This park covers over 10,000 acres of land ranging from spare creosote flats to dense saguaro forests. Enjoy beautiful hikes and desert wildlife viewing.
Visit the visitors center to see exhibits, purchase souvenirs, or visit with rangers.
A group of friends and I took our preschoolers hiking on the Moonlight Trail. This hike was 2 miles round trip from the parking lot with little to no shade, but the kids did great! There is a large variety of desert plants to look at and right now (March) they are all in bloom. The kids loved stopping to admire the blossoms on Hedgehog cactus. There are great views all around the trail. There was a park bench about halfway through the loop beside a giant Saguaro which provides some shade. It was a great place to take a little rest with a snack. Some parts of the trail have small cactus nearby so make sure you warn your kids to stay on the trail. One of our preschoolers stepped right onto a small cactus and the spines went through his shoe. Also be on the lookout for droppings from horses who also use the trail. I recommend visiting this trail early in the spring so you get the blossoms but not the full heat. I'm sure it would be great to hike in the winter, too, just not as colorful. Bring water and wear sunscreen and a hat. You'll also want a camera.