Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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White Tank Regional Park is located on the West Side of the Phoenix Metropolitan area.  The park is roughly 30,000 acres and the largest park in Maricopa County. The park is home to the White Tank Mountains and Goldwater Peak which is the highest peak in the range.  The park is open daily (5 AM-9 PM From May 1- October 31, 6 AM-9 PM November 1-April 30) and also has two campgrounds for overnight use.  The family campground is an excellent choice for RVs while the Willow Campground is better suited for tents. There is also a nature center which usually has snakes and other reptiles to view and the building also houses a branch of the Maricopa County Library System. 

The park is home to approximately 30 miles of shared use trail and it is great for local outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy their activity of choice.  From hiking to mountain biking to horseback riding, there are trails for everybody.   The trails range in degree of difficulty and some trails are relatively flat and easy while others are much steeper in nature.  Trails such as the Mule Deer Trail and Waterfall Trail (where there is actually a waterfall after heavy monsoon rains) are shorter and easier.  Trails like Ford Canyon, Mesquite Canyon, and Goat Camp Trail will take hikers and bikers up and into the canyons and deeper into the mountain range as well as give hikers a view of the desert to the west.

This park is ideal for sunrise because of its location and there are plenty of picnic areas where people can enjoy the sunrise.  Some places are very close to the road while other benches are a short hike to beautiful views of the West Valley and the Estrella Mountains. Maricopa Parks and Recreation does a good job of maintaining their facilities and trails so that people can enjoy their time outdoors.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Winter
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Entrance Fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Close to Phoenix. Views of the West Valley and Estrella Mountains.

Cons

Extreme Heat in Summer. Can Get Congested.

Features

Flushing toilets
Wildlife
Big vistas
Shelters
Dump stations
Picnic tables
Wildflowers
Bird watching
Horseback riding
Bicycling
Potable water
Covered picnic areas

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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