Central Valley Resources

City parks and recreation: This is a great place to find a variety of different sports teams and leagues. There is also information on different lessons and classes you can take.

City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation

Website: https://apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix

Paradise Valley Parks and Recreation

Website:  https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/recreation-and-community-centers/centers-p...

Anthem Parks and Recreation

Website: http://www.onlineatanthem.com/recreation-amenities

Cave Creek Parks and Recreation

Website: http://www.cavecreek.org/index.aspx?nid=357

 

YMCA

YMCAs offer a wide variety of exercise classes, sports teams and gym memberships.

Valley of the Sun YMCA- There are several locations in the Central Phoenix Area.

Website: http://www.valleyymca.org/

 

Community Centers

Community centers often offer classes, space to exercise and sports leagues. Find one in your neighborhood!

            Phoenix

                  Website: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/recreation-and-community-centers

            Anthem

                  Website: http://www.onlineatanthem.com/community-center-contacts-hours

           Paradise Valley

                 Website: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/recreation-and-community-centers/centers-p...

 

Parks

Parks are a great place to run around and play. Often they have playgrounds, fields, basketball courts and more. Here are some parks in your area.

                  City of Phoenix: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/parks

                  Anthem: http://www.onlineatanthem.com/anthem-community-park

                  Paradise Valley: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/parks

                  Cave Creek: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/cave_creek/

            

Boys and Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix offers after school programs, summer programs and other great resources for kids.

           Website: http://www.bgcmp.org/

 

Hikes

Living in Arizona provides the opportunity to hike for a large part of the year and enjoy the outdoors and beautiful desert landscape. You can often find hikes even in the middle of Phoenix.

Name Park/Trail: Cave Creek Regional Park

Cave Creek Regional Park. Located north of Phoenix, this 2,922-acre park sits in the upper Sonoran Desert. Ranging in elevation from 2,000 feet to 3,060, this desert oasis provides any hiker and equestrian majestic views. The Go John Trail loops around a mountain to provide the illusion of being miles away from civilization. In the 1870s, fever stricken gold seekers staked their dreams on the jasper-studded hills. Guided trails to these sites give visitors an opportunity to travel back in time.

# trails at this location: 7

Link: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/cave_creek/default.aspx

Pdf of map: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/cave_creek/pdf/2014maps/cave-creek-8x11.pdf

Bike, Horse or Hike: Bike, Hike and Horse trail Options

 

Name Park/Trail: Maricopa Trail: Spear S. Ranch Trailhead

# trails at this location: 3 trail heads one way

Link: http://www.anthemnews.com/5-area-hikes/

Pdf of map: https://www.maricopa.gov/parks/MaricopaTrail/pdf/2013%20maps/maricopa-tr...

Bike, Horse or Hike: Hike trail options.

 

Name Park/Trail: North Mountain Park

At 2,104 feet and 2,149 feet in elevation, respectively, North Mountain and Shaw Butte are landmark Phoenix peaks in their own right. This area offers summit climbs and an array of trails of all levels of difficulty.

# trails at this location: 6

Link: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/north-mountain

Pdf of map: https://www.phoenix.gov/parkssite/MediaAssets/shawembed.gif

Bike, Horse or Hike: Hike Trail Options

 

Name Park/Trail: Piestewa Park/ Dreamy Draw

While the summit trail has put this area on the map, the preserve areas around the peak offer great family hiking options free of the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds on the summit. The trails in the vicinity of Piestewa Peak offer gradual elevation, restrooms, and drinking water nearby.

# trails at this location: 21

Link: https: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/piestewa-peak

Pdf of map: https://www.phoenix.gov/parkssite/Documents/northlarge.pdf

Bike, Horse or Hike: Bike, Horse and Hike trail options

 

Name Park/Trail: Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve: Desert Vista Trailhead

If you can make it up the brief but challenging Dixie Summit Trail, you’re rewarded with the highest vantage point for miles. Purple-orange rock formations throughout.

# trails at this location: 21

Link: http://www.anthemnews.com/5-area-hikes/

Pdf of map: https://www.phoenix.gov/parkssite/Documents/095100.pdf

Bike, Horse or Hike: Hike Trail Options

 

Name Park/Trail: Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area

The entire trail system at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area provides an excellent opportunity for hiking or biking with kids on either a hard or soft surface. The paved, hard surface trails meet ADA requirements. The area’s soft surface dirt trails offer smooth surfaces that can accommodate mountain bikes and jog strollers.

The riparian habitat in Rio Salado is a haven for birds -- more than 200 species of birds (and counting…) have been spotted there so far.

This area can give kids a glimpse of the Salt River was like when it flowed year round through Phoenix at the turn of the century.

The Rio Salado webpage offers details on parking locations, trail locations and bird species.

# trails at this location: 4

Link: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/rio-salado-habitat-restor...

Pdf of map: https://www.phoenix.gov/parkssite/Documents/054454.pdf

Bike, Horse or Hike: Hike and Bike

 

Name Park/Trail: South Mountain Park/Preserve

The Pima Canyon area of South Mountain Park/Preserve offers numerous loops and out-and-back hikes with moderate grades. Hikers can gaze at stunning petroglyphs in this area or catch a glimpse of a Great Horned Owl, Roadrunner or hear the yelps of coyotes at dusk. To avoid steep ascents, families should avoid the Ridgeline Trail. The main dirt road is a great option. Hikers can turn around at the junctions of the National and Mormon trails and make a loop by returning via the Pima Wash trail. Both the East and West Loop trails are less-crowded options.

# trails at this location: 29

Link: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/south-mountain

Pdf of map: https://www.phoenix.gov/parkssite/Documents/062880.pdf

Bike, Horse or Hike: Hike or Bike trail options

 

Name Park/Trail: Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area

Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. The newest addition to Maricopa County's Regional Parks System, the conservation area encompasses 2,154 acres of diverse, rugged upper Sonoran Desert. The north Valley location contains fascinating archaeology sites and lush riparian areas along Cave Creek, which flows throughout the winter months. Remnants of early mining and ranching, from which the park gets its name, are still apparent in the park. This area is a must see for all wildflower lovers in the spring. The abundant vegetation present in the conservation area provides a rich habitat for a diverse assemblage of wildlife.

# trails at this location: 6

Link: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/spur_cross/Maps.aspx

Pdf of map: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/spur_cross/pdf/2015/spur-cross-8x11.pdf

Bike, Horse or Hike: Bike, Horse and Hike trail options.