It’s Spring, and warmer temperatures in the Valley are on their way! Before pools and popsicles become the norm, be sure to take advantage of cooler weather this spring by planning fun and inexpensive activities outside! Spring is a fantastic time to get on the many trails all around Arizona. Looking for a cultural event or place to take your family biking? Our beautiful state has plenty to offer.
A prominent feature of the Valley, the Superstition Mountains Flatiron is a massive rock that looks like an upside-down clothes iron. During the cooler months of the year, hiking Flatiron is ideal. The trail offers spectacular views. Be advised: it is a strenuous hike and 6 miles roundtrip. It involves route finding and hand climbing.
Location: Take U.S. 60 east to Idaho Rd, taking State Route 88 to SR 88 and park entrance.
Admission: $7 per vehicle
For more information call 480-982-4485 or visit azstateparks.com/lost-dutchman.
Rio Salado Pathway
Urban trail systems continue to connect cities such as Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale and more. Whether using them for recreation or your commute, take advantage of these trails in the cooler months of the year. Recently, the trail system expanded along the Salt River from Dobson Road in Mesa to Mill Street in Tempe along Tempe Town Lake. Walk, run, ride bikes, or walk your dog and more between various parts of the Valley as this trail also connects to Indian Bend Wash Trail. The city has over 175 miles of paths and trails.
Location: 2100 W Rio Salado Parkway in Mesa and 54 W Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe.
For more information: Visit traillink.com
Local mountain bike trails
Usery Mountain area has over 29 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Trails range from 0.2 miles to over 7 miles and vary from easy to difficult. Hawes Loop is one example of a great MTB trail to try in this area. It’s a quick fix for enjoying sunrises or sunsets amid Sonoran Desert flora and fauna.
Location: 3939 Usery Pass Rd, Mesa
Admission: Varies. Parking is free at Canal / Hawes Trail Head Park and Ride
For more information: Visit singletracks.com
Take me out to the ball game!
If you haven’t watched a Spring Training game yet at one of the many Major League Spring Training facilities in the Valley, you should consider it this year. During the month of March, Arizona is home to 15 major league teams in the Cactus League. Sloan Park is home to the Chicago Cubs as they prepare for their regular season. Grab some popcorn or hot dogs and cheer for your team!
For a current schedule of the Cactus League, visit https://www.springtrainingconnection.com/schedule/cactus.html
Admission: Tickets vary, but prices are reasonable, especially on the lawn.
Locations: Visit https://cactusleague.com/map.php
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
During the month of March, there are fantastic indoor and outdoor art expositions here locally. Three of them are the 15th annual Arizona Fine Arts Expo, running through March 24 in Scottsdale, and the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, held March 2-3, as well as the 33rd Annual American Indian Student Art Show & Sale on March 30-April 1.
Arizona Fine Art Expo Location: 26540 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
For more information: visit https://arizonafineartexpo.com/ or email email@example.com
Heard Museum Location: 2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix
For more information: https://heard.org/visit/
Arizona Fine Art Expo Season Pass $10, Seniors & Military $8, Children 12 and under FREE.
Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market General Admission tickets $20 for 17 years and older. Children 16 years and under free. Discounted tickets available. Student Art Show & Sale is FREE to the public. Visit https://heard.org/event/student-art-2019/ for more information.