The Hole in the Rock is a famous free attraction in Phoenix's Papago Park. It features a short hiking trail up to a rock hole that offers a great see-through view of PHX.
The hike is a short walk from the parking lot and usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes to climb. The path offers some steep sections and a few areas with steps, but if you take your time, it's pretty easy to get to the top.
It is open from 5 am to 7 pm every day all year round.
The hike up to Hole in the Rock is on one of the most famous trails in the Phoenix metro area. The reason it's so famous is that it offers great views and it's a short, easy hike to the hole.
Even though I say it's an easy hike, it is technically considered moderate as you need to hike up a couple of short, steep sections on the trail. You will also need to climb onto the rock with the hole in it in order to see the view of PHX.
The first third of a mile on this easy trail part is mostly flat and easy to manage. However, the further you hike, the harder the trail becomes due to the steep angle and the slippery, rocky areas.
The final approach to the rock offers some steps, but they are a little uneven and not your standard step size. They are easy if you have a good balance and pay special attention to your footing.
It will probably only take you about 10-15 minutes to get up to the Hole and back down using this trail. Overall, it is a pretty short hike and a quick trip.
We recommend waiting to visit if it is raining or the path is wet, as this trail can be slippery. Luckily, that almost never happens in the Valley of the Sun.
According to the City of Phoenix website, which ranks all paths, this one rates as a "blue path." This means that it has elevation changes, some uneven surfaces, and about 8 inches or less of obstacles or ruts.
Attempting the path in a wheelchair or stroller is not recommended. It would be very challenging, and you may want to avoid it.
The park is dog friendly! However, all dogs MUST always be kept on a leash.
The trailhead is easy to access from the large parking lot in front of it.
The best part is that this Phoenix attraction is FREE!
It is open from 5 am to 7 pm every day all year long.
In our experience, the best time to visit and the busiest is on the weekends between 5 pm and 7 pm. During the week, it's often busy from mid-afternoon until the gate closes at 7 pm.
If you want to avoid crowds, we recommend you head over early mornings or afternoons during the weekdays. You’ll get to see the sunrise with a few people around.
The least crowded times to visit on the weekends are late mornings and early afternoons. Some other hikers are usually around, but it isn't too crowded.
Tuesday and Wednesday are the least busy nights, so you can be sure to get the best evening pictures.
For late spring, summer, and early fall, we suggest wearing shorts and a T-shirt. As for winter, it’s probably best to wear pants, a long-sleeved shirt, or a hoodie.
Whichever season you plan to visit, always remember to bring enough water!
The Hole in the Rock is very close to the Phoenix Zoo. There is parking nearby, and it is usually easy to find a spot. Parking is free!
Public Transportation is another option for visiting the Hole. Since both the zoo and the Hole are closely located, the city has made it easy to get to both.
Here are the best options:
There are several other attractions near the Hole in the Rock. Aram and I have made a list of some of them: