rickard will play her original compositions on the Native American Flute in the ramada from 10 a.m. - Noon. Currently, no flute programs are scheduled.

Desert Food Demos

Alice Demetra will have various demonstrations of native plants being used for food, medicinal purposes, and more in the ramada from 10 a.m. - Noon on the following days.


  • Saturday, Nov. 30 Saguaro Demo
  • Sunday, Dec. 29 Native Foods Demo

Blacksmithing Demonstration

Paul Dief, local blacksmith and rock climber will demonstrate the ancient art of blacksmithing. He will be heating iron to 2,000 degrees and then forming it with a hammer. Get answers to all your blacksmithing questions. How do you make a nail? What is the difference between wrought iron and steel? What is the link between blacksmithing and rock climbing? And much more!


  • No programs scheduled currently.

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

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.

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