San Tan Mountain Regional Park, Queen Creek

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Goldmine Mountain is located in the northern area, with a spectacular San Tan Mountain escarpment in the southern portion of the park. The vegetation changes from creosote flats to dense saguaro forest. Various types of wildlife may be observed, including reptiles, birds, and mammals.

San Tan Mountain Regional Park also has a Visitor's Center. Don’t forget to stop by the Visitor's Center to pick up educational tidbits, purchase souvenir items, visit with park staff, and see the wildlife exhibits or tortoise habitat. Restroom facilities are available and additional amenities are slated for future development.
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  • I’ve been visiting this Park for the past 10 years. There are a variety of trails, and the park map can give you an idea of hiking difficulty. The park usage has steadily increased, with hikers, runne...  more »
  • It gets busy as the sun goes down, and not sure WHY you would subject yourself to the abuse to RUN up this trail but there were a few. I would rather do 100 Squats then run up it, just very rocky and ...  more »
  • We had lived in Phoenix for about 5 years, before we ventured to San Tan Mountain Regional Park for the first time. We lost one of our beloved dogs, who was buried in San Tan Pet Cemetery, and while d...  more »
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  • We recently visited San Tan Mountain RP for the first time and had a wonderful hiking experience. We visited on a Sunday afternoon in December and although some of the reviews warned about the trails getting busy we didn't find that to be the case on our visit. We are recent transplants to Arizona and wanted somewhere we can begin to hike safely on our own but also spend a lot of time outdoors. This park was perfect. There are a number of trails and most are in the beginner/ moderate category. They interlink and are well marked and so you can have a hiking experience almost as long or as short as you wish. The visitor center was useful, with leaflets, books, and local information and also had snacks and water available. The restrooms were clean and located beside the visitor center. We will definitely be back to this park regularly.
  • We always enjoy hiking the goldmine trail. The only thing to watch out for on the other trails are the trains of bikes . There were a few classes of teenagers on bikes that were 10 or more. They are very courteous but you need to remember to give them the right of way and be watching and listening for them. Outside of that the area is beautiful and trails are kept up.
  • I do a quick 4.5 mile loop each morning during the week. The dynamite/goldmine loop has enough elevation gain to get the heart pumping. The hike itself is scenic and the trail can be a challenge by increasing your speed a bit.
  • I love this park. The paths are lined out perfectly and the trails are marked. There is plenty of parking and restrooms to use. It is great for just a nice walk, a bike ride, or trail running. The sunset are always unique and beautiful. The rangers that work here are always so nice and helpful. I normally spend at least one day a week here.
  • A beautiful place to experience desert life. First, visit the Nature Center to get a good overview of the park and a map of the trails. The park offers multiple trails to hike ranging from easy to challenging. Equestrians can trailer in their horses and ride the same trails as folks on foot, as well as the folks riding their mountain bikes. As a senior, I appreciate the occasional benches located on trails for a respite and zen moment. Bring your water! The Park also offers occasional walking tours to learn about the desert's indigenous flora and fauna. Dogs on leash are welcome. :)
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