The city of Phoenix is situated in a large valley with mountain ranges on all four sides of the city. The mountains south of Phoenix are part of the park system designated South Mountain Park. If you drive to the view point at the top of the mountains you get a wonderful view of the cities in the valley. I say cities because from this vantage point you are seeing about 8 cities with Phoenix right in the center. In this photo you can see the high-rise buildings that make up the core of Phoenix.
Tomorrow I'll show you a close up of those buildings.