Arizona is an AMAZING state - with some of the country's best wildlife and scenery. Lucky for you, there is 1,185 acres right in Glendale that protects this desert landscape, and it's waiting for you to explore it!
The Thunderbird Conservation Park is located in Hedgpeth Hills. Did you know these hills were actually named after an early homesteader in the area? Pretty cool history!
The park is a great place for family's to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. There are plenty of spots to grab a picnic and enjoy some family time in nature, or you can take to the 15 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, jogging, or even horseback riding.
If your kids just LOVE wildlife too, they might just be excited when they hear what is out there to be spotted!
A number of species call the area home, from the smaller creatures from the rock squirrel to the kangaroo rat, to larger animals including the Mountain Lion! Don't forget to look up, because there are a number of bird species in the area too. You might spot a Vulture, or a loon, or perhaps even owls or hummingbirds.
There are even wildlife viewing blinds located within the Thunderbird Conservation Park, and are accessible from the trails off Pinnacle Peak Road.
A great place to spend some time with binoculars!
So what better way to spend a family day out in Arizona than with some walking shoes, bottled water, a sense of adventure and a love of nature? Don't forget to breath in that beautiful desert air!
The main entrance is on 59th Ave between Deer Valley and Pinnacle Peak roads.Get directions
The park is a protected area, so the plants and wildlife are all looked after and monitored. Help them out by staying on the trails and not taking any plant or animal life home with you.
There are plenty of picnic areas so why not enjoy some of your own home packed lunch!
Make sure you stay on the designated trails, and wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Never hike alone either!
Make sure you take plenty of bottled water and some healthy snacks. You will need them out on the trails.
The fourth viewing bling off 59th Ave is handicap accessible. Be careful on the trails and use your own judgement for accessibility
Motor vehicles are not permitted on the trails