Mountain Biking, Turkey Hunt, Rattlesnakes. And A Night Time Safari

Beginner Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride
Saturday, November 30, 2019
07:00 AM – 09:00 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

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. 7-9am.

Afternoon Turkey Hike
Saturday, November 30, 2019
01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Work off some of those holiday leftovers with a two-mile hike with the Ranger on Stargazer and Moonlight Trails. Both the terrain and the pace will be moderate and there will be breaks to stop and enjoy the view. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water, hat and sunscreen. Meet at the Main Trailhead map kiosk/picnic table. 1-2pm.

LATER THIS WEEK:
Goldmine Trail History Hike
Friday, December 06, 2019
08:00 AM – 11:00 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

This is a vigorous guided hike that goes from the Nature Center, up and over Goldmine Mountain, down the north side to the Miners’ Graves, and back up and over Goldmine to return to the Nature Center. It is approximately 4.5 miles roundtrip on difficult terrain. The Ranger will talk about the history of Goldmine Mountain and the stories of Mansel Carter and Marion Kennedy, who lived on the mountain in the forties and fifties in search of gold. Previous hiking experience is recommended. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water, hat, snacks, sunscreen and hiking poles. Please contact Ranger Nikki with questions about this hike: nikki.bunnell@maricopa.gov. Meet at the Main Trailhead map kiosk/picnic table. 8-11am.

All About Rattlesnakes
Saturday, November 30, 2019
06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

How dangerous are rattlesnakes?  What should you do if you encounter one?  How do they survive and thrive in our desert?  Discover the answers to these questions and more in this exciting one-hour presentation!  Join us inside our Nature Center as Ranger B shares amazing facts about these misunderstood reptiles.  Watch us feed our snakes after the program at 7 pm.  Then join our “Night Safari” at 7:30 pm at no extra cost!

Night Safari
Saturday, November 30, 2019
07:30 PM – 08:30 PM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

What are the wild animals that live in our desert?  How do they survive and thrive here?  What should you do if you encounter one?  Discover amazing things about our desert animals when you join our park ranger for this 1-mile/1-hour walk along the Merkle Trail.  The hard-smooth surface of this trail accommodates wheelchairs and strollers.  Please bring a flashlight, water, and closed-toe shoes.  No pets, please.  Meet at Area 6.  As a bonus, join our “All About Rattlesnakes” program inside our Nature Center at 6 pm, and our snake feeding at 7 pm at no extra cost!

Cool Cactus Walk
Sunday, December 01, 2019
02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

What are the names of the cacti that grow in our desert?  How do they survive (and thrive!) in such a harsh environment?  Discover amazing facts about these incredible plants when you join our park ranger for this scenic stroll along the quarter-mile Desert Hawk Trail.  Please bring water and closed-toe shoes.  Meet at our Nature Center.

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