Where to Hike in Queen Creek, Arizona
I grew up in the east valley about an hour from Phoenix, Arizona. I would go hiking all over the valley and drive over to the Superstition Springs Mountain area often because I didn’t really see any other options. One day I wanted to go out an adventure but, didn’t want to drive too far. I got on Google and stumbled upon the San Tan Mountain Regional Park which is technically located in Queen Creek, Arizona. It is perfect for those in the Queen Creek, San Tan Valley area because it’s about 15-20 minute drive depending on what part of town you are coming from. It is a Maricopa County Park and is maintained by the county. I do feel like they do a pretty great job –every time we have visited over the past 4 years it has been clean and well taken care of. It costs $7 per vehicle to enter the park (bring cash).
I have some strong feelings about this regional park and I will disclose them up front:
- I haven’t found a hike here that is really challenging. It is very easy and for beginners in all honesty. It is a great family friendly solution
- Only one hike is “uphill” – we did this hike multiple times while carrying a 2 year old and baby-wearing. It is a great alternative though instead of driving into central Phoenix to get to those popular, overcrowded hikes. Maybe because I like to find spots that take me to a cool destination at the end or give me an amazing view. I usually try to avoid loops when possible cause it gets a little boring for me.
Brittany’s Positive’s about San Tan Mountain Regional Park
- Family Friendly – we see tons of families here and hike with our children often at this park
- Very Clean – every time I have ever hit the trails are all very well kept and maintained
- Clearly marked and defined trails
- Not too crowded. I don’t know if it is my luck but, anytime that we have hiked here (alone or with kids) I have never had a problem parking or hiking due to crowding.
Here is a great map of the park that highlights the various trails available at this park: Trail Map of San Tan Mountain Regional Park
You will notice that there are a lot of little trails available here that make a great loop that is perfect for a nice stroll. This offers a nice, desert nature walk to really get some energy out and explore in nature. If you are looking for a local spot to get the kids out to get an introduction to hiking and exploring in the desertscape this is a great solution. I am still on the hunt to find more hikes out in the East Valley that have that “gorgeous, view”. They are far and few between out here in my opinion. However, the kids love it.
Arizona Hiking Reminders
- As always just keep your eyes out because you are hiking in the desert and I have seen snakes near the trail about 80% of the time that I have ever hiked here.
- Bring more water than you think you will need especially with the kids along for the hike.
- Head Protection and Sunscreen – there is pretty much no brush cover and or shade on the trails.
Look forward to your thoughts on the San Tan Mountain Regional Park and your feedback on the hikes here.
Let me know what you think. Happy Hiking.