Want to get a bird’s eye view of Phoenix? You don’t need an airplane; just take a drive up to Dobbins Lookout on South Mountain. http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM275Q At 2330’ elevation the lookout looms over the valley. There is a metal plaque mounted up on a stone platform with arrows pointing to all the natural features like Superstition Mountain, Camelback and Four peaks to name a few. You can see the high rise downtown area, Sun Devil Stadium, Chase Field, Sky Harbor International airport and even the Arizona Cardinals stadium way out west in Glendale.
This is a great place to take first time valley visitors to give them an overall layout of the Valley of the Sun. South Mountain is that tall mountain with all the communication towers on the south side of Phoenix. It is in South Mountain Park which also offers miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.
South Mountain Park was created back in 1924 when some local citizens bought 13000 acres from the federal government. In the 1930’s the Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the facilities here which I suspect included the stone Ramadas scattered around the park at several scenic viewpoints. The most impressive one is here at Dobbins Lookout.