Papago Park

Papago Park

The Eliot Ramada Loop Trail is one of several trails in Papago Park. The flat 2.7 mile trail circles the Papago Golf Course. This golf course designed by William Bell, best known for Torrey Pines, opened in 1963 and was redesigned in 1977 by Jack Snyder. During World War II Camp Papago was a German prisoner of war facility with 5 compounds, 4 for enlisted men and 1 for officers. In December 1944, 25 prisoners escaped only to learn that there was no water in the river on their map. In addition to the municipal golf course, the nearby Phoenix Municipal Stadium, home of the Oakland A’s, hosted a game with the Los Angels Angels. The Phoenix Zoo is east of Papago Park. The Desert Botanical Garden shares space north of the zoo. The Chihuly “Desert Towers” distinguishes the entrance to the Garden. This weekend they are holding their popular Plant Sale Festival which offers trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, cacti, and agaves for sale. A saguaro, however, costs $1,000.

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