What is Silent Sunday?

Cyclists, runners, walkers, and equestrian users can now call the roads of South Mountain Park their own one Sunday of each month. During Silent Sundays, the park’s main access roadways are closed to motor vehicles, reserving them for the entire day (5 a.m. to 7 p.m.) for non-motorized uses. Vehicle parking is available near the main entrance at the South Mountain Environmental Education Center, which is within close proximity to several trails. Our Center often features special community activities on these days, as well.

Silent Sundays are typically the fourth Sunday of each month. If a holiday falls on the fourth Sunday of a month, Silent Sunday will be held on the third Sunday of that month.

For upcoming Silent Sunday Dates visit the City of Phoenix website.


What is the relationship between Arizona Center for Nature Conservation and the City of Phoenix South Mountain Park/Preserve?

As a non-profit charitable organization, Arizona Center for Nature Conservation advances the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world. Reopening the South Mountain Environmental Education Center in partnership with the City of Phoenix in 2016 has broadened our scope and audience for meeting this mission.


What is the relationship with the Phoenix Zoo?

The Phoenix Zoo is the first site of Arizona Center for Nature Conservation, and shares its resources with the South Mountain location.


Are there live animals at South Mountain Environmental Education Center?

Our natural surroundings in the South Mountain Preserve are filled with many live creatures, but none are trained or on exhibit, and most don’t want to be seen, so you have to quietly watch for them while visiting and hope to spy one!


Can I reserve a picnic area through SMEEC?

There is a small, 4 table picnic area behind our Center that can be reserved for a fee by contacting the ACNC events team. Picnic areas in the Activity Complex and Little and Big Ramadas can be reserved through the City of Phoenix. All other picnic areas are considered ‘first come, first served’.