Interior of SMEEC before the grand opening in January of 2016


Our Visitor Center provides a climate-controlled space for a quick rest or a good conversation about adventures ahead. Our gift shop is stocked with all your basic outdoor recreational needs including trail maps, sunblock, water bottles and more. Learn more.


Let us help you plan your adventure in South Mountain Park. Our friendly staff can recommend a trail to suit your time and skills. Looking for a grab-and-go fun? Check out one of our Adventure Packs and make the most of your visit. Get started.

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At SMEEC we offer a variety of affordable educational programs for children, families, adults and school groups of all sizes and sorts. Explore the fascinating world of South Mountain Park and the Sonoran Desert through science investigations, hands-on activities, art, nature play and so much more – you can even spend the night at SMEEC. Our programs for schools are aligned with Arizona K – 12 Academic Standards and all of our programs are inclusive for anyone with a desire to have fun and learn in nature. Learn more.