Birds, Challenges, Bike Rides, And Desert Education

 

San Tan Birds
Friday, December 20, 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

Join the ranger for this indoor class that will explore what you can see and hear as you walk along the trails at San Tan. Learn what to look for with colors, size, flight patterns and perching locations, how to recognize songs and calls and the best times of day for sightings. Afterwards, we’ll take a short stroll and identify what we see. What to bring: water, closed-toe shoes, hat, binoculars. Meet inside the Visitor Center. 1-2pm.

Malpais Trail Challenge Hike
Saturday, December 21, 2019
07:00 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 an advanced/difficult 9-mile hike (allow 4 hours). Approx. 1.5 miles is in a deep wash. Previous hiking experience is highly recommended**.

The Ranger will guide you on this 9-mile trek to explore the beautiful Malpais Trail at the south end of our park. We will head out on San Tan, turn onto Malpais and come back via Hedgehog Trail. You’ll learn about some of the area’s interesting geology as well as plants and animals that live along the trail. We will stop for water, snack and rest breaks as the group needs it. Trekking poles are recommended. Bring a hydration pack, hat and snacks. Please contact Ranger Nikki to RSVP or ask questions – nikki.bunnell@maricopa.gov. 7-11am.

Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride
Saturday, December 21, 2019
08:00 AM – 10:00 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 7-9 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. 8-10am.

Sonoran Desert Walk & Talk
Sunday, December 22, 2019
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Whether you are a new desert dweller or a longtime resident you will enjoy this introduction to our fascinating Sonoran Desert landscape. How do plants and animals survive in a place that receives less than 10 inches of rain per year? This mile-long walk and talk will explore some nature’s efficient survival strategies that allow them to do so. We’ll also touch upon San Tan’s interesting geologic and cultural history. What to bring: Closed-toe shoes, water, hat, sunscreen. Meet at the flag pole. 9-10am.

Night Shredders Mountain Biking
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
07:00 PM – 09:00 PM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

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. 7-9pm.

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