July events at San Tan Mountain Regional Park

An open house to discuss improvements to the Goldmine Trailhead at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road in Queen Creek, has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in the park's nature center. (File photo)

San Tan Mountain Regional Park is at 6533 W. Phillips Road in Queen Creek. (File photo)

 

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 Mountain Bike Group: Meeting at the main entrance to the trails just west of the Visitor Center at 7 a.m. July 2. Join the park again for another exciting mountain bike ride among the beautiful San Tan Mountains. Most group rides are comprised of riders from all various skill levels, ages and fitness levels, but we all share the common interest of riding mountain bikes. “No Rider Left Behind” is the parks policy, because they ride together in groups based upon riding levels. The park offers help when needed to gain new skills and confidence while on the trails. Come out and enjoy the great views of the San Tan Mountain Regional Park and the quiet get away from the hassle of everyday noise. This is a great way to get some exercise, have fun and meet some new awesome people. A helmet is required for safety reasons and please bring plenty of water and an extra inner tube in case of a flat.

•Reptile Feeding: 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 2. Have you ever seen a reptile eat? Join the staff after your morning hike and see how our cold-blooded residents eat their meals for yourself! Frozen rodent entrees will be served to the critters. Come learn about the important roles these creatures play in our dynamic food web. Feeding takes place inside the Nature Center.

•Animal Hike and Seek: 8-9 p.m. July 2. Celebrate Fourth of July weekend with this classic adventure: Animal Hide-n Seek. Come dressed as your favorite animal or wear your dinosaur T-shirt and receive a glow stick. Limited to 50 children. We’ll explore the places animals like to hide while learning about them then we’ll stop to howl and bark like coyotes. Come have fun with us on this 1-mile meander on the Littleleaf and Goldmine trails. Please bring water and a flashlight, and wear closed-toed shoes. No pets allowed. Meet at the main trailhead.

JULY 6-Wednesday
•Bikes Direct Night Shredders: Meet at the Flag Pole at 7 p.m. July 6. Looking for an adventure where trail riding abilities will be challenged, then look no further than the Bikes Direct Night Shredders. When you’re on a bike on the trail at night, every bump, dip and shadow gives an extra pop of adrenaline. Darkness heightens senses, sharpens  skills and makes a person feel more alive. And isn’t that why people bike in the first place? The parks policy, “No Rider Left Behind,” means they ride together in a group for safety reasons. It is mandatory to wear a helmet and please bring plenty of water, an extra tube and tools to change a flat tire, and two sources of light; LED rechargeable lights with at least 650 lumen. Why? The desert gets very dark at night. Riders under 18 years of age must complete a parental consent form.

JULY 9-Saturday
•Movie in the Park: 10 a.m.-noon July 9. Bring the kids to the Nature Center to beat the heat with a movie in the park. We’ll cool off watching a family-favorite, “Ice Age,” while enjoying Otter Pops, provided by the park and with parent/guardian permission. Bring pillows, blanket, water and snacks to enjoy while watching the movie.

JULY 10-Sunday
•Mountain Bike 101 Beginner Ride: 8:30-9:30 a.m. July 10. Join the Santan Shredders for a MTB 101 class and beginner ride where you will learn some basic skills that every aspiring mountain biker should know. We will cover these topics and much more: Proper riding position and braking techniques; front/rear fork adjustments; gear-shifting; uphill/downhill climbs; and more. A helmet is required for safety reasons and please bring plenty of water and an extra tube.

JULY 13-Wednesday
•Bikes Direct Night Shredders: Meet at the Flag Pole at 7 p.m. July 13. Looking for an adventure where trail riding abilities will be challenged, then look no further than the Bikes Direct Night Shredders. When you’re on a bike on the trail at night, every bump, dip and shadow gives an extra pop of adrenaline. Darkness heightens senses, sharpens  skills and makes a person feel more alive. And isn’t that why people bike in the first place? The parks policy, “No Rider Left Behind,” means they ride together in a group for safety reasons. It is mandatory to wear a helmet and please bring plenty of water, an extra tube and tools to change a flat tire, and two sources of light; LED rechargeable lights with at least 650 lumen. Why? The desert gets very dark at night. Riders under 18 years of age must complete a parental consent form.

JULY 16-Saturday
•San Tan Shredders Mountain Bike Group: Meeting at the main entrance to the trails just west of the Visitor Center at 7 a.m. July 16. Join the park again for another exciting mountain bike ride among the beautiful San Tan Mountains. Most group rides are comprised of riders from all various skill levels, ages and fitness levels, but we all share the common interest of riding mountain bikes. “No Rider Left Behind” is the parks policy, because they ride together in groups based upon riding levels. The park offers help when needed to gain new skills and confidence while on the trails. Come out and enjoy the great views of the San Tan Mountain Regional Park and the quiet get away from the hassle of everyday noise. This is a great way to get some exercise, have fun and meet some new awesome people. A helmet is required for safety reasons and please bring plenty of water and an extra inner tube in case of a flat.

•Moonlight Hike: 8-9 p.m. July 16. Discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert at night, as we hike under the light of the moon. Join us for a pristine 2.2-mile stroll along the Stargazer Trail. Listen for the sounds of wildlife and explore the nightlife atmosphere. The pace of the hike will be relatively mild or slow to help enjoy the surroundings. Flashlights are welcomed. No pets allowed. Meet at the main trailhead area.

JULY 20-Wednesday
•Bikes Direct Night Shredders: Meet at the Flag Pole at 7 p.m. July 20. Looking for an adventure where trail riding abilities will be challenged, then look no further than the Bikes Direct Night Shredders. When you’re on a bike on the trail at night, every bump, dip and shadow gives an extra pop of adrenaline. Darkness heightens senses, sharpens  skills and makes a person feel more alive. And isn’t that why people bike in the first place? The parks policy, “No Rider Left Behind,” means they ride together in a group for safety reasons. It is mandatory to wear a helmet and please bring plenty of water, an extra tube and tools to change a flat tire, and two sources of light; LED rechargeable lights with at least 650 lumen. Why? The desert gets very dark at night. Riders under 18 years of age must complete a parental consent form.

JULY 23-Saturday
•Monsoon Madness: 9-10 a.m. July 23. Monsoon season awakens the Sonoran desert with intense lightning storms, torrential downpours and the rolling dust clouds called haboobs. The cool rains can be a welcome respite for humans and critters a like, but the heat mixed with high humidity can be less than appreciated. How do we know when monsoons arrive in the desert? And what makes these epic events so spectacular? Join us inside the Nature Center as we investigate this incredible yet sticky rainy season. Bonus: Everyone will receive a how-to guide for making an atmospheric pressure gauge and weather vane that’s fun for the entire family.

JULY 30-Saturday
•All About Scorpions-Wet ‘n’ Wild Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 30. On a warm summer night, scouring the desert floor, the scorpions of San Tan look for their next meal. But who are the “big three” of San Tan? Learn about the facts, myths and reputation behind these mysterious creatures during a short presentation in the Nature Center. Once you have learned all about scorpions you will be ready to meet them face to face on a  scorpion scavenger hunt starting at 8 p.m.

•Scorpion Hunt: 8-9 p.m. July 30. Join us as we set out on a desert exploration at night to search for these fascinating creatures and find out just how cool these amazing arachnids really are. Wear closed-toed shoes and bring plenty of water and a black light. Black lights are available for purchase inside the Visitor Center. Meet at the main trailhead area. The class All About Scorpions takes place prior to the hunt, at 6:30 p.m.

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