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Thunderbird Conservation ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2002
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I'm new to Phoenix and this park is near my house so I gave it a try. If you're in this area, I'd recommend a side-trip to the Deer Valley Rock Art Center (623-582-8007) which is nearby. The DVRAC has petroglyphs on nearly 600 boulders in a 47 acre nature preserve. There is also a waterpark for the kids just east as well as a golf course.

This hike rates about a 3 for me. I took the "H1" trail off of Pinnacle Peak Rd and then took H2 to the top. I'll explore the other "H" trails some other day. It's a fairly small park but you'll still want to bring plenty of water if it's hot, like it was today. There are several "H" trails to keep you busy on return trips. From the top of H2 I could see the city skyline to the south, the Deer Valley airport is viewable in the distance to the east. This hike provides no shade and somewhat scarce vegetation. The mountain is very rocky, lots of lava rock to be seen...and tripped over if you don't keep your eyes down.

I wouldn't drive far out of my way to hike here. It's a shorter hike and I prefer more trees and vegetation. As a city park however, it's fantastic to have and does offer a nice 360 view from the top of the surrounding city and mountains.
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