WHITE TANK MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK

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WHITE TANK MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK

 

These majestic mountains reach 4000 feet into the sky and are separated by the Phoenix Basin of the Salt River Valley from the Hassayampa Plain.  Flood waters have scoured out depressions, or "tanks", in the white granite rock which gives the name to these mountains.

You will find a Nature Center located in the new Regional Library, an Amphitheater used for educational programs located behind the Nature Center, picnic areas, grills, restrooms, and water fountains.  Area 6 has a playground.  There are group picnic areas some with ramadas and tables.  The park offers youth group area camping, family campgrounds, and 33 miles of hiking trails.

The hiking trails range from extremely difficult to beginner levels.  The White Tank Regional Park is open from 6 am to 8 pm Sun-Thurs and 6 am to 10 pm on Fri & Sat.  A per-vehicle entry fee is required.  When I have visited the Park I have always paid $6 per car entry.  It is beautiful, quiet and you can see all of Phoenix when you reach the top of most of the trails.  My favorite hiking trail is the "Waterfall" trail which is 1 mile in length.  At the end of this trail and after a rain you may see a waterfall...

Located:  20304 W White Tank Mountain Road, Waddell, AZ 85355