At nearly 30,000 acres, the White Tank Mountain Regional Park is the largest regional park in Maricopa County, and it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the beautiful Arizona landscape.
With approximately 30 miles of shared-use trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, and 2.5 miles of pedestrian-only trails, you can get active during your vacation and experience the serenity of nature. Day hikes provide breathtaking views of the mountains, the desert landscape and panoramas of the Valley below.
If you want learn more about the plant and wildlife found in the mountain range, head to the Nature Center or check out the park’s events calendar. The park offers events throughout the year like Nature Discovery Scavenger Hunts, or the Blackrock Petrogylph Hike – a one and a half mile walk through a Hohokam village site where you will see ancient petroglyphs.
The largest group of rock-art panels is along the Waterfall Canyon Trail at "Petroglyph Plaza".
So, now know you know why you should go, but you may be asking what’s with the name ‘White Tank Mountain’?
Here’s the answer… The range is deeply serrated with ridges and canyons. Infrequent heavy rains cause flash floodwaters to plunge through the canyons and pour onto the plain. These torrential flows, pouring down chutes and dropping off ledges, have scoured out a series of depressions, or tanks, in the white granite rock below, giving the mountain its name.
Nature Center Hours:
Summer (05/07 - 10/08)
- Monday thru Saturday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Sunday: Closed
- Winter (10/09 - 05/06)
- Sunday thru Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Sunday thru Thursday: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Friday thru Saturday: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. / 365 days a year
White Tank Mountain Regional Park
20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road
Waddell, AZ 85355