Most People Have No Idea Arizona Has A Lost National Park… And It’s Stunning

Papago Park is well-known for its unique red sandstone buttes, its hiking opportunities, and its proximity to three major cities in the Phoenix-metropolitan area. But did you also know that its 1,200 acres were once known as Papago-Saguaro National Monument? Yes, national monument. Most people today don’t realize that key word was removed from the park’s name back in 1930 or that it was the first of many national parks and monuments to lose their national status for a multitude of reasons. So, let’s take a look at why this area received then lost its national status.

Location: Papago Park is located at 625 North Galvin Parkway in Phoenix.

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