ARIZONA PARKS AND MONUMENTS
- This large central-Phoenix city park includes a lagoon with paddle boats, Enchanted Island children's amusement park, exercise course, golf course, picnic areas, band shell, playground, softball, basketball, handball and rcquetball courts. 15th Ave and Encanto Blvd., Phoenix. 602-261-8993.
- The 35-acre park includes the landmark fountain for which the town of Fountain Hills i snamed along with a childrne's playground, 18-hole Frisbee golf course, picnic tables, walkways and interpretive signage. 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd, between El Lago and Palisades Blvds, Fountain Hills.
- Picnic armadas, playground equipment, two lakes, basketball cours, sand volleyball, a skateboard park and a miniature train are included in this 65-acre park. 1015 E. Juniper Park, near the corner of Lindsay and Juniper roads between Guadalupe and Elliot roads. Gilbert. Freestone Park Railroad
Indian Bend Wash - A network of Scottsdale city parks lie connected along he Indian Bend Wash area, constructed as part of the city's flood management planning. The greenbelt and public park area roughly parallels Hayden Road and offers extensive bike and walking paths as well as links to other parks.
- Baseball fieldsd and batting cages, horseshoe courts, walking paths around a lake, basketball ocurts, soccer fields, volleyball ocurts, tennis courts, picnic ramadas and grills, and an accessible playground for children with disabilities are available at the 125-acre park. the recreation center features a year-round indoor wave pool. 5500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
- Highlights include a 5/12 scale train carrying passengers on a one-mile track, a carousel, playground and small-scale Western pueblo. 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., southeast corner of Scottsdale and Indian Bend roads, Scottsdale. 480-312-2312.
- Amenities inlcude a short hike to Hole-in-the-Rock, an archery range, 1.7 mile exercise course, fishing lagoons, softball complex and picnic armadas. Borders the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden. North of Van Buren and east of Galvin Parkway, Phoenix.
Sahuaro Ranch Park
- A large playground, dog park, ball fields and open space occupy what was once an 1890s ranch. A private foundation operates tours of the main house and many history-related events. 9802 North 59th Ave., Glendale.
Telephone Pioneers of America Park
- The nation's first barrier-free park, designed to meet th eneeds of physiclaly challenged individuals. Features two beep baseball fields for the blind, wheelchair-accessible playground equipment and picnic ramadas. 1946 W. Morningside Dr., off 19th Ave between Bell Rd and Union Hills, Phoenix.
- Tempe Town Lake - The heart of Tempe Town Lake is historic Tempe Beach Park. Originally built in 1931, this park was completely renovated in 1999 as part of the construction of Town Lake. The park connects to the 5 miles of paths for bicycling, jogging or in-line skating that circle Town Lake. This 25-acre park is Tempe’s premier special event space. Nearly every weekend visitors can participate in a 10K run, watch a concert or take part in a community festival. The innovative, $1.3 million Splash Playground lets kids safely get wet in the warmer weather. The historic baseball field is just the right size for youth softball or carnival games. The amphitheater accommodates 5,000 people comfortably for concerts or outdoor trade shows. Rio Lago Cruise Company operates its boat concession from this park. Get a hot dog or a snow cone, or rent a bike or a boat from Tempe Beach Park's vendors.
- Thunderbird Park - A pristine desert conservation park with 20 miles of multi-use trails and 15 picnic ramadas. 59th Ave and Pinnacle Peak Rd., Glendale.
Camelback Mountain / Echo Canyon
- Hiking trails with views of red snadstone cliffs ranging from an easy 1/8th mile trek to a strenuous 1,264 foot elevation gain on the Summit Trail. Sheer red sandstone cliffs and its telltale hump draw thousands of hikers to Camelback Mountain each year. Hiking to the top is not for beginning hikers, though. The main two summit trails are strenuous climbs over sometimes-tricky trails. Some easier trails allow close-up exploration around Camelback's base. Wherever you go, be prepared for crowds -- limited parking can mean a substantial wait for a spot at these busy trailheads. For Cholla Trail, a difficult 1.5 mile trek, park at Invergordon and 64th St. All other railheads are reached via Echo Canyon parkway southeast of Tatum Blvd. and McDonald Dr., Phoenix. 602-256-3110 or 602-262-4837.
