Peralta Regional Park, AZ | HikeArizona

Peralta Regional Park, AZ

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Distance Multi-Loop 9.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,077 feet
Elevation Gain 500 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,000 feet
Avg Time Hiking 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.53
 Interest Historic
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The park has no electricity, water, or trash service, so campers must pack in what they need and pack out all waste. (No RV camping, tent-only)
Overview [ 2023 Map ]
Peralta Regional Park is situated adjacent to Peralta Road just south of the Superstition Mountains.
It includes the following amenities:
* Equestrian Staging Area
* 9+ miles of multi-use NON-motorized trails with varying difficulty
* 18 Picnic Sites and 2 Large Group Picnic Sites
* Stargazing Node for setting up a telescope
* 31 Remote Campsites
* Interpretive trail with educational panels
* Waterless Restrooms
The park is open from dawn to 10:00 pm for day-use guests. Check local sunrise times when planning your visit.

A master plan was created in 2015 and the park opened to the public on January 12, 2023.

Interpretive Trail = 0.528 miles
Difficulty Beginner
* Six educational interpretive panels
1. Bats are the heroes of the night!
2. The Living History of the landscape
3. Quarter Circle U Ranch
4. The Sonoran Desert Tortoise thrives in desert environments
5. Superstition's Mineral Legacy
6. Bighorn Sheep are amazingly agile
* Sitting benches
* Harder surface trail, good for strollers, wheelchairs, etc.

Serenity Loop = 1.263 miles
Difficulty Beginner/Intermediate
* Intersects with Interpretive Trail
* Many picnic ramadas are nearby

Desperado Trail = 2.659 miles
Difficulty Intermediate/Advanced
* Longest trail option
* Connects to most other trail loops
* Begins at the horse staging parking lot on the West end of the park
* Desert riparian area experience on portions of the trail
* East portion of the trail requires some route-finding skills
* A full half-mile along the East portion provides complete solitude (No buildings/vehicles visible)
* North Star Trail is a spur trail from near the middle of Desperado Trail

North Star Trail = 0.278 miles
Difficulty Advanced/Expert
* The end of the trail is the highest trail point in the park
* Great views
* The trail DOES NOT reach the summit of the peak, which is outside the park boundary
* Two crested arm saguaros visible from the end of the trail point
* The upper portion of the trail is not recommended for bicycles
* No equestrians on the upper portions of the trail. This area has "No Equestrian" signage

Saguaro Loop = 1.214 miles
* Hole-in-the-Rock Arch
* Scenic views of the Superstition Mountains
* Begins/ends at the NE end of the Desperado Trail
ORO VISTA LOOP = 1.093 miles
* Very narrow single track on the northwest portion of the loop
* View/rest spot at the very north end of the trail
* Scenic views of the Superstition Mountains

Wanderer Trail = 0.433 miles
Intermediate/Advanced (to get to the trail), beginner once on the trail
* Ridgeline trail with great 360-degree views on most of the trail
* Scenic views of the Superstition Mountains
* Intersects with the view/rest spot on the Oro Vista Loop

Stargazing Trail = 0.278 miles
Difficulty Beginner/Intermediate
* Stargazing Node
* Several wash crossings

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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.

 Permit $$
Special Use

Day Use Fees 2023
$7 per vehicle for day-use visitors.
There are three options when purchasing a day-use pass:
#1. Purchase a pass online in advance at this link:
(You will be required to create an account with Pinal County to purchase a pass online
If you prefer to pay onsite:
#2. Scan the QR code listed on the park kiosks
#3. Pay with cash at the Iron Rangers.
Place cash in the envelope, tear off the permit for your vehicle and place the envelope in the slot provided in the Iron Ranger.
NOTE: Exact amount is required as change will not be provided (If you choose to leave extra, it will be appreciated)

Camping Fees
Overnight camping is $10 per night for the individual sites
Group sites are $35 per night

Camping Reservations are online here:
Peralta Regional Park is designed for a backcountry primitive camping experience. The park offers rustic campsites for tent and car camping only.
Tent campsites have a parking space (10x20 ft) to accommodate ONE vehicle up to 20 feet in length. NO vehicles longer than 20' are permitted in the camping areas.
A secluded backpack camping experience with convenient access to the trail system and water-less toilets are nearby.

Ramada Rental Fees
Individual = $10 per day
Group = $35 per day

Ramada Reservations are online here:

FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike
From the Valley take US 60 East, through Gold Canyon, and turn left just past Milepost 204 at the stop light onto Peralta Road, continue 4.1 miles to the park entrance on your right.
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