Meet the Neighbors: Things to do at South Mountain

Posted on 14 Feb, 2019

Between the abundance of hiking trails at the South Mountain Park and the myriad of cool spots Downtown, there’s also plenty going on in Avance’s South Mountain neighborhood.

From weekend adventures for the whole family to getting the perfect biking gear, you can find a wide range of activities, great food and more without straying far from home. Explore our list below to find out all the area has to offer.

Activities in South Mountain

SMEEC (South Mountain Environmental Education Center)

A perfect destination for a family outing (and dream location for private events), this is where you’ll learn everything about the fascinating flora, animals and history of South Mountain.

Address: 10409 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85042
Phone: (623) 334-7880
Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays 9 am – 2 pm; Fridays – Sundays 9am – 6pm. Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.

Ponderosa/South Mountain Stables

Giddy up and enjoy South Mountain views from the saddle of your equine companion. All experience levels are welcome and can look forward to guided trail horseback rides, wagon rides or cookout rides—all while learning everything about South Mountain, cowboy life and more.

Address: 10215 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85042
Phone: (602) 268-1261
Hours: Open daily, 7 am – 6 pm.

Mystery Castle

Take a trip inside this real-life fairy tale castle in the foothills of South Mountain Park. Built in the 1930s, it boasts 18 rooms filled with southwestern antiques, a touching story and secrets to discover.

Address: 800 E. Mineral Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85042
Hours: Tours available from October through May: Thursdays – Sundays, 11 am – 3:30 pm. Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 – 12.

Rappel Arizona 

Why hike down a mountain when you can choose the path of adrenaline? Rappel Arizona offers privately guided half-day packages for rappelling, zip-lining and climbing. Team bonding included.

Address: 1901 E. Dobbins Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85042
Hours: By appointment.
Phone: (866)222-4703

Raven Golf Club

A true oasis in the desert. This par-72, 7,078-yard championship layout comes with spectacular surroundings, tees suited for golfers of all ages and experience levels, award-winning PGA teaching professionals, and first-class dining, too.

Address: 3636 E. Baseline Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85042
Phone: (602) 243-3636
Hours: Open daily, 6 am – 6 pm.

Circle K Park

THE place to be if you enjoy sports that are not about conquering mountains.
Circle K Park offers lighted courts, fields and grounds for a wide array of sports and activities, including: basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, handball, racquetball, picnics and more.

Address: 1346 E. South Mountain Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85042
Phone: (602) 262-6111
Hours: Open daily, 5:30 am – 10 pm.

The Spokes at South Mountain Bike Shop

Right here at South Mountain, cyclists will find a bicycle store that offers everything from bike parts to small or big repairs—and legendary friendliness to boot.

Address: 3220 E. Baseline Rd. #116, Phoenix, AZ  85042
Hours: Mondays – Saturdays, 10 am – 6 pm. Closed on Sundays.
Phone: (602) 437-5874
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Restaurants in South Mountain

Los Dos Molinos

Get into the fiesta spirit at this Mexican restaurant with eye-catching decoration, spicy dishes and tasty-cool margarita pitchers.

Address: 8646 S. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042
Phone: (602) 243-9113
Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays 11 am – 9 pm. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

T-Bone Steakhouse

Enjoy an authentic casual western dining experience with flavorful dishes—and a side of sweeping valley scenery.

Address: 10037 S. 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85041
Phone: (602) 276-0945
Hours: Open daily, 5 am – 11 pm.

The Farm at South Mountain

At this true desert gem, you can enjoy farm-to-table breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, fresh produce, a taste of real farm life and much more—all in one magical place.

Address: 6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85042
Phone: (602) 276-6360
Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 8 am – 3 pm & 5 pm – 8 pm; Sundays, 8 am – 3 pm; Mondays, 10 am – 3 pm.