5 Things to Do Outdoors in Metro Phoenix This April

Singing birds, cool breezes, and blooming flowers. Yep, it must be April!
Singing birds, cool breezes, and blooming flowers. Yep, it must be April!

You’ve probably noticed the flowers blooming a little brighter and the birds singing a little louder. The cool breeze is coming through the window, and there's the slight urge to roll up your window at a stoplight upon hearing the music coming from the car next to you. Spring's here. And it's the perfect time to get outdoors in metro Phoenix. Not sure where to start? Here are five great things to do outdoors this month to get you started.

Enjoy the blooming desert with a guided wildflower hike through Estrella Mountain Regional Park.
Enjoy the blooming desert with a guided wildflower hike through Estrella Mountain Regional Park.
Wildflower Hike
9 a.m. on Sunday, April 3 
Estrella Mountain Regional Park

Get a closer look at the beautiful blooming desert with this picturesque hike. Located at 14805 West Vineyard Avenue in Goodyear, Estrella Mountain Regional Park offers more than 33 miles of trails spanning all levels of difficulty from moderate to more advanced options. All are welcome to join on this moderate 2.6-mile guided hike for a wonderful walk alongside the many flourishing wildflowers inhabiting this mountainous area this month.

Awaken stories of the past with this hike into history at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.
Awaken stories of the past with this hike into history at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

Hike into History

Sunday, April 10


White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Take a hike into history with this trek through the Willow Springs Area. Considered a moderate-to-difficult hike, this seven-mile outing will lead you to an abandoned habitation and other historic sites, awakening stories of the past and providing a new outlook on the desert and its surroundings. This hike will meet at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to take about five hours. Park staff recommend bringing at least one gallon of water and a snack. 

Grab a blanket and some lawn chairs for Moonlit Movie night at Scottsdale Promenade.
Grab a blanket and some lawn chairs for Moonlit Movie night at Scottsdale Promenade.

Moonlit Drive-In Movies
Saturday, April 16
The Promenade

Why watch a movie inside when you can enjoy one by the light of the moon? Grab a blanket, some lawn chairs, and a few of your closest friends for a night outside at the movies. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m., with balloon animals, popcorn, and giveaways from the stores and restaurants of Scottsdale’s Promenade. Kung Fu Panda 3 starts at 7:30, and the event offers a chance to donate to the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation.

Put some newly learned skills to the test with San Tan Mountains' Mountain Bike 101.EXPAND
Put some newly learned skills to the test with San Tan Mountains' Mountain Bike 101.
Leslie Kehmeier/Flickr

Mountain Bike 101
Sunday, April 17
San Tan Mountain

Get an A-to-Z introduction to mountain biking on the desert terrain of San Tan Mountain. Topics covered include safety, proper gear and equipment, balance, control, and overall bike confidence. This ride will meet at 8 a.m. at the main trailhead, where a 30-minute class will take place, followed by a two-mile ride where attendees can put their new skills into action. For safety reasons, helmets are required and plenty of water is recommended.

Enjoy April's full moon with a guided full "pink" moon hike at San Tan Mountain Regional Park.
Enjoy April's full moon with a guided full "pink" moon hike at San Tan Mountain Regional Park.

Full “Pink” Moon Hike
Friday, April 22
San Tan Mountain Regional Park

Enjoy Earth Day well into the evening with a Full “Pink” Moon hike in the San Tan Mountain Regional Park. The hike is named for the Wild Ground Phlox, a pink wildflower that gets an early start on blooming in the desert. It's a great way to enjoy April’s full moon. This hike will start at 8 p.m. and consists of an easy 2.2-mile trek on the Stargazer Loop Trail. Proper footwear is a must, and guides recommend checking the weather for suitable attire.

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San Tan Mountain Regional Park

6533 W. Phillips Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85242

480-655-5554

www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan

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White Tank Mountains Regional Park

13025 N. White Tank Mountain Rd.
Waddell, AZ 85355

623-935-2505

www.maricopa.gov/parks/white%5Ftank

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Estrella Mountain Regional Park

14805 W. Vineyard Ave.
Goodyear, AZ 85338

623-932-7718


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