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.

 

 

Schedule

  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Days Offered: 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.  
  • 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

2019

  • 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

2019

  • 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

Jingle Hike to Santa

Registration will begin on Monday, Oct. 8, 2019.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
Location: Pinnacle Peak Park
Time slots: 9 - 9:30 a.m., 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., 10 - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: FREE
To register all your family members: Call 480-312-0990

There is an eight-person limit to how many family members can attend.

This year, the Friends of Pinnacle Peak Park will be hosting the annual Jingle Hike which will be held on Dec. 7. All ages are welcomed to enjoy a ho-ho-ho hike and a trail side visit with the jolly old guy himself at Pinnacle Peak Park. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult who will also be on the trail with them. The hike is a self-paced 1 mile round trip and the trail is steep in several sections so little legs may need extra time. There are no strollers or bikes allowed. A fun holiday craft activity, face painters and a commemorative patch will be provided at the trail head for the children. This is a FREE event but you must pre-register to attend. For more information and to register please call the park at 480-312-0990.

Nature Walks and Tours at Pinnacle Peak 

Tours are currently suspended for the Summer and will resume 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.

2019

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

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.

2019

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

2019

  • No programs scheduled currently.
Blacksmithing

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.

Need Help?

480-312-3111

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