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2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE 95 recreation ESTRELLA MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK This large park, encompassing 19,840 acres of desert and mountains in Goodyear, is located near the confluence of the Gila and Agua Fria rivers in the Southwest Valley. The majority of the park is pristine desert similar to the landscape encountered by the first settlers and explorers — the wild wild West. The park offers more than 33 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 2.3 miles to 8.8 miles and in difficulty from easy to strenuous. Be sure to stay on the designated trails. Also within the park is Estrella Mountain Golf Course designed by renowned golf course architect Red Lawrence. Renovated in 1998, this traditional par 71 championship parkland- style golf course opened in 1962 and was totally renovated in 1998. 623- 932- 3811 www. maricopa. gov/ parks WHITE TANK MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK White Tank boasts more than 30,000 acres and 10 trails, and is perfect for horseback riding. Choose a one- or two- hour ride at a cost ranging from $ 30 to $ 50. White Tanks Riding Stables also offers a twilight wagon ride — a Conestoga without the top. The park also has great hiking for the advanced hiker and has barrier- free trails for individuals with disabilities or people with strollers. One of the most popular trails is the Waterfall Trail, easily trekked by just about anyone. White Tanks Park also has a 10- mile competitive mountain biking track. 623- 935- 2505 www. maricopa. gov/ parks CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN Every year, thousands of hikers and nature lovers are drawn to Camelback Mountain's red sandstone cliffs and signature hump. Two strenuous and somewhat tricky trails — best left for more experienced hikers — lead to the summit. Beginners may enjoy the easier trails along Camelback's base. 602- 262- 6862 www. phoenix. gov/ parks LEFT: Hiking at Echo Mountain in Scottsdale. ABOVE: Mountain biking at one of the Valley's many parks is quite popular. BOTTOM: A hiker hits the trail at White Tank Mountain Regional Park. photos: Above, jill reagor, greater phoenix cvb; below, T he Arizona R epublic

96 2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE recreation AAA Arizona • 800- 352- 5382 • www. aaaaz. com • 602- 674- 1116 Arizona Office of Tourism • 866- 275- 5816 • www. azot. com • www. arizonaguide. com Arizona Highways Magazine • 800- 543- 5432 • www. arizonahighways. com Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau • 877- 225- 5749 ( CALLPHX) • 602- 254- 6500 • www. visitphoenix. com RECREATION RESOURCE GUIDE The Desert Botanical Gardens Phoenix 480- 941- 1225 www. dbg. com D- Spur Ranch Gold Canyon 602- 810- 7029 www. dspurranch. com Macdonald's Ranch Scottsdale 480- 585- 0239 www. macdonalds ranch. com Out of Africa Camp Verde ( north of Phoenix) 928- 567- 2840 The Phoenix Zoo Phoenix 602- 273- 1341 www. phoenixzoo. org Rawhide Western Town Chandler 480- 502- 5600 www. rawhide. com Talieson West: Frank Lloyd Wright's Western Outpost Scottsdale 480- 860- 2700 Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium Litchfield Park 623- 935- 9453 www. wildlifeworld. com PIESTEWA PEAK Previously known as Squaw Peak, Piestewa Peak is named after fallen soldier, Lori Piestewa, who served in Iraq. She was the first Native American woman to lose her life in combat while serving in the U. S. military and the first woman in the U. S. armed forces to die in the Iraq war. The Park offers hikes of various difficulties and great views of the Valley. Located in the heart of Phoenix, the Peak's main attractions are the Summit Trail and the Circumference Trail. The Summit Trail, 1.2 miles long, is by far the more traveled of the two. 602- 262- 7901 www. phoenix. gov/ parks SOUTH MOUNTAIN South Mountain Park/ Preserve is often referred to as the largest municipal park in the country. Its 16,000 acres stretch throughout central and south Phoenix. The preserve offers 58 miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails for all skill levels. 602- 495- 0222 www. phoenix. gov/ parks SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS Just east of Apache Junction, near the city of Mesa, the Superstition Mountains are laden with hiking trails and Western folklore. Visitors can discover abandoned ghost towns, historical museums and vast, wide- open hiking trails, including one of the most famous — the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine. 480- 983- 4888 www. superstitionmountain museum. org TEMPE TOWN LAKE With more than 2 million people visiting each year, Tempe Town Lake is one of Arizona's most popular tourist destinations. The site, along Tempe's northern border, hosts such exciting activities as concerts, art and music festivals, Oktoberfest, the P. F. Chang's Rock ' n' Roll Marathon and more. Visitors can also fish or enjoy the lake in a rented pedal boat, motorboat or kayak — or bring their own sailboat or canoe. ( Fishing licenses and boating permits are required.) 480- 350- 8625 www. tempe. gov/ lake GRANITE MOUNTAIN While the county park system does not allow offroading in any of its parks, there are places you can have some ATV fun. Granite Mountain in North Scottsdale is one of the most popular areas people enjoy. In this part of the Valley you will find rocky scenic trails and perimeter trails for ATVs. The Bureau of Land Management and the State Land Department are the agencies authorized to provide special permits for this type of activity. 602- 364- 2753 www. blm. gov Additional outdoor venues: photos: The arizona republic