A Not-So-Hidden Gem

This weekend, I had the chance to hike a few trails at Thunderbird Conservation Park, in Glendale. Despite having lived in town for a few years, I’ve failed to explore this wonderful park.

Located in the Hedgpeth Hills, off of 59th Avenue, between Deer Valley and Pinnacle Peak Roads, the park includes roughly 15 miles of multi-use trails, as well as plenty of places to picnic, bird watch or just sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Although the only wildlife I saw was my husband’s extended family (sshhhhh!), foxes, bobcats, raccoons, desert tortoises and a slew of birds are known to frequent the area.

If you’re a metro Phoenix local or just passing through, I’d definitely recommend a trip to the park. For more information, visit http://www.glendaleaz.com/PARKSANDRECREATION/parksandfacilities/thunderbirdpark.cfm.

— Kelly Kramer, Associate Editor

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