Thunderbird Conservation Park, a 1,185-acre park in the Hedgpeth Hills, is a conservation park dedicated to preserving the desert environment. Park activities include picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, jogging, and bird watching. About 20 miles of multiuse trails have been constructed.

DETAILS

Thunderbird Conservation Park is located north of Beardsley Road, between 67th and 55th avenues. For the hike, park in the lots on 59th (enter to the west) or 67th (enter to the east) avenues. There is no entry fee and pre-registration is not required.

Thunderbird Conservation Park, a 1,185-acre park in the Hedgpeth Hills, is a conservation park dedicated to preserving the desert environment. The hills were named for Robert Hedgpeth, an early homesteader in the area. The park took its name from the World War II pilot training facility located four miles south of the park. The city of Glendale acquired the park in 1951 through a lease with the federal government. Ownership came in 1956 with the assistance of the Glendale Women’s Club and Glendale Rotary Club. Maricopa County operated the park from 1963 to 1984 and many of the park improvements were made during this time. In 1984 the park was returned to the city. Park activities include picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, jogging and bird watching. About 15 miles of multi-use trails have been constructed, thanks to the efforts of many volunteer groups.

PLEASE BE COURTEOUS
With more people discovering the beauty and benefits of trails, they are becoming more crowded. With more users comes the need for guidelines for wise trail use. Such guidelines can enable all trail users to have the enjoyable experience everyone is looking for. Remember, courtesy is contagious and, who knows, you may make a new friend! Help us protect this fragile environment by staying on the trails.

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 Trail Name  Description Length Level of Difficulty Rating
Coach Whip Originates at 67th Avenue parking lot at Patrick Lane and concludes at 51st Avenue & Potter. Not designated as a looped trail. Approximately 5.0 Miles  Moderate
Flatlander Originates at 55th Ave & Pinnacle Peak parking lot and is a looped trail. Approximately 1.25 Miles Easy
Arrowhead Point Originates south of Pinnacle Peak parking lot along the Coach Whip trail and ends at Ramadas 14 and 15. Approximately 1.5 Miles Moderate Difficult
Cholla Loop Originates at parking lot A and ends at Coach Whip near 55th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Rd. Approximately 3.0 Miles Moderate to Moderate Difficult in certain areas
Sunrise Originates at the North end of the amphitheater, or near Ramada 11. A branch of this trail originates at Ramada 11, travels west and intersects the Coach Whip trail on the west side of the park. Approximately 2.0 Miles with the west branch Moderate to Moderate Difficult in certain areas
Ridgeline Originates off of the Coach Whip trail and intersects with the Sunrise trail. Approximately .4 Miles Moderate
Desert Iguana Originates at 67th Avenue and Patrick Lane parking lot and concludes at parking lot B. Approximately .75 Miles Easy
Chuckwalla Originates at Ramada 13 and concludes at Ramada 9. Approximately .25 Miles  

Moderate

 

VIEWING BLINDS

 

Four wildlife viewing blinds are located at Thunderbird Conservation Park along the north side of the sedimentation basin. Three of the viewing blinds are accessible from the trails off Pinnacle Peak Road and the fourth is handicap accessible and located off 59th Avenue. These blinds provided areas for viewing the park’s 50+ different species of birds and wildlife attracted to the man-made water feature. They feature a decorative block wall with “windows” for viewing, benches and a path to access them. Check them out and be sure to bring binoculars to get an even closer look and/or a camera to capture those precious animals.

PARK HOURS

Open: Sunrise to sunset, daily
• Gates locked at Sunset •
Main Entrance: 59th Avenue between
Deer Valley and Pinnacle Peak roads

CONTACT INFORMATION

ADDRESS: 59th Avenue between
Deer Valley and Pinnacle Peak roads
WEBSITE: https://www.glendaleaz.com/cms/one.aspx?portalId=15209085&pageId=15328822

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