One of my favorite things about living in Gilbert, Arizona, is the impressive number of outdoor hiking trails.
- I love exploring the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert.
The hiking trails provide the opportunity to get away from the stress and responsibilities of everyday life. The breathtaking landscapes of Arizona are truly magical. The Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is a 110-acre park located in the heart of Gilbert. It’s an opportunity to hike through an exotic wetland habitat. The setting is very different from the surrounding desert landscape. The park offers a number of well-maintained trails. The Explorer Trail winds around several ponds and is a great spot for bird-watching. With a short drive, I can reach the San Tan Mountain Regional Park. The hiking trails range from easy strolls to strenuous endeavors. The Moonlight Trail includes stunning views of the Sonoran Desert the Valley and is of moderate difficulty. Veterans Oasis Park is another chance to enjoy the sunshine and scenery. Desert Hawk Trail loops around the park’s picturesque lakes and is a great stretch for a hike or a jog. The park also hosts education programs for anyone who wants to learn more bout Arizona’s native flora and fauna. Gilbert Regional Park is fairly new and includes a really lovely lake and scenic pathways. While it’s not as extensive as some of the other destinations, the well-maintained paths are perfect for diding my bike. A quick drive leads me to South Mountain Park and Preserve, where I can take advantage of some of the most amazing hiking experiences in the Phoenix area. There are more than fifty miles of hiking trails, including Hidden Valley Trail that covers rugged terrain and views of the Valley. It’s a bit more challenging, but especially rewarding.