Mesa is surrounded by hiking trails for all ages.
Hitting the trail by foot offers one of the best ways to experience the desert flora up close and personal (not to mention fauna with countless species of birds, Big Horn sheep, deer and javelina roaming freely through the landscape). Mesa is surrounded by hiking trails for all ages with varying levels of difficulty and distances to choose from. Though Mesa boasts miles and miles of desert hiking trails, below are some of the more popular paths for visitors.
Usery Mountain Regional Park: More than 29 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 0.2 miles to over 7 miles, and range in difficulty from easy to difficult. Trails here are popular because they offer enough elevation to experience spectacular vistas of the Valley. Entry fee. Detailed trail maps available at the on-site Nature Center.
Lost Dutchman State Park: Several trails lead from the park into the Superstition Wilderness and surrounding Tonto National Forest. Take a stroll along the Native Plant Trail or hike the challenging Siphon Draw Trail to the top of the Flatiron. Entry fee. Day use and overnight camping available.
San Tan Mountain Regional Park: More than eight miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Park trails range in length from 1.1 miles to over 5 miles, and range in difficulty from easy to strenuous. The trails within the San Tan Mountain Regional Park offer a unique perspective of the lower Sonoran Desert with wildlife, plant-life and scenic mountain views.
Tonto National Forest: Nearest areas for hiking include the Four Peaks and Superstition Wilderness areas. For detailed hiking locations, contact the Mesa Ranger Station. Tonto Pass necessary for access.
Before heading out to explore the vast Sonoran Desert, take caution. While the desert offers breathtaking scenery, it can also be unfamiliar territory for out-of-town guests not acclimated to the varied temperatures and rugged terrain. Below is a list of tips before hitting the trail.
This informative video shares helpful tips for visitors before planning their desert explorations. In addition, the video captures a personal story and hiker rescue, while encouraging visitors to stay on the marked trails when visiting Mesa area parks. Produced by City of Mesa Fire and Medical Department.
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