Hayden Butte, also known as Tempe Butte, is a 1,500 foot tall mound of rock and dirt covered by desert shrubs, cacti, and history.
The butte has been here for centuries, but human activity around the butte began in the 1400’s when the Hohokam settled the land. They left behind pottery, petroglyphs, and an extensive canal system.
Charles Trumbull Hayden ran freight wagons along the Santa Fe Trail, from Missouri to New Mexico In 1860 he traveled to Prescott and came across the Butte .10 years later he came back and laid claim to 160 acres, opened a Ferry across the river, and a flour mill at the base of the butte.
Tempe Butte is now a preserve, owned by the city, that has trails going to the top. At the top of the butte you can see for miles over the flat landscape. To the right of the butte there is the huge ASU football stadium and south of that is all of the ASU campus. ASU also has a 60 foot golden letter “A” on the butte, which gives it the name of “A” mountain. The Butte is iconic to the city and to ASU. Locals have fought many times to keep the butte intact and free from buildings. The Butte is a landmark that is important to Tempe’s history and is apart of ASU’s history as well.