Enjoy The Outdoors, But Be Careful!

EFFECTIVE MARCH 10 – 17, 2020
We love rain and all of the wonderful things it does for our regional park system, especially during wildflower season. However, sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing.

The weather over the last several days has included a good degree of precipitation. At this time, the park management is asking those who recreate in the parks to tread lightly on the trails as they may become extremely muddy and susceptible to damage. If the trails become soft due to rain, the park may post updates closing/opening trails until they dry out.

In addition, please stay out of the washes while trekking. Conditions can quickly change during inclement weather.


Wildflower Walk
Friday, March 13, 2020
02:00 PM – 03:30 PM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Guided 2-3 mile walk to search for and identify wildflowers. This walk is offered on Saturday 3/7, Friday 3/13, Saturday 3/21 and Sunday 3/29 from 2-3:30pm.
Springtime in the desert is a sight to see and after a rainy winter we should be in for a beautiful wildflower season. Join the ranger for a casual hike (2-3 miles on moderate terrain, route tbd) where we’ll scan around us for lupine, scorpion weed, poppies, hedgehog cactus blooms and more! Be sure to bring your camera because we’ll stop for photos along the way. A wildflower guide or handbook is helpful so please bring if you have one. This walk is offered on Saturday 3/7, Friday 3/13, Saturday 3/21 and Sunday 3/29 from 2-3:30pm. Wear closed-toe shoes, hat, sunscreen and bring plenty of water. Meet at the Main Trailhead map kiosk. 2-3:30pm.


Advanced Beginner / Intermediate Skill Level Mountain Bike Ride
Saturday, March 14, 2020
08:00 AM – 10:00 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

7-9 mile group ride.
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.


Master Gardeners Series: Seed Dispersal
Saturday, March 14, 2020
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

A family-friendly drop in program. Learn ways plant seeds get scattered throughout the desert to produce the next generation.
Join the San Tan Valley Master Gardeners for a family-friendly drop-in program at the trailhead to learn how desert plants distribute their seeds to produce the next generation. Mother Nature is very clever in what she uses to help seeds travel. Sometimes it’s the wind, sometimes it’s the furry leg of a desert critter that catches and carries a bur and other times it’s through critter scat! See a display of different seed types and test your skills with a seed-gathering activity and keep what you collect. This is an open-house style program where you can stop by before or after your hike. Meet at the Main Entrance trailhead. 10am-12pm.


Rescheduled Sunset Yoga in the Park
Saturday, March 14, 2020
05:30 PM – 06:30 PM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Rescheduled from Thursday, March 12. A certified instructor teaches an all-level yoga class at our main trailhead. Class is included with your park entry fee.
Have you ever wanted to try doing yoga outside? Join us at San Tan for a Sunset Yoga class that is appropriate for all levels. Certified instructor Cathy Glaess will guide you through basic poses and breathing techniques as the sun sets over a beautiful desert environment. Be sure to bring a water bottle and a yoga mat and a towel/blanket for extra knee cushion. (Your mat will be on dirt ground). Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move easily. This class is included with your park entry fee. Meet at the main entrance trailhead. 5:30-6:30pm.


Sonoran Desert Walk & Talk
Sunday, March 15, 2020
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 W. Phillips Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
(602) 506-2930 ext. 7

Take a guided one-mile walk and learn about the plants and animals in our park.
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 with minimum rain and maximum heat? 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.

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