Dobbins Lookout

Phoenix, AZ 85042


Dobbins Lookout is a great place to visit in Phoenix. Located on the North Mountain, it offers views of the city and even some neighboring states! With so many hiking trails, you can explore for hours with friends or family. Make sure to bring plenty of water because it's easy to get dehydrated while hiking all those steps! There are also restrooms available which make stopping for nature breaks easier. If you're looking for a new spot to explore in Phoenix, Dobbins Lookout is perfect!

A Great Hiking Spot in Phoenix

Dobbins Lookout is one of the most recognizable mountains in Phoenix, with a summit that offers an unparalleled view. Perched on its peak lies Dobbins visitor's stop where visitors can take their time to enjoy picturesque views and wildlife from this highest viewing point accessible by trail which gives hikers access to dramatic desert vistas or lush mountain forests below.

  • Breathtaking views
  • Unparalleled mountain experience
  • Free admission

Breathtaking Scenic Overlook of Arizona

Dobbin’s Lookout is an accessible free overlook that provides spectacular overviews of North Central to East Valley areas of metropolitan Phoenix. It features towering Saguaro cacti standing sentry against dramatic sunsets or morning fog on the horizon - perfect for your next Instagram post!

Here's what Dobbins Lookout has to offer:

  • Get a birds-eye view of the Valley
  • Breathtaking views
  • Accessible for all abilities
  • A perfect Instagram spot!
  • Stunning sunsets
  • A wonderful place to see in the dark
  • A great setting for a date night
  • An excellent place for photographers

Fast, Fun and Free

South Mountain Park is a natural wonder that offers an unforgettable experience. There are many different trails to the summit and they all offer breathtaking views of Phoenix, Arizona below. Driving up provides you with just as great of a view for those who don't hike!

Here are some things you should not miss while visiting Dobbins Lookout in Phoenix:

  1. This is Scorpion Gulch - South Mountain is home to the Scorpion Gulch, which includes a cluster of ramshackle stone buildings. One building in particular has an intriguing sign that reads “This Is Scorpion Gulch” and offers truth in advertising for all visitors who see it. William Lunsford opened Scorpion Gulch in 1936 and operated it into the 1960s. You know you’re in Phoenix when the sign says this is Scorpion Gulch! No need to worry about parking, there are plenty of spaces across the street from Scorpion gulch ruins. You can walk around for under a minute before deciding if it's worth your time or not and then head back into South Mountain Park.
  1. South Mountain Park Restrooms - One of the best drives in Arizona is up South Mountain Park. There are clean restrooms when you enter, and it takes about 20 minutes to drive from the park entrance to the summit with at least a few minutes spent exploring along your way back down. All told, you’re looking at less than an hour without having to stop for bathroom breaks!
  2. Dobbins Lookout - Let the kids explore the summit of South Mountain and Dobbins Lookout at their own pace. Start with some short, easy walks that will make them feel a sense of accomplishment without being too challenging for beginners. Then they can advance to more difficult hikes when they are ready!

Historic Structure

Dobbins Lookout is a quaint, historic monument and recreation area for tourists. This was once home to the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s who were put to work by President Franklin D Roosevelt as part of his New Deal program. The 18-23 year olds had no skills yet these young men earned $30 each month in order to give them some dignity back after being left out of society due to unemployment from one side or another throughout this period known as “The Great Depression”.

Dobbins Lookout was named after James C. Dobbins, the chairman of the Phoenix Planning Commission who spearheaded efforts to purchase land that would become Doblin's lookout in 1963, and today is a popular park for residents looking escape from their busy lives with its views over Washington Park South Mountain Reserve.

Observation Tower

At Dobbins Lookout is an octagonal 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.

Dobbins Lookout is the perfect place to enjoy a hike and explore endless trails, scenic views of San Diego's diverse topography, wildlife viewing opportunities as well as some interesting history. Be warned that there are no water sources or shade at this destination so be sure you bring plenty of liquids with you on your journey. There are benches for resting along the way and trash cans where visitors can dispose of their garbage when appropriate too! Dogs are allowed on leashes but parking is limited so carpooling may be necessary if coming in larger groups." Enjoy hiking and have fun exploring all that Dobbins Lookout has to offer!

All of these wonderful attractions are located just a short distance from our offices located at 1447 West Elliot Road #103 in Gilbert! Stop by for a visit anytime!

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With an astonishingly strong sense of community and rich heritage, Gilbert is the perfect place to visit. If you’re looking for somewhere new that can offer great food, live music, and exciting art happenings while still maintaining its small-town charm then this should be your next destination. Come join us in Gilbert Arizona!

  • The Arizona Boardwalk - Home of America's Most Thrilling Ride!
  • Arizona Falls: Nature's Timeless Charm
  • The Rose Garden At MCC
  • Chandler Museum
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona
  • Butterfly Wonderland
  • The Science of Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
  • Desert Breeze Railroad
  • Dobbins Lookout

All of these wonderful attractions are located just a short distance from our offices located at 1447 West Elliot Road #103 in Gilbert! Stop by for a visit anytime!

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