San Tan Mountain Regional Park

San Tan Mountain Regional Park in Queen Creek offers hikers miles of trails. (File photo)

San Tan Mountain Regional Park in Queen Creek offers hikers miles of trails. (File photo)

 

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.

The trails within the San Tan Mountain Regional Park offer a unique perspective of the lower Sonoran Desert with wildlife, plant-life and scenic mountain views. San Tan Mountain Regional Park has a trail to fit most hiking, biking or horseback riding needs.

All trails are multi-use unless otherwise designated. All trail users are encouraged to practice proper trail etiquette.

Park officials remind hikers to always carry plenty of water and let someone know where they are going.

For more information, visit the park’s website.

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