The North Mountain Visitor Center gives guests an up-close-and-personal tour of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and the plants and animals that make up the beautiful area surrounding the center.

The all-volunteer operated center is located at 12950 N. 7th St. in Phoenix. Visitors can explore the Exhibit Hall, which offers interpretive information on the preservation of the Phoenix Mountains, local geology, archaeology, Sonoran Desert plants and animals, the cycle of the Arizona sun, and likenesses of a Gila monster, a coyote, and a javelina.

The Phoenix Mountains preserve system is rich with history. There are centuries-old Hohokam petroglyphs, evidence of turn of the century campgrounds and abandoned mines. A series of trails adjacent to the center mean that desert exploration is just a hiking step away.

Coffee House Saturdays have returned on the third Saturday of each month. Residents can stop by between 9 and 11 a.m. to enjoy local musicians who donate their time and talent, and free coffee and treats.

The center is a good stop for those planning a hike. Experienced volunteers can assist with finding the right trail for your skill and interest level. Admission is free.

The North Mountain Visitor Center is currently open from 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Thursdays, and most Saturdays. All other days, the center is open 8–10 a.m.

For additional information, call 602-343-5125 or visit



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