Biking, More Biking, A Hundred Mile Challenge, And A Full Moon Hike & Campfire

Beginner Mountain Bike Clinic and Ride
Saturday, January 11, 2020
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

If you’re looking to learn new skills, increase your confidence on the bike, or simply enjoy the sport like never before, our MTB 101 class is just for you. This is the perfect introduction that teaches all the basic skills needed to ride in the desert & mountain terrain.  Get to know your bike and riding equipment, learn how to balance, shift, and control your speed with proper braking, and familiarize yourself with riding protocol and safety. This introductory 30 min class is also followed by a short 3-4 mile ride to practice what you just learned. A helmet is required for safety reasons and please bring plenty of water, and an extra tube and tools to change a flat tire. If you’re a mountain bike beginner and have never ridden on the desert trails, you don’t want to miss this event! Meet at the San Tan Trail sign at the Main Trailhead. 8-10am.

Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride
Saturday, January 11, 2020
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.

Maricopa Trail Walk: Goldmine (Wagon Wheel) Trailhead to Mansel Carter Oasis Park
Saturday, January 11, 2020
08:30 AM – 11:30 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

100 Miles Challenge participants can use this to fulfill the third park requirement

This is a one-way guided walk (almost 6 miles) with the Ranger designed to help 100 Miles Challenge participants attain their “third park” requirement by traveling on a segment of the Maricopa Trail. This walk is also open to non-participants. You must make travel arrangements ahead of time to have a vehicle at BOTH the starting and end points. Carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking at the starting trailhead. We start at the Goldmine Trailhead off Wagon Wheel road and follow the MT via surface streets, paved pathways, and sidewalks to Mansel Carter Oasis Park (19535 E Appleby Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142). We will discuss local history along the way, including the story of Mr. Carter himself, and make a brief stop at the Desert Wells Stage Stop on Sossaman Rd. Please RSVP to nikki.bunnell@maricopa.gov so that I have a headcount and can share more details. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water, snacks, hat and sunscreen. Meet at the Goldmine Trailhead off Wagon Wheel Rd. (Approx. cross-streets Skyline and Goldmine Gulch). 8:30-11:30am.

Full Moon Hike and Campfire
Saturday, January 11, 2020
07:00 PM – 08:30 PM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

Join us for this 2-mile hike under the glowing light of the full moon!  This is a great opportunity to experience new sights and sounds of the desert at night.  Bring your sense of adventure on this fun hike with our park ranger.  Afterwards, we’ll enjoy the toasty flames of a campfire and a free marshmallow roast.  Please bring a flashlight, water, and closed-toe shoes.  No pets, please.  Carpooling is strongly recommended as parking is limited for this event.  Meet at Trailhead Staging.

Super Saguaro Walk
Saturday, January 11, 2020
07:00 PM – 08:30 PM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

Saguaros give our desert its character!  Discover amazing things about these desert giants as you join Ranger B on this quarter-mile stroll along our scenic Desert Hawk Trail.  Please bring water and closed-toe shoes.  Meet at the Nature Center.

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