Celebrating Earth Month in ArizonaPosted 04/09/2019
Earth Month is here and what better way to celebrate our amazing planet than by spending it outside at one of Arizona’s beautiful natural wonders? From lakes and mountain ranges, to parks and gardens, the Grand Canyon State offers endless opportunities to enjoy Mother Nature all month long.
New River Trail: This Earth Day, make your way through the populous Phoenix suburbs of Peoria and Glendale on the New River Trail. Featuring an uninterrupted, paved journey with access to neighborhoods, parks and businesses, you’ll get an inside look at all the West Valley has to offer.
Don’t miss the Skunk Creek Trail and Arizona Canal Path, both conveniently connected to the New River Trail, to extend your adventures even further.
Thunderbird Conservation Park: Hike through the Hedgpeth Hills in Thunderbird Conservation Park this season. Spread across 1,185-acres of Arizona’s beautiful desert landscape and featuring 15-miles of multi-purpose trails, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Choose from a variety of park activities including picnicking, horseback riding, mountain biking and jogging.
Estrella Mountain Regional Park: A perfect fit for the whole family. With nearly 20,000 acres of pristine desert, mountains and a large wetland area, this Goodyear park is guaranteed to bring out the outdoor explorer in everyone. More than 33 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding make this regional park one of our top places to celebrate Earth Day and take in all the natural beauty Arizona has to offer.
After hiking all day, relax in the park’s 65-acre grass picnic area or check out the golf course and baseball fields to get your game on.
Lake Pleasant Regional Park: A major recreation hub in Peoria, Lake Pleasant Regional Park covers 23,000 acres of Arizona landscape and features a wide variety of pedestrian-only trails for all skill levels. Known as one of the most scenic water recreation areas in the Valley, it’s a great location to enjoy Mother Earth and spend your day outdoors. Try out the scenic, 1.5-mile Roadrunner Trail and discover the park’s popular picnic spots and breathtaking views.
Saguaro Lake: Hiking not for you? We’ve got you covered. Relax and take the day off at Saguaro Lake, located just a short 20-minute drive outside of Mesa. Rent a boat from Precision Marina or take the Desert Belle tour boat ride to see the sunny sites and beautiful scenery surrounding the lake. After a full day of family-fun, stop and grab a bite to eat at the delicious Lakeshore Restaurant and enjoy the panoramic sunset views to end your day.
Lost Dutchman State Park: Explore the fabled lost gold mines at Lost Dutchman State Park and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Located just 40-miles east of Phoenix, the park features several trails leading into the Superstition Wilderness and surrounding Tonto National Forest. Adventure through the 4-mile mountain bike loop trail, stroll through the Native Plant Trail or take on the challenging Siphon Draw Trail to the top of the Flatiron to experience all the park’s spectacular views. You may even run into some of the desert’s native wildlife along the way!
Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch: Promote awareness and appreciation of Arizona’s environmental history at Gilbert’s Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch. Learn how to preserve the desert’s valuable natural resources and protect our wildlife through the preserve’s various programs while enjoying 4.5 miles of trails. The preserve also features ramadas, gathering areas, a dinosaur dig site and campsites, which can be reserved by calling the Gilbert Parks & Recreation Department.
Veterans Oasis Park: Chandler’s dynamic, mixed-use Veterans Oasis Park and Environmental Education Center allows you to immerse yourself in wildlife preservation and environmental education through its exhibit areas, outdoor amphitheater, nature store, fishing lake and 4.5 miles of hiking trails. Offering a wide-range of programs such as birdwatching, green living, gardening and water conservation, it is the perfect opportunity to learn how to live sustainably this Earth Month. Plus, the park offers free admission.
Desert Botanical Garden: The Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden is the perfect Earth Day destination to enjoy the beauty of the desert while also getting the chance to learn about desert conservation. Explore and hike the surrounding trails for some great views, soak in the colors and fragrances of the desert’s budding flowers and dine at the garden’s award-winning restaurant, Gertrude’s, for a fresh food culinary experience.
South Mountain Park: Phoenix’s South Mountain Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the nation and features three mountain ranges covering 16,000 acres. Relax and picnic or head out on the more than 51 miles of trails fit for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking.
Avid hikers are encouraged to check out Dobbins Lookout, the highest point in the park at 2,330 feet. Accessed by hiking trails as well as by driving up Summit Road, the views will make your entire Earth Day spectacular.
Tucson Botanical Garden: Connecting people with plants and nature through art, science, history and culture, the Tucson Botanical Garden will transport you into a tranquil oasis right in the heart of Tucson. One of the best small public gardens in America, you are guaranteed to see some of the most beautiful sites and sceneries in the West, while also learning how to conserve and protect our desert’s natural resources.
Catalina State Park: Surround yourself with the magnificent Santa Catalina Mountains and Mount Lemmon landscapes at Catalina State Park in Tucson. Hike, mountain bike or horseback ride through the park’s eight trails that cater to all skill levels. With 5,500 acres of rolling foothills and desert wildlife, you are guaranteed to fully experience all that Mother Nature has to offer in northern Tucson.
From all of us at Maracay, have a happy and adventurous Earth Day!
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