August events in Queen Creek include Mamma Mia!, mountain bike rides

From Mama Mia! at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center (Aug. 23-24 and 26) to beginner mountain bike rides at San Tan Mountain Regional Park (Aug. 24 and 31), there’s a lot going on in Queen Creek. Events include: NIGHT SHREDDERS MOUNTAIN BIKING: 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday in August at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, […]

Events in Queen Creek through Aug. 31 include

From Mama Mia! at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center (Aug. 23) to barrel racing at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre (Aug. 16) and morning hikes at San Tan Mountain Regional Park (Aug. 30), there’s a lot going on in Queen Creek. Events include: NIGHT SHREDDERS MOUNTAIN BIKING: 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday in August at […]

Events in Queen Creek through Aug. 31 include ‘Mama Mia!’ at PAC, morning hikes

From morning hikes at San Tan Mountain Regional Park (Aug. 9 and 30) and Mama Mia! at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center (Aug. 23) there’s a lot going on in Queen Creek. Events include: BREASTFEEDING CLASS: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Banner Ironwood Medical Center, 37000 N. Gantzel Road. $25. This one day […]

Scenic photo: Prickly pear cactus heart

“The perfect heart from a prickly pear cactus,” Queen Creek photographer Maile Alday wrote in an email of the above photo taken in the San Tan Mountains. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short description of the shot, for publication with photo credit. […]

Scenic photo: Bunny peering from a garden of varied cactus

Queen Creek photographer Maile Alday snapped a photo of a bunny peering from a garden of varied cactus in the San Tan Mountains. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short description of the shot, for publication with photo credit. Do not use a […]

The breakfast club: Desert Tortoises chow down at Queen Creek park

Desert Tortoises devoured their tasty breakfast, with no utensils or table manners, in front of a small crowd at San Tan Mountain Regional Park on Saturday, Aug. 11. The two Desert Tortoises, Santana and Shelly were featured in a weekend class. The park ranger discussed what the tortoises like to eat, their unique personality traits […]

County park presents class on monsoon and more

Lightning, wind and downpours are all a part of the monsoon in Arizona, but the rain that comes with the storms poses a quieter threat – storm water runoff. Welcome to the Summer Monsoon is the title of a program 9-10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, presented in the Visitor Center of the San Tan Mountain […]

Ranger-led tour enables visitors to explore San Tan park on horseback

Visitors to San Tan Mountain Regional Park in Queen Creek can experience the San Tan Mountains while navigating the trail by horseback 9-10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23. A park ranger and the professionals from MD Ranch will guide participants through the Sonoran Desert while they learn about the plants and animals that call San Tan […]

Learn the best places to view wildflowers during Feb. 9 class at San Tan park

Wildflower season is right around the corner. The amount of winter rain received around the Valley will determine how strong the wildflower showing will be in any given area, according to a press release. Guests to San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road in Queen Creek, can learn about some of the best trails […]

As monsoon storms grow stronger, county works to keep San Tan park trails safe for visitors

County supervisors will vote in late February on whether to increase park entry fees, with extra revenue to go to park maintenance     For the 500 miles of trails in the Maricopa County Park system, increasingly destructive monsoon storms are causing more erosion, more damage and potentially more costly repairs. Researchers predict the summer […]