Sentinel Peak Park

1001 S. Sentinel Peak Road • Tucson AZ 85745

Park Hours
Monday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Park Amenities Park Map (PDF)
Historic Site  

Park Amenities

Trails Picnic Tables (2) No Restrooms
Paved Walking Path Shade Ramadas (2)  
Interpretive Displays Ramada (1)  

Sentinel Peak Road

Every day, hundreds of residents and visitors walk, bike, and drive on Sentinel Peak Road - which climbs and encircles Sentinel Peak Park (also known as 'A' Mountain). The City of Tucson launched a survey to better understand how and when our community uses the park. 

Gates for the park road are currently open from Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The City is looking to gauge the public’s interest in creating car-free times or days where access to the road is restricted to pedestrian and bike traffic.   

Public Survey

The City of Tucson developed a survey to hear from community members on issues related to Sentinel Peak Park. The survey was available online from March 2019 to May 2019, in both English and Spanish. In April 2019, volunteers conducted in-person intercept surveys on Sentinel Peak, to ensure that people using the park had a chance to weigh-in. Over 2,900 people took the survey. 

Read the draft Sentinel Peak Community Survey Summary

Sept. 17, 2019 - The Mayor and Tucson City Council this week voted to approve a six month Sentinel Peak Park ("A Mountain") Road Safety Pilot Program that will expand pedestrian and bicycle access while still maintaining vehicular access for the community. Beginning on Veterans Day, Nov.11, Mondays will become vehicle-free days, meaning cars and trucks will not be allowed, and the vehicular gate will remain closed. On Tuesdays-Sundays, vehicular gate access hours will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The decision by Mayor and Council follows significant community discussions, outreach, and data collection facilitated by City officials and City staff working with neighborhood and community groups who have voiced concerns about traffic safety and user behavior at the landmark. City officials will actively monitor the pilot through its completion, collecting additional data from users and neighbors, and return to Mayor and Council with a report and recommendations sometime next spring.

Please submit any comments you would like to share with the City of Tucson below, as they pertain to the survey results and other projects going on at Sentinel Peak Park.

 

 

Historic Site

Below this 2,900-foot peak, the Santa Cruz valley was farmed by the Hohokam Indians as early as 800 AD.  When the Spaniards arrived in the 17th century, the Hohokam had vanished and settlements of Piman people dotted the valley.  One settlement called "Schuk-Shon," meaning "at the foot of the black mountain," was pronounced "Tucson" by the Spaniards.  The hill was a lookout for these early Indian and Spanish settlers, who lived in fear of hostile raiders.  The white washed stone "A" was constructed by University of Arizona students in 1915.