Veterans Oasis Park, The Oasis in Your Backyard.Posted 02/20/2020
Resting on over 113 acres, Veterans Oasis Park offers a diverse mix of picturesque trails, desert landscape, riparian wetlands, picnic areas with ramadas and an outdoor amphitheater. But the park offers so much more than activities and entertainment. It also recharges Chandler’s groundwater, serves as a habitat for Sonoran Desert plants and wildlife, and is home to the Environmental Education Center. If you think about it, Veterans Oasis Park truly offers something for everyone – even the animals.
Here’s a quick look at our top five must-do things when visiting this beautiful oasis in the desert.
Walk on the Moon
Venture along the 2,500-foot-long Solar System Walk and take your very own trip to the moon, no spaceship needed. Follow along as the path takes you around the lake, guiding you with signs and monuments that feature the sun, planets and other elements of our solar system. Every foot-long step you take equates to 1.5 million miles, so you can reach the sun in just 62 feet along the path – much shorter than the actual distance of 93 million miles.
The Environmental Education Center offers immersive events, engaging programs and a selection of educational exhibits for families, adults and outdoor-lovers of all kinds. From yoga classes in the park and Sonoran Desert garden maintenance at the community garden, to “Meet the Creature” exhibits, the center offers multiple opportunities to engage with your natural surroundings right in the heart of Veterans Oasis Park.
Cast Your Line
Put up your “Gone Fishin’” sign and head to the park’s quiet and well-stocked 5-acre lake, where you can expect to reel in rainbow trout, bluegill, redear sunfish, hybrid sunfish and largemouth bass. There are no catch-and-release requirements, but there are limitations – and don’t forget to pick up an Urban Fishing License prior to casting your line. Also, check out the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website to see the statewide stocking schedule and find out when the lake at Veterans Oasis Park will be stocked with more fish.
Set your sights on the skies at Veterans Oasis Park, one of the premier birding spots in the Valley where more than 150 species have been identified. Don’t know a Ruby-crowned Kinglet from a Chipping Sparrow? Take advantage of the birding classes, workshops and free monthly family bird walks provided by the Environmental Education Center and Desert Rivers Audubon Society to start enjoying and identifying the variety of birds that visit your local park.
Get a Workout In
Various desert terrain and outdoor multi-purpose trails surrounding the lake provide ample motivation to break a sweat on the 4.5-mile paved trail, while viewing the wetland area and the beautiful scenery it brings along with it. Dogs are welcome to join along on the trails, too. Prefer to gallop? Designated equestrian trails allow for park attendees to ride in and enjoy the desert landscape by horseback.
We hope you enjoy each and every visit you make to this spectacular East Valley park. Visit our website to learn more about Canopy and its serene outdoor amenities that include two neighborhood parks, raised garden beds, cozy hammocks and so much more.
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