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Getting Outside For A Day Of Play In Central Arizona

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 11:15 PM


Finding a place to make a day of play in Central Arizona.

Are you ready to get your children out for some great outdoor-adventuring in Central Arizona?

 You're probably not interested in meeting the entire city of Phoenix by hiking Camelback Mountain in the Phoenix preserve and maybe you don't want to elevate your heart rate for several hours to get to the Flat Iron in the Superstitions. You just want to take the kids on a realistic daytime adventure.


Maybe you’re visiting or maybe you live here in the area either way this list is for you!



Here are a few of my favorite get some dirt-in-the-eye and some sun-on-the-skin sort of spots. Pack a lunch and bring a picnic each place listed has ramada picnic areas available.

Veteran’s Oasis Park

4050 E Chandler Heights Rd, Chandler, AZ 85249

(More than 4 miles of walking can be had here)

Environmental Education Center

Fishing (Children under 9 do NOT need a license)



Bird Watching


Paved Interpretive Path (Also Including a Solar System Walk)



SanTan Mountain Regional Park

6533 W. Phillips Road Queen Creek, AZ 85242

Phone: (480) 655-5554

Military Memorial

Unpaved trails with little or no elevation gain

Horseback Riding


ENTRY FEE- $6 per car


South Mountain

Main Entrance: 10919 S. Central Ave., 85042

 Phone: (602) 262-7393

Judith Tunnell Trail(access from the Education Center parking lot)

Horseback Riding

Dobbins Lookout (you drive to this location at the top of the mountain and can let the kids run, jump and climb through the trails that surround it)

Education Center




White Tank Mountains RP

20304 W. White Tank Mountain Road Waddell, AZ 85355

Phone: (623) 935-2505

Nature Center

Playground at the Base of the Mountain

Waterfall Trail (especially after a heavy rain of consecutive days)

Petroglyphs on the Waterfall Trail (Pedestrian Only Trail)

Easy trail- Black Rock Trail (Pedestrian Only Trail)




Boyce Thompson Arboretum

 37615 U.S. 60, Superior, AZ 85273

(520) 689-2723

A must see in Superior, Arizona the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is part of the Arizona State Parks

We like to make sure that everyone has a safe and pleasurable time while outdoors. We always encourage outdoor play for adults and children alike but truly enjoy when people take a moment to fully prepare for a day outdoors. Here are our suggestions for day hike essentials and a short guide to keeping your child prepared.

Disclosure: As with any outdoor activity you need to plan properly and adhere to all National, State and City ordinances. We only offer an insight to our own experiences and do not take any responsibility for you or any persons accompanying you on this or any outdoor recreation activities listed on this website or any other Mountain Matron Social Outlets.

Categories: Hiking, Travel

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