At nearly 30,000 acres, the White Tank Mountain Regional Park is the largest regional park in Maricopa County. Most of the park is made up of the rugged and beautiful White Tank Mountains serrated with ridges and canyons that rise sharply from its base to peak at over 4,000 feet.
White Tank Mountain Regional Park offers approximately 30 miles of excellent shared-use trails, ranging in length from 0.9 mile to 7.9 miles, and difficulty from easy to strenuous. Overnight backpacking, with a permit, is allowed in established backcountry campsites. Day hikes can provide some breathtaking views of the mountains and panoramas of the valley below. Horseback and mountain bike riders are welcomed, although caution is stressed as some of the trails may be extremely difficult.
In addition, there are 2.5 miles of pedestrian-only trails. These include two short trails that are hard-surfaced and barrier free. Waterfall Trail is barrier-free to Petroglyph Plaza, about 4/10 of a mile from the parking lot.
All trails are multi-use unless otherwise designated. All trail users are encouraged to practice proper trail etiquette.
Why are they called the White Tank Mountains? Rain flow, pouring down chutes and dropping off ledges, have scoured out a series of depressions, or tanks, in the white granite rock below, thus giving the mountains their name.
Sunday thru Thurs.: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. / Friday thru Saturday: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. / 365 days a year
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