Hole in the Rock at Papago Park in Phoenix

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Every day, thousands of people whiz by on the Loop 202 freeway between Phoenix and Tempe without knowing they’re about a half mile from a spectacular rock formation, aptly named Hole in the Rock. Geologists say it was carved out by wind over many thousands of years.

Passersby can see what appear to be large rocky “humps” rising up on the horizon. It’s not until you drive into Papago Park, adjacent to Phoenix Zoo, that you see the real beauty of this natural wonder. Hard to believe it’s only ten minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport.

Hole-in-the-Rock Trail is a very short trail wraps around Hole-in-the-Rock Trail. This very popular trail guides users to a large hole in the butte where visitors can look over the Phoenix metropolitan area.20171014_171143.jpg

If you look closely at the big rock on the right in the picture above, you can see what looks like a cave. There’s a hole through the back side and you can climb up into the hole and look out over the city. It’s especially cool at sunset.

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If you don’t want to be just another passerby, treat yourself with a quick trip to Hole in the Rock. You’ll be glad you did.

This map will get you there:

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