Cave Creek Recreation Area
- More than 11 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, ranging from 0.2 to 4.8 miles (easy to difficult). On 32nd St. just 1.5 miles north of Carefree Hwy. 623-465-0431.
Dreamy Draw Recreation Area - 2421 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix. 602-262-6696.
Estrella Mountain Regional Park
- Offers 33 miles of paths for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, ranging from 2.3 to 8.8 miles, easy to strenuous. Includes an 8-mile challenging competitive track and a 5-mile technical loop. Take I-10 to Estrella Pkwy. Go 5 miles south to entrance. 623-932-3811.
- Two trails: a 0.6 mile summit trail and a 2.6 mile circumference one, ranging easy to moderate. Accessible from 16th St. south of Greenway Pkwy or 18th St and Sharon Dr., Phoenix. 602-262-6696.
Lost Dutchman State Park
- Scenic hiking trails ranging from 0.7 miles to 3.2 miles and easy to difficult. ideal location for viewing springtime wildflowers. 6109 N. Apache Trail (5 miles north of Apache Junction off AZ 88). 480-982-4485.
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
- More than 40 miles of trails ranging frm 0.5 to 15.3 miles, esay to strenuous for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Includes a 15-mile competitive track consisting of steep inclines, swooping turns, technical descents and rugged terrain. From Shea Blvde take Fountain Hills Blvd north until it turns into McDowell Mtn Rd. 480-471-0173.
North Mountain Recreation Area
- Hiking trails range from 0.3 to 10.7 miles, esay to difficult. Many are ideal for mountain biking and horseback riding. Accessible off Peoria nad 7th Aves, Central Ave just south of Thunderbird Rd., or 7th St south of Thunderbird. Phoenix. 602-262-6696.
Papago Park Hiking Trails - With its other worldly sandstone buttes, Papago Park has graced the city of Phoenix park system since 1959. Papago’s trails are generally easy treks with little elevation gain making it a great place for a family hike or to hone your mountain biking skills.
Pinnacle Peak Park
- Offers an Honorary Junior Trail Ranger program for children ages 5-11 in addition to hiking, horseback riding nad rock climbing for all ages. 26802 N. 102nd Way (1 mile south of Dynamite and Alma School roads) 480-312-0990.
Shaw Butte Park - 12898 N. Central Ave., New River, AZ 602-262-6696.
South Mountain Park - Hiking Trails - At over 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park/Preserve often is referred to as the largest municipal park in the country. It boasts 58 miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking for all ability levels skills. Petroglyps in many areas. 10919 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-495-0222.
Squaw Peak Recreation Area
- Known for the challenging Piestewa Peak summit trail and six other trails ranging from 0.4 to 4.8 miles, easy to strenuous. Ideal for hiking. Mountain biking permitted on all trails except Piestewa summit trail. 2701 E. Squaw Peak Ln., Phoenix. 602-262-6696.
Superstition Mountains at Lost Dutchman State Park - State Route 88, Phoenix. 520-982-4485.
Thunderbird Park - 9170 E. Thunderbird Rd., Scottsdale. 480-312-2771.
Usery Mountain Recreation Area
- Trails range from 0.9 to 7.1 miles, easy to moderate, wit beautiful views for hiking, bike riding and horseback riding. Go 7 miles north on Ellsworth rd from US 60 to park entrance. 480-984-0032.
White Tank Mountain Regional Park
- Offers 21 miles of pathways fo rhiking, biking and horseback riding, ranging from 0.9 to 8.2 miles and easy to strenuous. Includes a 10-mile competitive track. See petroglyphs and a waterfall on Waterfall Trail. Overnight backpacking allowed with permit. Located 15 miles west of Peoria on Olive Ave. 623-935-2505.
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US National Park Service
US National Parks Dial-a-Park
Arizona State Parks
State Game and Fish Department
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