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Veteran's Oasis Park, AZ

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Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,278 feet
Elevation Gain 30 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.65
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Author Charger55
author avatar Guides 4
Routes 0
Photos 542
Trips 549 map ( 2,199 miles )
Age 41 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:37am - 7:30pm
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Chandler's Riparian Preserve
by Charger55

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Veteran's Oasis Park. The name doesn't tell you much but I can guarantee visitors to this wetland preserve in the southeast Valley will be pleasantly surprised.

It's similar in style and structure to the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, but without the crowds (or the feral cats) that you tend to see in Gilbert. The park offers 4.5 miles of nature trails in a wetland habitat. Most of the trails circumnavigate marshes that will have varying degrees of reclaimed water in them. This, of course, makes Veteran's Oasis Park and ideal spot to get up close and personal with water-loving birds. An assortment of ducks, Great Blue Herons, Double-crested Cormorants and Coots call the park home. There's also a healthy population of doves, finches, grackles and other non-water birds that you'll find in the trees around the ponds. Some of the ponds also have islands where nesting burrowing owls reside. Unfortunately, these islands are off limits and a little too far to catch a glimpse of the owls. The majority of the park is made up of a large lake where urban fishing is permitted. Adjacent to that is the Chandler Environmental Education Center where you can observe an assortment of creepy crawlies in glass containers. The center also offers all sorts of nature programs to inquire about.

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2012-06-05 Charger55
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Paved - Car Okay

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    From the Loop 202 (San Tan Freeway) exit at Gilbert Road and proceed south. Turn east on Chandler Heights Rd and proceed to Lindsay Road. The park is located on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights Road & Lindsay Road.
    page created by Charger55 on Jun 05 2012 2:30 pm
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