Hike-in Required
No
ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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Dobbins Lookout is one of the best views over Phoenix, especially at sunset, and it's easy to get to when it is open. Located on Summit Road in South Mountain Park, you can drive here between 5am - 7pm most days. This makes it a decent outdoorsy activity even when temperatures are far too hot to hike. You can stay safe in the air conditioning of your car for most of the time. Hiking or biking to Dobbins Lookout is an even more rewarding option if the weather is tolerable. Take Holbert Trail either from the bottom of the mountain or as a spur from National Trail.

A little bit of shade is provided at the lookout within the stone lookout building. This historic structure was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. It was part of the city's initiative to purchase South Mountain from the federal government and turn it into a public recreation area. South Mountain Park is now the largest municipal park by area anywhere in the world.

Also at Dobbins Lookout is a watchtower platform with a plaque underfoot that points out landmarks. From here you can clearly see downtown Phoenix and surrounding cities, McDowell Mountains, Piestewa Peak, Camelback Mountain, and the Superstitions.

There is limited shade at the lookout and no water available. There are toilets, benches, and trash cans. Parking is limited so carpool to get here if possible. Dogs are allowed on leashes.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Amazing views. Sunsets. Scenic drive. Easy access.

Cons

Often crowded. Little shade.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

Big vistas
ADA accessible

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Superstition Mountains Area, Mesa, Arizona

Comments

01/04/2022
This is 100 percent not true. You cannot drive up whenever you feel like. There are set hours from 5am-7pm that you are able to access the road up. Otherwise there is a gate telling you to turn around and come back during open hours. Please correct this! I had to find out the hard way that you were incorrect but please spare others the disappointment. Also, might want to actually do research before you post an article of this nature. At night, this is a dark and confusing place for non locals and why people have to call park rangers for rescue.
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