Started in 2000, the High Desert Park’s Nature Trail was planned with the help of a committee of High Desert Helpers, Inc. The trail was accepted into the Arizona State Trails System on January 26, 2001. The length of the original trail is .8 miles with elevations from 2000-2200 ft. and most hikers would rate the trail’s degree of difficulty as moderate.
For those who shy away from ups and downs, our 1/2 mile inner trail is ready for casual walkers. For more serious hikers, the combined trail is a 2.7 mile loop of up and down terrain. Both trails feature overlooks with sweeping Sonoran Desert and mountain vistas. Views from the trails include the Southern Bradshaws, Black Mesa, New River Mountains, and the Agua Fria River valley.
Benches are appropriately placed to help you contemplate and enjoy the views which are beautiful and breathtaking. The first overlook, which sports several benches for resting, is located in a handicapped section accessible by wheelchair or electric cart. It’s peaceful and serene.
A kiosk at the trail entrance highlights the wildlife and flora of the area. Many shrubs and plants are identified by wooden signs. A favorite time to walk the trail is in the springtime when the wildflowers and cacti are in bloom. Expect to see an extensive bird population while strolling along the trail. Early morning is the best time of day for listening to the chorus of bird songs. Wildlife that has been spotted includes: deer, javelina, coyote, foxes, rabbits, roadrunners, quail, desert tortoise, and our infamous rattlesnake.
The physical activity of walking is a healthy exercise for your body, and a great way to lose weight; plus it relaxes the mind and enhances psychological well-being. It is also a wonderful way to spend quality time with family and friends. Visitors of all ages will appreciate the opportunity to experience nature, experience solitude, and experience a unique place.
Enjoy your walk on our trail. Bring your hiking stick. Take lots of pictures, and leave only footprints. We hope to see you on one of our trails in the near future!
“I love the views from the park. Those mountains and plateaus are awesome.” ~Josh, 12