National Parks / Natural World
San Tan Mountain Regional Park Queen Creek
Where is it at?
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
6533 West Phillips Road
Where are we going today?
There are many beautiful areas in the USA, and the San Tan Mountain Regional Park is one of those places!
This beautiful part of Arizona is 10,000 acres of lower Sonoran Desert, with wildlife and activities to fill those days out for active and adventurous families!
The visitor center is the best place to start for your visit to the San Tan Mountain Regional. It's here you can pick up educational tidbits to begin your education of the park, and ask all the questions you want about the best place for you to go.
Kids always love the wildlife exhibits where they can see what they might be able to spot, as well as see those sweet tortoise at the tortoise exhibit!
The park itself sees you at an elevation from 1,400 feet to over 2,500 - so get ready for some pretty cool views! The vegetation is constantly changing, and there are a number of wildlife species in the area.
San Tan Mountain Regional Park is also a great place to get out and get active! There are a number of hiking trails that you can enjoy, and they also allow other activities such as biking and horseback riding.
In fact, there are over 80 miles of trails! The trail range in length from 1.1 miles to over 5 miles, and no matter what your experience, there is a trail for you. There are the perfect beginners trails, to those more challenging options.
The Moonlight Trail is the perfect choice for those wanting something short and easy!
Nature is waiting in the Arizona desert - don't forget to say hi to those coyotes for us (if you are lucky enough to spot one!)
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
6am open. 8pm close Sun to Thurs. 10pm close Fri & Sat
365 days a year
Any Top Tips?
The nature center hours vary from the park hours listed. They are closed Sundays in summer, and opening times vary. .
Doing our bit
Parks & Recreation have done a great deal to protect the park and set it up in an environmentally friendly way for visitors, so help them out by following all the trail etiquette. .
Need a little extra help?
Ask the staff when you arrive about the best options for your particular disability. .
Can I get one of those?
The visitors center is the best place to pick up some souvenir items!.
Make sure you remember your hat and sunscreen - the sun can get VERY hot!.
What people are saying?
by Mark Kazimer
Great combination of hiking and mountain biking trails. Good elevation climb on Gold Mine trail. Lots of trail combinations to explore. Great panoramic view from the peak of the Gold Mine trail.
by Dixie Supler
Beautiful views from anywhere in the park. Hoping to make it to all the trails by the time we leave for home.
by Karla Green
Be careful of the Gold Mine Trail. It's is very difficult for a novice. 2300 elevation to the top. Steep grade to get to it, without any big rocks for steps. Mostly loose rock, gravel and fist size rocks to walk on. Bring plenty of water with you!
by George Adams
My wife and I found the park by accident. Several weeks later we are annual members. Great trails - outstanding hiking for all ages. Trails are rated from "easy" to difficult. Bring water and a hat. Great to start early in the AM. Hope to do it on the horses in the very near future. All trails offer different views. Good workout too !
by Jake Hyland
This is a great place to take the whole family for a hike. Entry to the park is only $6 per car and there are so many great trails to hike or go horseback riding. The park rangers are very knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely recommend the moonlight hike.