March events include hikes, strolls, bike rides and classes on desert basics The San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road, in Queen Creek, hosts events throughout the month. Entrance to the park is $6 a car. Events are included with the cost of admission. For more information, call the park office at 480-655-5554 […]
The San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road, in Queen Creek, hosts events throughout the month. Entrance to the park is $6 a car. Events are included with the cost of admission. For more information, call the park office at 480-655-5554 or visit its website at http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/san-tan-mountain-regional-park/. MARCH 10-FRIDAY •San Tan Geology: […]
Military Moms of Queen Creek and San Tan Valley will hold a candlelight memorial to remember Arizona’s fallen heroes who served in Iraq and Afghanistan on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road in Queen Creek. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Nathan Martens Arizona […]
Regional parks permit campfires and grills The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will lift its annual fire ban on Friday, Sept. 2. This allows park visitors to use campfires, fire pits and charcoal grills. “With Labor Day weekend fast approaching, we know park visitors are eager to include a family barbecue over a […]
The San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road, in Queen Creek, hosts events throughout the month. Entrance to the park is $6 a car. Events are included with the cost of admission. Here are some of the events for July. For more information, visit the park website. JULY 2-Saturday •San Tan Shredders […]
Deadline for comments is July 15 The Pinal County Open Space and Trails Department, in partnership with Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department and the town of Queen Creek, are seeking input from the public about planning efforts for the Goldmine Trailhead parking area at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road […]
The Pinal County Open Space and Trails Department, in partnership with Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department and the town of Queen Creek, invite the community to an open house at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, in the San Tan Mountain Regional Park nature center, 6533 W. Phillips Road.
At the open house, attendees will receive information about planning efforts for the Goldmine Trailhead parking area improvements and are encouraged to provide input. Goldmine Trailhead is the park’s northern access point near Skyline and Wagon Wheel roads, according to a press release.
“We have queried a number of the local stakeholders including volunteers, homeowners adjacent to the property, organized groups and surveyed park visitors during the initial planning process to develop outcome that are anticipated to accommodate the needs of the park visitors and surrounding community,” said Pinal County Supervisor Cheryl Chase. “I am pleased to see the progress that a potential solution is making among all stakeholders.”
The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will initiate its annual fire ban on Tuesday, May 31.
“Recent rain and cooler temperatures have enabled the department to delay the implementation of the annual fire ban until after Memorial Day. This will provide park visitors the opportunity to enjoy campfires and cookouts over the holiday weekend,” R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County parks and recreation director, said in a press release.
A fire ban is initiated to limit the possibility of starting a brush fire, which could cause serious damage to the parks. The fire ban includes the use of campfires, fire pits and charcoal grills; however, it is still acceptable to use gas/propane grills in designated areas such as the ramada areas, semi-developed and developed camping sites and along the shoreline at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. Violation of this park rule, Rule 113, may result in a citation, according to the release.
The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will roll out its annual 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge on Sunday, Nov. 1.
“This is the fifth year we’ve offered the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge. Our visitors love it because it’s open to all user groups — hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers and horseback riders,” R.J. Cardin, director of the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, said in a press release.
“While the challenge initially started out as a Centennial celebration, we’ve noticed that it’s become a personal challenge to our visitors. The goal of the program is to log 100 miles in 100 days. However, last year, we had 15 individuals hike more than 200 miles, four individuals hike more than 300 miles and one individual who hiked 554 miles! Collectively, those who completed the challenge logged 21,239 miles. To put things into perspective, Challenge team members hiked 85 percent of the way around the circumference of the Earth,” Mr. Cardin added.
Some do it for the health benefits and as a form of physical therapy, while others have formed teams and use it as a social outing to connect with friends and family, according to the release.
Last year, the department launched a community page on Facebook to give those who participate in the challenge a place to share milestones, seek out trail recommendations, post photos and join in on fun activities. The page now has more than 350 fans and continues to grow.
Participating in the challenge is simple; rules and trail guides may be obtained by visiting a county park or downloading a brochure at www.maricopa.gov/parks on Nov. 1. Once participants have completed their trek, trail logs and entry forms may be returned to a county park to be eligible for a grand prize drawing of an annual park pass ($85 value) and $25 Nature Center retail voucher (total value not to exceed $110).
San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road in Queen Creek, offers over 8 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 1.1 miles to over 5 miles, and range in difficulty from easy to strenuous.
If people are looking for an easy, relatively short hike, the Moonlight Trail provides a scenic and rather mild hike for all to enjoy. For those looking for a longer more difficult hike, try the 5.1-mile San Tan Trail. This trail winds hikers through the Broken Lands and Central Valley portions of the park to the top of the Goldmine Mountains.
In addition to its length, some may consider certain areas of the San Tan Trail difficult due to washes, soft soil and slick or rocky steep mountain slopes. Park officials encourage hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders to use extreme caution in these areas. Another visitor favorite is the Malpais Hills Trail as it displays a unique perspective of Rock Peak and the Malpais Hills. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as javelinas, coyotes, and Gila Monsters.