I have been hiking like crazy during our time here in Arizona! I am truly an outdoorsy girl at heart, but feel like I have drifted away from that some in the last year or so. Arizona has really reignited my love for being outside! My husband and I went on a fun little hike the other day with our dogs and I wanted to share the hike and some pictures with you all!
White Tank Mountain Regional Park
White Tank Mountain Regional Park is nearly 30,000 acres of beautiful desert landscape located northwest of Phoenix. Naturally, the highlight of the park is the White Tank Mountains, which take up nearly the entire park.
A really unique part of this park is that it’s home to handful of petroglyphs (prehistoric carvings in rocks) scattered throughout the park. Most are of the Native American Hohokam origin, and some are thought to have been created thousands of years ago by Meso-Indians. Check out the 3rd photo below for some great petroglyphs!
The park is open to hiking, camping, biking, and horseback riding and has over 12 different trails of various lengths and difficulties. Casey and I wanted something really easy (easy enough to take our blind dog on), so we decided on the Waterfall Hike.
The Waterfall hike is rated “easiest” and is even paved the first half mile. The entire hike out and back is 0.9 miles in length. This hike is perfect for anyone and everyone. There is little to no elevation change. It’s more a nature walk then a hike. We saw a lot of families and people with young kids on this trail. Also it’s important to note: you’re probably not going to see the waterfall actually flowing unless it’s been particularly wet or there’s been a recent downpour. The waterfall wasn’t flowing when we were there, but there was a small pool of water at the bottom of the waterfall were it would flow.
PS – It’s also important to know it’ll cost you $6 to enter the park by car, and $2 to walk or bike in.