There Are Plenty of Outdoor Activities to do This Weekend!

 Enjoy the desert and the weather with some hiking, biking, archery and more.

Get Ready for Wildflowers

Friday, February 09, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

San Tan Mountain Regional Park

6533 W. Phillips Road

Queen Creek, AZ 85242

(480) 655-5554

Friday – Wildflower season is just 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. Do you know what trails to explore to see the best displays? In a classroom presentation we’ll review the conditions that our County Parks and other local areas have experienced and talk about some of the best places to see popular flowers such as Mexican gold poppies, lupine, filaree and flowering shrubs such as brittlebush and desert globemallow. After the talk we’ll take a short walk on Littleleaf Trail to search for and identify early sprouts and buds. What to bring: Closed-toe shoes, water and a hat. Meet inside the Nature Center.

Beginner Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride

Saturday, February 10, 2018

08:00 AM – 10:00 AM

San Tan Mountain Regional Park

6533 W. Phillips Road

Queen Creek, AZ 85242

(480) 655-5554

Saturday – Join us for an exciting beginner mountain bike ride among the beautiful San Tan Mountains. This 5.5-mile ride is open to all ages and skill levels. Our local experts will be available to help you understand your bike’s features and learn the ins and outs of safe riding. “No Rider Left Behind” is our policy, because we ride together in a group. This is your opportunity to be around others who are passionate about mountain biking as a sport to have fun and get some exercise. Helmets are required. Under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Essentials: water, helmet, extra tube, tools to change a flat tire. Meet at the San Tan Trail sign at the main trailhead.

Make a Bird Nest “Gift Bag”

Saturday, February 10, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

San Tan Mountain Regional Park

6533 W. Phillips Road

Queen Creek, AZ 85242

(480) 655-5554

Saturday – In our low desert, late winter is the time when birds add to their nests in preparation for incubating eggs and raising young chicks. Each species’ nests will look different but they will likely contain similar, if not the same, building materials. Join the San Tan Valley Master Gardeners as they help you put together a “gift bag” of common components that you can hang from a shrub or tree in your yard to help local birds assemble their nests. On display will be resources to show you the types of birds you can expect to see in your neighborhood or at our park. Perhaps we will even hear what some of these birds sound like! This is a family-friendly activity so bring the kids and grandkids for a fun and informative morning! Meet outside the Nature Center.

Night Shredders Mountain Biking

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

07:00 PM – 09:00 PM

San Tan Mountain Regional Park

6533 W. Phillips Road

Queen Creek, AZ 85242

(480) 655-5554

Wednesday – Welcome to the San Tan Bikes sponsored “Night Shredders”! If you’re looking for an adventure where your trail riding abilities will be challenged, then look no further than the Night Shredders. When you’re on a bike on the trail at night, every bump, dip and shadow gives an extra pop of adrenaline. Darkness heightens your senses, sharpens your skills and makes you feel more alive. And isn’t that why you bike in the first place? Our policy, “No Rider Left Behind,” means we ride together in a group for safety reasons. It is mandatory to wear a helmet and please bring plenty of water, an extra tube and tools to change a flat tire, and 2 sources of light; LED rechargeable lights with at least 650 lumen. Why? The desert gets very dark at night. Riders under 18-years of age must complete a Parental Consent form. Hope to see you on the trail soon. Meet at the flagpole at 6:50 PM.

Usery Mountain Regional Park Events

A 3,648-acre park offering camping, archery & 29 miles of multi-use trails plus scenic wind caves. The following events are located at User, which is in Mesa. Take Ellsworth Rd north and it is about a 35 – 45 minute drive from San Tan Valley.

Archery 202

Saturday, February 10, 2018

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Usery Mountain Regional Park

3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.

Mesa, AZ 85207

(480) 984-0032

For those who completed our “Archery 101” class, this class will take you to the next level! Participants will learn about field target archery, discover how to improve their accuracy, and enjoy some friendly competition. Equipment will be provided. Participants must be graduates of our “Archery 101” class. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Meet at the Archery Range. No registration – just show up and have some fun!

Sonoran Desert 101 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Usery Mountain Regional Park

3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.

Mesa, AZ 85207

(480) 984-0032

Join us for this introduction to some of the fascinating animals and plants of our Sonoran Desert as we enjoy a scenic stroll along the quarter-mile Desert Hawk Trail. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center

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