Biking, Flashlight Hikes, Desert Edibles, And A Movie In The Park

Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride
Saturday, January 18, 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.


Flashlight Hike
Saturday, January 18, 2020
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Join us for a guided dark sky night hike with the ranger. We will travel 2.2 easy/moderate miles on Moonlight, Stargazer and San Tan Trails. We will listen and look for nocturnal creatures who may be stirring in the bushes so be sure to bring your flashlight. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water. Meet at the Main Trailhead map kiosk/picnic table. 7-8pm.


Desert Edibles and Medicinals Walk with Dave Morris
Sunday, January 19, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
San Tan Valley, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Join Native American naturalist Dave Morris on an easy trail walk to identify some of the desert plants, shrubs and trees that line the trails at San Tan. Many of these plants have been used the local native people for centuries. Learn some of the uses and traditional stories of how these desert plants have helped sustain native people since prehistoric times. What to bring: Closed-toe shoes, water, hat, sunscreen. Meet at the flag pole. 10-11am.


Home School Program: Mountain Lion Mystery
Friday, January 17, 2020
02:00 PM – 03:30 PM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

Kids, would you like to take a fun hike to see a cave where a mountain lion used to live?  Join Ranger B on this exciting adventure as we discover amazing things about mountain lions and the mystery behind the disappearance of this cool cat.  This 2-mile hike is on fairly-level ground.  Not suitable for strollers.  Please bring water and closed-toe shoes.  Note:  We won’t actually climb up to the cave but will view it from below.  Meet at Trailhead Staging.


Movie Night in the Park: Desert Dreams-Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert
Saturday, January 18, 2020
07:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Usery Mountain Regional Park
3939 N. Usery Pass Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85207
(602) 506-2930 ext. 4

This cinematic experience will immerse you in an unexpected world filled with desert life and year-round beauty.  With neither narration nor people, this film dispels the notion that deserts are uninspiring and “deserted”.  Four years in the making, this production showcases 183 species of desert plants and animals.  Feel free to bring snacks and drinks with you (no glass bottles), otherwise, snacks and drinks are available for purchase.  Location:  Inside our Nature Center.

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